Barbs lymphoma battle

What started out as a small facial tumor that we thought was not a big deal turned out to be much more. Expecting to just let the doctor excise it and be done turned into full blown cancer treatment, meaning chemotherapy and stem cell transplant.  As it turns out, after PET & CT scans and then biopsies I was diagnosed with a rare type of non Hodgkins lymphoma called Tcell Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma ALK negative. It started in the facial tumor but then also spread to my lymph nodes and lungs. This all happened within two months of the tumor showing up. Its very aggressive. Because of this, I have to get high dose chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant.  I have to be admitted every three weeks for 4-5 days for each chemo cycle. I have to get 6-8 cycles. The cost is adding up every day. The length of this whole process is unbelievable. Even though things are going well in the beginning, there's so much time for things to change. As they adjust the dose, it triggers more opportunity for nasty side effects. What makes this more difficult is that although I have a supportive family, my husband is limited as to how much he can help since he has been fighting his own medical battles, I.e. kidney transplant recipient and amputee. I have always been the caregiver, but now roles have reversed. My three daughters are a big help but also try to go to work and keep up their grades in college. Everyone is chipping in to get through it. It's different for me to be in this position and hard. It's just such a long haul. Trying to pay for these costly treatments even with health insurance is another burden. Any help I can get will be appreciated and I would be so grateful for. My family and I thank you for your love, caring and support. Please share this with everyone you can and encourage donations. Fighting to win this battle, however long it may be. Barbara Cann

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  • Devon Musser 
    • $50 
    • 23 mos
  • Karen Hodlofski  
    • $100 
    • 24 mos
  • Michael Marchetti 
    • $100 
    • 24 mos
  • Lynn Caravella 
    • $60 
    • 26 mos
  • Donna Frazier  
    • $25 
    • 26 mos
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Barbara Cann 
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Plymouth, PA
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