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Meg Swensen Fighting Cancer

$21,900 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 225 people in 12 months
Welcome to Meg's  site. We appreciate your support, love , words of hope and encouragement.  ---With love Jeremy, Jonah, Quinlan and Beckett

From Meg: In November of 2017, I noticed a lump in my left armpit.  Over then next four months and three visits to the doctor, a biopsy was finally agreed upon by the radiologists with the encouragement of my primary care physician.  My biopsy was performed at the beginning of March, and the following week and a half were some of the longest days I have ever experienced.  We were told the results would be ready by Tuesday following the biopsy only to be put off day after day after day because of more and more tests that needed to be run.  On Friday, over a week after the biopsy, I called my care team and basically begged for even an answer to the most basic of biopsy questions-is it cancer or not?  Later that day, my primary care doctor called me from her personal cell phone while she was at home on vacation with her own family to give me a glimpse into the news we had been waiting for.  It was cancer, and it was a  "rare" type of lymphoma.  She didn't have any other details because the pathologists were still trying to elicit exactly what type of lymphoma.  Turns out four senior pathology professors at the University of Minnesota had worked on my case, including sharing it as a case report during clinical conference.  Like usual I'm something of a "special case".  On Tuesday March 20, our lives drastically changed.  The initial meeting with the oncologist at our local cancer center at Fairview Lakes Regional Hospital brought us to our knees.  My diagnosis is a rare form of Non-Hodgkins T-cell lymphoma called angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma.  Only 1-2% of people diagnosed with lymphoma have this particular variant, and the vast majority of those are over age 60.  My age(45)  combined with the type of lymphoma is something of an aberration.  The most horrifying part of the information the oncologist gave us is that T-cell lymphomas are extremely difficult to treat as they don't respond well to typical chemotherapy drugs.  What makes mine worse is that I have a particularly aggressive form of T-cell lymphoma.  The mainstay of treatment is a bone marrow transplant after rounds of chemo in hopes of killing off the cancer cells and then reseeding my body with a new immune system.  Our oncologist looked at us as said, "This has already been looked at by the four senior professors at the U of MN, and their recommendation is for you to go right to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion and treatment."  Mayo will have the latest drugs and clinical trial options as well due to their world renowned lymphoma specialists.  And so the circus begins...
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Meg’s hematologist/oncologist is fairly certain that the fevers and the side effects that are occurring-Meg's lethargy, lack of appetite, and her weight loss are all being caused by her lymphoma which seems quite active right now. Some of her nodes become larger by the day and new ones showing up in odd places.

So now we attack and leave some of the old A$$ concerns behind! She can’t afford to miss any cancer treatments because the lymphoma is advancing too quickly at this point.

Positive thoughts, prayers, and good vibes are needed please.

We need to make sure no more life-threatening complications arise to derail her chemo treatments so she can kick this crap out of her body!

Thank you for your continued support and donations!
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Thank you so much for the recent donations and support.

The saga continues as the SSD office (6 months later) calls to tell us they now need a form to verify she still has Lymphoma. WTF?
So the wait continues for income....... ugh!
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Hello everyone-

We received some bad news today.
“This was my visit that doubled checked my PET scan and blood work to make absolutely sure I was in remission so my bone marrow transplant could commence. Unfortunately, we got the shocking news that I have at least two lymph nodes in separate areas of my body and on opposite sides of my body that are enlarged and hyper reactive. There is a 95% chance that this is my cancer returned. Biopsies tomorrow will confirm this suspicion. So our lives once again get turned upside down. I am no longer eligible for the autologous bone marrow transplant (where they use my own immune cells). I will be entered into a number of clinical trials for novel approach treatments for my type of t-cell lymphoma until they can get me into remission again. (If they can.) At that point I would be eligible for an allogenic bone marrow transplant (using an outside donor) if my body is healthy enough to withstand the chemo and potential complications that are common with any kind of transplant using donor tissues.

Needless to say this has been quite a shock to me and my family. For now we are just trying to process the changes that this will force on us. Sigh...”
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We over halfway to fundraising goal. We are amazed by the love and support we have received from so many people.

Meaghan will have 21 weeks of Chemothearpy, followed by a bone marrow transplant. She is being cared for by the wonderful staff from Mayo. Because of her treatment regiment, there will be lots of traveling to Mayo, hotels and restaurant food. Your donations are helping to pay these expenses among others for our awesome boys!

Thank you for your continued prayers and positive vibes!

Much love-

Jeremy and Meaghan
Beckett, the one-eyed bandit.
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