There is just too much cancer in this world. While only 28, last August (of 2011) marked the start of a gruesome battle that thankfully by January 2012 we assumed was over. I was in remission and things were looking well. The recovery was very difficult, but I was happy to be recovering. My prior employer laid me off the day my short term disability ended, and my wife left work to take care of our new baby boy :-) Even though the road was rough, there are certainly a lot of things to be thankful for.
I pushed very hard and found an amazing job, where I was able to help them achieve a longterm ambition in the three months I was there, but then....a terrible relapse.
This time, I am told I need a bone marrow transplant.
There are a few complications at this point. Not only is it a very difficult situation, but there are many things not covered by insurance, and on top of that, I was told we have to move. The house we are in is very old and has a dirt basement that often floods. We are renting, and have planned for a while to move, but the change of events in the past year has really hindered any forward movement for my family. The presence of toxic mold is a possible cause of my relapse, and I can't have it hurt my baby or wife.
Contributions would go to closing costs on a house we can afford, or would help us rent a new place until I can get better, get back on my feet, and provide for my family once again.
I really want you to know who we are and what we are about, so I started a blog at http://www.afederico.com
My intent was to update this often, but my health is extremely volital. This is my first day within the last 22 days that I have been able to be up and safely move about my room.
My wife will attempt to keep everyone updated if I am unable.
Why we need help. What's in it for you?
For many, cancer is personal, but hopefully you haven't faced the pain of a loved one going through this. Leukemia isn't an operable or removable cancer. The chemotherapy that I am receiving is 30 times the normal dose for localized treatment for other cancers. On top of this, I may need radiation.
The affects are very painful, causing many fevers, head bleeds for hours on end, serious infections, and permanent nerve damage. I already have neuropathy in my heels from my last treatment.
I hope that you will find it in your heart to help my family through this and ease my mind. I don't know how long I will be in this hospital bed or how long I will be disabled. I look forward to recovery, but we don't have a guaranteed tomorrow. What I can try to do though is ask that my family be ok.
Please spread the word
If you know someone who understands the problems that cancer brings, please share this with them and help my family if you can.
A sincere thank you from the Federico family.