I know it's very long but please take the time to read. ❤
I haven't really ever been one to ask for help, publicly, only because my little family circle has always been the type to help out... not only with me, but anyone else that has ever needed it or asked, so I never needed to. That being said, I will never be too proud to beg, cry, plead, SCREAM, if I have to... whatever it takes.... when it comes to my momma and helping her feel better in this cancer journey. This trip to Denver isnt something that any of us were technically "prepared" for... it's a spur of the moment type of thing. A trip that God has laid on my heart, and I couldn't ignore.
So here's the story of mom's cancer journey thus far, and exactly why I'm asking for your help...
As most of you know, our sweet mother, was diagnosed around 15 years ago with "precancerous cells" in her right breast. After having a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, we were told "The cancer is gone. You're in remission." Amazing news, yes, but then.... all these years later, in 2014-15 she began feeling really sick again. For 6 months straight, her doctor (knowing mom's history with cancer) treated her with antibiotics for an upper respiratory infection, until Mom finally just said "Nobody can be THIS SICK and not have something wrong" and asked to be sent for a PET scan. That PET scan determined, our fears were legitimate, and that the "precancerous cells" from years ago, had returned. STAGE 4 BREAST CANCER, now, they said. Metastasized breast cancer, which meant even though her breast was removed.... the cancer was spreading... to the lining of her lung, and other spots on her liver, stomach, etc. Over the past 4-5 years, she has been on SEVERAL different types of chemo. A couple types have worked, and the first type she ever tried, even put her "in remission" again... but only for a short period of time. The others either stopped working, or made her too sick to continue that certain treatment. She has had several surgeries. Emergency surgeries to find out what was going on inside of her, others were to help with the functioning of her organs, such as draining the fluid off of her right lung several times and placing (and replacing every 6 months) a stent in her kidney to help with kidney and bladder function. So, she's literally been through the ringer and is still hanging tough! At one of our last visits with her oncologist, I asked "what the plan was" because this aggressive type of chemo that Mom has been on for the last couple of months, has caused her to lose SO much weight. (Ex: She weighed around 93 lbs when they started it 2 months ago, give or take, and now weighs 76lbs. She is almost to the point of not being strong enough to even walk alone.) When the doctor answered, with tears in her own eyes, and said the words "Your mother won't ever feel....better. She will stay on chemo, always be sick, and little, until she passes away." We walked out of that place like we were just fine, we couldnt be sad.... but when we got home, momma admitted that she wasn't taking that for an answer. So, neither was I. Because... MY GOD SAYS, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE THROUGH HIM! ❤ Momma WANTS to fight this, she just has to have the strength to do so, and Chemo is doing nothing but draining her, and wearing her down.
There are several "alternative" methods for fighting cancer that I have researched and The Rocky Mountain Cancer Center in Denver, Colorado, was the first thing that popped into my head as the doctor was talking. I've heard and read MANY success stories, and we've already tried (what feels like) every different type of the poison that they call "chemotherapy" so.... I just feel SO DEEPLY that there could possibly be a miracle waiting for us in Denver.❤ I had mentioned it to mom before, several months ago, when I first heard of RMCC but she didn't think it was a good idea because of finances. I didnt mention it anymore, I just prayed about it. A lot! Until one night momma lost her "tough front" and cried to me saying, "I'm not ready to go, but I just don't know how much longer I can fight, because of how sick this chemo makes me.".... and right then at that very moment, there was no more questioning it... I just KNEW that I had to call and try to make an appointment in Denver. With lots of prayer, and help from the sweet girl I talked with at RMCC, God saw fit to get momma in there, and she has an appointment on September 3rd!
Inside of our little family, we do have some "emergency" funds put back, but I now have less than a month to make sure we are financially ready to make this trip. I am asking for help, to make sure that we have the funds for gas, food, and the hotel room we will stay in while we are out there.... because I'm not positive, until after we see the doctor and decide on a plan, how long we will be out there, or how often we will have to return. Any and all donations WILL go toward travel expenses for my mother.
I've battled with myself, praying so very hard on whether or not I should even ask for donations, because it does hurt my pride just a little, to have to ask for help from outside of my family, but here I am... because this is where my prayers have lead me.❤ $1, $5... heck, 50 cents.... ANYTHING will help, but if you can not donate, I simply ask that you SHARE this link and PRAY for us... or send GOOD VIBES... whatever it is you do to lift people up, please do so in my momma's name. Thanks to everyone in advance! Any help you can offer will be more appreciated than you will ever know!
My inbox is open to anyone that has any questions or thoughts about any of this, or anyone who would rather donate straight through "a real person", savings account, etc.