Over the past few months my mother, Tammie Kay, has been fighting a ferocious battle against one of the most rare and destructive cancers known to man, with less than 70 documented cases worldwide. It is called epithelioid angiosarcoma, and it is relentless.
The emotional turmoil, physical pain and bodily deterioration is more than enough to break a person...and now, insurance has failed to cover the necessary medical treatments she requires to keep going. Fighting insurance companies and trying to coordinate them with doctors offices is incredibly taxing and takes so much time....but unfortunately we don't have any more time to waste. This cancer doubles in size every 30 days, so we have to act fast. Because of this, we're reaching out to our community for help.
There aren't words that can appropriately explain how it feels to have to sit back and watch someone you love die. My mom is only 53 years old and has a lot of life left to live...if we can get her there.
Any support via this page, advice or insight into your own cancer experiences, or loving words of encouragement to my mom are so, so appreciated.
Any funds not used will be donated to Angiosarcoma research.
Lots of love,
Dictated by my mother:
I didn't think much of what it would be like to live a life of cancer until I was hit over the head with it, literally.
Imagine my shock to learn that I have this grim diagnosis; "....rare angiosarcoma of the maxillary sinus with extension into the orbit.".... What does that even mean? In layman's language, this beast has grown in my sinus, behind my eye, in my neck, chest & lymph nodes. How could this be? I'd been to doctor's repeatedly for a bad sinus infection. Shock.
I own and operate my own business, as its sole employee. After two chemo trials, I am 70lbs thinner, constantly in pain and sick...which means I can no longer work. Regardless, I am starting a new chemo regimen, which will be my third cycle. I may be weak, but even this beast can't steal my confidence. I am fighting every inch of the way.
I have prayed unceasingly, as have so many others, and my gratitude to each is deep. Believe me, I NEVER thought I would be in this position, or would need to ask others for help.
I appreciate any bit of support. And for those who are not able, in spite of a desire to help me, just say a little prayer.
God bless you, every single one.
- Lisa Burns
- Lisa Elkins Goncalves
- Cindy Ragsdale
- Bruce Frausto
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