Aloha, this campaign is being started by me - Jaz McGuire on behalf of my amazing wife "Vaelua Jaz Tuala". On July 30, Lua went to urgent care for shortness of breath from what she thought was a cough and cold she had for a couple of weeks. They sent her home with bronchitis medicine and some steroids. She went back a week later when the medicine didn't work. At this time they took a chest x-ray and were horrified that her left lung was almost 75% covered in fluid. She was immediately admitted. They told us that they suspected she either had an aggressive pneumonia or that the fluid could be caused by a tumor in her lung. After tests and fluid draining a bomb was dropped on our world, they had discovered two masses in her left lung and chest. She had a drain put in to drain almost 3 liters of fluid but the fluid came back in a week. We were admitted again at a different hospital and met our new and amazing oncologist. After numerous scans and biopsies the preliminary diagnosis was adenocarcinoma with an unknown primary. Those of you that know Lua , know that she is extremely strong and fit. She worked out several times a week and was a runner. So you can imagine how horrified we were at the words lung cancer, she is a non smoker that eats well and worked out! She had a pleurodesis surgery to stop the liquid from recurring and they took larger biopsies because they were unsure of the type of cell the mass was. Lua was put on a very strong chemo therapy once every three weeks for an unknown primary. The therapy was rough and she lost her hair. After one round we learned that the biopsy had to be sent to johns Hopkins for diagnosis. Then we got new results, Johns Hopkins returned the diagnosis as epithelial mesothelioma of the pleura (lining of the lung) My first thought was " how the heck did she get mesothelioma?" She is 35 and an office executive! Our oncologist related that cases like hers are extremely rare that someone at her age without asbestos exposure gets this type of cancer. Some of the testing for additional specific biological markers are not covered by insurance and she has spent 16 days admitted in the hospital. Lua is strong physically, emotionally and spiritually. With the love and support of all of our family and friends I know we can get through anything. We love you all and appreciate any help you can give.
- Parish Valena
- Go Seigle
- Diane Cho
- Heather Gonsalves & Enoka Lucas
- Peggy Hung-Tsoi