In August, 2017, Anne was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast, an aggressive and fast-growing cancer. It’s not tumor forming, but has spread into the breast tissue and the surrounding skin and lymph nodes.
Anne’s breast, underarm, side, midriff, back, and other breast are now involved. The cancer is literally consuming her flesh, creating constant pain and discomfort. Every movement hurts!
Because there is no tumor, surgery and radiation are not even options. And chemotherapy, according to our consulting oncologist, does not offer a cure, either.
But surgery, radiation, and chemo are the only treatments health insurance will pay for. So we went outside the country to get therapies not available in the United States.
After three weeks Anne’s symptoms improved, but the cancer was still spreading, so a second round of treatments was added – a modified chemo regimen along with proven immunotherapy treatments.
She is responding to this therapy, but it must be continued for some time and we are out of funds NOW!
We’ve already spent $80,000 out of pocket that insurance will not pay for. We need $60,000 more to continue with the treatments that can save Anne’s life.
We know it's a lot, but that's why we're here asking for your help.
And for us it is urgent!
Urgent that we replace some of the money spent so far...
and urgent that we continue Anne’s treatments without a break.
It’s too soon to stop or delay the treatments!
You can help save Anne’s life.
We hope that you can help us continue the treatments that Anne needs to completely heal her cancer and be cancer free.
So please, if you are so inclined, copy and post this to your social media accounts and/or email lists.
Any and all donations of any amount will help and are very much appreciated and honored.
Thank you for your compassion...
Anne and Michael
P.S. Here are some moments from Anne's life so far...
Sharing love and laughter together is our specialty.
We scared ourselves and the Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween.
Anne and son David, before his first-ever prom.
Anne with son David at a younger age visiting the Monterey Aquarium.
That's Anne and me taking in the sights of downtown Ojai.
Anne nearer the beginning.
Anne in college on the way to advanced science degrees.
Dr. Anne Austin...newly-minted Doctor of Optometry.
Dr. Anne and fellow graduate doctors.
Dr. Anne as "Optogirl." Marvelesque!
Anne on the jump. Breathtaking shot!
Anne with life-long friends Nan and Sandy, and Sandy's daughter Maddie at Desert Trip 2017.
Anne and Sandy with a tiger in the tank.
Anne and me with daughter Kristi, and son David at Meditation Mount in Ojai.
Anne with the McFall clan: Larry, Bonnie, Ed, Kitty, Anne and me.
Anne with ex-husband Mark, son David, daughter Jena Collins, and family: Mark, Joseph, Luke, Grace, and Anna.
Anne and me doing what we do best...loving each other!
Anne and some of her creative artwork displayed for the Ojai Art Detour.
One of Anne's (and my) favorite art themes: "The Mermaid."
Anne and me and David hiking one of David's favorites: the Shelf Road trail in Ojai.
Anne and David sharing some love at the beach.
Anne in her Ojai Mardi Gras costume.
Sharing a close moment and a kiss with the love of my life.
Anne with her kaleidoscopic vision.
Anne clowning on my drumset.
Anne with step-granddaughter Rachel.
Anne with Sister-in-Law Bonnie.
Anne with daughter Jena.
Did I mention that Anne also plays piano and keyboards?
Anne in a moment of reflection.
"Rocker Chick" Anne with her Black Beauty guitar.
Thank you all... Your compassion and generosity are amazing!
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