My name is Kim Bowens and I'm asking for help for my dear friend Coqueace "KoCo" Powell. She has stage 4 breast cancer and her medical bills are ridiculously high. During her previous round of chemo, we visited the hospital's business office and they handed her a medical bill totalling a little over $18,000. And that was for only 1 month. Battling cancer has taken its toll on KoCo mentally & physically. The last thing she needs weighting on her are expensive medical bills. Please give what you can to help my friend. Thanks for your support!
Here's Koco's story:
In 2011 and at the age of 36; I was diagnosed with estrogen positive breast cancer. I had no insurance. I was given a 50/50 change of living. I had a double mastectomy, 19 lymph nods removed, radical hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, 6 rounds of chemo, and put on hormonal therapy. I went into remission.
In 2015 and at the age of 41; I had a recurrence. I was diagnosed Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer which extended to my lymph nods and chest wall. I was given a 12% chance of living. So far I've had a double breast excision, 6 rounds of Tactotere chemo and 102 days of Xeloda chemo. I'm starting chemo plus radiation combo. I pray and have faith it will save my life.
I never questioned God why. I try to inspire and motivate by using what I've been and going through.
I stay positive and keep pushing.
#BALD #BREASTLESS #BLESSED AND #BEAUTIFUL
UPDATE APRIL 27
Koco has had another recurrence as of March 2017. She went to MD Anderson Houston for further help. Her oncologist along with her oncologist in Dallas both agreed on a new chemo drug called Ibrance combined with a estrogen blocker Letrozole. They feel this combination will help and extend her life since a cure is no longer on the table. Unfortunately, Ibrance is very expensive. It's around $11,000 plus for a 21 day supply. Right now, her copay is the same amount through her insurance. She's appealing and also waiting on approval from the VA. Any amount will help so we can at least get a few cycles paid until the approval.
THANK IN ADVANCE FOR ALL YOUR HELP!