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Couple deals with cancer diagnosis, other issues

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Darrell Hollins is battling Stage 4 liver cancer; he and is wife are also in a fight to afford treatment. (Source: WAFF) Darrell Hollins is battling Stage 4 liver cancer; he and is wife are also in a fight to afford treatment. (Source: WAFF)

53-year-old Darrell Hollins spends most of his day watching TV on the couch. His weight loss as of late can be considered extreme, ever since he began fighting stage-4 liver cancer.

His fiance and caretaker is Teresa Gordon.  She said the diagnosis came as a shock. 

"He was hurting in his stomach," she recalled, "and we went to the hospital. And they ran a CT scan on him. When they ran it , it happened to catch the top part of his liver."

After the initial diagnosis, he was sent to a specialist in Birmingham. Teresa said the facility told them Darrell had to have insurance - which, at the time, he did not. As of June 1, Teresa said he got onto Medicaid, and he goes back to Birmingham every three weeks. 

"They got him in a study where he's taking chemo at home. He's taking those pills at home," Teresa said.

With two ruptured discs, Teresa is also on disability and can't work. Paying their bills and medicine is almost impossible. Her frustration is growing because she said she needs help with little things around the house, but can't get it. 

"It's hard because we don't have the gas. We live on Social Security," she said.

There are also high pharmaceutical costs for drugs Darrell is taking. "He takes a lot. He takes two blood pressure pills. He takes a heart pill."

She said he is also on aspirin and depression therapy, plus pills and patches for pain. "With him having to go down there every three weeks, it's very rough," she explained.

Teresa is hopeful she can find an agency who can help them and allow Darrell to concentrate on trying to get well.

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