A little bit about me…
My Name is Nate. On October 18, 2012 I was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkins Lymphoma. I was 31 years old then.
I was born and raised in Southern Indiana. Enlisting in the Navy, I spent four years stationed in Japan. After my discharge, I moved to Tucson where I met and married my wife Christina. After 5 years of waiting and hoping for a child, we welcomed the birth of our daughter, Lizzie.
When I look at my daughter, I can’t help but think about all the things in her life that I would like to be there for. I want to be there when she loses her first tooth, to steady her bike when she learns to ride, to see her graduate high school, and to walk her down the aisle. I want to be there when she makes mistakes and needs encouragement when life is rough. I want to be there to celebrate the good and hold her hand through the bad. I know now I won’t be here for most of those moments. God has a different purpose for my life. I’m incredibly grateful to have seen her grow a year older since my initial diagnosis.
In the last year I’ve gotten to see her laugh, say her first words, walk and now run=) She can ask for hugs now. It melts my heart. I’m so glad I got to be around for these precious moments with my family.
My prognosis and treatment…
On October 31st, 2012 my PET/CT scan determined I have stage IV cancer with metastisis to my bone marrow and spleen. My white blood cell count was too low to support mainstream chemo, and my body was simply too weak for such high doses.
Based on this information, I decided to pursue IPT treatment along with radical PH and diet changes. Things were improving slightly but the cancer was already too advanced. My wife and I have tried to be brave and do everything possible since we knew it was a bad case to begin with. Now the doctors are saying that there’s nothing else to do.
Christina and I decided to move to KY so my family who lives all around there can see me a lot before I die. It worked out since my father-in-law got a job there, bought a house and asked us to live with them during this difficult time. After a long fight, Social Security Disability was granted which has helped pay food and prescription bills. My family still needs help for the next phase of my life.
What the future holds…
Short of a miracle, we knew we were just buying a little time with treatment. We are so grateful to all the individuals who donated towards making it possible. It has been a miracle that I’ve been able to live this last year. Now the doctors say I’m terminal and there’s nothing else to be done with traditional or alternative treatments. My bone marrow, spleen and liver are completely cancerous. I can’t produce or filter blood cells anymore and am severely anemic. I’ve been accepted to Hospice of Western Kentucky. I continue to get weaker and am losing the ability to walk and lift myself up. Hospice says I need to find a care tech to come to my home for a few hours a day and help my wife care for me. But the cost is about $60 a day. Please help me if you can.