To Those that have dontated or read this post before, please consider reading or donatating again.
(Above: Tiffany Getting Chemo on November 17th 2017)
Please Read this message if you have come here before and before you decide to skip this post thinking it is the same as September 2017:
I could not make a new GoFundMe Account, without feeling guilty that this total would not have been added. But this is a different posting than September 2017, because the goals have changed, the funding amount, what the funds will be used for, this has updates, and this is no longer a winnable WAR. We were hoping for months or years, and now we are just counting everyday as 1, and we do not know if it is her last day on earth or not. The posting is much different down below, then before, and everything is explained, even the most current. We need funds more than ever, because of the treatment cost, time consumption, and traveling. I just did not want everyone to skip the Story, not donate, because they have seen our last post on September 2017.
Here is our story:
Me and Tiffany have been together for almost 12 years, we have had our ups and downs, like all couples, and medically, we are challenged. I have a rare blood clotting disorder that comes with its own challenges, but Tiffany is a special case and currently only 36 years old.
Picture above: 2015, After Breast Cancer, and allowing me to take pictures again.
Picture above: From 2013, just before the news of Breast Cancer broke.
It all started back in 2013, when Tiffany got the news that she was diagnosed with Stage 3b Breast Cancer, we fought with a force so strong that we were given odds of 98% cure rate. We fought this battle using chemo (the red-devil and Paxil-Taxol, 16 rounds), double mastectomy, and 48 treatments of radiation, but at the time we got great news that the cancer was stopped and did not even micro-metastasize. It was hard fighting this, but we did, and won.
Pictured below: Me and Tiffany after her hair grew back from Chemo, but still did not have reconstructive surgery.
The doctors did one last scan in August 2016 to make sure it was gone. They said they saw scarring but we could stop after-care to try and have a family. Everything was fine for about 10-months.
We started noticing small changes at first, like fatigue, stress, and lack of appetite. Then on August 18th 2017 we got the news that her cancer had returned, and it is the same strain, which means it did metastasize, but the doctors missed it.
The image below is from August 2016, and you can see it is pretty good. The heart, brain, kidneys, and urinary track are all lite up, like normal.
Below: August 2017 scan. You can see, all the spots that are Black in the lower picture is cancer, New cancer, and that is only 1 year exactly.
Below is a comparison, I tried to highlight the areas of new cancer
The cancer came back with a vengeance, as you can see. The report says 4 places in the spine, 2 massive places in the liver, multiple places in the lungs, and a bunch of small places around the body but not connected to anything. After this most recent diagnosis, we were devastated, but we have decided to try to fight. The doctors said no chemo, since it will lower the quality of life and not sure it would make much difference. We have decided to try anything possible, even clinical trials to try and either extend life or beat cancer, yet again.
On November 3rd, I took Tiffany to the ER for breathing issues. This is where it gets heart-breaking. During that ER visit, the CT Scan showed metastasis throughout her system. The new imaging showed it has progressed further in both lungs, it had several new spots on the spine, "multiple" new cancer on the liver, and now shows cancer in every single lymph node they can see.
With this new information we talked with the oncologist, they said "You have to start this targeted chemo treatment, as soon as yesterday." Even though we said chemo would make her quality of life worse, we decided to do it since it was a newer drug, targeted mostly cancer, and she will not lose her hair or get really sick. If she did not do the chemo they said she will only live 1-2 weeks, and probably will not make it to Christmas. Since November 16th, she has had surgery for a port placement, and she has gotten 1 round of the targeted chemo. She is allowed to get treatment every 3-4 weeks. We are hoping that it stops the progression of the cancer, it will not cure it, but should slow it down or stop it for Tiffany to make it through Christmas, at least. We are hoping with the targeted chemo, that she gets a few more months, than the 1-2 week time frame they have given.
In less than 1-month between the scans it has spread so rapidly and aggressively that she no longer had time. We are hoping for more time, by getting these treatments. The doctors are saying she will only need to get about 3-6 months’ worth, but in the meantime money is getting hard and scarce.
We have to pay for the treatments, gas, some lodging, and food. The cancer center is helping with some of it but only a place to stay once a month. The most important things are the treatments, gas, and food.
I have never asked for money since it is a hard thing to do, swallow your pride and ask for help.
The funds we receive from this will go to help Tiffany with her medical bills, expenses of traveling to the cancer center for treatments, and other treatments options. The money raised last time, went to Tiffany's surgery for her spine, trying to kill the cancer there. But many treatments are not covered by insurance, even with a prior authorization because they are not fully FDA approved.
The traveling expenses are because we live approximately 100 miles, from the cancer center that will do treatments, this puts a lot of strain on the car, and Tiffany. Not to mention, unable to work because of the diagnosis. The funds raised will help us go back and forth between the cancer treatment facility and her home, or at least get a discounted hotel room from the cancer society, usually it is only $20 a night but we still need food.
This is the hardest post I have ever done, even more than before, but I know we could use the funds and relief. These funds will make it so I do not have to continue to be away from her, when I need to be there helping her. These funds are greatly needed, and appreciated.
I am sure, I do not need to tell everyone that this is an urgent, serious, and a not good situation to wait to long for funds. We need these funds, as soon as yesterday.
(Below: September 23rd 2017, we were married at St. Patrick's Parish in Bisbee Arizona)
I thank you for your time and patience, and for reading through to the end. I will post updates, at least once a week to inform you how Tiffany is doing, i.e. what the doctors are saying, tests, etc.
- Marisa Libby
- Diane Avery
- Charles Manning
- Ingrid Ortman
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