Last month Michelle woke up with a growth on the side of her neck and jaw which quickly grew quite large (softball size) causing extreme pain, discomfort and making in very difficult to move her mouth to talk or eat. At first, when it was small, she thought it was some kind of bug bite and continued her daily routine at her full-time job and on her Master’s program at Azusa Pacific University, where she is 3 months away from completing a 20-year dream of getting a Master’s Degree in Special Education.
After a few days it kept getting worst, so she went to see her doctor where the doctor diagnosed her with an abscess on a salivary gland which required hospitalization and IV antibiotics and eventually surgical drainage. After being discharged she returned to her life but the mass continued to grow. Her doctors then decided to biopsy the mass, but those results were inconclusive. They then did another deeper and more painful biopsy which again came back inconclusive. At the point the doctors sent her to the City of Hope. At the City of Hope a team of specialists examined Michelle and ordered copious amounts of test including 29 vials of blood multiple times. She then had to have a repeat needle biopsy and now she is anxiously waiting for results.
Can you help Michelle?
Besides no diagnosis for Michelle and not being able to work for a month now, and her husband having to take time off to take her to all her tests, the bills are starting to come in which insurance is not covering all. If it’s in your heart to help any amount would make it so Michelle would be able to focus on a diagnosis and then a cure of whatever is wrong, so she can get back to her life and complete her 20-year dream of getting her Master’s Degree in Special Education.
Thank you for taking the time to read Michelle’s story. If you’re moved by this and able to give, it would mean the world to Michelle and her husband.
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