As you all know by now, our lives were turned upside down a few weeks ago when doctors told us that my wife Marty’s breast cancer had returned and this time there was no treatment option other than the one every woman fears, mastectomy.
They will also take a lymph node to determine if the cancer has spread. The devastating news was compounded by the fact that, as independent freelance writers, the only health insurance we can afford is a bare-bones policy with a high deductible. Our portion of the biopsy and surgery alone was estimated at $7,000 and the hospital requested at least one-third of that up front before the surgery on May 7.
A feeling of desperation and helplessness settled over us. I did the only thing I knew to do. I put out an appeal to you, my readers, on this website. You can read it here.
You may not know it, but this site attracts a readership of between 10,000 and 20,000 clicks per article, thanks to re-postings on multiple other platforms with a hunger for the information I am putting out.
But I felt led to send our appeal only to the 500 “followers” who get an email every time I post a new article. If any other platforms wished to share the plea, they could contact me and ask, but I was not going to ask them. Let’s just see what God does. Several friends who report on similar culture-war topics did reach out and run the appeal to their email lists and blogs. You know who you are and I will never forget what you did. The response has been far greater than I ever imagined. Not only did you respond with enough to cover the one-third upfront cost but you covered our full estimated obligation of $7,000, plus a few thousand extra to carry us over during the roughly six-week period when Marty will be unable to work and I will be her main caretaker.
I cannot thank you all enough, not only for the donations but the countless notes, cards and emails offering your sincere love, support and prayers. I personally feel buttressed in my faith and in my confidence that I am providing information on this site that you consider valuable and want to see continue. I feel rejuvenated in my zeal to continue researching and writing. Below is a letter from Marty to all of you, my loyal readers, who reached out to us in our hour of need.
From Marty Hohmann, wife of ‘Stealth Invasion’ author Leo Hohmann:
I have been a writer all my life. I have written about everything from government and science to heartwarming stories about little old ladies who are still dancing well into their nineties.
And now, when I think I most need the words, I am at a total loss.
“Thank you” doesn’t seem to adequately express the fullness of my heart, and yet those are the only words I know to say. Leo and I have been profoundly moved and humbled by the outpouring of love and support we received as a result of his column of a week ago.
I have heard from people as close by as a few houses down my street to as far away as California, Canada and Denmark. Many have no idea who I am. I have received notes of kindness, support, prayers, and love.
Cancer has a way of bringing you to tears—first with the initial diagnosis, second with subsequent diagnoses, the pain of surgery and the fears of future treatments. I have experienced all of those things numerous times and God has carried me through all the way. I also cried when overwhelmed by medical bills pouring in and trying to pick up additional freelance work to pay those bills.
But nothing prepared me for the tears that would come from seeing God’s people rally around us, acting as the hands and feet of Jesus, and ministering to us in our time of need. We are profoundly grateful and promise to you that we will climb this mountain, successfully scale it, and get back to the work God has placed before us!
We live in a dying world that desperately needs Jesus. It is easy to feel alone, as an island in the midst of a vast ocean with wave after wave of evil attacks. You have each tangibly shown me that we are not alone. I have seen the remnant church and I am heartened. We’ve got this!
If God wills me a long life, like those little old ladies dancing into their nineties, I will welcome each new day as it arrives and try to stay focused on Him. If my days are short, I will spend them wrapped in the love of God and His people.
Praying God’s richest blessings on you all. Marty Hohmann
Leo Hohmann is an freelance writer and journalist, author of the 2017 book “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad.” He is working on a follow-up that will investigate the Interfaith movement, which is ushering false and antichrist ideas into Western churches. If you would like to support this project, please consider a donation of any size.