This week instead of our “tools and tips” blog for home repair…..
Today I am writing about my freind Dan Bergen. Dan has been a good friend for over 20 years. We used to ride bicycles all over the northeast and Florida.
In a recent post we discussed what happens when the Repairman’s appliance breaks, but what about when the Repairman himself breaks…..Oh No! Fortunately, I have no issues myself. However, my good friend and valued Electrician has had a serious, life altering, year long struggle after being diagnosed with Rectal Cancer last summer. All the trade experience and knowledge developed over the years is of little value if the body gives out! Dan’s struggles began by simply noticing “stuff” simply didn’t look normal when he got up from the toilet for “the daily flush”, a morning ritual we all go through. Being the dedicated professional he is, business came first and he initially ignored the issue, The Jobs were more important! If I or anyone else called, he was always there! Dan was living a contractors dream life – 8 months on scenic Cape Cod, 4 months in sunny, South Florida…….And after all, with the exception of too many Happy Hours, our friend was leading a relatively healthy lifestyle – Chasing me up hills on our daily Sunday bike rides on Cape Cod – nothing could really be wrong! Eventually, common sense prevailed, and Dan put down the tool belt long enough for the dreaded visit to………”The Doctor”, something Everyone fears! What will he say?, What will he find? A Colonoscopy was performed and discovered a cancerous tumor in the Colon that had been growing for probably years. All those times Dan had put the customer first, he was now wishing he had put himself first! What follows next is Dan’s ongoing, year long odyssey thru the medical system trying to resolve this issue, all while continuing to provide electrical services for valued clients.
Recently Dan was told that all the chemo treatments and operations he went through the last year did not work. During this entire time Dan continured to work although not nearly has much as he had in the past. Recently I went to visit Dan for a week. I went with him to a job he was doing. There he was continuing to try to work with chemo ports, and 3 different bags collecting various bodily liquids. You might ask why is Dan working. Well first of all he has been self employed for over 15 years and he is also a very proud person and would not try to impose on anyone. I want everyone to know that any money raised will be to help Dan enjoy what life he has left along with uncovered medical expenses. He recently told me he did not want to go through chemo again. He is checking into some alternative treatments but, as we know these alternative treatments are not covered by insurance.
If you have an interest in helping Dan, you can go to the “gofundme” page I have started on his behalf. I will continue to update but if you want to follow his story or donate, click on www.gofundme.com Thanks, Nick