This song touches my soul. You see, my husband Tom was diagnosed with bladder cancer in July of this year. As often is the case, a song from Kenny Chesney really moves us. This song, Better Boat, is Tom’s “anthem”.
He gets emotional when he hears it because it reflects this journey we are on. Diagnosed in July, tumors removed, Tom has chosen an integrated but mostly holistic/natural treatment protocol.
So, it often feels like we are on our own and alone doing this. Cancer causes you to fear, anger, and with this treatment, it is really building his bodies immune system to fight this disease. The cost of surgery, doctors, tests and strong nutrients, specific food-all organic, oxygen hyperbaric chamber treatments, Far-Infrared Sauna treatments, and Cryo-Nitrogen treatments are very expensive.
The week Tom was diagnosed, I lost my monthly client so it’s been tough.
So far, tests show we have pushed cancer back but it’s still at the cellular level so we continue this treatment protocol for at least another year. It takes so much money to do that.
This song reflects how Tom feels and we both have faith in what he is doing. I do the research, make the appointments, handle the insurance and paperwork, find the food, store & prepare it and keep nutrients stocked.
I worry because we can’t pay for this for a year. It’s about $2500 a month on average if we don’t run into obstacles and need other things. And that doesn’t include whatever tests he may need throughout the year.
My friend started a gofundme page and friends, family, and associates were kind enough to donate but we really need help.
Because a holistic treatment for cancer seems so controversial, and this song has touched our hearts in such a big way, I’ve created this blog page www.buildabetterboat.life to blog and vlog about the journey.
We understand that many believe in complete western treatments but we know others support us and believe in natural as well. So far, we’ve tried to blend it but Doctors are not willing to work with us. I cry when I hear this song because it reminds me of Tom’s journey just like Summertime reminds me of my last summer with my mom, who we lost to cancer.
I pray that people will find this blog and know we sincerely need help. If I could find 250 people that would give $100 on the gofundme page, I could breathe that we can get through this year.
All of Kenny’s music is amazing, this song is very special to us and we love the No Shoes Nation Community. Sorry to say we won’t be able to see Kenny in concert even though it’s the first time in several years he has played in Jacksonville, FL (close to us) but we can’t spend any money on anything extra. So, we hope when we get through this we can see Kenny again.
Thanks, Kenny for this song. Thanks to those reading this. #CancerFreeTom – if you wish to read our story and maybe make a donation, here is the gofundme link: https://www.gofundme.com/help-tom-leone-beat-cancer&rcid=r01-154618935924-c9690a61635446e0&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w if You just wish to follow our journey, my updates please subscribe here to get notices or simply come back to this page.