Our strong, kind and unassuming Brandon is travelling a journey no one would ever imagine for a man in the prime of his life. Sally has been his rock since they learned the news and with their faith in God and the love and support of friends, they are charting each day as it comes.
Diagnosis and Treatment
In mid-July, Brandon was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his mouth as a result of a biopsy. A further CT scan, revealed some lymph node involvement. On August 31, Brandon will be undergoing surgery to remove the cancerous tumour. Reconstructive surgery will be done using a forearm flap, followed by radical lymph node dissection of the neck. Brandon will be in the hospital for one week as he will need to be tube fed, and then recovery at home for 6-8 weeks on a liquid/ soft foods diet. Further treatment is unknown until the surgery is complete and an outstanding PET scan is reviewed.
Brandon falls into a 2% category where he has no risk factors and they are unsure of the cause.
Prayer. Prayer. Prayer. The Stelling's are a true example of living their faith each and every day in all they do. The biggest gift and support would be to reflect and pray for Brandon and the Stelling family.
Surrounded by family and many friends, offers of help and support have been pouring in. A few ways to help...
~ Carmen Moxon has set up a schedule for meals to be brought by the house for the family. Use this link: www.TakeThemAMeal.com/TVAA0710 (http://www.takethemameal.com/TVAA0710
) or contact Carmen with any questions
~ The children have various sports activities and offers to drive to/from would be much appreciated. Feel free to share the Caring Bridge site with team parents.
~ Sally will be taking time away from work to look after Brandon and to provide support to the children (and very importantly looking after herself too!). This journey will not be easy emotionally with good and bad days. As Sally is self-employed, I "insisted" that we explore ways to ease the financial burden. The Stelling's have always been generous in their support of others and charitable causes, I asked that they get comfortable with the power of the cumulative help their circle of friends and family can offer. As such, to help Sally and the family while she is not working, you can make a donation through the GoFundMe Link under the Ways to Help icon above. Apologies in advance - the platform requires a financial goal to be set which is not what was desired. Your consideration and donation is gratefully appreciated. Your donation can also be anonymous.
Finally, John Maiorino (my husband) and I (Petra Kuret close friend) along with Sally will use CaringBridge as a way to provide updates. Please feel free to share with others as appropriate. On behalf of the Stelling Family, they appreciate your prayers, support and words of hope and encouragement.