So, let me tell you a story about how covid may have saved my life. I had covid in early January and never really ever got better. Well, the high heart rate, palpitations, shortness of breath and continued headaches all made me think I had long haulers covid. I was told a couple times by a doctor “it’s covid related, it’ll improve.” Until I wasn’t getting better, it was worse, I was exhausted and so incredibly tired. Back to doctor, finally labs done - that sat on a desk for a week before someone called to tell me that the labs were critical and needed to be repeated. More labs - more days- and still critical. My hemoglobin dropped to 7.5 and I couldn’t even hold my head up last Friday, the 12th, when I was sent to special procedures for 2 units of blood (incidentally I only received 1 unit because they closed at 7pm and couldn’t fit me in until 2pm, so they didn’t have enough time for the 2nd unit- healthcare at its finest). Well, with my new diagnosis of severe iron deficiency anemia and my FAP (not defining it - look it up, sorry), I took it upon myself to get more answers. I called my doctor at Cleveland Clinic and they immediately made room for me in their schedule (so grateful to have an amazing facility a few hours away). I went up Thursday for a thyroid ultrasound, upper and lower scopes. I talked to my doctor in depth about my history since covid and then she made me sleep. I woke up to what will become my new world. I was in and out of sleep when my doctor told me that all the excedrin I had been taking for my headaches had caused an ulceration at my anastamosis site to bleed because of the aspirin in the excedrin- I never noticed any bleeding, so this truly surprised me- this caused the anemia that ultimately led me to where I am. I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I will have to have some major surgery as well as chemo and radiation. My doctor told me that covid probably saved my life and brought me to seek treatment at a very early and treatable stage.
So, now that you know my story, stay tuned because I can’t fight alone and my family needs support right now. My husband knows he’s my rock - but I’m his rock too. My adult kids have now realized how precious and vulnerable life is. If you know me well, you know I am stubborn and strong - but right now, I’m scared and tired. I’m putting this out there because I need to be honest with myself for my family’s sake - I can’t bottle everything up and push it down like I normally do. I can’t pretend that it will be easy or that there won’t be awful days. My kids deserve to know what’s going on so they don’t feel helpless and frustrated.
Trust me, I didn’t put this out there to get your sympathy- being a nurse, I know all too well that illness can definitely tell you where your cards lie and who really has your back when the chips are down. I say this only because if you are in my corner - don’t hold me up- hold my family up because they need your love and strength right now so that they can hold it together for me. I’m going to fight and kick cancers ass! #fuckcancer
- Ranjan and Chels
- Shannon McNamara
- Peter Lundquist
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