Hello friends, family, and everyone who can make a difference in my brother Rolando’s future. I am reaching out to you with a Heavy ❤ because I recently found out my brother Rolando Aspiras has Stage 3 colon cancer. He is a father, a grandfather, a Christian, a sports enthusiast, a friend to all, and of course a big brother that I look up to. It breaks my heart to face my brother’s medical situation and really wish I didn't have to do this, but he feels helpless. He and his family are in need of help.
I am sharing this with you, and humbly ask for prayers and any support possible. I am raising money to help pay for my brother’s medical costs as he battles cancer, recovery and the support of his family. Everyone’s support will give my brother hope in battling this horrifying disease.The funds will be used over the next two years or until his doctor declares him “cancer free”.
To help with the costs of his cancer treatments I've created a Fundraising campaign for him as he is not able to do in the condition he is in. The cancer treatment could truly be a life changing, and we are extremely grateful for anything you can contribute. Any amount will go a long way and every dollar donated to this campaign will get him closer to his goal. If you are not able to donate, please include him in your prayers, and share his story to families, your network of Friends and communities. Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll be happy to answer them for you.
Thank you in advance for all your thoughts, prayers and support. May God bless you all a hundred times more for your kindness and generosity. We appreciate your contribution to our fundraising campaign.
The following is my brother Rolando's story:
Hello family, friends and everyone who can make a difference in my future. First of all I want to thank you in advance for reading my story. My name is Rolando Aspiras and I am 67 years old. I am a husband, brother, father, and a grandfather. I retired 5 years ago as a residential adviser for needy teens and young adults in a federal program.
Like a storm without warning, I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in September of 2018. Before the diagnosis, I was constantly having bouts of bloody diarrhea, and then symptoms of constipation, where I would only be able to go #2 every 3-4 days. The pain would build up and last 24-36 hours of extreme pain before I was able to have a bowel movement. I was losing weight and always tired. These episodes of constipation would occur every 2-3 weeks and they felt like they were getting worst even with a change to a healthier diet. I went to see my family practice doctor and he had me take a CT scan of the area of my body that was in question. Unfortunately, they found a 2 inch tumor in my sigmoid colon. My doctor told my wife and I that treatment would need to start right away.
By the time October 2018 came around I already had a port-a-cath placed and was getting my first rounds of chemotherapy, and so far I’ve had 9 sessions of chemotherapy. The doctors had me on a treatment plan to come in every 2 weeks for chemotherapy infusion for about 3-4 hours and then I would wear a pump home that would administer additional chemotherapy over 2 days. Then I would come back in to be disconnected from the pump. Some of the side effects are nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, brain fogginess, bleeding nose, fatigue, loss of appetite, vertigo and more. These side effects are the most miserable that I'm currently experiencing.
My oncologist gave me the break I requested from my chemo therapy because of the intense side effects of the treatment hat I was experiencing. However, he warned me that too long of a break would allow the tumor to grow. My next treatment my oncologist recommended is chemo-radiation then surgery some time this summer to remove the tumor. I resumed my chemo therapy May 1st. This time my treatments will be more aggressive with both chemo and radiation occurring simultaneously. I will be getting chemo therapy once a week for thirty five days, and radiation 5 days a week for 5 weeks. Prior to each treatment they will take blood test.
In the meantime, the quality of my life is substandard and I am only able to rest at home due to side effects of chemotherapy and prescribed medications. My wife has a few ailments and is not able to always help me. Because of my constant struggle with the side effects of chemo, there have been many instances when I had to crawl to the kitchen to feed myself. I know this is going to be a long battle with cancer and will put a burden on my wife and family.
There is so much I am afraid of and the thought I am putting this entire burden on my wife for her to bare alone is unbearable for me. I’m taking all meansures to fight this cancer by taking it one day at a time and hoping I have the strength to fight this battle without giving up. I am seeking your kindness and generosity to extend my life as much as I can, and hopefully this is possible with strong spirits, the love and support of friends, family, and our community. I hope this Colon Cancer will not stand a chance.
I am not the type of person to ask of others, but my family and I need help. This illness is threatening our foundation. If I am to give this horrible illness a fight and win I need all the help I can get.
I had a little money saved before I became ill with cancer but that disappeared very quickly paying my medical bills. My only source of income is social security retirement with extremely high health insurance copay. I’m heavily in debt and very close to running out of resources to continue with my treatment. Just looking at my bills is very stressful.
I know in my heart that God’s plans for me are to continue to be the best that I can be and share my experience, strength and hope with those who I encounter. I am reaching out to you seeking your kindness and generosity. I am in dire need of your financial support to cover the medical expenses for my cancer treatment. Please help me gain some fighting spirit as I battle this horrifying disease by spreading the word and sharing my story or this page. If you wish to donate please follow this link:
Again, thank you for reading my story.