This page is on behalf of my mom Lesby Martinez. Lesby has always been a kind and caring person to eveyone that has come into her life. She always keeps her faith strong, even after the repeated bad news of cancer. Anytime someone visists her she puts a smile on her face, even though she doesnt feel well.
In 2008 she was diagnosed with Breast cancer and had a mastectomy done and also had chemotherapy for it. Thank God everything went well after 2+ surgeries and chemo she was cancer free for about 4 years.
In 20012 she was diagnosed with Rectal Cancer. So once again she had radiation treatment and surgery to remove part of her colon and also had chemotherapy treatment. When they removed part of her colon they had to place an illeostomy bag for a few months and then she had surgery again to put back together her colon. After all of that she was diagnosed as being "Cancer Free".
In 2014 The Rectal cancer had returned and this time had spread to her lungs and part of her adrenal glands and part of her liver. The diagnosis was not good. This cancer once spread is not "curable" only manageable to
help prolong her life. After battling with so much already you can imagine how tired she had been and did not want to have treatment yet again, but because she is such a warrior and has a great team of doctors and family standing behind her there to support her she decided to try once again to beat this disease. She started chemotherapy every other week to help fight off the cancer from getting worse.
After countless trips to the ER due to vomiting from the chemo and not being able to eat and quickly loosing weight the doctors changed the chemo to something not as strong which means she would not get as sick but also meant the cancer would not be combated as much either. That went on and off as much as she could handle for 2 years.
In December 2016 her health took a turn for the worse, again. She had horrible stomach pains and a pain in her side that was unbearable. She is a tough woman and never shows how much pain she really is in so to see her in tears meant it was really really bad. That one visit to the ER started a chain reaction of multiple visits to the ER. Every time she was sent home because they just told us the pain and all her symptoms were just due to the cancer, so we were back in the ER a few days later. Unable to eat and keep anything down they would keep her for days at a time to help keep her comfortable and keep her with an IV for fluids.
In Feb 2017 at one of the ER visits she started to loose mobility on the right side of her body. She could not move her arm or leg, the doctors thought she was having a stroke. They took a CT scan and found a tumor on the left side of her brain....the cancer had spread.
The tumor was causing her to have swelling in her brain and was causing her to have more symptoms. She was still not eating.
So here we are today, my mom weighs maybe 60 lbs and can not keep any real food down, so she is quickly loosing more and more weight and becoming more and more weak. We just want her to be comfortable...
She was and is a single mom for many years and gave so much to us ,her kids, and to her religious community and even strangers.
Our mom is a woman of such strong faith and was always there for everyone of her friends,family and neighbors. She belonged to many church groups and legions of Mary from different towns. She never said No, even when she was slowly getting worse she would still show up to church and meetings.
Every year since being diagnosed with breast cancer she would fundraise and join in on the Breast cancer walks and would raise thousands of dollars to help those that were going through what she went through. Even last year when she was very ill and undergoing chemo she still tried to keep fundraising and still went to the walk on October 2016.
With humility and a thankful heart, I would love some help from our friends, family and community members to help lessen the financial burden brought on by this most unfortunate disease. The funds raised would be used for medical bills such has, perscriptions, hospice care, and chemotheraphy.
In the unfortunate event that Lesby passes the money will be used for any funeral expenses. We are trying to raise as much as we can and take care of her properly, the same way she has done for us (her kids) our whole lives. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and will send thank you messages.