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For: Paul E. Jamison
Organizer: The Paul Jamison Recovery Team
YOU can help Paul beat cancer! (Paul E. Jamison)
$11,758
of $37,215 goal.
Raised by 240 donors
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The Story

From my friend, Susan Barrows:

"MEET PAUL JAMISON…

"Paul Jamison is a modest man. He’s never been one to bang his own drum, and I know he’s far too humble to bother anyone with his problems—but that will only get in his way here. I’m Paul’s friend Susie, and I’m writing this to tell you about Paul in ways that he can’t. This isn’t the time for him to be too proud to speak up. This is about his very survival.

"Because Paul just got the diagnosis that all of us dread: He has cancer.

"He’d thought the biggest thing on his plate was facing a brutal Kansas winter with a broken furnace… then he went to see the doctor about a problem with his neck, and his whole world came crashing down. The breaks that Paul’s had in life have mostly been tough ones, and this horrible news is following a long series of bad turns. He got laid off from Boeing last year, and like many of us, he’s been struggling through the economic crisis. Even with continuing unemployment, bleak job prospects, and worrying about that broken furnace, Paul’s stayed optimistic, hanging on by his fingernails and hoping life will turn out better for everyone soon. But with this news from his doctor, his own time is running out.

"For all his life, Paul’s been solid as an oak with a heart as big as the world. Blessed with a gracious and loving spirit, he has never met a stranger. He’s been a good Samaritan for anyone in need, providing the strong back to pitch in and the understanding shoulder to cry on. Now that it’s time for the wagons to be pulled around him, I know my friend Paul is simply too polite to say how much he really, desperately needs your help. So I’m saying it for him.

"Paul Jamison is a happy, vibrant, giving man who embraces life and everyone in it. You can tell that by reading the marvelous stories he writes. In every circle he moves in, he is loved and respected. And in this crucial time, he needs to find out just how much. If the world could return but a small degree of the love that Paul has given it, it will be enough to help him beat this crisis with the prompt medical care he desperately needs.

"Thanks so much for letting me tell you about this wonderful guy. I know my words are making him blush, but this is all stuff that needs to be said. The world is better for having Paul Jamison in it. And I think there are enough loving, feeling people out there to help keep it that way."

I'm lucky I have friends to speak for me here, because Susie is right. I'm too proud to bother people with my troubles, but this cancer diagnosis has put my back to the wall. The doctor told me I have basal cell carcinoma with squamous differentiation. Yeah, skin cancer. I've got two options: excision with possible reconstruction or chemotherapy. Probably best is a combination of both. Am I scared? Oh, yes!

Who am I? Why do I matter? Good questions. I matter because we all matter. I certainly matter to me.

I come from a long line of long-lifers - my Dad is in his upper 80s - and I want to keep up with that tradition.

I was an aircraft engineer for my working life, but I'm also a writer, mainly stories about ferrets. You can find them here:

http://www.paulejamison.com

I want to live. I want to enjoy life. We all do. I also want to write more stories. That's why this diagnosis scares me. That's why I'm asking for your help.

Help me. Please?

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 20, 2017

Posted on October 20, 2017

This update is a significant one. It is the 300th update since this fundraiser started. It's been awhile.

As it is, I have no real news to share. My health is as good as can be expected. The weather is making up its mind about turning colder.

Truth to tell, I am wondering how much longer to keep this fundraiser going. I'm still saying I don't want to end it just yet. I've still got over $1,100 in medical bills to pay, and that's the whole point of this. So, I'm going to keep it going until the bills from the surgery and from the radiation therapy (the main driver, oddly enough) are paid. It looks like that won't be for another 8 or 9 months, at this rate. 

I know we're all struggling, and it likely will get worse, but I once again ask for help. It doesn't have to be much. If you want to go directly through Paypal, contact me in private about an email address. I no longer set the Facebook post to Public, but I'm still leery of sharing my email addy.

And, as always, share this around. Comments are welcome.

Thanks to everyone for sticking around.

Posted on October 12, 2017

Posted on October 12, 2017

Well, I went to see the surgeon in Kansas City on Monday. The appointment was all of ten minutes and the news was fine, which isn't surprising. I'm doing well. My blood pressure, pulse and weight are all normal. I go back in six months. She wants to do these followups for three more years.

Beyond that, no news. I still owe what I owe and I will still promote the fundraiser until the biggest bill - about $1,200 - is paid off. That should be in a few more months. So I'm here, asking people to PLEASE donate. If you want to go through Paypal, contact me in private about an email addy. And please share and leave comments. All is appreciated. Thank you.

Posted on October 4, 2017

Posted on October 4, 2017

Oh, dear, it's been way too long since I've posted an update. Obviously there hasn't been much in the way of news.

Before anything else I want to thank Anonymous for the donation. It does show there's still some life in the fundraiser yet.

I do have a little bit of news. I am scheduled for a followup visit with my surgeon in Kansas City. I strongly suspect this will be the last followup. A friend says that my neck looks fine, so this is just routine. I'll let you know how it turns out.

As usual, I ask folks to PLEASE donate. I still have medical bills to pay. If, as always, you want to donate directly through Paypal, contact me in private.

And please share this around. I appreciate it.

Thank you.

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