You have always been there for me whenever I needed it without question and never ask or expect anything in return because that's the type of person you are. You will do whatever you need to do to help someone you care about.
You have been battling this illness for longer than three years now, and it has come to the part where you are in the biggest battle of your life. It has taken over so much of you that because of it, we may not be able to have children naturally. I know that we can get through this physically, but not without some challenges. Financially is the part that I can't do alone. This next part is the hardest for me as I'm not the person to ask for hand-outs or free money from people I haven't done anything for.
My wife, Cassie, has been battling a 15cm ovarian cyst for longer than three years. Three years ago, she went in to get a 14cm ovarian cyst removed that was on her right side resulting in the doctor telling us that the ovary didn't survive the surgery and that she still had her left ovary. Several months later, Cassie still felt pain in her right side where her ovary was. We went back to the doctor and she just told us that it doesn't have to do with her and it must be something else. We even asked for an ultrasound just to make sure that there was nothing there but she pretty much brushed it off. So we moved on and started looking everywhere else that it could possibly be.
Turns out that after three years of searching for an illness that was seemingly not there, we decied to get another ultrasound done due to pain in Cassie's left side where the ovary was. At this time, we thought she had only her left ovary. Right after talking to a nurse on the phone about the pain Cassie was experiencing, she told us to come in the next day and we will do an ultrasound right away. Well, guess what we discovered? A 15cm cyst on her RIGHT OVARY, the same ovary that wasn't supposed to be there. Since it was so large, the doctor wanted to get a specialist (who turned out to be an oncologist) to take it out because it was pushing on all of her organs, causing excrutiating pain for all of those years. What was supposed to just be a fallopian tube and ovary removal, turned out to be a longer process resulting in an appendix removal and a large vertical scar along her abdomen, as well. Following the surgery, the oncologist told us that it might be cancer because the cyst looked like it had mutated. Because of this surgery, Cassie had to be in the hospital for a week in which she vomitted and suffered through pain most of the time. After managing getting home and settled as much as we could, we got the dreaded call from the oncologist telling us that Cassie was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer.
Ovarian Cancer is one of the deadliest cancers for women right now and the survival rate is not very high. However, we are very lucky she is young and strong so we have very high hopes with the chemotherapy treatment that she will be receiving. Due to this treatment, there is a 50/50 chance of not being able to have children naturally. Right before the surgery, we had a chance to get her eggs harvested. After hours of thinking about all possible outcomes, (we only had a couple of days to decide this!), we have decided to take our chances and not harvest as we do not have the money or time to take the gamble, especially if she is able to have her own children in the future. It's been Cassie's dream to have a large family as she grew up an only child. It was very tough to see her being told those words, but reassured her I'm there with either decision and for this whole journey.
Due to the chemotherapy, she will not be able to work full time at her job and will not be receiving full paychecks. As you can see, I am the only income right now as she is still recovering from her surgery and now getting ready for her first chemo treatment. Due to how she recovered from the surgery, we have no doubt that cancer is going to leave her sick where she would be missing at least a week of work from each session. She will be having 6 sessions every 3 weeks, so she will, possibly, be able to work in between. After chemo, she will be going on maintenance for a year where she will still be recieving some medicine.
That's where I'm asking you lovely people for some help! With your help, we can hopefully raise enough to help pay our monthly bills as well as our medical bills for the next few months. I'm hoping to have a little bit of the stress lifted off so i can help my wife and make this journey as comfortable as I possibly can. I also want to say thank you to those of you whom have already helped out so much. The donations, dinners, and gifts have been greatly appreciated and makes my wife's day better.
If you can't donate at this time, that is definitely okay! We do ask if you can at least share this page and help spread the word, it would be very appreciated. Anything helps, thank you so much!
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