THOSE OF US WHO LOVE JIM ARE NOT GIVING UP! LET'S GET JIM TO CANCER TREATMENT SPECIALISTS AT MD ANDERSON HOSPITAL IN HOUSTON TEXAS!
Monday, August 1 2014, Jim's doctors told him and wife Michele that they had done all they could do for him and they were changing the focus of their care now toward making him comfortable in his final few weeks.
THIS IS NOT THE PLAN! IT IS TIME TO GET OUT OF NASHVILLE AND GET TO MD ANDERSON HOSPITAL IN TEXAS!
Jim is too sick to drive. We need air fair and hotel expenses. (those of you who travel frequently please consider donating frequent flyer miles or tickets and hotel vouchers/coupons). The initial evaluation isn't expensive ($350) but when you've been sick as long as Jim has, every dollar is precious. Michele starts back to work this week with Davidson County Schools so, pray Jim stays strong enough to travel on his own.
We need your help NOW! Jim has been given from a few weeks to only a few months to live. He has to keep fighting and he can't do it alone. Your donations are needed immediately!
Here's the full story from our first GiveForward fund raiser. We thought they were dealing with mortgages and bills piling up... They are dealing with a lot more than that now.
Jim Cabbage is a husband and father of 9 year old twins. He is a general contractor and has worked for many years building log homes. Stacking 1,000 pound logs is hard work but, following his last build in October, his sore back lingered longer than usual leading him finally to a doctor's office. Sitting on an exam table, he was fully expecting a prescription for muscle relaxers when the diagnosis came. It was Lymphoma, a cancer of the blood which had grown into a good sized tumor behind his lung. It was biopsied and immediately, Jim began chemotherapy to treat what was called a "less aggressive" form of the disease. After 2 months, however, the tumor had not responded to the medicine and a new biopsy revealed a different diagnosis. His was not the "less aggressive" form. Rather, it was much more dangerous and would require the use of powerful chemotherapy and all of the health concerns that entails.
Jim is currently being treated at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center in Nashville and is about to have the 2nd round of 7 scheduled treatments. Every 21 days for at least the next 6 months, he will be admitted for 5 days at a time to receive another dose. The chemotherapy is hard on Jim's body but the doctors are betting Jim is tougher than the cancer and, in time, Jim alone will endure its side effects. Jim also knows the Great Physician and we join him in believing that The Lord can use even this Lymphoma for Jim's good.
Thankfully, Jim's wife Michele works as an interpreter for the hearing impaired and the family has good insurance but, while on this chemotherapy, Jim can not work. His immune system has been completely wiped out by the chemotherapy and any exposure to bacterial or viral threat would, for him, be even more life threatening. So, everything is on Michele: the mortgage, the utilities, the groceries, the kids, the house, the horses, everything.
Michele's income alone won't cover it all and without your help they are in for more than just a fight for Jim's life. Please know, Jim would NEVER ask for your help and he didn't ask for mine. It is not in his nature. He is rugged, a cowboy and too proud. So, I am asking you on his behalf. Let's show Jim and Michele and these beautiful kids that we're the kind of people who step up when others are in need.
JD is raising money for a second opinion at MD Anderson at this link: http://bit.ly/1o3bDyS. Whether Jim gets an appointment at MD Anderson remains to be seen. Either way, Michelle, an interpreter for the hearing impaired in the school system, needs everyone’s help with bills and with meal preparation. Michelle's income alone won't cover it all. Even with health insurance, without your help the Cabbages are in for more than just a fight for Jim's life. Please donate any money you can at the link in the last paragraph or sign up to bring them a meal at this link: https://mealtrain.com/8qdn1.
.In addition to your prayers for Jim's healing, I'm asking each of you to consider a donation of $100 but anything would be appreciated. $500 is already on the way thanks to The Bridge Ministry in Nashville but WE NEED TO DO MORE. On behalf of the Cabbage family, I say, "thank you."