Fund Garyn's Cancer Surgery & Treatment

 
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Life can be cruel.  Dangling your dreams right in front of you only to attempt to snatch them away at the last moment when you are so close you can almost taste it.  I have dreamed my wh... more

 
 
 
 
 
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Updated posted by Garyn Heidemann 12 months ago

This will be the last post from Jessica - Just had a great meeting with the doc. We have a plan that Garyn is happy with and I'm conservatively happy with ;-) She will be discharged once all the paperwork is in order (which will be 30-60 min).

 
 
 

Updated posted by Garyn Heidemann 12 months ago

Garyn is doing GREAT. I can not see any way that they would keep her. We see the doc in an hour and a half. She's had 2 pieces of toast, 3 jello cups, and 3 cups of veggie broth. That's more than she eats in a normal day! She had a good 90 min nap and now has been chatting non stop. She told me her pain meds aren't working because she has no pain :p We've been down this road before and I think she's starting to believe me that perhaps that means the meds ARE working. Stubborn girl ;p

 
 
 

Updated posted by Garyn Heidemann 12 months ago

Garyn is doing great. She's pretty peppy and chatting with us about Resolute and Ora

 
 
 
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Created by Garyn Heidemann on April 2, 2013


Life can be cruel.  Dangling your dreams right in front of you only to attempt to snatch them away at the last moment when you are so close you can almost taste it.  I have dreamed my whole life about competing at Grand Prix in dressage.  It is no easy feat.  You have to have the right horse, the right trainer, and good health for you and your horse.  I have three of the four requirements.  I have the ride on a wonderful horse who is sound and healthy.  I have a trainer who knows us inside out that I have been with for seven years.  She always knows just what we need to get to the next better place.  I am fit myself but unfortunately the healthy part has been a challenge this last year.  

Last August I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  It was determined to be the "best" possible kind of cancer.  It is not aggressive, it has a very low rate of recurrence and it is very unlikely to spread.  Basically cancer barely let it in the cancer club.  But cancer is cancer and has to be taken seriously.  So we did a total thyroidectomy on September 6th. The surgeons were very confident everything had been removed with clean margins and a lymph node was taken as well as a precaution. Just to make extra sure I did a low-iodine diet so they could inject a radioactive isotope and search for any thyroid cells left in my body.  The scan came back clean.  We were confident the cancer was gone and I was able to focus on regaining my strength and most importantly getting back to training horses.  
 
I was supposed to ride in regional championships at PSG and I-1 a few weeks after my recovery.  That goal helped me rally quicker than the doctor felt possible and I was back on a horse in a week.  Frustratingly my championship entries were somehow lost in the mail. The secretary never received them and they never returned to me.  To this day it remains a mystery.  I was pretty upset about it at the time especially because it was my reason to be better.  My wonderful trainer quickly brushed it off and focused me on continuing my training with a focus of Grand Prix for 2013.  I am extremely proud to say that we did it and we are just about to embark on the most exciting journey of our lives beginning in May. I am receiving the opportunity to live out my lifelong dream.  But of course it couldn't be so easy.

It is just seven months after the surgery and only six months after the clean scan and I found a lump on my neck.  After an ultrasound it looks like the cancer has returned and he brought a few friends.  My second surgery is scheduled for Friday April 12th just 9 days from now.  My first horse show is scheduled for May 4-5.  Mentally, physically and emotionally, I can do this, again....  Financially I cannot.

I have always prided myself on being totally self sufficient.  The training required to make it to Grand Prix is very expensive.  Not to mention the maintenance for the health and well being of our generous equine partners.  I have always worked hard and been creative and found a way to make it work without going in to debt.  After my first surgery I am in debt for the first time in my life.  Last year's medical bills left me with $6,700 to pay out of pocket not including co pays and medications.  I have cut every cost I possibly can including leasing out my horse that I bred and raised to afford to compete this season and make my medical payments.  My cap this year will be an additional $5,000.  There is no way around it, without financial assistance I will not be able to afford to compete this year with the second surgery and further treatment for the cancer.  

My horse Ora is brilliant and deserves to show herself off but we need a little help.  I have $3,200 left from my last round of treatment and the next round will rocket me back to $8,200.  I am not accustomed to asking for help but to prevent my dream from slipping away for another year and possibly longer with the fragile nature of horses, I am forced to ask.

Thank you for reading my story.

 
 
 
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posted by Chris Schlage 11 months ago

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posted by Quynh Dao 12 months ago

As a pancreatic cancer survivor from a year ago Jan., I will pray for your recovery. My training business was hit hard by that and another major surgery last year and then the smoke here in Wenatchee have made funds very short. My best wishes and prayers for your recovery.

posted by Joelle Dawson-Barker 12 months ago

I am shocked, humbled, grateful, honored, touched and many more emotions that lack words. The stress of having such a fast return of a tumor a big thing to deal with. Seeing my dreams slipping away is beyond heart crushing. Well my heart is full. I am ready. Thank you is not powerful enough but its all I have for now. Thank you.

posted by Garyn Heidemann 12 months ago

Big HUGS, Love and Light for you to kick this cancer in the rear.

posted by Marianne Howard 12 months ago

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Have faith in God!!

 

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Love you Garyn. You can beat this cancer and still ride Grand Prix!

 

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Love you Gar Bear

 

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Janne Sleeper

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Garyn, You are a bright and shining light in this sometimes tough and wearying horse training world. Sometimes people are good and not so nice. Other times they are nice and not so good. You, however, manage nice and good and you're funny to boot. I should give you money just for the laughs you offer on your Facebook page. Good luck with this endeavor and keep your face in the sunshine with your shadows behind you.

 

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