In 2015, at the age of 29, I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. In the last two years, I have had six months of aggressive chemotherapy, a bilateral mastectomy, and thirty-three rounds of radiation treatments.
All of my treatment plans were completed while raising two children (7 and 5) also finishing my Master's degree program. I even remained active in my children’s school, church, and community.
After the bilateral mastectomy, I was informed that I was misdiagnosed, and I would have to start hormonal chemotherapy after I recovered from surgery.
When I reached my one-year mark of hormonal chemotherapy infusions, I was told that my Pet scans showed a new hotspot with cancer. Early in 2017, the cancer had metastasized to my bones, and now the treatment was going to be reevaluated.
In June 2017, I had a new treatment plan that included daily oral chemotherapy, three monthly shots, and hormonal chemotherapy every twenty-one days. During this time my Pet scans were still coming back with hotspots, my oral chemotherapy has changed three times in an effort to control spreading. Now, its November 2017 and the Pet scan shows a new hotspot in my chest. In the twinkling of an eye, I'm back to square one facing radiation and aggressive chemotherapy again.
As a veteran I'm seen through the Veterans Administration; unfortunately, I'm limited and do not have access to the innovative studies that are not FDA approved yet. I have decided to seek alternative medical treatment, a more holistic approach to my medical situation. I decided to fight this fight the unconventional way. Trying treatments that have shown success but has not been publicized, just because the pharmaceutical would not profit from them. Alternative Cancer treatment is expensive because it requires intensive therapies that are repeated and is not covered by insurance.
I pray that I'm able to live a life full of quality and in efforts to do so, I must step out of the box.
These funds will assist us with the cost of the treatment ($36,000) and the temporary relocation to the facility for eight weeks ($4,000). Treatments are daily for a minimum of four hours. This situation is extremely urgent, my family and I are attempting to avoid any more metastasizing to any other bone or organ. My goal is to start this treatment as soon as possible.
We are thankful for any donations, and nothing is too small. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
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