Below, is a small part of her story.
Hello, my name is Sarah Reinert I am just 35 and I have stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to my liver and bones.
Insurance premiums and co pays have eaten our savings and we are now facing very frightening times. Just last week, the day after my 35th birthday I found out that the chemotherapy I have been on is not working and the cancer is progressing.
I am a mother,
and a registered nurse.
However now I am the patient.
I now will receive very harsh chemotherapy one time a week and radiation every day to attempt to keep the cancer under control, but the doctors do not seem optimistic. All this and now because of the side effects from treatment and the advanced stage of my cancer I am no longer able to do the job I love. My work helped me stay positive knowing that I was helping others. For now that is gone and I have to focus on me and spending as much time as I can with my children. One small bright spot is that many doctors have told me that there is still hope, it is a liver direct treatment called Y90. They say it is the best chance to extend my life. But my insurance company is denying coverage due to the FDA not approving it as a breast cancer treatment yet. They call it experimental even though It has been proven to extend life in people with liver and colon cancer in the liver. However the FDA has not approved the Y90 for advanced breast cancer. The problem is that on top of all the expenses we have now the Y90 is very expensive.
And with our now crippled income I am worried I may even lose the insurance I do have. I am faced with very few choices but to turn to friends, family and even kind strangers for help.
So please help if you can. I am not ready to leave this world yet. I need to be here to watch my seven year old daughter grow up. I need to be here to see my step sons walk down the aisle. I want to be a grandmother, and I want to go back to work so I can help people heal and return to their lives.
I am going to stop now because I am crying again.
Please help if you can.
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