My name is Jennifer Weiss, and I'm asking for help for my husband, Higinio, whom is known by most as 'Gino'. Beginning in August of 2019, Gino began suffering really unsettling off and on stomach and lower right-abdomen pains. After a gastroscopy exam , doctor said his stomach was extremely inflamed and he prescribed Omeprazole and told him to cut down on coffee, as he is (was) an avid coffee lover. Gino's gastro and intestinal pains only continued to intensify, and in November of 2019 he was diagnosed with anemia. from an assumption of bleeding ulcer somewhere in stomach or colon. with a hemoglobin level of 8.5—the normal range for hemoglobin for men is 13.5 to 17.5 grams per deciliter. Therefore, he was then prescribed Iron tablets, and vitamin C, and B-12 tablets (paid out-of-pocket, and very costly, as we barely could afford them). Clinic scheduled another gastroscopy (but this time would have a biopsy, as he was too inflamed for a biopsy first time) for after the Holidays. However, Gino's pains kept worsening, and his blood pressure began lowering which was making him dizzy and wanting to pass out often. The week of Christmas, he DID pass out at our local Farmer's market, and he was rushed to the E.R. where he was found to have a hemoglobin level of only 6.7 and extremely low blood pressure. He was admitted to the hospital again, and after several tests, found to also have Chronic Diverticulitis Disease, and Stage 3-b Adenocarcinoma Colon Cancerous Tumors in the upper colon and surrounding lymph nodes.
Gino was given 6 pints of blood to raise his hemoglobin level to an 11, before a very urgent large bowel resection surgery recently. They cut out/removed a large part of his upper colon, the tumors and the surrounding lymph nodes of that area. We are both now currently waiting on results of another biopsy from this surgery of an area not tested during his Colonoscopy because of severe bleeding/inflammation during the procedure (his Colonoscopy was only done up to 97% because of the bleeding). Gino will begin Chemotherapy later next month or in early May, as the Oncologist wants him fully recovered from this surgery before beginning any kind of Chemo-treatments and further treatment.
Every dollar is tremendously appreciated and even the smallest donation will help us immensely with out-of-pocket prescriptions, medical travel, food, utilities/phone, etc.
Thanks To Everyone For Caring, Sharing, Praying!—May God Bless You Always!! ♥
Much Love To All, Jennifer and Gino