Y'all, it has been a whirlwind of stuff happening lately. Let's begin shall we?
About a month after we moved, one of Timothy's sisters had surgery. A couple weeks later she started having chest pains and went to the ER. Long story short she had a pulmonary embolism and they also found a heart defect on her EKG. Then they found out she is type 1 diabetic! Can you believe it? All of this was a complete shock and she spent a week in the hospital! They fixed her heart and she should never have any more problems with it. They also got her going on insulin for the diabetes and blood thinners for the clot.
Less than a month after that ordeal, Timothy's father was showings signs of a stroke on Labor Day. They took him to the ER and after some basic tests, the ER doctor ruled out a stroke and said the symptoms looked more like a mass on the brain. They did a CT scan and an MRI and discovered he had a good size brain tumor on the right frontal lobe toward the back of his head. There also appears to be another small tumor on the front of his head. They did emergency surgery and the surgeon was aggressive with the excision. He was confident that he got the majority if not the vast majority of the big tumor. Unfortunately the tumor did not have clean lines so he couldn't get everything but they did say they got 95% of the tumor. The surgery made his previous symptoms worse so he had to have in hospital rehabilitation to gain back some his function on his left side. He could barely use his left arm or leg. From there he will start an aggressive dose of radiation and chemo. This is going to be a really long marathon of treatment.
We found out the cancer is malignant and very aggressive. He has what is called Glioblastoma. Dennis spent 4 weeks in the hospital and is finally home now. He will continue to undergo outpatient physical therapy and radiation and chemo start October 19th.
My family has been completely broadsided by all this and the financial tole is going to be substantial. Both have insurance but as I'm sure you know insurance doesn't cover 100% of costs. My sister-in-law will potentially have to pay $4-6k for her ordeal and I have no idea how much my father in law will have to pay. Not only do medical bills add up, but when you can't work then there is no money coming in either. There have been talks of short term and potentially long term disability for this.
Dulcet Dove has never been lucrative. Probably because I don't have the best self promotion skills or time to really devote to it. Plus the craft world is large and it is hard to distinguish yourself from everyone else. It has always been just a side project to do for fun. In thinking about what I could to help, I decided to made Dulcet Dove a priority and donate all profits to the medical funds setup for my in laws.
I would also like to ask if you'd pray for Melissa and Dennis and the rest of the family. We are trying to take things one step at a time. Our first prayers were for a successful surgery and it was! Our second goal was for rehab to be fast and effective and it was! Our prayers now are for the radiation and chemo to work and keep the cancer from spreading. He will be on chemo for the rest of his life and we want to keep him around for a long time. So please join us in praying for healing and effectiveness of the radiation and chemo.