Eff Cancer!!!!!

Here we are... It has come to this. 

October 7th, I entered the ER hunched over in extreme pain, but not thinking too much of it. Just a few days ago I  had been at Urgent Care with severe abdominal pain. It’s just a UTI… and it was. My doctor told me I that I needed further testing and I shrugged it off. He asked me if I  was having any weird gastro issues… I  didn’t really think much of that either. I  assumed I  was having IBD issues for the past year. I’ll spare the details. 

But now, I  was experience excruciating pain. Blood vomit, blood in stool. The pain. The damn pain. It was like the exorcism of Emily rose. 

The nurses were having a hard time getting a catheter in me. Even getting blood was difficult, but they finally managed. 4 IV boluses later with dextrose (D5) and I  ended up getting transferred to another hospital. I  had an emergency colonoscopy and endoscopy. 

It was then that I was diagnosed with it… small intestine/stomach cancer. WTF? I'm 31... how is this even possible.... 

My grandma had the same one. Thanks fam bam. 

That IBD I  thought I  had for the past year… not so much. It was actually cancer growing the past year. 

I’ve lost about 40lbs in the last 2 weeks. I haven’t had solid food in 16 days (as of Oct 22), I'm currently about 77Lbs or so (how am I  even alive?), I'm now experiencing hypertension, resting heart rate tachycardia, using a cane because Im extremely weak, I go into AFib with any form of exertion and my liver values were low. I need further labs to check to make sure my kidneys aren't going next. I’m in extreme pain. Every day it is a blood vomit/GI fest... But… I’m tough. I  miss my job, my coworkers. I’ve got a solid team of support, family, friends… but the copays, my plethora of medications.. it is all adding up. It has depleted my savings between regular bills and now medical expenses. And having COVID in July. 2020 is just... it just needs to end now... 

I hate to ask for help, but here I am. 

I  am someone who pays it forward. I am someone who has legit helped put food on families tables during the holidays when families couldn’t, helped make sure families provided toys for their kids when they were short, I spend my holidays feeding the homeless rather than stuffing my own face because that is just who I am. I have a strong personality with a good heart. 

This isn’t just for me… this is to help my family should anything happen to me. I want my family to be covered for any after life costs. I  want to be prepared. It is so weird to be so strong in will, but feel your heart become so weak, your body become skeletal. If nothing happens, this is to cover my medical expenses. 

You may follow my journey at: IG: @nickymarzullo 

Thank you.


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Nicky Lee-Marzullo 
Los Angeles, CA

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