Aggressive Breast Cancer at age 27

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Raised by 116 people in 17 months
We always hear of horrible things happening to good people. We question why, but receive no answer. We endure this misunderstanding of life in any way that keeps us moving forward. Alyssa is one of those rare individuals in this world with a heart of pure gold. She always puts others' needs before her own and truly cares about the welfare of all people and living things. Anyone who knows Alyssa can speak to the truth that Cancer has no place invading her beautiful body, mind, or soul.

At 27 years old, Alyssa Rocha was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive Triple Negative Breast Cancer on 4/20/2017. Ten days after her cancer diagnosis, she underwent an emergent double mastectomy to remove the tumor and to prevent the cancer from spreading or recurring in the other breast. It has been a month since Alyssa's surgery and she is now facing 4 months of aggressive chemotherapy to rid her body of any cancer cells that have spread. We have also learned that the chemotherapy regimen Alyssa must undergo has a strong possibility of rendering her ovaries infertile; making our chances of creating a family questionable. The BRCA1+ genetic predisposition for cancer comes with the following:

·        80% chance of getting breast cancer before age 40
·        50% chance of having ovarian cancer by age 45
·        New evidence is showing a strong link for uterine cancer

Alyssa will need PET scans and medical appointments every 6 months at least until age 50 to confirm that the cancer has not returned. Alyssa will also require a complete hysterectomy and oophorectomy by age 35.

Cancer has chosen to confront Alyssa and me(her husband, Travis) at a difficult time in our lives.  Alyssa is currently preparing to apply to nursing schools and I have just entered a career change and started a residency program at a hospital in Denver. The chemotherapy Alyssa will be receiving is heavy duty and Alyssa won't be able to work during this time. Finances are extremely tight right now and without Alyssa being able to work, we are unable to make ends meet. We have thought long and hard about asking for help and have determined that we need to reach out to others.  It is not easy to be vulnerable and let people in while going through such difficult times. We never imagined being in this complicated situation, but here we are....fighting this cancer diagnosis with any and all means necessary.

We are asking for help to pay for medical bills throughout this journey as well as living expenses while Alyssa is unable to work.

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As of July 5th, Alyssa is 25% done with chemo. She is still smiling (albeit, this picture was taken before the chemo). The chemo keeps Alyssa pretty sick for up to 10 days after each infusion, so we get 3-4 days of "moderately normal". We also went up in the mountains on 4th of July, our best and furthest excursion yet. Alyssa and I are more than grateful; we are shocked at the incredible love and support everyone has given us. I will continue to update everyone as we navigate this detour in life.
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First day of chemotherapy done!
First day of Chemotherapy done.
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After surgery. 5/1/2017. Yes, she's eating a string cheese while recovering in the PACU.
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Before surgery. 5/1/2017
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Tom Morgan
17 months ago

Travis and Alyssa, just to be clear the donation in my name is on behalf of Ibis. Everyone wanted to do something on your behalf.

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$18,925 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 116 people in 17 months
Created May 31, 2017
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Harry Gurnee
10 months ago

I love you both and wish you the best, most memorable Christmas.

KI
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Kazu Ishidera
15 months ago

I wish your wife get well soon. Hanging there my friend.

Tom Morgan
17 months ago

Travis and Alyssa, just to be clear the donation in my name is on behalf of Ibis. Everyone wanted to do something on your behalf.

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