On 24th March our friend Paul was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. Right now he has a 50/50 chance of survival with the right treatment. If he doesn't get the treatment within weeks, he'll be at stage 4 with a less than 10% chance of survival.
Paul doesn't live in the UK anymore so doesn't qualify for NHS treatment until he's been back for 1-2 months - too late for him to stop going to stage 4. His best chance at staying in our lives with the positive joy that he brings is 10,000 USD away. We're at a loss and desperate to help him. Can you please help him too?
I spoke to the Surgeon yesterday and he told me that the survival rate for Stage 3 cancer these days is greater than 50/50 and more like 75%. So that's good news!
Despite some moments of darkness, overall I'm very positive about the outcome. I genuinely feel that one day I will look back at this time in my life and see how it was the catalyst for me to make some much-needed changes to my world.
I had spent most of the last 10 years as a recluse and can see now that I was also in a state of high functioning depression (a theme throughout my life) during this time and that it had become my normal.
I had stopped interacting with people for the most part. I was existing but not really living and it's time for that to change now.
So even if this cancer kills me, which I really doubt it will do, something good has come of it. I will put myself back into the world again truly and allow myself to experience what it's like to be alive again.
I know this is going to be incredibly difficult and painful, especially without any family to help me but again, life has taught me that the darkest moments offer us the greatest opportunities to evolve and grow.
The goal of my life has never been to be rich or accumulate wealth. My goal has always been an internal one, to evolve, to move past childhood traumas and become a person that does some good in this world and helps.
Up to now, each painful and live changing event in my life has always culminated in an improved version of myself, with a greater level of self-awareness, and a bigger heart with more compassion for others.
I see no reason why cancer should be any different. It's another challenge but one that will that catapult me into the life I should have been living.
Thank you all so much for your continued messages of support and for all your donations. I couldn't begin to verbalize how important to me this is right now, especially during the darker moments.
I spoke to the Surgeon yesterday and he told me that the survival rate for Stage 3 cancer these days is greater than 50/50 and more like 75%. So that's good news!Despite some moments of darkness, overall I'm very positive about the outcome. I genuine…