Woman Warrior - Cathy's Story

I have never done anything like this before.  I have always taken care of everything myself.  I'm a single parent who raised two wonderful daughters (they have encouraged me to tell my story).  I never relied on government funding or others for help.  I have always been strong, independent, hard working and took care of my family.  But this year has been one of the most challenging years of my life.....

In January 2014 after being diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in six years I completed chemo therapy, followed by a double mastectomy.  In April I went through radiation where I endured 3rd degree burns that  continued  burning long after the radiation was complete.  Worst of all a month after completing the treatments I found out the cancer had returned.  I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer that had metastasized to both my skin and lung.  It was like receiving a death sentence.  I was put on Tomoxifen (a pill form of Chemo) for 3 months which showed no improvement.  After several trips to the hospital a tube was placed in my lung so I could breath.  It was then I found out the cancer had spread.  I had the choice of continuing the same treatment that was not working with terrible side effects and complications including heart failure or give up and enjoy the time I have left...  I decided to  FIGHT!  
I AM A WOMAN WARRIOR!

This time I have decided to try alternative medicine.  I have researched the benefits of holistic medicine and The Cancer Center for Hope in Irvine, CA.  My results so far have been amazing.  After just 2 weeks of treatment I am breathing better, have less pain, way more energy and the numbness in my feet is gone.  A special blood test was taken and sent to Greece.  It will tell them what kind of therapy my cancer will respond to.  The Center for Hope can and will give me the Carboplatin Alkylating Agents I need to beat this once and for all. 
These treatments combined not only kill the cancer cells, they inhibit additional growth and boost my immune system.  Insurance will not cover any of this cost.  For the first time in my life I need help.  I want to live longer.  To watch my Grandson grow, to enjoy life with my daughters, my family and friends.  I will not give up...  I am a WOMAN WARRIOR and I AM A SURVIVOR!!!





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Jaime Deloera 
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Castaic, CA
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