The cost of surgery, chemo, radiation, temp housing, etc., is pay-as-you-go here in Mexico. Less than the US, but adding up fast. Whatever we raise but don't need, we'll give to someone in the same boat.
When I was first diagnosed, the oncological surgeons thought that the Whipple procedure, in which the affected portion of the pancreas is removed, along with the gall bladder, duodenum, and part of the stomach, would suffice, and that after a month of recovery I'd be back to normal life. Unfortunately, the anatomical gods didn't smile that day. When they got to the pancreas (which is difficult because it's the organ closest to the spinal column, which means they have to move a lot of stuff out of the way), they saw that an artery was too close to the tumor for safe removal. If you nick an artery, you bleed out before they can do anything. So, they had to close me up.
Due to some gastrointestinal complications, I had two more surgical procedures. As a result, it's taken a month to begin regaining strength and stamina.
Next: Six weeks of chemo- and radiation therapy to shrink the tumor and create sufficient buffer space between tumor and artery to enable a 2nd Whipple attempt. Unfortunately, the latest radiation tech is only available in larger cities; Mazatlan doesn't have one. So, we'll have to relocate to Guadalajara for six weeks, paying for both domiciles.
All factors considered and projected, it looks like the cost of this ordeal may have tripled.
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