Andrea is an Angel - Memorial Fund
Here is some background about why I created this page originally, the original text for the page, and what Andrea has gone through:
I have created this page to benefit a wonderful person named Andrea. Andrea is practically part of my family. It has been difficult to watch her go through one obstacle after another in her life & not feel like there was anything my family could do to help.
At 15 she was diagnosed with VonHippel Lindau syndrome, a very rare condition in which she began growing benign tumors on her central nervous system & various organs. She had most of her adrenal glands removed at this time & now has to be on medication daily to stay alive.
In 2001 she developed Pancreatic cancer. She had a WHIPPLE surgery, in which the lower part of her stomach, part of the upper intestine, the head of the pancreas, common bile duct & gall bladder were removed. She followed that up with chemo & kicked cancer's butt! As a result of her surgery, she became diabetic.
In 2009, she developed liver cancer. At the same time she was to start treatment, her beloved fiance passed away. While grieving she had to continue on with treatment, which included more chemo & various surgeries.
In March 2011, at almost 30 years old, after complications due to pneumonia, Andrea went into a coma, had to be intubated and nearly died. She recovered from that but had to be switched to a very aggressive form of chemo, since she was not responding to previous treatments. Before all this started she had been going to school to get her degree in nursing. Unfortunately, it became too difficult to manage school with everything going on and she had to stop.
Amidst all of this, her and Adam began dating. She often talks about how he was very aware of all she was going through when they began dating and chose to stick by her side. It's obvious that he saw what we already know, how amazing she is! :)
With everyone's continued support, she has just had her third round of this treatment. Her side effects seem to be even more terrible this time around and make it difficult to function let alone work.
We all know Andrea has always been independent, strong, resilient, and positive. She picks herself back up after every fight and continues on, because she's strong and brave.
She already has goals set for herself. Once she starts feeling better she would love to go back to school to become a nurse. She'll be a great nurse with all of her experience as a patient!
Her teeth have also been a real problem with all the chemo and radiation she's received over the years. Unfortunately it does a real number on your bones, including your teeth. She's suffered with poor dentition and a lot of pain as a result and would love to have some work done to make them less painful.
So now, as she fights this latest battle, she needs your help because bills have been piling up as she tries to handle this on her own. But no one should ever have to worry about finances as they are fighting for their life.
Update: On June 10th, 2013, shortly after 1pm, Andrea passed away after complications related to cancer and diabetes. She will truly be missed.
I would just like to say thank you again to everyone that is making this happen for me, in my tuff time. It really is such a help, I can not explain how much stress it is helping relieves from my life. Thank you again and my family along with Adam also extend there gratitude, love for helping me. love always Andrea