Help-Tammie-Triumph

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Raised by 22 people in 60 months
Recently diagnosed with Invasive Squamos Cell Carcinoma (Cervical Cancer), Tammie has been undergoing a myriad of tests and procedures for more than 8 months, with her husband Brendhan by her side. Doctors initially did not believe Tammie had cancer and precious months were lost in attempts to discover the source of her pain and bleeding, which has continually worsened. Initially, Tammie did not have insurance and she and Brendhan quickly went through their savings. Copays and premiums have run into the thousands, with family members contributing all they can. 

Now in treatment at the Comprehensive Cancer Center in Palm Springs, CA, next week Tammie is scheduled to undergo a radical hysterectomy (for the cancer in her cervix and uterus), a pelvic and para-aortic lymph node dissection (to detect how far into the lymph node system the cancer has spread), and an exploratory laparotomy (doctors are still unable to explain the source of her pain and large amounts of blood loss). The doctor has indicated additional procedures may take place while she is in the operating room. Radiation and chemotherapy are expected to follow surgical treatments.

The coming weeks and months will continue to be a physical and emotional challenge for this loving couple. We are attempting to raise funds for her medical care, lost work, and needs of the immediate household. Any donation, however small will help. We thank everyone for the many wishes for a speedy recovery that have been received.
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Hey everyone - time for an update :) So I wrap up my second round of external radiation tmr (Horray!) and I have internal radiation until Feb 18th. Beginning next Friday, Feb 6th I begin the second round of chemo. After consulting with the medical oncologist today, we have opted for 12 weeks of weekly chemo, then we will do another scan and plan on another 12 weeks of weekly chemo. Up to 6 months total. I want you all to look forward to the next post in which I will share the pics that we will take on Thursday of my head shaving. My loving husband Brendhan has waited for a decade to get to shave my head (and he is not even getting me drunk to convince me!) so I am sure he will have a good time in doing so. All your continued prayers and encouragement is much appreciated as we continue to move ahead with this most unpleasant of treatments. Love to you all. Tammie
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Hello everyone - I thought it was time for an update to all my friends and family. I was hospitalized on Dec 3 because I had deteriorated to the point that I did not recognize where I was, or my caregivers, including my husband. I lost nine pounds in one week. Thats when I decided that I was done doing whatever the doctors told me to do. I refused all medications. I was on three very strong, different narcotics and several medications to deal with the side effect of the narcotics, totalling 14 different meds. None of these treat my cancer, they deal with the pain and other issues like nausea etc. I was off everything for about 2 weeks and the pain started to get beyond what I could bear as everything worked it way out of my system. I am now on one narcotic, oxycodone. I usually need 20 to 30 mg a day to manage the pain, but I have stopped throwing up and the night sweats and chills have become much more manageable. I can walk again and shower myself etc, which I had not been able to do for the month before.
The next step in treatment was to go to UCLA and have the bracytherapy. They called me on the 16th of December to tell me that they do not accept my insurance, but they have a reduced price for cash patience of only 38K dollars! Needless to say, we cancelled the treatment. The 18 to 30 month prognosis was if I had this treatment, so we are reevaluating where I am. I have several follow-up appointments in January with my original cancer team as they attempt to come up with an alternative treatment plan that will try to lengthen my life span.
Right now I am in a holding pattern, taking drugs to help with the pain, and hoping that when I see them they do not tell me there is nothing more they can do, and then give me a shorter span. It is nerve-wracking to just wait...
Thank you to everyone for listening. I appreciate all the continued prayers and well wishing that I regularly recieve from so many of you. There continue to be good days and bad days, smiles and special remembering and laughter, and yes, plenty of tears and fear as well. That is part of being human, and I am so grateful for all that I have gotten to experience to this point. Brendhan and I will celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary on December 31st. I picked that day to me married because to me it was always the day of the year that is filled with the most hope.
Brendhan and I wish for all of you that 2015 brings many joyous experiences and much love. Do not put off telling everyone you care about how you feel, do it every day. Happy New Year.
Tammie
