I finally found the courage to write this to ask for help for my medical bills and associated expenses. Thank you for reading this, and for your help and understanding.
My name is peter svensson and I am a 29-year-old University of Richmond graduate. I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008. Luckily, my tumor was diagnosed as benign and I went on to play Division I field hockey for the University of Richmond and graduate with a Bachelors in History and Secondary Education.
Two months before I graduated from college, my family received a phone call no parent ever wants to receive. Three days after my twenty-second birthday I found out I had to have brain surgery. I had three weeks to get ready. They were unable to remove all of the tumor. Three days after surgery, I started to have simple partial focal seizures, which currently remain uncontrolled.
To the say the least, this was unexpected and not my plan. Since I graduated I have been unable to work to my full potential. I have been fortunate enough to coach wonderful kids on a part time basis, but I have not been able to have a full time teaching position.
Recently, it was determined that my tumor was growing. I am currently undergoing radiation treatment, which will be followed by six months of chemotherapy. I have tried to maintain a sense of humor, which can be quite difficult when you find your hair falling out in clumps randomly one night. I am very thankful for hats.
This is very difficult for me to share and to ask for help. However, after four years of uncontrolled seizures, medication costs, hospital visits, and now these treatments, I am asking for help. I thought long and hard about how and if to write this. My friends have assured me that it is okay to ask for help. I have been so fortunate for all of the love and support from those around me who help me every day. I am so thankful for prayers and love from those both near and far. Thank you for taking the time to read my story and please know that your help is appreciated more than words can describe.