Using My Story to Encourage Others

I really don’t want anyone to ever have to take a walk in my shoes. Right now, the path is pretty rocky. But if my story encourages just one person to donate to the Hug Fund, then I am willing to share it with you.

I really don’t want anyone to ever have to take a walk in my shoes. Right now, the path is pretty rocky. But if my story encourages just one person to donate to the Hug Fund, then I am willing to share it with you.

I needed to go in to work early, but when I stood up to get ready, I doubled over in pain. On a scale of one to 10, my pain was a definite nine. I went to the ER, and the doctor ordered a lot of tests. It’s pretty awful to be in so much pain and not know what’s causing it. After receiving the results, I was rushed by ambulance to the Cleveland Clinic. In the midst of all of this, I asked my wife to call my work to let them know I was in the hospital. Here I am, doubled over in pain, being rushed from one hospital to another by ambulance, and I’m worried about work, especially my patients. It didn’t occur to me that it could be something so serious. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I went from getting ready for work to getting ready for chemotherapy treatments and an uncertain future within days.

It would be great if my wife and I could spend our time fishing and camping or maybe visiting our kids and grandkids out of state. But life, for right now, is about me and my health and worrying about how we’re going to survive. My wife hasn’t worked in a while and has been battling a disability claim. We live paycheck to paycheck and even sold our car. Relying on family for transportation and financial support is difficult and humbling, but we’re doing it. We had to get food stamps and apply for subsidized housing which, if approved, will help a lot. It’s difficult to focus on my health. We are worried about the future, but finding out that we would receive help from the Hug Fund brought great relief at just the right time. We are thankful. The Hug Fund is a great opportunity to help someone out.