Our friend, Dale Ross is battling cancer. She is a single mom of a beautiful teenage daughter. She just finished treatment and is waiting to see where she stands as far as results before she moves to the next stage of her battle which is a tumor in her head. She is trying to juggle treatment, being there for her daughter and all of her expenses on her own, living far from her family and friends. Throughout her battle, she has maintained upbeat and positive. She is an inspiration to us all.
Let’s all dig deep and see what we can do to make her battle a little easier with her bills and her basic living expenses since she is unable to work at this time, waiting on the next round of treatment. ( written by: Joan Koch Weiss)
The following is written by Dale on her facebook blog telling us her journey as she goes through it .
While keeping my page for politics and Zionism, puppies and pictures, I created this group to give updates on the health progress, inspiration, joys, wig selection and (thanks in advance) prayers, laughter and support.
Doing this in doses.... in May-June I found a bump on my head. Thought I'd just slammed my head into the cabinet one too many times. Surgery in July, since it didn't go away.
Result- a teeny cancer that originated elsewhere. Not brain, tho. BH. Doc (with Duke) first staged me stage 4 to dead - might be time to get everything in order, and didn't discourage me from considering I take my daughter, see Israel, Bulgaria and get her settled. Then die. I was a bit of a mess.
CT with contrast, MRI and PET scan later.. I'm now stage 3-3.5, maybe 4. 20-30% I'll be here in 5 years. I'm working on beating the odds for 10-20. Cancer moved from internal organ to head. Weird. If it didn't spread to my head, I'd have been ten minutes to dead by the time it was found... and was throughout my body. So imo Gd let it spread there. Right there. To be found. And treated.
My doc now says 'curative' treatments.
Chemo (first one was this past Thursday). Radiation starts 9/21, along with second chemo. Ha, right in time for Rosh hashannah. Not like I'm cooking for ten. Or at all at this point.
Should be an interesting fall. 3-6 chemo every three weeks. 30 radiation - five days/week for six weeks.
Couldn't tell anyone til I told my family. Couldn't tell my family til I told my daughter. Couldn't tell my daughter until I know what I was dealing with and there was a plan in place - for me and for her.
My daughter is me. Like I was with my mom. Laughing, until it's time to stop. "Mom, if you go bald, I'm not shaving my hair in solidarity." My family was all over this. I went to NJ - with people that I knew would cry and feel loss, as do I. Gives you that extra reason to fight and that emotional touch of what you know mentally. Much needed.
So here we are. It's not a secret but I just haven't wanted to turn my page into a cancer one. I'm using this one as a curative one. As Bruce sings, "No retreat. No Surrender". I'm grateful to have you joining me on this adventure. While the battle will be fierce, I'm ready.
Thanks in advance for the prayers and love.
Dales latest struggle post :
Uh oh... I could be in very deep doo doo.. apparently my company made an error about how much sick time I had accrued. They’ve now corrected it and are deducting $ from my meager checks.
This is going to be even more awful when I start my next wave of surgeries and treatment. Impossible. Bills don’t get paid now. I can’t deal with any more. I’m a lot freaked out right now. Where’s the f-Ing lottery??
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