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John Agger Cancer Treatment

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Organizer: Jennifer Agger Beneficiary: John Agger

A husband, father of 3 little ones, and USAF veteran, John is fighting pancreatic cancer through holistic treatment, after being told that he only has a 2-4 years to live. Insurance won't cover.

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In December 2011 John, was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroendocrine Pancreatic Cancer.  He has one tumor in his pancreas and several that have moved into his liver.  In our efforts to win the battle against cancer, we turned MD Anderson in Texas for treatment.  As one of the two leading cancer centers in United States we were very hopeful that they would be able to successfully treat John.  After trying different therapies, they don’t believe chemo can help him. 

Throughout his treatment, we have adopted an organic, whole food diet and have researched the benefits of alternative holistic cancer therapies.  After much thought and consideration, we feel that this is a viable option and now--as our oncologist confirmed, our only option.    Our search brought us to Nature Cures Clinic in Portland, OR and since December of 2012, John has been undergoing holistic therapy under the care of Dr. Nigh.  The treatment has given back John's quality of life and he is once again able to enjoy time with his family.  We are optimistic that this treatment will enable him to beat his prognosis that says he has 2-4 years left to live. 

We believe in this treatment and have seen first hand its positive effects, but it is very hard to keep up with the expense involved.  None of our medical expenses or travel expenses related to this treatment are covered by insurance so we are paying everything out of pocket.  As we struggle to keep up, we are slowly falling behind and have only been able to continue treatment thanks to the generous donations of friends and family.  Whether we can afford it or not doesn’t matter, because how can you put a price on someone’s life?  We will continue to find a way.

John is an Air Force veteran and the father of three beautiful children who have their whole lives in front of them.  Before receiving the diagnosis, John was healthy and active:  we had no idea what kind of surprise was lurking beneath the surface.  The impact on our family has been incredible and the thought of seeing his children grow up without him is heartbreaking.  John is a wonderful father who deserves the chance to be a part of his children's lives.  Please help us to fight this battle.

 

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07/08/2013
by Jennifer Agger
Well here I am asking for help again.  We are working hard at opening up new revenue sources with my new blog, but that is a slow process.  Meanwhile, the medical bills are still draining faster than we can keep up.  John's retirement from the Air Force this past month means that we no longer will be receiving his full income.  From now until the time that his VA disability kicks in, he will be receiving less than half of what his previous income was.  The estimate for the disability is 90 days, but if you have been following on the news, that is optimistic.  If you would please share this with anyone that you think would be willing to donate to John's treatment fund, we would appreciate it so much.  As always, thank you.
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07/01/2013
by Jennifer Agger
So it's been awhile since the last update.  We've been busy around here and it's been a bit of a roller coaster ride for us.  John is still working hard at his treatment and with the summer heat, there have been new challenges, but he's doing well. 

We are working on getting relocated to Scott AFB which is just outside of St Louis.  This will create some financial challenges with the added distance between us and the doctor who is treating John, but circumstances have come up with family back home that have prompted this decision.  We know that God will provide and that we just need to take care of family. 

One thing that we are doing to help out with the finances is that I have launched a blog dedicated to traditional living and eating real food.  It serves as an education tool that I can talk about the changes we have made in our lives to combat the cancer.  John's treatment is a nutrition based therapy, but it has benefited the whole family and opened our eyes to so much that is wrong with what we are doing in our culture when it comes to food.  This website will also give me an outlet to sell the handmade soaps and other bodycare products that are toxin free and contain organic ingredients.  We are hoping that this will grow to something that can support us one day, but for now, I'm happy have a platform to share what we've learned.  If you want to check it out, please  go to http://AChangingThyme.com. As always, thank you for your support! 
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