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I’m Chris. I fell into a 10% window of having colon-rectal cancer at my age and at the stage that I am. I am fresh into this journey with a long road ahead. I just turned 49 this year. Young, I know.  I have a wife of 27 years and three children. My daughter is in college, and I have a son in middle school and one in high school. I was diagnosed over the summer after being misdiagnosed for over a year with stage 3 colon rectal cancer, which had metastasized in my liver.  I just finished my 3rd round of chemo and had a liver ablation after my 1st round of chemo. A small hiccup on the road but back on the journey. I will get my 4th round of chemo on the 23rd of this month.  My road is long. The doctors are projecting eight cycles of intense chemo every other week and then take a 4-6 week break. Start back with chemo and radiation every day for 5-6 weeks. After another short break, I will be ready for surgery and off work again. I know there is only a small 10% window that I will not end up with a colostomy bag for life. Of course, my tumor is not in the resection area. So, this is where it gets tricky, and will need help. I have a 45-minute drive to my cancer center from my home. I know I will not be able to work, and I cannot expect my wife to quit her job and drive me every day to and from treatment, so I will probably stay in one of the hospital facilities. We need her working.  I am the main breadwinner and always have been. My wife stayed home for many years raising our children, and she can finally work and pursue her career. We have insurance, but the bills are already piling up. I cannot even imagine how it will look in the end. I didn’t mention it took us 19 years to pay off my daughter’s medical bills from all her medical issues from birth on. Yes, we know how this roll with insurance and how quickly it can get out of hand. We are good people; we give back to all that we can and cannot understand why bad things happen to good people. So, this is totally out of our comfort zone, but I am hoping for a kind soul out there who can sympathize and help shed some light on this ordeal. Our friends are telling us that it is our turn to ask for help, we always provide without question. This is the branch I am extending. Is there anyone out there that could lend a helping hand?


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