Hi, I am Josh. I’m 31 years old from Tennessee. After my doctor noticed elevated liver enzymes, she ordered an ultrasound to check my liver. In the process, they discovered a 3.3mm mass on my right kidney. First thought to be a common benign tumor, a CT was performed to be sure. On Friday, April 26th at 8:45AM, my doctor called me with the news that there is an 80% chance that it is kidney cancer. My world began to crumble. They immediately scheduled an appointment with a urologist, which he confirmed and decided he could remove it without having to take my whole kidney. It is a higher risk procedure, but being 31, it leaves me with 2 kidneys if something should happen to the other down the road.
My surgery is scheduled for June 19th. I will be in the hospital for at least 3 days, then out of work for 4 to 6 weeks, if all goes well. I have short term disability that pays 60% of my salary, but that will not get us thru. My wife of 6 years is a stay at home mom looking for work as a medical coder, right out of school. We have 3 children, 10, 7, and 5. We barely get by on my check alone normally, but we make it work. This surgery really complicates that. My parents have tried to help, but they just get by as it is. I am basically just needing a little help with my house payment for a couple months, which is $655 per month. I’m not asking for help with medical bills or anything like that. I will take that on as I can, but right now, I just need to ensure my family is stable and doesn’t do without for a couple of months while I recover.
I’m not usually one to ask for help. I like to make my own way, and own my life as I have made it. This is all so new and confusing to me and I’m dealing with it mentally, as well. I have never asked for help online like this and my expectations are low, but I have no other options at this point. Any help would be appreciated more than you can imagine. My outlook on life has completely changed throughout the past month. How things occur and how fast time really flies. I can promise anyone offering help, that it will not be taken for granted and will be paid forward in the future. Thank you if you have made it this far. If all you can afford is a prayer, I would greatly appreciate that too. Thank you again.