Hi my name is Eric. I live in Memphis TN. I am 41 years old. I am a dad raising two beautiful girls 17 and 13. I was recently diagnosed with advanced late stage 2 liver cancer. The news came as a complete shock since I don't drink and never had hepatitis. I have a golf size tumor located in the middle of my liver. The specialist said if I do nothing then i am looking at 18 to 24 months and some treatments might not give me quality of life. I have never been so freighten. I've always made sure that my girls had health insurance but I rarely got insurance for myself. In fact, when I declined the health insurance I was diagnosed with cancer the following week. I dismissed all the warning signs. I didn't decline the insurance because I didn't want it but because I live on a fixed income. That was a huge mistake. Now I need a biopsy, prescriptions filled, and evidently start treatments. Open enrollment isn't available again til next year. According to the doctors I need to act immediately. If all that wasn't bad enough, I was extremely ill when I went to the emergency room and had to take a week off from work. So it's been a roller coaster. Difficult processing the news to my girls and myself that I have cancer, trying to get health insurance and hoping that I don't lose my job. I can only pray that everything will work out for my family. Thank you for taking the time to read my story. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can. not change. The courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.