Kayla Adams needs your help. Kayla is my 27-year-old niece and she has mouth and throat cancer.
Kayla started noticing something was wrong back in April 2017. After about a 5-month wait she was able to get an appointment to see a specialist. By this time a cyst had formed on the side of her neck. A biopsy showed that it was noncancerous and on Dec 9 she had surgery to have the cyst removed. Once the cyst was removed they did another biopsy of the cyst itself and on Dec 26, 2017, she was told that she had cancer.
In January she began a series of MRI, Cat Scans, and PET scans to see if any other places were affected. The cancer had moved from the lymph nodes of her neck to the soft palette of her mouth and up into her sinus cavity where a 7cm tumour, about the size of a peach, had formed.
Treatment has consisted of an aggressive series of chemo and radiation since January 2018. The side effects have been horrendous, including constant ringing and loss of hearing in one ear, sore, dry mouth and loss of taste. She underwent surgery to have a feeding tube installed. Due to the location of the cancer, the sores in her mouth and throat cause pain and buildup of thick saliva so that she is unable to eat. The feeding tube has been uncomfortable and it has been difficult for her to get used to. She will have to continue to use this for many weeks after treatment until she is able to eat normal foods and maintains a steady weight.
She has suffered burns to her neck from the radiation that are so severe that she has had to undergo burn treatment.
Some of these side effects may be permanent.
She has had to go for appointments and treatments every day and this alone has taken a huge toll on Kayla and her sister Nadyne who has shifted her life and work schedule to care for Kayla. This is a tough battle and Kayla has fought valiantly but she is worn down and her financial burden is causing her severe anxiety and worry when she should be focusing on getting well.
Kayla is a very brave girl who has not wanted to burden anyone with her problems and so she has been reluctant to reach out for help or talk about what she is going through.
I am reaching out on her behalf because she needs our prayers and she also needs our financial help urgently. It is important for her to know that we care about her suffering.
She has not been able to work since her surgery in Dec and she will not be able to work for at least another 3 months at the earliest. This will be a minimum of 7 months without work and possibly more.
Your help and prayers are so appreciated. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
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