Updated posted by Samantha Franco 24 days ago
Dear Family and Friends,
(update from Sandra and Diana)
If you asked us 189 days ago if we would be writing this right now, we would have said you were crazy. This is all still completely unbelievable.
Since our last update 1 month ago, a lot has happened. Lots of chemo and high hopes. A hospital stay with a blood transfusion. A PET scan. Bad news. A Ct scan 11 days later. More bad news.
The cancer inside Sam's body has begun to grow again. It has figured out how to get around the chemo that she was on. And it is AGGRESSIVE. Because of this, Sam's doctors have changed the type of chemo she will get in hopes of halting the cancer growth. They are hopeful. The new chemo started on Monday. It will be 5 days this week and 6 days next week. A week off, and then repeat. We will find out her progress after that second cycle. In the meantime, Sam will be meeting with the radiologist and surgeon in the next couple of weeks, and we can hopefully tackle this from a few different angles.
Sam is the definition of a true warrior. Through all of these ups and downs, she continues to fight, and is more positive than ever. Her attitude about this seriously keeps all of us going.
More updates to come soon, and hopefully nothing but good news. Let's keep the fight going for our girl. She needs all of the love, support, and prayers, she can get. Sam feels that she is already healed and will get through this, so please keep that positive energy going for her.
Diana and Sandra
Updated posted by Samantha Franco 2 months ago
"Once you choose hope, anything is possible." -Christopher Reeve
Dear Family and Friends,
I wanted to give everyone a quick update on Samantha's progress. After round 2 of chemo a few weeks ago, the doctors were a little concerned and ordered an early PET scan. Waiting for results from a scan might be the longest, worst kind of waiting. It is as if the world stops working. 3 days seem like 3 weeks. Torture. But guess what?? The spot on Sam's lung is so minuscule, it is just about gone, and both tumors have shrunk significantly. Hallelujah!! Needless to say, the doctors are pleased with how things are panning out so far. WE are pleased with how things are panning out. Chemo, along with a few tests, will continue for the next couple of months. After this, surgery may be an option. Fingers crossed!
Sam is hanging in there. In fact, she.is.KILLING.IT. Through the most awful side effects, she continues to shock us with her strength and positive attitude. She never seizes to amaze us.
I have to say, until there is something concrete, something positive on paper, it is hard not to lose sight of hope. But let me just say, hope DOES pay off, and I am hanging onto every last shred of it. I know that the next few months will be long and hard-fought, but I also know the fight will be well worth it in the end.
So, get your hopes up, everybody, because we are all fighting this battle for our girl. Let's go kick cancer's ass!
Updated posted by Samantha Franco 3 months ago
Dear Family and Friends,
Happy New Year to all! I (Sandra) know this update is long overdue; it seems as though the holidays got the best of me. The month of December marked Sam's first round of chemo at Sloan. Let me just say that chemo SUCKS (to put it lightly). With it comes lots of other setbacks and ailments, and there is nothing pretty about it. She happens to be getting some of the most potent medications out there, and it is no joke. IT BETTER BE WORKING. The first 2 weeks after her treatment were pretty awful, but things started to look up from there. Sam got to play some soccer, go snowboarding, and take a trip to Germany for a mental break and some international work. Her amazing spirit and attitude continued through it all. Today completed her second round of chemo. In the upcoming weeks (before round three), there will be a new scan in order to monitor progress thus far. Fingers crossed, everyone. I am confident in 2014. New year = new beginnings and good health for all. I am extremely hopeful. After all, without hope, what would we be fighting for?? My gratitude continues, and can never be fully expressed, for all of the love and support that Samantha and my family continue to receive. Without all of you amazing people in our lives, none of this would be possible. More updates to follow in the coming weeks.
