Medical Expenses for Denise
Denise has a CaringBridge.org site where she writes updates, and you can leave comments.
Below is my sister's story in her own words, when she first heard the diagnosis. She is in private practice as a trauma therapist in New Mexico, and this was her letter to her clients:
I hope this finds you well, amidst the winds.
I care so deeply for each and every one of you. My heart is open with gratitude for all you bring into my life.
I have been in a whirlwind of paperwork, appointments, and testings this past month.
For about a year I have known I would be going through yet another 'shamanic initiation'...a rebirth of sorts. I did not know how it would manifest, or when...I just felt it coming.
Finally, it has arrived.
And it arrived this week in the form of Head and Neck Cancer, Stage 4. I received the diagnosis on Feb 20th.
As you all know, I come from sturdy Texas stock...I'm tenacious and persistent.
I know this is shocking news, and I apologize.
I think part of what perplexed the docs for the past months, was my lack of symptoms and level of energy...though I continued to ask for testing, as I knew something was amiss.
I've had great times with the ENT through this all. He's been a gem.
After much deliberation, and strong, humorous omens, I will be doing this healing journey at MDAnderson, in Houston. It is world reknown for this type of cancer. Time is of the essence, so things are happening quickly.
The treatment will be aggressive and about 8 weeks long. I have an amazing 'love crew' that has already kicked in and done beautiful things for me.
I will have people tag-teaming down to Houston to be with me during treatment.
Not exactly the sort of getaway I envisioned, but it will certainly give me some time for my writing and art!
I've got this!
Please do not worry.
Step into the night sky and speak to me through the stars...I will receive your love and prayers. And know that I will be sending them to you all as well.
I will begin my journey at MD Anderson on Mon. March 13.
I am taking a leave of absence from my practice for a few months, starting ....now.
I will miss you all, my sweet tribe.
I feel solid in how I'm approaching this...continuing my daily herbs, practices, etc to support the allopathic treatments.
I'll be in touch. I'll let you know when I arrive back in town, and when I open my practice again.
in the meantime, I will prob.add things to my blog on this site.
much love to each and every one of you,
and came here for the same reason-it's the best head and neck center in the world. They had been self- employed most of their life too and had just recently gotten onto Medicaid because of their age. The wife was the one being treated and just related to Denise's story and insisted that we let them help. I couldn't help but start to tear up by how people are so kind and loving. Complete strangers...everyday people like you and me. We're all the same boat of humanity-maybe some boats are old and starting to leak and others are in better shape, but we're all floating around this big ocean, floating and enjoying this incredible world of places, things, and people. Going through this, you realize it's about helping each other and connecting and sharing and living together. Thank you everyone for everything you've done! We ask everyone to keep Denise in their hearts and wish her the best as we push through this challenging treatment. We love you all!
I experienced similar troubles with MD Anderson and was more successful pursuing Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. I have been cancer free for more than four years now. You cannot afford to wait! Your life depends on It.