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Greetings. Since September 2020 my life and that of my family has turned upside down when I virtually became crippled from spinal stenosis in addition to fighting prostate cancer. It is not easy for me to write this due to my nerve endings being affected which also makes me weak, loss of normal hand use, hinders normal movements which we take for granted such as brushing teeth or using eating utensils, to name just 2 examples. I understand there are many out there also suffering. Our life had already become difficult because of the pandemic with finances decreasing due to no work. Will also need funds for further treatments including for cancer. September 2021, treatment for prostate cancer has started. Side effects are from fat deposits on the belly which is not only unsightly but puts extra strain on simple movements like getting out of a chair and it seems to cause quite severe fatigue. Now I have constant pain from back problem and virtually zero mobility.
If there was any other way we would not be appealing but now our finances are exhausted and hope donations from this campaign will help us through what will be a very hard future. Treatment costs have recently increased as doctor had to add an extra medication. It appears the cancer is aggressive and the key is stopping the spread. We do not give up and we continue to look for ways to make income by either finding a job or contracting for some renovation work.
The wonderful caregivers, my partner and daughter, shown in the photo, are part of the family who continue to struggle to get by under the adverse conditions from pandemic and my sudden illnesses. They have certainly been a blessing to me. In the lifesaving team photo I am the one on the right. Perhaps you can pick me in the 1st XV photo. Being active when younger makes it hard to deal with the immobility I suffer now.
Thanks for taking the time to read our story. Feel free to drop me a line & I will try to respond promptly. Your support is most welcome.
- Valentine Guytonbeck
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