This was MY Non-Disney NIGHTMARE coming to life & ended w/ a T1 fracture & Kidney Cancer diagnoses on June 3rd.
(Theresa's totaled car -post accident)
(Theresa at the ER)
I considered not going to the E.R. after the accident, but something told me to go to the hospital. After an hour wait time and 4 exhausting hours w/ no food & water, being poked, x-rayed, scanned multiple times & cross examined, my head & stomach is screaming at me when the E.R. Dr. finally appears. With a distraught look, he tells me, "Sorry for the delay, your CT shows you have a T1 fracture. We also found a "mass" on your CT scan. It appears that it's a bit bigger than a golf ball sized stage 2 cancerous tumor on your left kidney."
All I could think was:
"I just came in to see if anything was broken & get something to get rid of the pain!"
"I exercise, eat healthy, & DON'T drink like a Rock Star!"
"WHY the HE@! do I have Kidney Cancer???!!!!!!!!" (w/ Charlie Brown Uuuuuugh sound effects in my head)
That morning, I talked with various hospital staff about next steps, surgery details, & an estimate of what it will cost to get rid of the cancer. In an overwhelmed daze, I called my Dr. for a 2nd opinion. Unfortunately, his opinion was the same as the 1st.
I officially have Kidney Cancer.
(Theresa's CT of the cancerous kidney tumor on right)
I've thought about what's happen, a LOT, and realized, "What if I didn't go to the ER?", "What if this is all a test?". I've since gotten a accident lawyer, but the car injuries & any resolution will take a year or more to resolve. My cancer can't wait that long to resolve.
Since June 3rd, I've had more scans, tests, meds, therapies & counseling for what's to come. I'll have major nephrectomy surgery to remove the Cancer before it spreads. Surgery is scheduled for Sept. 19th with an estimated 5-7-day hospital stay. After surgery, I'll have follow-up Dr. apt's, scans, med regimen, PT, OT & cancer treatments for a year. I've done as much as I can do to prepare for what's to come. Now, the overwhelming part; "How do I pay for all the hospital bills that will be approx. $93,000 for surgery, Dr. fees, Co-pays, the hospital stay, tests, meds, therapies, treatments, & many other expenses to get cancer free and healthy, when I won't be able to work for a while?"
Many providers have already required payments. Insurance covers a lot & for that I'm very lucky, but it's only covered a portion of the bills that I have & will get. So, I'm desperately doing my best to not go bankrupt. So, it is with a heavy heart that I write this request. PLEASE donate whatever you feel you can, share the link and help me raise funds through this GoFundMe campaign. Your donations will pay for the surgery, hospital bills, & other costs that insurance doesn't cover.
Donations will help immensely towards medical bills, getting healthy & no longer feel emotionally or financially drained. I wish I could put off the surgery & treatments, but at this stage, that's not a choice. If I don't get surgery, soon, the CANCER WILL SPREAD & I'll Die.
You may not know this about me, but I've donated $1000's of dollars, my personal resources, private counseling/coaching time, volunteering, recruiting for others & anything I can to help others that've asked, without anything in return. I never imagined asking for such help for myself. Yet, here I am asking for YOUR help during this financially & emotionally draining time. I just want to get back to my energetic, fun, loving and helping self, again! Your help will make ALL the difference!
(Theresa volunteering & being goofy at a TapOut Event)
(Theresa (Terri), back in simpler days of H.S. & the 80's)
As a thank you, for any donation or help you can give, I'm giving everyone this free link to help you understand why people do what they do & help your relationships. http://www.colorcode.com/coupon/HelpTheresaD This is a detailed basic personality assessment I only use w/ my clients ($39.95 value). When you upgrade to the very detailed full assessment (w/ videos, 40pg report & more) at my discounted cost & donate ove $50 to this campaign, I'll give you a 90-min consult ($175 value). I don't get paid by the assessment provider, so donations are deeply appreciated.
We can discuss how you can maximize your results for your business, sales, relationships, etc. Please send me an email to schedule your apt. If you'd like to buy a full coaching session & full assessment for yourself or someone else without doing a GoFundMe donation, email Theresa and something will be arranged. Additionally, if you would rather send Theresa your donation privately, via other means or offer some other form of assistance, you can send her an email or a private message on Facebook.
I can't thank you enough, in advance, for ANY Prayers, donations or support you can offer! If you know me, you know I'm a fighter and I'll fight cancer so I can help others that have to battle cancer, too!
Thank you, in advance, for sharing this & anything you can offer!
~With Giant Hugs & MUCH appreciation,
- Maryalice Coleman
- Courtney Brown
- Marj Selle
- JT Ippolito
- Jim Smith
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