Ginger's Journey with Cancer

Ginger Thoennes (previously Foster) is my loving mother. After having a sleep study, the doctor recommended that my mom should have a CT or MRI of her brain. He wanted to look at her pituitary gland and hypothalamus. The doctor reffered her to a local Endocrinologist. The Endocrinologist didnt think she needed it. so those of you who know my mom, the first thing she did was ask for a second opinion. In late July we found out that she has grade 2 astrocystoma, cancerous brain tumor. The cancer is on her pituitary gland, which is located centrally in the brain. Grade 2 cancer is known to come back as grade 3. She has been on oral chemo for a while and has used up what little savings she has(after moving and the long divorce). She has had 2 brain surgeries so far. One was a biopsy and the other was placing chemo wafers directly on the tumor.
      The wafers are a VERY new treatment and there is a lot we dont know. The downside is that with the wafers she will need an MRI every 2-3weeks. This will take a lot of time away from work and travel expenses. Insurance only covers part of the chemo. 
      **The first cycle she is starting on is a 42 day program. It is $3,600 out of pocket.**

As of this week she is unable to pay for her medication.  7 years ago my mom also fought a spinal cord injury. She had trouble walking to say the least. Now her entire left leg and foot have gone numb again. We don't know if this is from the tumor or if her spinal cord is getting worse as well. 
    We have been broadsided with this diagnosis of brain cancer and the staggering costs of treatment. It has taken a large amount of courage to ask for help. At first my mom did not want to ask for help, but I finally have gotten her to agree. We are starting this GoFundMe to help our family through this dark time.
    With every appointment there is a cost. Every procedure, another cost. Every meal, treatment, there is a cost that we didn't prepare for. There is no way we could have prepared for this. 
   If you are reading this and unable to donate, please share my mom's page with your friends and peers. Maybe someone you know can help too.
  
 *We need the funds as soon is possible. *
       
~ If you would like to donate via PayPal message me , Danielle Foster, on Facebook and I can give you the account info. 

 Any unused donations for my mom's medical care will be donated to the local Relay for Life chapter.

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Alexandria, MN
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