Help Annie Fight Lung/Brain Cancer!
For those that have been through cancer with a love one, I know you understand the hopeless feeling, sorrow, the pain of not being able to make it go away. This past week and a half have been so hard physically on Annie. She has been so sick and in so much pain after one clinical trial treatment. She will go back on Tuesday the 13th for second dose of Opdivo. This drug has horrid side effects. It all just breaks my heart.
I ask that those of you that can and have not donated to please do so.
Thanks for all the prayers, thoughts, cards, and love.
As you know, in November of 2015 Annie was diagnosed with Lung cancer.
We thought we were almost done and she was only left with one small tumor.
Unfortunately, in October of 2016 Annie was home alone and realized something was wrong.
She was shaking uncontrollably on one side, so she got on her phone and recorded the episode.
After some convincing from friends and family, Annie called an ambulance and was taken to the hospital.
In the ER is where we learned that her lung cancer had metastasized to her brain.
Scans showed Annie had 8 tumors spread throughout her brain.
Annie did radiation for 2 weeks and has been placed on anti-seizure medications.
Her license has also been taken away for 6 months as the result of the seizure.
Annie is now involved in a clinical trial for her lung cancer.
This clinical trial promises a prolonging of life, however it comes with some very scary and serious side effects.
Annie is already experiencing severe joint pain, nausea, extreme fatigue, and loss of coordination in her extremities.
Annie's vision is also becoming worse as well as short term memory loss.
As an artist, this has been the hardest side effect to handle.
While Annie was in the hospital in October, I was out of work for a week without any paid time off.
There will be additional days needed off for various appointments, tests and treatments that will all be without pay.
Unfortunately timed vehicle repairs, so I could still make it to work and we could make it to appointments, has drained all of our savings.
A huge worry for Annie has been the financial impact of the final expenses and end of life care.
When all she needs to focus on is healing, the stress of our finances occupies her mind.
We would like to thank everyone that helped donate in 2015 and sent their prayers and thoughts to us. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
It is with great pain that with the tragic diagnosis of now brain cancer as well as her initial diagnosis, that we ask for help.
This clinical trial is as much scary and risky as it is promising.
I'm now considered stage 4 with lymph involvement. "Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer with Sqamous". Both lungs, but no other organ involvement at this time. I will do another week of radiation this week and then chemo will start. The goal is to shrink the tumors around my aorta and ease the clamp it has on my breathing. We are in "treatment" mode, not "curing this" mode. Disability is much harder to obtain, although we have hope for medicaid to help with the medical bills. Jan and I can no longer legally marry without it making her responsible for all my bills. Although Georgia just said we could legally do just that. It's almost funny. I still need to hire an attorney for advanced directives and an adviser for other legal issues. Hope, pray, and wish us well. This is all so stressful on Jan who is our only breadwinner now. Kate's boss decided that the holidays and this news of mine would combine nicely with laying Kate off. This would be a fine thing to do after 3 years of perfectly loyal service and an award winning brunch menu of her design. We are down, but we are not out.
I want to thank everyone for understanding our needs at this time. Both emotionally and financially. I must put my pride aside for the good of my family and to prolong my life. I plan to be here to repay each of you in some way in the future. Much love to all as we battle this jerk cancer! Thank you to Jessica Marshall for the gift of this effort. No matter the outcome. Thank you all again.
I've been quite for several days. I get that way when I am afraid, anxious, fear of an unknown journey. That journey begins Monday 12/14/2015 at 11:30am.....The Chemo therapy journey for Annie Burke. I am afraid and Annie is terrified. The 2 Chemo meds that will be given to Annie are the strongest made. It's the meds used when other Chemo meds have failed for other people, and this is the starting point for Annie. Also, getting our home ready to protect her from any infections, and to protect us from her hazardous body fluids after each Chemo treatment. For 2 days all her body fluids will be dangerous/hazardous to Katherine and myself. For this I have no fear. My fear is....what these Chemo medications will do to Annie. So Monday the second cancer fighting battle begins, with fear, anxiety of great capacity.
Monday starts chemo and more than anything else, I know that I will take you all in there with me. It will bring me strength to handle this toughest part of this fight. To all those donations whether 10 dollars or hundreds, I have no words of thanks that would convey my gratitude. It is enormous. You are all allowing me to not go bankrupt during this fight and to have every medication I need. To my brother and sister, Bill and Dawn many hugs and much love for your generous gift of funds, but more so in reaching out so lovingly.
I want to take the time to thank everyone for their prayers, love, support, thoughts, kind words, and financial support for Annie Burke and our family. Cancer is hard on everyone especially the person diagnosed with this horrible disease. It has been a difficult weekend for all of us. Emotions in overdrive. Please continue you prayers, thoughts of us all. Much love to you all, some I have meet in person, some via internet, and some I do not know. I thank you all.