Help Elizabeth Fight Stage 4 Breast Cancer

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Elizabeth is a stay at home wife (their 10 year anniversary is this April!) and mom who homeschools her 3 precious
children ages 4, 7,  and 8.  Elizabeth is a
selfless woman who above all wants to
see God glorified in and through her
diagnosis.  She is extremely supportive,
compassionate, inquisitive and funny!

 

In May 2017, Elizabeth at age 27,
married with three beautiful children,
received the diagnosis that no one wants - triple positive (HER2+) breast cancer,
an extremely aggressive kind of cancer. 

 

For the next 36 months, Elizabeth
endured four kinds of chemotherapy, one targeted IV treatments (herceptin),
along with hormone/endocrine therapy,
radiation therapy, and a double
mastectomy with lymph nodes removed. It was an aggressive treatment for a very aggressive cancer. Her initial treatment
plan accumulated a sizable financial hardship with traveling and post care
expenses.


In November 2020, Elizabeth came down with COVID-19.  She had a pulmonary 
embolism as a result of covid, and had a CT scan of her chest to diagnose the 
pulmonary embolism.   That scan showed growth of previously stable (and considered benign at the time) lung nodules. Her physicians and wanted to monitor the
nodules for three months, at which point another CT showed continued growth.
Therefore, doctors did a core needle lung biopsy (which led to a collapsed lung).
The results showed Elizabeth has Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.  We are
praying and believing that there is a
reason this was caught earlier than it
would have been, had she not had to go
in for breathing issues as a result of
covid.  Yet, the prognosis aside from a
miracle is not good. 


We just heard from Mayo and are still
processing the news that the cancer has now morphed to HER2 negative
hormone positive (still highly estrogen
and progesterone
positive).  HER2 positive is super
aggressive. But also when the treatment works (Herceptin and allllll the other her2 drugs) it can work for a relatively long
time. There aren’t nearly as many tools in the toolbox for HER2 negative. Her
doctor will be formulating a treatment
plan in the next couple of weeks. There
are some options left, and we will be
utilizing them.  They’re a bit nervous, to
say the least,  because genomic
mutations (and experience has
shown with this cancer back when she
was first diagnosed as early stage) that
it tends to be chemo and hormone
therapy resistant.  Elizabeth is being
encouraged to look into other options
like clinical trials and integrative/out of
the box (but still scientifically backed)
treatments, all with Elizabeth’s
oncologist’s blessing.  


The hope is that Elizabeth would not
have to turn down any treatments due to financial limitations. While some
treatments are covered by insurance,
others are not. For example, one such
treatment is the genomic mutations test (several thousand dollars) which is being covered by insurance.  The chemo-
sensitivity test, which gives invaluable
guidance as to which chemo treatments are shown to neutralize these specific
cancer cells in a lab setting is almost
$5,000, and it is not covered by insurance.  As bills pile up, the amount can be
staggering, some clinics charge up to
$120,000. Other costs to consider are
traveling expenses, lodging, and missed
work for her supportive husband Warren as he walks this journey with her. 


The goal: No treatment would be turned down due to financial limitations.
Elizabeth and her husband would never
ask for help which is why we are reaching out on their behalf.  Prayers for
miraculous healing, divine leading, peace, and any monetary donation you may
wish to give would be greatly
appreciated. 
 
If you would like their mailing address 
feel free to contact us on here. Thank 
you all in advance for your love and
support!


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Sarah Oja 
Organizer
Raised $17,440 from 63 donations
Grand Rapids, MN
Elizabeth Johnson 
Beneficiary
Renee Henderson 
Team member
Raised $1,205 from 9 donations
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