Dayna's Cancer Angels - 2x survivor

Know your body and trust yourself!

In May of 2013, I had my annual mammogram which came back suspicious.  The radiologist conducted additional diagnostic testing concluding that it was nothing. "You can come back next year." she said.  By early November, the mass was the size of a twinkie and I was without health insurance.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of a nurse practioner from Planned Parenthood, diagnostic testing was provided. The biopsy concluded I had stage 3, invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast.  Or, as my breast surgeon likes to say, "The tricky form of breast cancer."

Planned Parenthood only covered me through diagnosis so they put me in touch with a non-profit that generously assisted me in getting treatment started.  Sadly, Obama care wasn't yet available and at the rate my tumor was growing I couldn't wait.

So I forged ahead with 16 chemo treatments ($6000 each), 4 Nuelasta  injections ($10,000 each), a double mastectomy and six and half weeks of radiation and then, the most beastly reconstruction ever, a DIEP flap.  A very expensive venture indeed!  

The true cost of cancer is more than the medical treatments. It's the loss of income from being unable to work.  Or, the complimentary therapies that repair the never ending damage chemo left in its wake.

My journey didn't end there unfortunately.  I tested positive for the BRCA genetic mutation that causes breast and ovarian cancer.  The plan was to remove my ovaries as a preventative measure.  Sadly, I developed fallopian tube cancer less than 12 months after my breast reconstruction and before they could remove the ovaries.  The fallopian tube cancer required a complete hysterectomy followed by another dastardly round of chemotherapy for 6 months.  Cancer is a gift that keeps on giving!

My family and I could use your support.  I've been sick now for almost 5 years with no real end in sight.  Yet.  Whatever funds are raised here, will be used to pay off the debt we've acquired.  

Hopefully, you will become one of my cancer angels by perhaps making a donation but just as importantly by sharing my story with all the women you know and men who have women they love.  It has inspired several women to get mammograms and increases my karmic circle of love and prayer.





Donations

  • Danielle Borge 
    • $50 
    • 20 mos
  • Andrea Archer 
    • $100 
    • 21 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 21 mos
  • Monica Coffey 
    • $20 
    • 23 mos
  • Didem Inanoglu 
    • $50 
    • 23 mos
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Organizer

Dayna M. Farris-Fisher 
Organizer
Plano, TX
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