When she was 13 my niece Anna was diagnosed with what we thought was Thyroid Cancer in May of 2016. We soon realized that Anna's cancer was much more complex. After her second surgery the Doctors found that it had metastasize to her lymph nodes and lungs. We also found out that she has a very rare double genetic mutation, MKRN1 - Braff Fusion, that makes her cancer much more aggressive and fast growing than most. Her cancer is very rare and very difficult to treat. She has endured 5 surgeries, multiple isolated radiation treatments, regular ultrasounds and pt scans and because of the rarity of her cancer they have had to meet with specialists at MD Anderson in Houston and currently traveling back and forth to City of Hope hospital in Los Angeles, since this team seems to know the most about her condition.
She recently finished yet another 5 day isolated radiation treatment, where she must stay in her room alone and have no contact from anyone. We are waiting to see if perhaps this round has had any effect on the cancer and has slowed its growth. As of yet nothing has been successful in touching the cancer seen in her lungs and she can't endure any more surgeries to her neck at this point. She is having pain and numbness in her neck and we are uncertain of what the Doctors will suggest for her next step. Anna is a fighter and one of the strongest people I know. As a mom of a cancer survivor and her Aunt I ache for her. She is the type of person who needs to know the "plan" of action. She asks more questions and knows more about her condition than most. Unfortunately, her cancer is so rare that we have yet to find a Doctor who has a strong plan.
If all of this wasn't difficult enough, this July my brother Dennis had a Heart Attack and was hospitalized for some time. He had just started a new business and the stress of caring for Anna and his family, trying to take care of his own health and get a business off of the ground is simply too much for anyone to bear. Nancy continues to teach at Kiva Elementary and give a sense of normalcy and stability to Anna and her brother Jake and sister Ashley. She is simply wonderful. I look back at my daughter's fight with cancer and know first hand how incredibly difficult it is. I can not imagine adding into that struggle a husband having a heart attack and Medical debt that would overwhelm anyone.
Although they do have medical insurance through Nancy's job, it is minimal at best and some treatments are not covered at all. The medical bills are simply overwhelming. It has been over 2 years of medical bills, travel costs, hotel stays and time away from work and frankly there is no end in sight at this point.
They need our help. If we could simply take some of the financial weight off of their shoulders so they could catch there breath it would mean so much to them.
If you can hep financially, thank you. If you can not I so sincerely understand. I would ask that, if nothing else you share this with others. I know that together we could make a huge difference to the Herrig Family. Please Share.....
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