Hello, I’m Jacqueline Mendez and I am a cancer survivor. At the age of fifteen, I was diagnosed with a very rare disease, called a desmoid tumor in my right leg. Only 0.0005% of the population has it, or how my former oncologist explained it, only 4 out of 4 million people get it. Doctors and desmoid tumor experts do not know why or how this tumor forms.
This type of tumor is sarcoma. Western medicine has no cure. This type of desmoid is tricky. People have it in the gut have much success of having it removed through surgery. But patients who have it in the limbs have a tougher time healing from this. As my parents and I have explored all the avenues of western medicine, none can guarantee a secure route for my total healing. Radiation does not work and often causes another cancer later on in life. Surgery does not promise clear margins of removing all the cancer cells, and if anything with patients who have it in the limbs, surgery makes the tumor aggressive and causes it to come back with a vengeance. The tumor is wrapped around my sciatic nerve, suffocating my nerve and if they were to perform surgery, they could cause permanent damage to my leg, making me walk with a limp and having permanent numbness from the nerve damage for the rest of my life.
Which leaves chemotherapy. There are only drug trials. None have shown success in completely getting rid of the cancer cells. I have done a new chemotherapy drug that was on the market called Sutent, it did not cure me, if anything this drug caused my hormones to get out of balance and gave me thyroid disease as well. I stopped chemo and began to look into the holistic route.
I began doing IV therapies three years and noticed that has helped me. I had to stop two years ago because my family could not afford it anymore. That is when I noticed the tumor started to progressively grow. I walk with a limp every now and then because the tumor is suffocating my sciatic nerve. My right calf muscle is now about four times the size of my other leg. If I continue to limp the way I do, then there could be long-term damage in my hips and spine.
I began to go on the road for more holistic therapies and have found the Gerson Therapy. There is a clinic in Hawaii I would be more than grateful to get to but it costs at least $25,000 to go there for two weeks not including the plane tickets. Afterwards, I plan on getting back on IV therapies and looking into the hyperbaric chamber therapy for at least a year and a half. Cancer cannot survive in an oxygenated body. Time is very critical. The sooner I can reach my goal, the sooner I can be able to have access to the resources I need to shrink the tumor and tell it bye for good! I am ready to heal. I appreciate all donations. No amount is too small or too big. God bless you all.