It’s January 11th, 2015, and I’m Rich Apuzzo, a 52-year old meteorologist who may be losing the ability to enjoy nature, a future and most importantly, my family.
This is the first public announcement I’m making, and I say public because you’re going to see or hear this on social media I imagine, certainly online, Facebook, Twitter and who knows where else...
So what announcement is that... Well, imagine you go to bed healthy just two months back in December 2014, days before the Holidays...literally healthy I mean, not even a cold, and then you get a little headache. The headache starts as a low “hum” in my head, and since I never get headaches it had me concerned.
The headaches continued, reaching what might be called Migraine Levels (again, I never had one so I am only guessing) and two weeks later you find out you’ve got a mass in your brain that cannot be operated on and it should be terminal. So I’ve gone from zero problems healthwise to terminal in under two months. Kinda scary stuff… and I look at it like the world of weather. The fact is you can go from a sunny day to one with severe thunderstorms in a matter of a couple of hours...and if you know anything about severe storms, tornadoes, we’re talking about dangerous weather that may last minutes, took just a few hours to develop, creates destruction in an area and it’s gone. I’m calling this episode in my life, Zero-to-Terminal in Under Two Months.
So what’s the deal? First of all, in case you were wondering, because I’m sure most of you reading this have not personally had brain cancer. Secondly, I will tell you that I don’t feel anything. The beauty of drugs and good people around me...and that is without health coverage because I’ve been healthy for 52 years and I used to have health coverage in my previous jobs but now I’m self-employed running a weather consulting company, so what exactly would I need health insurance for when my body has been great.
Quite honestly, even if I had health insurance it wouldn’t have stopped this but it would help pay the bills and that’s an aspect you can understand because if you have known people who have gone through these kinds of treatments, paying the bills is a BIG deal because it can cripple your family when you’re gone and I don’t plan to leave my wife and children in that situation.
Here’s what we’re going to do. I’ve taken down a lot of medical information over the last two months, and as a meteorologist it’s all about collecting data, so I thought I would collect data to see what it was like to track this and what it was like to follow my progress day by day; energy levels, eating, going to the bathroom, I mean it’s amazing what you have to think about when you’re going through this; nights are a lot different, but so far so good. I will tell you that there have been a few miracles along the way as well. So I need at least one more.
I’d love the miracle of being cured and I have strong Faith that will work out, but your help can come in the miracle of making sure that when I’m gone, whether it’s one year from now or three years from now (I have a personal five year plan I’m working on) and that’s what I promised my three boys. I have three amazing sons, the oldest is 25, the middle 19 going on 20 and planning for a degree in Engineering in college, and the youngest at 14 going on 15. They have been a real testament to some good parenting, mostly by my wife. They help out in ways you can’t imagine...bringing drinks, food and medicine to me. They are hard workers, and they’re the ones who are keeping me going here. So when I think about what I want to do I think about them, their future, how I want to set them up in someway and we’ll go from there. Oh, and I would be remiss If I didn’t credit my true love Ruthie who shared my goals through the years and is the owner of our small company, Skyeye Weather, which may not exist once I’m gone.
So on this Thursday the 12th of February 2015 I want to kick this thing off with just a little bit of a background on me, where I want things to go, ideally, if I could, and how you can help.
If you'd prefer to make an offline donation, please visit any local Fifth Third Bank branch and ask to donate to "The Rich Apuzzo Sunny Day Fund"