Larygectomee with No Voice

I had breast cancer in 2010. 

Then thyroid cancer started in August 2012.  After surgery and 39 radiation treatments I started healing and got back to a semi-normal lifestyle. 

When the Hurthle Cell Thyroid Cancer returned  the first of this year, 2018, and I was told I had only one option and that was to have a Radical Laryngectomy, which meant having my entire throat removed,
the skin, blood vessels and veins from my left forearm would  be removed to replace my throat and neck, I was devastated.  After my arm was used to harvest the materials to replace my throat, skin was taken from my left thigh to repair my left forearm.  

I am unable to speak.

I have an open stoma, which requires a  trach tube and all the supplies to clean the tube 3 to 4 times a day.  

I also have a G-Tube in my stomach for feeding myself 2 to 3 times a day since swallowing is a real challenge for me.

The many appointments for all the specialist is very difficult since I have to depend on someone else since my car is not running and I do not have the money to have it repaired.

Medicare only pays for part of the supplies I need to keep sterile, clean tubes for my stoma.

I am going to be 80 years old in November.  I cannot go out and get a part time job, since I do not have the strength and energy to  keep on the go and must use a rollator.

I have worked all my life and never thought I would need to ask for help but now I do need help.

If you are able to consider seeing your way to help me I would really appreciate it so much.   God Bless each of you for even considering my needs.



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Charlotte Watson
Citra, FL

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