Help for Meg's Medical Bills
Mid-month she was diagnosed with Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer in her left breast. This cancer has already spread to the lymph nodes in her armpit and neck. As this is a very aggressive type of cancer, she immediately started intense chemotherapy that will last 6-8 weeks.
The last week of July Meg was informed that she also has Aplastic Anemia. Her bone marrow does not make enough red blood cells, so the white blood cells and blood platelets are eating away at her oxygenated blood causing blood loss. Because of this, she must start two new oral medications as well as IV protein/iron treatments. She will also need regular blood transfusions until she can get a bone marrow transplant. She cannot get a transplant until after she finishes her chemotherapy for her breast cancer and builds back enough strength for her body to fully accept the transplant.
Through all of these obstacles Meg has managed to keep a positive attitude and help others she meets at the cancer center in any way she can. To get a sense of who Meg is, check out her blog chronicaling her journey through cancer at:
These new oral medications, IV treatments, and regular blood transfusions are very expensive and not covered by her medical insurance. Please consider donating any amount you can to help her cover the cost of her new treatments and continue on her fight against cancer!
A quick update. Meg hasn't been doing the best as of late. She went home to Wisconsin just before Christmas and has not been able to return to her home and husband in New York since. She requires 24 hour care. She has two types of anemia and loses blood at an alarming rate. On top of that, she struggles to absorb the blood they give her during blood transfusions. She recently found out she will need to receive IV iron transfusions along with her blood transfusions to keep her organs functioning.
She also has had a lot more tumor growth.
The bone marrow/stem cell transplant is becoming more and more important to receive. Meg is working on getting her health to a good enough place that they can perform the transplant. The rest of us need to work on raising the money to help pay for said transplant since insurance does not cover much.
Please consider making a donation of you can. It is much appreciated by Meg's entire family!
You have probably noticed that I increased the goal of this campaign. Meg is getting ready to have surgery to remove the tumor that is crushing her spine and pelvis. This surgery is going to be performed at Sloan Kettering in New York City. It is very expensive, and her insurance will only cover 40%. She will also need offsite hotel arrangements. She is applying for grants and financial assistance, however, it's not clear if she will receive any help that way. She is tentatively scheduled to go to Sloan August 11-16.
Below is some information Meg provided me regarding her treatment and the surgery.
Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Radiation treatment - pre-surgery
- intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
In addition, clinical trials are being designed to assess the role of vaccines and novel immunotherapeutic approaches for treating soft tissue sarcomas.
- Pre-Treatment surgery chemo is called neoadjuvant therapy. For sarcoma subtypes such as rhabdomyosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma, we often recommend neoadjuvant chemotherapy to shrink the tumor. This may permit the surgeon to perform a less extensive operation.
- stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is an advanced type of external radiation therapy that delivers extremely precise, very intense doses of radiation to eliminate tumors. Physicians at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Spine Tumor Center have pioneered the use of stereotactic radiosurgery to eliminate tumors while avoiding injury to the spinal cord.
Thanks for your time reading this and all the amazing donations we have received so far!!
Megan wanted me to post an update to let you know about what she found out this week.
She officially has osteoporosis. Her bones, especially her low spine and pelvis, are brittle, weak, and basically crumbling. There are no doctors in the Syracuse area that are capable of doing the type of surgery she needs. So, they want her to see specialists at Sloan Kettering in NYC. It would probably be a week or two stay. And, Sloan does not admit patients, so this means travel expenses and up to two weeks of hotel accomodations. All of the Ronald McDonald houses and the like are pretty much full, but she will keep trying to into one.
She thanks all of you for your generous supports and wants to keep you in the loop on what is happening.