Our family received devestating news two weeks ago. Maya's symptoms began in September when she felt a lump in her lower stomach. Her prelimanary diagnosis was it was just an ovarian cyst. Upon further testing it was discovered it was a grade 3 tumor. These types of tumors are graded on a scale of 1 to 3. Maya's grade was the worst. The oncologist diagnosed her with Ovarian Cancer.
This is a link to the American Cancer Society's (2014) information on Ovarian Cancer.
Maya's oncolgoist was able to remove the tumor but stated she would still need chemotherapy treatment as a result. There were no guarantees that he was able to remove all cancerous cells and if she did not receive the chemotherapy treatment the cells could come back worse or spread to different parts of her body.
Chemotherapy will ensure that the cancer will not spread nor come back. The oncologist stated that the chemotherapy will have a 95% success rate.
As a result of this, she will be starting a full course of chemotherapy beginning in January. We are asking for support to help Maya cover her medical expenses not covered by her insurance company. She will be needing to travel to see her oncologist specialist in Portland throughout the course of her treatment. She will also be traveling to Caribou/PI for her chemotherapy treatments 3 times a week.
While the chemotherapy will help to save her life it will also make her sick. She will need help getting to her appointments, someone to help take care of her and she will not be able to work and may not be able to attend school once the chemotherapy begins due to immunity concerns and how well she is feeling.
As a result Maya and her family are facing heavy financial burdens for a college student and daughter.
Any money raised will help her and her family to cover her traveling expenses, any insurance deductibles, prescriptions co pays and will help her parents to take some time off from work to help get her to her appointments and most importantly help her recuperate.
We would like to thank everyone in advance for their generosity and are very grateful to anyone who could help donate to her expenses.
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