Michael Snedden

First post: 1/4/2017 Latest post: 14 hours ago
Michael is a Crew Chief/Contract firefighter serving in Iraq. He has spent his adult life in the service of protecting the lives of others. This December, he returned home from the Middle East to spend Christmas with his family when stomach pain on December 28th brought him to the ER five days before he was to go back to his position in Iraq.
After much blood work and scans, an endoscopy was performed on Michael on December 29th, which revealed a large tumor in Michael’s stomach. The tumor was biopsied, and a PET scan was performed the following day.
Much to Michael and his wife Beth’s sadness, the lab report showed Adenocarcinoma, a malignant neoplasm of the stomach. Michael’s cancer is aggressive and Stage 3. It has traveled to his lymph node.
A tumor board will meet on Monday and Tuesday to come up with a plan of care. He will have a line put in for chemo next week and will start chemo at the end of next week.
The oncologist has told Michael and Beth that he will need chemo, radiation, and surgery, followed by chemo and radiation again.
He is unable to return to his crew in Iraq, and he grieves over that. He also is grieving over the emotional and financial burden his newly discovered cancer places on Beth and his 6-year-old and 9-year-old daughters.
Please keep Michael and his family in your prayers.
There is a link on this website to a GoFundMe page set up by his Firefighter brothers. Please visit the page and give where you can.
Also, please check back on this page for updates on Michael’s progress.
Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.
- Laurie
(Michael's Sister-in-Law)

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