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Samar's Treatment

$2,380 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 27 days
In June of 2018, Samar starting having abnormal symptoms in her body. She was experiencing severe joint and muscle pain, fever, night sweats and fatigue. Very quickly, she lost 45 pounds and started losing her hair. 

After multiple doctor visits, the practitioners became confused about her symptoms and sent her for multiple tests and scans to come up with a proper diagnosis.

Finally, after months of confusion, Samar was diagnosed with Lyme disease. Her blood tests were coming back with alarming results, sending her back to the ER every month for either pain management or blood transfusions.

Samar's mother decided to take her to a hematologist, where more tests were taken. Her final diagnosis came to be Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  I've copied and pasted a definition of the illness below:

"Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer of the lymphoid line of blood cells characterized by the development of large numbers of immature lymphocytes. Symptoms may include feeling tired, pale skin color, fever, easy bleeding or bruising, enlarged lymph nodes, or bone pain."

Currently Samar is receiving care at UCSD Jacob's Medical Center , and doctors are expecting her to be here for at least 30 days, depending on later test results.

She has started her chemo-therapy treatment as of 2/22/2019 and is expected to continue the regimen until progress is obtained. 

Samar is only 20 years old and is an active person in our San Diego Animal Rights community. She has joined us on a consistent basis, fighting against cruelty to animals. Samar also helped organize the San Diego Anonymous for the Voiceless chapter alongside Rachel Hosler, and has been a vital part of our team since the beginning. 

I've created this page, along with Rachel to help pay for Samar's treatment. The estimated cost is far more than we've set our online goal for, but every little bit helps. Thank you to everyone who's continued to support the community in any way possible!

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Update From Samar:
"First of all, I want to thank everyone once again for the love and support. This means so much to us during this difficult time. So far I’m feeling very optimistic about everything even though the chemo treatment is slowly creeping up on me in terms of how I am feeling physically.

The doctors said I am neutropenic right now and so immuno-compromised that holding off on having too many visitors is best for me right now. I am at high risk for getting sick or developing an infection. As much as I’d love to see everyone I am gonna have to reserve weekends for visitors and probably until the end of the month if I’m feeling better.

It lifts my spirits to receive so much love from everyone but for now we will have to reserve it for the weekends. Hope you understand, thank you all again!"
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Update from Samar:

Family & friends! I wanted to let you all know that I am doing well and I’ve received my first round of chemo and am feeling pretty good. The chemo has basically wiped out my white blood cells so my immune system is hanging on by a thread. For this reason I’ll be in the hospital for at least a month receiving treatment, and hopefully then go home afterwards. We feel blessed to have so much love and support from everyone. The overwhelming amount of love we’ve received is moving. Thank you all for being there for me!
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Hey Everyone!
Samar posted this update on her FaceBook:

"Family & friends! I wanted to let you all know that I am doing well and I’ve received my first round of chemo and am feeling pretty good.

The chemo has basically wiped out my white blood cells so my immune system is hanging on by a thread.

For this reason I’ll be in the hospital for at least a month receiving treatment, and hopefully then go home afterwards.

We feel blessed to have so much love and support from everyone.

The overwhelming amount of love we’ve received is moving. Thank you all for being there for me!"
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