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It all happened so fast. Robert was feeling ill and it just escalated. By the end of May 2018, he was taken in by Livingston hospital and stayed for a duration of two weeks. The doctors proceeded to run the various test, and as fate would have it, the results were ill inspired. Robert’s Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) levels were 591, which is exceeding any healthy levels. He ended up contracting deep vein thrombosis from the trip. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 Prostate Cancer and things were about to become very complicated from here on out.
Starting on the 20th of June 2018, Robert would undergo a year’s hormone therapy at the Urology Department of Provincial Hospital in Port Elizabeth. With a year out of the way, they passed him onto the Oncology department at Livingston Hospital in June 2019. Robert would get to know the ins and outs of this building like the back of his hand. He underwent 10 chemo sessions in a span of 7 months. Along with the restlessness and nausea, Robert started having health problems from 10 April. His body could only take so much punishment from the drugs before it started breaking down. For six weeks he was in and out of the hospital, trying everything he could naturally and artificially to have control over his body again and regain his strength. Needless to say, it was a futile struggle and he was admitted again on the 14th of May in Humansdorp Hospital and diagnosed with an obstructed bowel.
Robert got to ride an Ambulance that day to P.E. and kept his sense of humour along the way. Winding up at Livingston Hospital yet again, he had to undergo yet another series of blood tests, x-rays and a colon scan.
Back to Oncology… On the 22nd of May, he had gone through yet another series of chemo treatments. The result of his pain and suffering would turn out to be in vain, as there was no progression in his condition.
Robert is currently on Morphine for chronic pain, rolling about in his bed complaining about nausea and any food that goes in, comes right back out. Some of his medications are colliding, aggravating the feeling of sickness, with no anti-nausea tablets working.
Robert now has to undergo new treatments of chemotherapy and radiation. After three years of fighting, the savings account is empty and Robert’s life is up to anyone who can aid in funding his treatment. The new set of treatments will cost up to +/-ZAR50 000 for a start, but that’s all he needs to have a ray of hope for his future.
The doctors were very tactful in relaying information about Robert’s time here with us. Robert needs to go through this one last high dosage of radiation to give him a fighting chance.
We want to see him back on his boat with his crew catching fish and enjoying the waves.
With the funds, Robert will be able to afford private treatment, which will give him a fighting chance to get back his old life and live out the rest of his remaining life in health. He has gone through one final radiation treatment, which will be the last attempt from the government to give him more time.
The funds will go toward a private institute, where Robbie will receive a strict diet regime along with 6month’s medical treatment.