The Fourth Person Diagnosed with Cancer: Our Father

With a heavy heart, I am sharing the news that my father was diagnosed with stage 4 Multiple Myeloma.  

As many of you know, my brother and I were diagnosed with cancer in the past year, along with our uncle, and the family dog. Now we find out our father also has cancer. 

Multiple Myeloma is a blood cancer that affects the bones in the body. It's excruciating and many times debilitating for the patient. My father has lost a great deal of weight quickly, has bone fractures, and divots throughout his bones in his entire body, which has affected his daily life. He must use a walker to get around and times can't even get up from a chair. This cancer has to do with overproduction of calcium, and often times affects other organs in the body.  

His treatment includes a shot, chemo pill, and steroids.  The chemo pill alone is $2600 every two weeks with insurance. We are working on finding resources to help us with the astronomical costs of this treatment. 

Our family is going through the unimaginable. It just seems we can't get a break. These rare cancers that we are all being diagnosed with around the same time are not a coincidence.  We are learning that many of our neighbors and friends in the area of Florida we grew up in are also dealing with rare diseases.

We started crowdsourcing cancer cases in our county. We would like you to take a moment out of your day to encourage your friends to join us on a Facebook group called Florida Health Connection (updated in 2018) Fight For Zero Brevard, where we are connecting the dots to the health issues. Until then, please pray for our dad, who is extremely sick.