I have known Myika for 11 years, in that time I have had the joy of witnessing her grow into an inspiring, ambitious woman as well as a gentle and patient mother. She carries many titles; she is a mother to three beautiful children, a Veteran of the United States Air Force, a loving friend/confidant and a pre-med student aspiring to one day become a pediatric physician. This page exists because Myika was recently diagnosed with cancer, please read her story below and consider making a contribution towards her healing.
On 19 March 2019, Myika was blessed to give birth to an incredibly handsome baby boy; Remington Ziegler Lee Marshall. Following the birth of her Son, life returned to normal as she and her two other children expanded their hearts and boundaries to their new addition.
Around four-weeks post-partum, Myika began having alarming complications that caused her Obstetrics Physician to request specialized testing. Unfortunately, the testing was unable to be administered before her symptoms escalated; she was transported by ambulance to KU Medical Center where she was held overnight and scheduled for an immediate surgery. Biopsies were taken at the time of her surgery and on 19 April 2019, Myika was diagnosed with Choriocarcinoma- a very rare pregnancy related cancer.
Choriocarcinoma as Myika explains it, “Is a rare type of cancer that results from placenta tissue. In most cases, it is preceded by a either a complete or partial molar pregnancy that allows the uterus to fill up with benign tumors where a fetus should be. In my particular case, my Son survived the pregnancy, and the resulting cells became malignant(cancerous) leading to my current diagnosis. Remington is a miracle child and I feel extremely blessed to have him.”
Choriocarcinoma is a very aggressive cancer and due to it’s vascular properties, is able to metastasize easily into the blood system. The physician’s treating Myika have been amazing and are attacking her diagnosis head-on; in just the two weeks that she has known, she has already received a port and her first round of chemo. Myika is being treated at the University of Kansas’s Cancer Center and has seven remaining cycles of chemo that she and her physicians are hopeful will lead her to remission.
At a time that should be filled with baby bliss and sleepless nights,she is having to fight for her life. The largest struggle she has expressed is her limited ability to care for and provide for her children on her own. Myika is a single mom, her aggressive treatment now leaves her physically exhausted with a diminished capability to earn an income. She needs all the help and support that her community is able to provide at this time.
How You Can Help
· Donate- Any contribution of any size will make an impact! Allow her to channel her time and energy on fighting cancer instead of worrying about making ends meet.
· Share- Please share this link with your friends and family!
· Prayer – Myika believes very strongly in the power of prayer, anytime you think of her, please send up a prayer on her behalf!
The Impact Your Donation Will Have
Your donation will help to maintain a sense of normalcy for Myika’s young children as well as cover the cost of her cancer-related expenses including:
· Costly treatment-related diet
· Childcare costs while receiving treatment and recovering from surgery
· Out-of-pocket medical expenses
· Living expenses that exceed her monthly income due to a loss of wages.
Thank you for your support!
Each prayer, donation and message of hope is very much appreciated!
They will give Myika the strength and courage she needs to fight this difficult battle!
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