Vicci's Cancer Journey

$3,580 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 28 months
Hello my name is Vicci Haynes Wesselhoft for those of you who do not know me.  I grew up in Oak Forest.  I am a mother of three.  I have a younger brother who's a hell of a guitar player.   I became disabled in 2000 and have been living on less than $500 a month for the last 4 years.    It has been a tough journey, but I am a survivor.  Recently I was diagnosed with Colon cancer.  In November, I had surgery to remove a large section of my colon with the plans to start chemotherapy in December. Due to my stressful journey in life,  my teeth were destroyed and without dental insurance the neglect has turned into a major problem.  I have had multiple infections in the last year in a half that I can trace back to the beginning of the tumor pain.  In order to begin my treatment, it is a medical necessity to have  dental  work before I can start the chemo which will affect my immune system.  The dentist stated the high risk of death do to infection is something to be concerned about,  this is where my dilema begins.  Do I start the chemo and take the risk of dying through infections, or fix my teeth first so I have a better chance of beating the cancer and going through the chemotherapy avoiding infection?  Insanity has set in :).  This is why I have created my gofundme page to help aid in the funding  of my dental work,  extra medical cost, transportation and parking fees.  
    I have had several life stresses in a row several years ago and had a complete breakdown.  Your only supposed to have a major stress every seven years, and I had about 6 in 2 years. There is a lot to share of my story which would make a great made for TV Lifetime movie.
I am currently  living with a close friend from school who has been very kind and generous, but my biggest fear on a daily basis is that I will have no where to live in the future.  I don't know how to manage cancer and being homeless too.
    I have survived, and I think I have done pretty good under the circumstances. Thank God I have had some great friends that cared the last couple of years who helped me feel better about myself and realize I was capable of doing some things I thought I would never be able to do again when cancer hit. 
   I am a good woman who loves life.  I keep thinking that the valley will end,  then I am headed up the mountain when I get hit with another problem.  I inherited my problems do to genes. I didn't just do it to myself it was never in my controI have always helped my friends when ever I could and I feel like that is why lately people have helped me.  My granny taught me that you always help your friends and neighbors.  People always said I was just like her which made me feel proud and still does. I feel very blessed to have the wonderful friends that I have had since my youth. I am lucky in so many ways, and I do indeed feel blessed.  I welcomed a new addition to my family on Christmas eve,  new grandchild and that makes four.  My goal is to continue being a mom and a mimi for years to come.  By the wa y I am 63 years old.  Any contribution would be deeply appreciated.   Namaste!
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Hello Peeps! I'm recovering from the oral surgery I had last Tuesday. A good friend from school took out a loan so I could get this done and start the chemo. I'm running out of time. My oncologist is worried about the cancer growing with me waiting so long. I need to raise the money to pay my friend back in 60 days so he doesn't have to pay interest. So thankful that he understood the urgency and came to my rescue. Now I need dentures so I can eat properly while having the chemo. Another week of antibiotics and then surgery for the port. Trying to stay strong and hang in there one day at a time. Please continue to share. Thank you all for the love and support. I couldn't do it without you. Namaste!
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Morning! I have been trying to post an update but it erases before I finish. Going to give it one more try. I finished 60 pills of amoxicillin ten days ago and on Saturday the infection was back. The right side of my face is swollen and I have a headache from hell.
I spent hours at my fifth dentist yesterday who said they took medicaid but evidently not mine. (Amerigroup Star) Trying to find another today. I was told UT would pull them if it was a medical emergency but they called on Friday and said I had to have mouth cancer. This is so frustrating and I am not feeling up to running all over town again repeating myself exam after exam. Emergency rooms no longer treat abscesses. I am at my witts end. Hanging in there but not smiling. No one seems to care about the pain or if it kills me. They didn't even give me antibiotics.
I also spoke with the American cancer society yesterday. Just got a lot of links, some I have already tried. The thing is I am running out of time.
I called my oncologist for some pills for nausea and didn't even get a call back. The surgeon said tumors could be forming and just not large enough to show up on a pet scan yet they know they didn't get all the cancer cells. I'm scared for my life at this point and not sure where to turn. Thank goodness I have friends who care and are trying to find me help. If anyone wins the lottery, please think of me. It is hard to understand all this suffering because of lack of money. This is our world and I wish I could change it. Thank you all for your support and generous donations. Please keep praying and sending out those positive vibes and share. Love to all! Peace!
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Morning! Blood work came back pretty positive. I have an appointment with the surgeon on Thursday to discuss putting in my port. I feel like I'm in limbo waiting to take care of the dental before the chemo can begin. Ready to get the show on the road. Waiting is hard. My energy level is low which upsets me a lot. Hanging in there one day at a time. Feeling thankful for all my blessings. Thank you family and friends. I couldn't do with out you. Love to all!
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Vicci Haynes Wesselhoft
23 months ago

