In March of 2017, our auntie Jen (left with sunglasses in picture above) experienced difficulty digesting. Within the week, she was diagnosed with advanced stage cholangiocarcinoma which had metastasized to her liver and lymph nodes. After two rounds of chemotherapy, the doctor determined she was too weak to proceed. The options left at that point were to enter into hospice or apply for immunotherapy.
Every day has been a fight against the progession of the disease. In addition to taking multiple medications throughout each day to mitigate the pain and regulate her body, she has undergone numerous treatments such as platelet transfusions, abdominal drains, radiation therapy and alternative procedures.
Recently, she has been approved for an immunotherapy drug under "compassionate use". This means that the maker of the drug, Brystol Meyers Squib, approved my aunt to be treated with the drug outside of the intended use. We are hopeful that she will be able to undergo immunotherapy and that it will extend her life for quite a while.
My uncle has taken time off from work to take care of my aunt. He has used up his sick time,
vacation, and family leave of absence. He is now on unpaid leave and in a few more weeks will not have guarantee of retaining his job.
The treatment and medications are mostly covered under insurance while the immunotherapy and alternative treatments are not covered at all. Uncle Dan's work situation has added to the already heavy financial burden on this fight against cancer.
Your generosity will help alleviate much of the financial burdens and help in the continual fight to extend her life.
We thank you in advance for your continued support, your prayers, and your donation is greatly appreciated.
- Jennifer Wheelock
- Mike Yu
- Anne-Sophie Buffiere
- Jennifer Napoli
Los Angeles, CA