This all started at the end of 2019 when Justin started experiencing shoulder pain on his left side. Justin (who doesn't go to the doctor for anything) knew something serious was wrong and went the doctor, he was told it was probably an injury and it would go away. The shoulder continued to worsen and then Justin's hip began hurting. Justin went to the doctor several times because he knew something was wrong until eventually they gave him an MRI of his shoulder in March (2020). The MRI came back with abnormal bone marrow. Justin went for a series of blood tests to determine exactly what kind of cancer he had. While awaiting a diagnosis, Justin's pain continued to drastically increase, he was limping, couldn't sleep from the pain, was unable to lift his arm, was now having problems with his back and his legs were going numb. They did a full CT scan of his body and found a tumour in his shoulder, hip, spine and a spot on his liver. Justin was rushed in for surgery to remove the tumour on his spine in June after the CT scan.
By August the doctors came back with the official diagnosis of Stage 4 Sarcoma. Unfortunately the tumours located in his shoulder and hip are not operable. Justin started the most aggressive chemotherapy available to him in September. He goes for chemo every 21 days at St. Boniface hospital where he stays over night for 3 days at a time. For now this is Justin's normal.
Justin went on short term disability in June before his back surgery. Short term disability only lasts so long and then you have to switch over to long term disability. At Justin’s work you need to be working for 3 years to be able to apply for long term disability. Since he has worked there for 2 and a half years, he sadly does not qualify. This was just more bad news for Justin. This means Justin will no longer receive a disability from his work. The small government disability offered to Justin is not even close to enough to cover his basic needs let alone a mortgage. Justin is devastatingly thinking about selling his home because he can't afford to keep it without working or being on the disability plan he was previously on. Justin's mom has also been a rockstar taking care of Justin! She has taken leave from work, she stayed with Justin in the hospital (when aloud due to Covid) and stayed at his house taking care of him as needed. This has also financially affected her as well.
This is where we come in! Justin has a long road ahead of him! This is a very aggressive form of cancer and the last thing he needs to worry about is making his mortgage payment or selling his home! Our goal is to fundraise enough money for Justin to live comfortably in his home and focus only on his health for as long as possible. We don't know what the future holds for Justin's treatment. Will he have to travel for future treatments? Will there be an even larger increase in cost to his meds? No one knows, but we want him to be financially prepared with whatever he may need.
Justin has been super positive through out this experience and we don't want him to get discouraged as staying positive is half the battle! If you personally know Justin you know he's that guy you can call when you need a boost on your car, help fixing something, giving you a ride, anything at all and Justin will drop everything and be there to give a hand! Now he needs our help! So we hope everyone can pull together and help Justin during this difficult time.
- William Hanson
- Jonathan Castillo
- Carol Condie
- Jacquie and Barry Babichuk
- Carolyn Cantrell-Turpie
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