Amanda and Mike Comer have been married for 10 years and have two beautiful boys, Brian (10) and Lucas (8). They live in Peoria, AZ, where Mike is a district team leader for Extra Space Storage and Amanda devotes her time to raising Brian and Lucas while also working as a teacher's assistant.
In the middle of May, Amanda began having excruciating lower back pain, which progressed to loss of feeling and function in her left leg. Thinking it was a pinched nerve, Amanda and Mike visited several emergency rooms, seeking help. On May 16th, 2017, Amanda was taken to surgery after an MRI showed a mass near her spine. On May 19th, 2017, Amanda Comer was officially diagnosed with Stage 4 Ewing's Sarcoma.
After her surgery, Amanda made great strides in regaining mobility in her left leg. She returned home to continue rehab and healing on May 23rd. Unfortunately, on June 3rd she again lost mobility in her leg and experienced a tremendous increase in pain. She was readmitted to the hospital where they found another mass near her left hip. After this, Amanda was given multiple radiation treatments with the hope that it would begin shrinking the masses. At the beginning of June, Amanda underwent a PET scan to determine the full extent of the cancer. This test revealed that the cancer had spread all the way up her spine as well as to two spots on her liver. From here, it was decided that Amanda would undergo aggressive chemotherapy treatments every 21 days. (The first treatment is a 1 day dose of chemotherapy. Then, 21 days later, she receives chemotherapy for 5 consecutive days at 4 hours each.) This routine is set to continue for an entire year
Unfortunately, the effects of the cancer and aggressive chemotherapy have taken a toll on Amanda’s body. She has been hospitalized and placed in ICU twice since chemotherapy treatments began. Doctor’s also feel that she will not regain the full use of her left leg.
Presently, as of July 24, Amanda is in ICU with kidney failure. Her extremely low blood pressure prevents her from receiving dialysis treatments. All of this has left her in a semi-conscious state with poor hearing and vision. Over 14 transfusions (blood/platelet/plasma) have been given over the past 72 hours to help reverse the kidney failure.
At this point, doctors have stated that they are slowly seeing signs of improved kidney function; however, Amanda has a long road ahead of her before she is out of ICU.
When the cancer diagnosis was first given back in May, there was great hope that Amanda would have a full recovery. However, given the fact that the cancer has spread as well as the toll chemotherapy has taken on her body, the chances of survival have drastically reduced (15-25%).
During this entire time, Mike has been off from work to help care for Amanda and their two boys. On July 17, he was able to return to work, only to have to be off again 3 ½ days later when Amanda was readmitted to ICU. With Mike being unable to work, the family has no income. Mike, Amanda, and the boys are taking all of this day by day, and remain hopeful for a positive outcome.
Funds raised with this campaign will help them with day to day living expenses, household bills, and of course medical expenses not covered by insurance. Any donations, no matter the amount, are extremely appreciated.
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