By Carrie Steinweg
LANSING, Ill. (December 28, 2022) – Lansing resident Michael Schoettle is just 32, but has had more medical treatments and procedures in the last few weeks than many people have in their lifetime. On November 2 he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Since then he has had numerous rounds of lab work, imaging tests and biopsies, a partial cystectomy, a TURBT procedure, bladder irrigation, laser ablation, electrodesiccation and photon radiation therapy.
There will be plenty more intervention to come and Schoettle’s girlfriend, Julie Murphy, has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for ongoing medical expenses.
“He has already received various treatments and procedures to help him beat this,” said Murphy on the GoFundMe page. “We are optimistic at this time of his prognosis so far. Unfortunately, as you can imagine, health insurance doesn’t always cover some medical procedures. Therefore, Michael needs your help to cover costs that have been out of pocket for him and his family. His expenses have included medication, procedures, treatments and other unexpected costs.”
She also said that he learned recently of a tumor regrowth and will need to undergo more extensive treatment.
“The prognosis looks good,” said Schoettle. “I remain hopeful and optimistic and am thankful for all the support and well-wishes.”
To donate toward Schoettle’s medical expenses, visit https://bit.ly/3WdQkTq.