My husband, Warren was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma in his tongue, in February this year. He had surgery shortly after his diagnosis to remove the tumour from his tongue, as well as the lymph nodes from his neck. Initially the surgeon thought his tumour was 3cm x 3cm but once they started operating the tumour was actually 3cm x 8cm, resulting in a longer operation, with much higher costs. Also a larger piece of his tongue was removed due to this.
After the surgery, we were told they had removed the tumour with clear margins and all was fine, but they had to do further tests on the tumour. At the next consult we were told that he had a perineurial invasion, which means that cancer cells were found in a nerve that went through the tumour. This resulted in him having to have radiation on his tongue. This process has been heartbreaking to see him go through and the immense pain that he is in and him battling to eat and talk is very upsetting for us all. His radiation is almost complete, but he has been hospitalised twice for side effects.
We do have medical aid and we had applied for gap cover a month before this all happened but due to the mandatory 3 month waiting period, the gap cover will not pay the shortfall, so we have been left with a huge shortfall in medical bills, which seem to be mounting daily. Fortunately we are covered now for other procedures, but they have excluded cancer.
Warren is a father and step father to 7 children, 4 of his own, 2 of mine and another who is not his biological child, but she calls him Dad, he is the kindest and most giving person I know. He does his best to provide for his family and will be the first person to help someone in need. We would love to release the pressure and stress of all these mounting bills, so that he can recover from this, with as little stress and worry as possible.
Any donation no matter how small, would be appreciated greatly.