A bit of good news here - - - Karen's Chemotherapy treatments were very successful, (thank God for small miracles), and there has been a substantial reduction of the number and size of the cancerous tumors in both breasts! AND, Karen has been blessed with excellent health insurance along with an AFLAC Cancer Insurance Policy, so ALL of her medical/health needs have been met. Still, Karen will be continuing her lengthy Cancer team's protocol.
In order to eradicate any rogue cancer cells remaining, Karen will have a double mastectomy at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago combined with stage one of breast reconstruction on December 30, 2020. At the same time, every 3 weeks Karen will be receiving Immunotherapy, one specific biological drug called Herceptin via IV infusion at the Delnor Cancer Center in Geneva, Illinois, for the next nine months. Immunotherapy is a targeted IV therapy which disrupts the DNA/RNA sequencing of any remaining cancer cells so the cancer cells do not replicate and it causes cancer cell death. Following that, Karen will be required have targeted radiation treatments in early Spring and she will be taking weekly Rx med estrogen blockers for 5-10 years to prevent any reoccurrence of the cancer.
So why are we telling you all of this?
Many of Karen's friends, family, co-workers past & present, high school friends, college friends, Facebook friends, Petsitting Clients & Acquaintances have asked her "How can I help, what can I do? Well....Karen experienced a double whammy, the loss of her business income as a result of the Pandemic, AND she has not been in a good place health wise to rebuild her petsitting business because of the adverse side effects of the four-month long chemotherapy. You should know that just because the chemotherapy is completed does not mean that she will immediately bounce back - - it can take months or even a year before a body ravaged with chemotherapy treatments and their adverse side effects can fully recover.
Karen has utilized all of her savings to date in keeping from losing her small business that she has built over the past 14 years, and is now asking for your help in getting her through the remainder of her lengthy cancer treatment protocol.
We are starting two campaigns on behalf of Karen to help her: the first campaign is called "Give In Kind", and the second campaign is a "Go Fund Me" account. Give In Kind gives the Donor an option of purchasing electronic gift cards that are emailed direct to Karen that she can utilize these gift cards at stores and restaurants as the need arises, and the Go Fund Me account gives the Donor the option of sending cash for living expenses to help Karen get through the next several months of her cancer treatment protocol. Any donation is welcome , no matter how small, every little bit helps!
- Jill Lacosse
- William Bachman
- Craig Hall
- Gussie Tessier
Organizer and beneficiary
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