I am Shauna Berensmann (43) a wife and mother. In March of 2017 I went to the nearest clinic and was diagnosed with a sinus infection, he wrote me a couple scripts and sent me on my way. Over the next two months my cough would not go away no matter what medicines I took. On May 15th I went back to said clinic and asked for an x-ray to make sure I didn't have pneumonia. They called me back at the end of June to say they see something but not sure so I should go to my Doctor and check it out. I had hard time breathing one night so we ran to the ER, they did an x-ray as well as gave me breathing treatments. Said x-ray looked great and sent me on my way.
Now at this point I thought I was all good except this nasty cough.
Mid January 2018 I had a yearly appointment with my regular doctor, she immediately questioned my 30 lb very noticeable weight loss and I filled her in about the last few months, she suggested blood work and an X-ray. The following Monday she called me in to chat about results. She said well lets cut to the chase, I'm referring you to Dr. So and so at the CANCER CENTER!
Scariest words I've ever heard, thankful that I brought my husband and mother with me as this is some serious life changing news.
Since February 1st, 2018 I have had 3 different types of biopsy's and numerous CT & PET scans. And finally been diagnosed with a type of
B-Cell Lymphoma! The tumor is growing at a fast pace and wrapping around the main artery to my heart and located in my upper chest, near my heart so their is no time to waste.
Today March 19th, 2018 was my first day of chemo treatments that are going to last up through August 2018.
At this point our house is in active foreclosure, I am unable to work, my husband is currently receiving unemployment as he is my care taker for the next 2-3 months while we see how the chemo is going to affect me. My treatments are very aggressive since the tumor is fast growing. The treatments consist of week long drip that I have in a fanny pack so I can be at home and I check in with the doctors every afternoon to get the machine refilled, then I get 2 weeks off and this process repeats every 3 weeks for a cycle of 6-8 full treatments.
In the meantime we have used up all our savings to make ends meet, the gas and electric bills are in shut off status and his unemployment barely covers our mortgage. As much as I don't like asking for help, I have to get over that because we are definitely in desperate need for a bit of help. Any little bit would be so much help.
My family and I say Thank you for your support.
For your prayers.
For your Blessings
Shauna Berensmann and Family
- Emile Stafford
- Maryann Rodak
- Kirsten and Cat Hibbs
- Katy Webster
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