Shortly after we got married and picked up our lives to be in the beautiful state of Washington, John made me go to the doctor, again. That time they didn't have good news for me. I was sent for a few tests and rushed to the emergency room. A couple days later we were getting used to the word cancer. Here we are, two months later and our lives are forever changed. We went through IVF almost immediately and we've had to travel back and forth to Seattle to get second opinions on my treatment. This is my third session of inpatient chemotherapy, where I hang out in the hospital for about a week and try to stay as active as possible. Our bills are adding up and it's all a bit overwhelming having our closest friends and family in Los Angeles while we are all here.
More information about my condition: I'm special. I have a double port, which I have to explain to many nurses, since I am now well versed in what it is and why I have it. I have what is called a liposarcoma of the chest cavity. It impacts the function of primarily the right lung, but also puts a lot of pressure on the surrounding organs. Thus, I am out of breath and often in severe pain. Sarcoma in general are very rare, and my gender, age range, and type of sarcoma makes this even more baffling to doctors.
If you know John and I well, we don't ask for help often, but at this point anything helps get us to my next treatment and the surgery awaiting. We have the regular day to day bills like rent and groceries and we have the special ones, like pet and cat scans, weekly visits to the oncologist, getting hooked up to my meds and fluids to keep me from being a zombie, and our travels to and from Seattle, the best place for my specific type of cancer. I wish we could stay out there through this all, it is just simply too burdensome.
Thank you you again for taking the time to read this and learn about our story. It's a tough one but we are getting through it together, day by day. The supportive staff has been wonderful to us, and we couldn't be more grateful. Thank you to our friends and family for helping us out in a great time of need. We couldn't do it without all of your support.
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