NY Times - Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
In the spring of this year, she noticed what appeared to be a "fatty deposit, or lipoma" in her right groin. Because there was no pain or any symptoms associated, we were not concerned. Mid July 2014, her tonsils began to swell. This seems like no big deal, right? Well, over a few days this was accompanied by severe lymph node swelling.
Beginning to become concerned about having strep or mono, we visited an Urgent Care Clinic and had an assessment. The Doctor there gave a cortisone shot and Rx for antibiotics. He said there was no reason for concern. After two weeks, nothing changed, so we visited Brackenridge Hospital Emergency to get another assessment. Again, we were told to try antibiotics and "worst case scenario, it's a virus and would be out of her system within 5 days" given how long ago it had started. Another two weeks pass with no improvement. Meanwhile, we are on a strict diet, consuming loads of water, taking extra measures to boost the immune system in any way we can.
We returned to the Emergency Room at Brackenridge Hospital and now they were concerned. They did a CT scan and came back and told us they were 90% certain it was lymphoma. The Dr asked if we'd like to do a biopsy while she was checked in, to which we agreed. We wanted to know something concrete!
The results were analyzed and they confirmed that she has Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma of the B-cells. During this time since the doctor suggested it may be cancer, I had begun doing research day and night. We are open to treatment options but would prefer not to go the route of chemo/radiation, given the extensive list of negative side effects. In my research I have found a clinic that has amazing success rates and doesn't kill cells in your body in the process.
After thinking about it and praying about it, we have decided to go to Tijuana, Mexico for upwards of 6 weeks of treatment. 3 weeks of treatment costs $18,500. This is in addition to travel expenses, hotel fees at $95/night, organic food, etc while having treatment. We are looking at final expenses of more than $50,000.00. INSURANCE DOES NOT COVER ANY OF THIS TREATMENT. We are attempting to cover this as best we can but WE NEED HELP! We must have the total paid in full before we leave the facility.
Please, if you could help with just $5.00 we would be very appreciative. Anything helps during this difficult and overwhelming time. My father is staying home to work and I am traveling with my mother. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity, it is eternally appreciated!
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