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posted by Thomas Amsterdam 22 days ago
Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thanks for the updates. Keep up the good work. Trudy & Sal (Gi's grandma and grandpa)
posted by Trudy Garofalo 3 months ago
Hello everyone! Some of our cousins (with the help of Samantha) created a T-shirt to help raise more money for treatment. Here is the link: https://www.booster.com/smilin gthroughsarcoma/ Shirts are $20. $10 for each shirt will go directly to Sam. The sale will only be active until October 31, so get your orders in :) Let's keep the fight going for our girl
posted by Sandra Franco 5 months ago
Hi all! We have created t-shirts to support Samantha. Please visit https://www.booster.com/smilin gthroughsarcoma/
posted by Heather O'Steen Young 5 months ago
Holistic: nutritious diet, rest, exercise, positive mental outlook, spirituality= a LIFETIME of study. Anyone who knows Samantha knows how incredibly positive and upbeat she is. Her physical body can not run on positivity alone. Her very serious illness came even with her positivity. Holistic means enbodying all aspects of the whole. I like to say Wholistic. Everyone has been so incredibly gracious with their donations and support. The best way that we can continue to support her and her family to help her healing process is to 'allow' this to happen and be her advocate. Let's all help her and not allow her to not get proper rest. If we had the flu we would be in bed. Her illness is extremely serious even if she does not let you see the signs or doesn't recognize them herself. Let's also make sure that she eats well as she will be instructed on the beginning of this journey . Help her to learn how to prepare organic healthy meals as this will have to be a lifetime commitment for her to be healthy and well. Lets not allow her to 'party'. Maybe later on she will be permitted the occasional drink. I know that everyone has her best interests at heart. This family has gone through many unforeseen trials to get Sam where she now is. Let's all collectively help and nurture this family the best way that we can. Love to all and to Sam.
posted by Judy Johnson 6 months ago
Hi Please help my daughter it has lost much blood
posted by Dea Dea 6 months ago
Good luck and all the best
posted by Sal Ac 6 months ago
I wish I could donate money, although I can't do that I can offer my prayers I don't know what I'd do if something happened to one of my sisters, I hope everything works out for yours!
posted by Wendy Giangregorio-Emerald 6 months ago
Sam, this "is" the big game --- You know what to do !!! --- All our love, best wishes, and prayers, The Sands Family (( :)
posted by Leslie Sands 6 months ago
To Sam and family, I Love your positive attitude and hope I can help with the sales of the shirts I've created for you. Coming out soon if you check my Facebook "danielle demattia" or "UR apparel co"
posted by Danielle DeMattia 6 months ago
I hope you have tried traditional methods of chemo before going to alternatives. With Sarcoma, chemo has proven to be the best agent to fight it. It may take some trial and error. Pls consider using chemo as well as alternatives. Positive thoughts coming your way.
posted by Nancy Durett 6 months ago
Please go look at the Kristen Anne Carr website they may be able to help you
posted by Kathleen Millar 6 months ago
Dear Samantha, My family and I are behind you during this fight from which you will come out victorious. You always had the special virtue of overcoming obstacles and we are sure this time will be no different. My mother, father, brother, Taha, and of course my self send you our dearest love and our sincere positive attitudes during this troublesome times. I will be here for you like I've said in the past. I've loved you than, I love you now, I'll always love you. Good luck in Mexico beautiful princess! You can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
posted by Diego Vera Mera 6 months ago
I commend you on your choice of treatment!! I have breast cancer and am choosing to treat it through diet and exercise. I cannot afford Oasis of Hope, but that is one of three places I would go to!! God Bless you and I wish you complete recovery!!
posted by Vicki Rich 6 months ago
If you are looking for an alternative method to healing, I'd recommend reading "The One Minute Cure" (it's a process that only takes one minute a day for several days). You can purchase it on Amazon.com...I read it in a few hours and have used this method for myself and several of my family members. The product they recommend using in this book is also available on Amazon. You and your family are in my prayers.
posted by Michele Ryder 6 months ago
Hi Sam and family :) I'm Shannon LaPatin's sister and was sharing your story today in the teacher's room at school... Mrs. Buck, part of the "Courage for Kyle," foundation told me to please refer you to them, as they'd LOVE to help in any way they can. Her name is "Grace Buck" on fb and I can get you more contact info. if needed. Prayers for all of you!!
posted by Sara LaPatin 6 months ago
You can do it kiddo!!! I just beat endocarcinoma in situ - look into Louis L Hay and Bob Proctor!! No negative thoughts ever and your diet is your lifeline!!! I will pray for you and your family!! Hope is the best dose of medicine and never lose it!
posted by Amanda Smith 6 months ago
Please try Long Island Northshore LIJ hospital they take cases that no one else will.. check them out.. ~ prayers to all.
posted by Allison Hudak 6 months ago
I'm so sorry to hear your story. I was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma when I was 15. That was 16 years ago. Hang in there and best of luck.
posted by Amber Danielle 6 months ago
My friend told me that The Red Cross helps with discounted airfare for stuff like this. Also, to contact your local Walmarts. They are given $1,500 a month to donate to local charities. Hope this helps.
posted by Nicole Hartung 6 months ago
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