Cancer Coding Error Stole Her Life

-Cindy’s Story Could Happen To You-

Hi everyone, this is my best friend Cindy. Cindy is a wonderful lady who lives in a rural area with her rescue dogs in northern California between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.

On February 20th of 2017, Cindy went in for her annual mammogram. Even though the mammogram indicated a 1.2 cm mass with follow up needed, the report was coded, in error, as "normal". So of course when Cindy received her letter in the mail that said the mammogram was normal, she went on with her life as always.

By ‪August 30th‬ of 2017, Cindy began to feel some pain and a lump in her breast that was bothering her. She went to her Doctor, and an ultrasound showed a mass of 2.3 cm. They pulled her previous mammogram and discovered the error that was made in February.

In February, the mass had been Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (contained). DCIS is considered by some doctors to be pre-cancerous, stage 0. But if DCIS is left untreated, it will eventually break through the ducts and become invasive breast cancer.

Because of the medical coding error, this is exactly what happened to Cindy. By August (six months later) the mass grew to almost twice the size, and, left untreated, had developed into Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC, stage 2). A core needle biopsy confirmed Triple Positive, High Nuclear Grade 3 - extremely aggressive Breast Cancer. Cindy now had a life threatening, aggressive cancer.

***Because of a doctors office filing error***

While waiting for her first surgery, Cindy began alternative treatment on her own to raise her body's ph levels and to starve the tumor of sugar by going on a Ketogenic diet. These types of dietary plans have been very successful in helping to fight off cancer and/or slow its progression. All of this she learned by doing her own research, using only well documented data of successful alternative treatments.

In the 7 weeks prior to the first surgery, Cindy successfully shrunk the tumor roughly 20% in size through these methods, when the tumor should have grown. So there is something to the alternative therapies even if some of the traditional doctors don’t want to consider them.

The first surgery was October 10th, 2017. They removed the tumor but were not successful in getting all of the cells.

The second surgery was November 17th, 2017. They removed the rest of the cells but found some other cells that were sent off for biopsy.

In December, Cindy received news that the biopsy showed a third, very rare glandular cancer (in addition to the two types of ductal cancers). So, with three types of breast cancer, what do doctors recommend? Everything in the arsenal: 6 months of chemo, 3 months of radiation, and 3 different drugs which cause severe side effects, including heart attacks. (NBC recently posted an article on the dangers of heart attacks and breast cancer chemo, even in heart-healthy patients).

Here’s the dilemma: Cindy also has AFIB and a weakened heart, in addition to chronic low white cells. Her oncologist told her that there would be a cardiac team standing by during her chemo treatments because the odds of her having a heart attack during treatment are realistic.

So....hmmmm, try to beat the cancer by traditional methods, only to die by a heart attack? That doesn't sound too good. Cindy began to look into other alternative medical centers to see if she had any other options.

She decided on Reno Integrative Medical Center who offers both alternative and traditional treatments for cancer. During her first visit, the doctor spent over two hours going over her blood work with her and really taking the time to discuss how he thought he could help her. Cindy felt like Dr. Eslinger could give her some hope through immunotherapy and a combination of other less aggressive treatments.

Cindy has already begun basic treatments to build her immune system. She is on GcMAF injections, and many supplements. She is detoxing and continuing on Ketogenic diet. She has had a Nagalase test, which showed elevated cancer cells are still in her body. The goal is to weaken the cancer cells, then to attack the cancer with multiple IV Blood treatments such as UBI (Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy), Oxidative therapy, Laetrile, heat therapy, and possibly IPT (10% low dose chemo, fractionated and delivered in an insulin potentiated manner). The protocol will vary depending on how Cindy responds to treatment along the way.

So, it’s fighting the war in a different way, and hopefully one that Cindy will actually be able to survive. But she can't do it without help. Insurance doesn’t cover alternative clinics. Cindy has already spent her life savings on initial treatments. The dollar amount that we’ve listed will get her a year of treatments of what they think she needs to fight this and hopefully beat it.

So, please, if you can find it in your heart to help someone who’s life has been really messed up by a seriously bad mistake of medical miscoding, Cindy would be eternally grateful.

Please don’t think a small donation won’t matter. It will! Cindy’s (8) injections alone are $1440/mo. Her supplements are at least $700/mo. Other blood IV treatments are an additional $2-3,000/mo. Small donations DO add up and you could help save her life with just $5 donation! It’s not just a cliche, every dollar really does help.

All funds will go directly to Reno Integrative Medical Center to Cindy's account and will be paying directly for her medical cancer treatments.

**GET YOUR RECORDS**

Cindy would like to ask that all women be their own health advocates, and to get copies of their mammogram test results - even if they are told its normal! Don’t let this happen to you.

Thank you so much for anything you choose to do to help.

God bless you.



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