Rachel is the sweetest, awesomeness, strongest person we have ever met! While in college, Rachel took two years of painting, which has led to her love of painting on canvas! Rachel was young and very adventurous until she was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia one year ago at the University Medical Center of New Orleans. Rachel had an enlarged spleen twice the standard size, and her white blood cell count was super high. After a bone marrow biopsy on her hip, Rachel was diagnosed.
We don’t know anyone who can afford to fight cancer. Rachel's monthly chemotherapy pills average over $15,000/month, and oncology medical bills are over $1,200 per visit. Plus, X-rays and ultrasounds for side effects she has been experiencing from her treatment. For example, a few weeks ago, Rachel had 260ml of fluid removed from her lungs to breathe better. This fluid buildup was a side effect of her chemotherapy. Rachel is still experiencing respiratory issues, just not as bad since the fluid was removed. We have had more X-rays and are waiting to hear from the DR. on what’s next.
In the state where Rachel lives, prices for everything have doubled except for the amount to survive and still receive benefits. We would think Cancer alone would qualify a person to receive assistance, but unfortunately, it does not.
Last year when the fight began, Rachel was unable to work at all. She used all of her savings to pay bills. Now, Rachel has exhausted all of her savings. She has nothing left over financially at the end of the month. Thanks to energy assistance last month, they didn’t turn her power off. We are hoping to receive help from blessed people. So Rachel doesn’t continue falling behind on essential bills and daily expenses. All donations will go to Rachel. She doesn’t mind being poor and fighting cancer without a dime left over after monthly payments. Rachel is resilient, but she shouldn’t worry about how she will take care of her dog or lose her home - etc. Rachel shouldn’t have to make hard financial choices and fight cancer too.