My name is Karen Patz, I am 57 years old and in May 2011, received the devastating news that I had stage 4 Breast Cancer. It is now in my liver, lungs, bones and lymph system. There is no cure... just treatment to prolong my life as long as possible. I have been battling this disease for 20 years. I was 36 years old when I was first diagnosed and had treatment. I was diagnosed a second a time when I was 46 and had treatment again. This is my third occurrence, only this time, it is very serious and it will eventually take my life.
Having failed on four treatment protocols already. I plan to continue treatments until we find one that works. There is very good evidence that high dose Vitamin C IV's twice a week, as well as taking injections and supplements to boost my immune system, will keep me healthy enough to continue with treatments until we find one that works and help keep the tumours at bay for as long as possible.
The cost of these treatments is between $500-$600 a week. There are also many traditional chemotherapies that are not covered by my private insurance or Alberta Health Care. Since I am currently on disability, I am not in a financial situation to support my medical needs. The thought of not being able to continue these treatments is devastating. It is becoming more common for people to live 6 to 8 years with stage IV metastatic breast cancer, as long as their immune system is strong enough to tolerate and continue treatment. Therefore, I am asking for a donation to help me in my fight for life. My total fund goal amount would help with my treatments for one year.
My quality of health is fairly good at this point, however, the side effects of some of the treatments can be debilitating. Although I do have some bad days, I am not ready to give up my fight. My hope is to stay alive long enough for the medical field to find a cure or at least extend my life a few more years.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story.
I need your help to survive.
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