Jess' Cancer Treatment Medical Fund
Asking for help is one of the most difficult things in the world for me. I was so reluctant to even look into crowd-funding because I don't like to expose anyone else to my problems-- it took me the longest time to even tell my family about the diagnosis. But I do need help. I had to quit my job, in March, in hopes of slowing the growth of the cancer. I have no insurance and even if I get the hospital sponsorship I'm applying for, it certainly won't fund anything outside The States. There's no way I can possibly pay for the treatment I need on my own. As I watch my savings rapidly depleting, my stress is rapidly increasing. Cancer tends to feed on stress and that stresses me even more. If you have even one dollar to spare, I would be eternally grateful. Positive thoughts, prayers, and warm wishes are also accepted. :)
Today is my follow up appointment with Dr. Camp at MUSC. I have a feeling he's going to suggest that I go to Wake Forest or Duke for the massive surgery. Dr. Akoury doesn't think I'm quite ready for that big of a surgery yet. With the surgery, there would be extensive organ removal, I would lose organs which I would truly rather keep. I've done my research and know that loads of new problems come with organ removal. The surgery would not solve the problem. Once the mucin is removed, the abdomen will instantly begin to fill the free space with fluid and the mucin would continue to produce-- meaning, I would soon have to go back and repeat the debulking surgery several times for the rest of my life.
Right now, the chemo program I'm on is working beautifully. I'll most likely be heading back home today after my appointment and attempt to raise enough money to get back to Dr. Akoury for more treatments. To be honest, I'm extremely concerned that once I get home and am not having these treatments I'll begin moving backwards. I don't want to lose this gained ground but I have no way of continuing the chemo treatments without funds. I'm trying so hard not to worry about the money but it's a real roadblock. By going home and doing nothing, all the problems associated with this cancer diagnosis will continue to be a bigger and bigger issue. I don't want to backtrack. I want to continue healing. I can't do it without your help. I hate to feel like I'm begging for money but at this point I'm actually begging for good health. Please, please, please, share my story, if you can donate anything-- please do. I'm currently $21,000 away from my next round of chemo. That's a whole lot of money. I can't do this by myself. My family can't do it for me. But with your help, we can make it work. Thank you all for how much you've already done! I will never be able to express how grateful and blown away I've been at your kindness and generosity. You're all superstars.
I have an appointment with Dr. Camp (the surgeon who did the debulking for me) at MUSC next week. He's probably going to want to send me over to Duke for the massive surgery. I'm still extremely opposed to major organ removal-- especially having seen such great results with the treatments I've been receiving. Big decisions to be made there so please pray that I make the best possible decision.
Now the icky part-- finances. I still owe $7,000 for this week's treatments. AND to continue with another round of chemo it will be an additional $21,000. Having seen such positive results, I absolutely hate the thought of having to quit here and go home to no treatments.
Dr. Akoury is truly catering to my needs specifically. She's using the chemo which responds best to the type of cancer I have, she's giving it to me in low doses to keep it from destroying me from the inside out-- this also ensures that I won't have all the negative side effects which most chemo patients have to endure. Dr. Akoury creates a plan for me each week to meet my needs, it's not just going by the typical cancer patient protocol and for that I am so incredibly thankful.
I'm proud to report that there's meat on my bones again, I'm feeling stronger, smiling bigger, fighting harder, and showing cancer who's boss!
Please continue to pray that I'm able to stay on this track of winning, help me by sharing my GoFundMe page with your friends and family (and encourage them to share too), if you can donate, please do, even five dollars could make a huge difference.
Jess underwent surgery this morning, Friday, January 27th. The doctor did not give much hope for success. Yet he was willing to try... something none of the other doctors were willing to do- without completely ravaging her body. The surgery was to be limited to 2 hours because of the frailty of her body. But praise God, she was out of surgery in 1 1/2 hours with 15 liters of "jelly" being removed! That would almost fill a 5 gallon bucket! A loss of 30 lbs. She can breathe again! She can lie comfortably in bed. She still has a way to go - she has to fight to keep it from coming right back. Please pray as she continues the fight against this aggressive cancer. We look forward to the day we can say she has "no evidence of disease"!!
Praying for you... Have you checked with MD Anderson in Houston Texas .... is it Leiomya Sarcoma.... They have clinical trails & you should be able to get immediate disability and Medicaid with your condition.... I pray you check out them.... they deal with all kind of cancer ... & are a great source and have been Amazing for my Mom
I love you and will be praying for you and your family for strength and guidance.
Still praying for you Jess, my mom started her 2nd round of chemo today as well. Her leukemia is back and spread, plz pray for her as well.
Praying for doctors that will take what ever approach is needed to help Jess..God's Devine healing upon Jess..and wise medical decisions to get her there...
Jess, my husband and I are praying for you.