Story by Jesse Hoorelbeke
Photography provided by Jesse Hoorelbeke, J. Alan Paul Photography
Recently I have been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer that has metastatically advanced to my liver. It came as a surprise when I noticed that I was experiencing some loss of energy and fevers just randomly over the past few months.
Many days I struggle to make it through the day without running out of energy. Others I am doing just fine and feel almost myself. But this fight has just begun and I am ready to take it on as far as I possibly can, and beat it.
I have already begun treatment for it but it is going to be a long road ahead. My life has been turned upside down and my health is my main priority right now. Things are looking positive, but I have had to cancel work and projects that I had lined up for the next several months.
[Lend A Hand Up]
Story by Jeana Peinovich, with Tracy Nicholson
Photography provided by Lend A Hand Up, DMF
Since 2008, Lend A Hand Up has been partnering with caring community members to host fundraisers for families battling tough medical challenges. While this pandemic has tragically succeeded in stopping all gatherings and benefits, it didn't stop their team from finding creative (and remote) ways to support the families they've pledged to help. This month, we're asking our readers to rally together (online) with three fun ways to "lend a hand up".
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