Cancer Steals Everything


I'm a metastatic advanced stage 4 breast cancer patient in the fight of my life...a year and a half ago I had to stop working but the medical bills kept piling up along with expensive medical insurance and many other necessary bills...I've tried what my body will allow and I'm losing ground fast...this is a last ditch effort...being this sick and having this debt over something I have no control over is mind blowing...people think there are all these programs available to me but there isn't...disability doesn't cover regular living expenses....I need help and I don't know what else to do...so I'm reaching out humbly asking for help with whatever you can spare....I'm scared enough please help me make this part go away..

The breast cancer I have is called HER2....in my case it was followed by neu+. It is one of, if not the deadliest form of breast cancer. With continued research and testing there may some day be a cure....for now there is a maintenance chemo called Herceptin that fights these cells. Herceptin doesnt work in all cases and can fail at any time, and probably will. You also can not stop the drug and go back on it, it will fail. There is so much to this kind of breast cancer to explain here. I'm going to say it....it's not fair...I lived my life respectfully...I paid my own way through college while working 3 jobs and came close to a 4.0 GPA....I became successful....then my world decided it had other plans...I've gone weeks without pay when I was working due to illness....i've gone months without pay because I couldn't work....I had not applied for disability at that point because I had every intention on going back to work....but I can't....something as simple as going out to get the mail exhausts me...I have constant "chemo brain"...my life is not mine anymore...I need to get back as close to my life as I can...

I rely on donations of the homeopathic medications from those that make it due to the expense and sometimes I run out.  No matter how you fight this disease it can and will put you into financial ruin adding to the stress when we should be healing.

Do self exams because you will be able to tell the difference. If something doesnt seem right, go to the doctors, do not put it off. My cancer is so aggressive that had I put it off while we were losing my father, my family would have lost me too...but I went to the doctor, and got the news. I had cancer when I was 35 but it didnt break free to form a lump until right after I turned 36. Once it breaks through, even if the lump is small, it can and will kill you. While early detection is always essential, it doesnt always mean you wont have to have those awful surgeries like the 14 I had in a 2 year time frame. I am not the only one with this story, but I need your help to live and stop worrying about everything else. I have dreams, we all do and in many cases the realistic dreams will come true for many of you....my goal is to reach the age of 50. When I make it there I will set another goal, but I wont if I lose it all....all over this ugly disease...

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