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Hello to all of my friends and family - It is time to update everyone on what has transpired. Wednesday completed the first course of chemo, and Monday completes this first course of external beam radiation. Many of you are aware of next few steps in the treatment plan. I will review those in a min for those that may have missed it. However, prior to this week we have held out hope that the doctors would say that remission was at least a possibility. We have known from the beginning that I have a very agressive cancer. Yesterday we were told that my case is incurrable, and that the purpose of the treatment schedule is to try to slow the disease and give me as much time as they can. Discussions of time are a tricky thing, and always very difficult to have. They have told me that I should be able to count on about 18 months of being able to live a fairly normal life if I am careful with my energy and manage the stress and fatigue. After that, quality of life will start to deteriorate. They think the outside life expectancy is maybe three years if I respond well to the rest of the treatment agenda.
To say that we have had a hard emotional time this last 24 hours is certainly true. We have difficult decisions to make in front of us. There are some who will think I should not post this, but I promised myself when I started this journey that if I was going to go public, I would do it with both the good and the bad and maybe in doing so, someone else could be helped.
I want to take a moment to emphasize that cervical cancer in its early stages is 100 percent curable, and a simple annual pap test makes that possible. Because of the turmoil in my life a few years ago, and how life always seems to be to busy and other things too important to bother with simple things like that annual check up, i put it off and put it off. My cancer progressed past the point of being able to be cured. Please, please. please ladies - get your pap test, it can literally save your life.
Next on the agenda for treatment is brachtherapy - internal radiation that will be administed at the UCLA medical center where the procedure is more advanced. That should take us to the new year, when high dose chemo kicks in.
From most of our family and friends, we have had an outpouring of love and encouragement. We will not give up easily, and I will continue to fight for every day that I can spend with those that I love and that love Brendhan and I. My husband is a completely devoted caregiver, who sometimes forgets to take care of himself as well. We send heartfelt thanks to all of you that have reached out to us in love and caring.
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Hi Everyone - time another update! The team has come up with an overall treatment plan. I currently am receiving daily external beam radiation (Monday - Friday) and weekly (Wednesday) chemo, this will continue for 5.5 weeks (28 treatments) Then they are looking to send me to UCLA for approx 3 weeks for internal radiation (when the doctor said 20 needles going in at one time to deliver the device and material I was a bit taken back. He smiled and promised me they put me under for it). That will be followed by 6 cycles of 3 weeks each of the hard core chemo. Yes, you will all finally get to see me without hair! That takes us to around the first of May, then we will see how I have responded to all that! This is the part I spoke about earlier that is about the long haul, not a short sprint. Some of this gets a bit scary for us I won't deny, but we try to go just one day at a time. It is nice to think we will "kick it's ass" and encouraging statements like that, but you realize how helpless you really can be during this process. Follow orders, eat right, rest a lot. These are not ass kicking activites lol. Sorry I will not get to see anyone during the coming holiday season, but each of these treatments follow immediately the one before for maxium effectiveness. Brendhan and I appreciate that you all keep us in your thoughts.
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Raised by 22 people in 60 months
Created September 15, 2014
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RO
$100
Ruben & Mary Onate
58 months ago

Constant thoughts and prayers with you always cousin. Love you and tammie, keep strong! miss you guys.

RA
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Richard, Crystal & Mariah Alire
58 months ago

You both are in our thoughts and prayers. Please keep us updated when possible. We Love You Both!

LH
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Leona Holahan
58 months ago
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Olivia Fox
59 months ago
RC
$25
Ronna Clark
59 months ago
$25
Anonymous
59 months ago
$50
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59 months ago
EA
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Elizabeth Van Alstine
59 months ago

May you place your trust in God. Lean on Him for strength and courage. Will keep you in our prayers.

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anonymous
59 months ago

praying for your full recovery, and for peace and strength for you and your family

FR
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Flo Racing
59 months ago

Here's some cash for you guys, hope it helps!

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