My Hero ( Marlene's Cancer Fight)

This is my incredible and loving mom Marlene.  Back in October mom was diagnoised with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.

Quite a few months ago, my mom was starting to have stomach issues. The doctors that she went to see kept telling her it was just IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), so they continued to give her pills to help with the IBS. Nothing seemed to be helping the pain that was in her stomach.  She was having trouble eating and the food wasn't diguesting properly.  The pain kept getting worse as the weeks and months went by.  

Finally, after going to a few different doctors and after many appointments to try and get more input on the issues with moms stomach, one of the doctors suggested they do an Ultrasound and a CT Scan.  

After getting the results, mom finally got answers to why she was having all these pains and issues with her stomach.

Unfortuantly, these answers where not the answers mom was hoping to hear.  Mom was told she has a large mass in her pancreas.  After looking further into these tests and after a PETscan was done, the doctors realized that the cancer has spread to her liver.  The cancer is to large to operate on and the only course of action is agressive Chemo Theorpy.

This has rocked our whole family. Mom has always been our leader and the backbone that runs it.  She has been the one who always took care of her family no matter what issues came along.  She has been through major knee surgerys,  had knee replacements and was a survivor of a major car accident. She was told she would never walk again and she proved all the doctors wrong! Mom is an amazing individual, she is MY ROCKSTAR!

Now that she can't work, the medical expenses are starting to add up. Her Medicare covers a good amount but not the expensive perscriptions that are needed everyday. My mom and dad are running out of money.  We as a family are giving all we can give, but its just not enough.  Other bills are backing up as well.

We want mom to WIN HER FIGHT, but unfortunalty it is going to take more money then our family may have. 

This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I am asking for help.  Help to support my mom. Help to get the care she will need now and in the upcoming months.  If anyone can give whatever they can, my mom and our whole family would be extremely grateful.

Thank you for those of you that read my moms story, and thank for those of you who continue to pray and keep my mom in your  thoughts and prays.
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Keith Peterfreund
Gilbert, AZ

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