I was born in Seattle, WA. In 1978 in a little yellow house on Queen Anne hill. I was a home birth and the midwife, was a friend of my mothers, and when I was 18 months old my mother lost us, my sisters and I, but the midwife , took us. My older sisters ended up with family, but I stayed with the lady I now proudly call my mom. When I was 4 we moved to Northport, WA where I attended school k-12. Loved sports, and really enjoyed my life, in 1992 I was diagnosed with Neurofibromas Type 1. Which is a conditioned characterized by changes in skin coloring and the growth of tumors along nerves, brain and other parts of the body. About 1-4000 have it. I always tell people to google it. It's different for everyone. Some have it so and there spots cover their body. I have a mild case, I have had ten rumors removed, two were malignant. Both were removed and I went threw radiation. In June of 2013, I started getting real sick, and started spending a lot of time in the hospital, with nauseous and vomiting.. By December I practilly lived there, I lost 22 lbs in 20 days and ended up haveing a tube in my stomach for nutrition. They ended up finding a Carsinoid Tumor in my ampul, they removed most of it with a scope, but had to go in threw the stomach to get the rest. After all this I ended up getting a bone marrow biopsy, which came back with the results of Leukemia. So now I am undergoing treatment at the University of Washington, I've successfully finished my first round and get 2 weeks of a break. Then I start this process again. I spend the first 5-7 days in the hospital getting chemo, then I move to the SCCA House until my blood counts are normal. One of the cancer pills I take during my off time has caused tremendous pain in my hips down to my toes, so if going anywhere I have to either take my wheel chair or walker. Which thanks to friends and the UW I have both. I have medical insurance, but there is always that extra expense, like a shower seat for the bathroom, and embarrassingly a port a potty. I also recently found out that I may not be covered for my housing which would cost me thousands. So I am reaching out for your help. The littlest bit helps. Thanks for taking the time to check this out. I am a fighter and have a positive outlook on life no matter what come next.
- Barry cooper
- Peggy foster
- christy becker
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