All funds raised during this event will be donated to the Jurgovan family to cover the costs of Bryan’s treatments for Stage 3 Rectal Cancer, as well as the everyday living expenses while Bryan has been unable to work.
Bryan was diagnosed with Stage 3 Rectal Cancer in July 2018. He began daily Chemotherapy and Radiation in September 2018. Chemotherapy and Radiation were given every day for 28 days, in hopes the tumor would shrink and could be cleanly removed. On November 29, 2018, Bryan underwent surgery, the cancerous tumor and affected lymph nodes were completely removed. The doctor felt the surgery was textbook and it wouldn’t be long before Bryan was recovered and ready to start chemo in January 2019.
Once tests were run to verify all the cancerous areas were removed, they found some remaining cancerous cells in the surrounding tissue. Bryan would require another 8 rounds of Intravenous chemotherapy.
Unfortunately, before Bryan could start chemo,there were complications. After weeks of unbearable and unrelenting pain, it was discovered the internal stitches from the tumor removal surgery, had torn open. Resulting in Bryan's tailbone becoming infected.
After 11 days in the hospital and numerous doctors discussing all the options to stop the infection from spreading, it was determined Bryan would require a permanent colostomy bag. He would also need daily IV antibiotics for 8 weeks. This meant Bryan could not start his Chemotherapy, putting his treatment plan behind schedule. To make matters worse, while on the IV antibiotics, Bryan received a second infection from the antibiotics. This required another stay in the hospital as well as a 2nd antibiotic that Bryan will be required to take until he completes chemo.
Bryan was able to begin chemotherapy on March 11, 2019. Then on May 7, 2019, Bryan was hospitalized again for 3 days due to multiple abscesses with staph infection on the back of his left thigh.
Then things took a drastic turn on June 4, 2019 when Bryan had a seizure. Thankfully Bryan was found by his son during the seizure. Paramedics had told Josh had he not found Bryan when he did, it's likely Bryan would not have made it. Bryan was suffocating when the paramedics showed up. Bryan had to be rushed to the closest ER. It was found that the main chemotherapy drugs Bryan was on, listed seizures as a possible side effect. Bryan had 4 Grand Mal seizures in his life, the last being over 15 years prior. Bryan hadn't been on any anti-seizure medication as he hadn't had an issue.
Bryan should have completed his last round of Chemotherapy on June 7, 2019 but due to the seizure, it had to be put on hold. The oncologist decided he would rather skip the last round then put Bryan at risk for another seizure. To skip the treatment, Bryan would need CT scans dome to verify the cancer had not spread and the remaining cancerous cells from the surgery were gone.
Bryan is currently awaiting the results of CT scans, hopefully showing he is Cancer Free and can skip the last round of Chemotherapy.
Due to the treatment plan as well as multiple complications, Bryan has been unable to work since September 15, 2018. Bryan did not have short term disability through his employer and was denied Social Security Disability. Currently the Jurgovan family, is managing to get by on one income as well as donations provided by family and friends. Bryan has filed for long term disability through his employer and has appealed the Social Security denial but nothing has been determined yet.
At this point in time, it may be the end of 2019 before Bryan can consider returning to work. Bryan still has multiple surgeries ahead of him due to the complications.
We are hoping to raise enough funds to provide for the Jurgovan family until they receive disability or Bryan can return to work.
You can keep up with Bryan's progress on his website, http://benefit4bryan.com
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