My name is Shannon, and I have just been diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer on July 13th 2017, which is a few days before my birthday which is on July 19th. I have been told that I have about 8 months to live. If I respond VERY well to treatment I might get as long as 12 to 18 months. I really do not want to burden my family with my last expenses and the things I need that insurance will not pay for. Any help at all would be wonderful and MOST appreciated and a great big thank you to all those who can help and warm wishes even if you can not. Love is all around and it does NOT have price tag on it.
I am quite thankful for all the help and prayers from the many who could and prayers and warm wishes from those can not help financialy at this time. The donations so far will be used to help me get the things I need like braces and prescriptions that my insurance will not pay for. As well as help with covering my deductables and co-pays. I am great-full that I will now be able to get the brace I need to support my arm during the day where the bone is now eaten away by the cancer. Next adventure will be to get a brace to sleep in so I do not roll over in my sleep and break my arm since they tell me now that it looks like the bone has been "moth eaten" and could fracture even by just lifting a cup of coffee. Pancreatic Cancer started in my pancrease and has metastasized to my feet, ankles, knees, coccyx,(tailbone),
7th rib (where it connects to the sternum), upper lobe of my right lung, shoulders, mandible and right humerus. The humerus being the most painful at this time (there is a mass on my arm the size of a half of a baseball which is bone pain and that is hard to treat no matter what pain meds they give you, plus it is always ever scraping on the muscles and tendon connected in the area), and that is what made me go to the doctors and how they became aware enough to take an x-ray, my pain management doc, who is not usually the one to make a dignosis because he just deals with the pain once the diagnosis has been made, took one look and said " that is NOT right" and sent me for an xray on the 19th of June, so that was the beggining, so all the docs started doing the testing to find out where all the cancer is and make a diagnosis and then said unknown primary which means they could not define the primary source at that time, but now 3 out 5 docs have decided pancreas and the others are not trained in the cancer field and I cannot expect them to define the primary. The pancreatic part which I was unaware of was told to me on the 13th of July. Just to let you all know that I used some of the donated monies to get my Daith peirced on both sides and have not had a migraine since!! Getting rid of any pain from anywhere helps me tolerate the pain of the cancer a bit better and I could not have done it with out help.
Again, Much Love,
Thank you all!
- Robin Stallard
- Brandi Dolsen
- DONNAMIAH VALENTA
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- Gwen Pulkkinen
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