Help Yondeen Live

Hello! My name is Yondeen Colthirst; I am 37 years old and this is my story: I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in February of 2016. I underwent a double mastectomy surgery based on the information I had received from the doctor of the aggressiveness of this type of breast cancer and how difficult it would be to treat if it returned. After surgery, I did chemo therapy and radiation. In May of this year 2017 I had an ultrasound and biopsy done due to my concern of a growing lump under my right arm. Both results confirmed a growing tumor in the area where my lymph nodes were moved after surgery last year. Further testing revealed that there were 2 large size tumors growing in the same place. By the end of May there was a 3rd tumor growing on the surgical line outside my body where one of my breast was removed. Surgeons refused me surgery a second time because they felt it was too risky and life threatening. A consultation with NYGH oncologist in June stated that they wanted to try me with a type of chemotherapy never tried on breast cancer patients before to help me live a little longer. Based on the information I was given and the fact that I recently had surgery chemo and radiation less than a year ago I was still having side effect, I knew my body would not be able to tolerate chemo a second time in less than a year. There was no chance of a future or family if I decided to go that route. I choose to do a natural route instead to save my life and the possibility of a future. I am currently taking naturopathic supplements which cost $600 per month. Vitamin C IV twice a week at the Marsden clinic in Vaughn to help shrink the tumors which cost $365 to $423 each visit depending if I have to meet with the doctors. The treatment cost approximately $850 per week for the 2 treatments. I have used up all the funds i had saved and i no longer have the funds to pay for treatment. I had to put the treatment on hold starting this week because i do not have the money to cover the treatment. Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy cost $340 per treatment and I have not been able to start that treatment due to lack of funds. My meals are all organic and I shop at the health food store at least 3-4 times per week which is really expensive and cost me on average of $400 a month. I am not able to get a loan from the bank because I am not working. No support from my adopted family. My only help is the Lord, a few friends and co- workers who have stood with me through this whole journey.
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Lala Mayhew
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El Paso, TX

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