3rd round of chemo. Roller coaster ride. Keep those prayers coming!

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Rachelle Hademenos
24 months ago

We're putting an offer on a house! We could use any and all assistance with the down payment, closing costs, moving costs, getting Vicci funds for personal furnishings, etc. I've created a BoostUp.com account to help match the funds I can apply directly to a down payment or the closing costs, though you can donate to Vicci directly here too if want to. Thank you all so much for all you've done for Vicci!!! ♥ Here is the link to my BoostUp page with our story: https://www.boostup.com/Rachelle.Hademenos

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Vicci Haynes Wesselhoft
27 months ago

They have thank you notes but I'm still trying to figure it out. Technically goofy with computers. Feeling oh so grateful. Thanks for all the shares! (((hugs)

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Vicci Haynes Wesselhoft
28 months ago

Hi Folks! Pet scan came back Friday without any new hot spots. Trying to schedule surgery for the Port on Monday. Staying positive and oh so grateful.

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Vicci Haynes Wesselhoft
28 months ago

Thank you so much for your generosity. It gives me hope and warms my heart and soul. Just aren't any words to express my gratitude.

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Tanny G. Miller
28 months ago

Good Job!!

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Raised by 34 people in 28 months
Created January 28, 2016
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Pene & Denny Carter
26 months ago

Hope this helps some.

AR
$250
Alan Roberson
26 months ago

Hi Vicci, Hope this helps. A friend from oak forest pitched in 50. Said he remembered you from school.

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Anonymous
26 months ago
$5
Anonymous
27 months ago
GW
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Gayle Willard
27 months ago

Sending Love & Support!!!

DH
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Dawn Holt
27 months ago

Always remember that you are not alone

Vicci Haynes Wesselhoft
23 months ago

3rd round of chemo. Roller coaster ride. Keep those prayers coming!

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Rachelle Hademenos
24 months ago

We're putting an offer on a house! We could use any and all assistance with the down payment, closing costs, moving costs, getting Vicci funds for personal furnishings, etc. I've created a BoostUp.com account to help match the funds I can apply directly to a down payment or the closing costs, though you can donate to Vicci directly here too if want to. Thank you all so much for all you've done for Vicci!!! ♥ Here is the link to my BoostUp page with our story: https://www.boostup.com/Rachelle.Hademenos

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Vicci Haynes Wesselhoft
27 months ago

They have thank you notes but I'm still trying to figure it out. Technically goofy with computers. Feeling oh so grateful. Thanks for all the shares! (((hugs)

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Vicci Haynes Wesselhoft
28 months ago

Hi Folks! Pet scan came back Friday without any new hot spots. Trying to schedule surgery for the Port on Monday. Staying positive and oh so grateful.

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Vicci Haynes Wesselhoft
28 months ago

Thank you so much for your generosity. It gives me hope and warms my heart and soul. Just aren't any words to express my gratitude.

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Tanny G. Miller
28 months ago

Good Job!!

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