Sandy's Fight Against Cancer

My name is Jessie and I am raising money to help my mom cover medical expenses incurred from her cancer treatments.

In August 2017 my mom started having problems eating. Realizing this may be a sign of something serious, she made an appointment to see a gastroenterologist, she was later was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer.

 She was devastated. Her entire life changed. Being the stubborn mom she is, she wasn’t going to let it hold her back. She had plans to fly out to California a month later in September to visit me. We had planned a trip to see the giant sequoia trees in Yosemite Park. Cancer would have to wait until after the trip.

She made the journey from the Midwest and we spent time among the giants of nature, amazed. I can’t say that we didn’t often come back to the difficult conversation, but we enjoyed what we could.

She returned home a week later to start chemo treatments. She went through the standard motions and was to receive chemo indefinitely until the cancer was gone. With each treatment she slowly felt sicker but was determined to fight the cancer. After her third treatment in November, I decided I would surprise her and fly back home for her 58th birthday. Little did I know, she was going to be surprising me.


The night before her party I received a call that mom was in the ER. She had developed an infection at her port site. The infection caused her health to dramatically change.
She received antibiotics to fight the infection, and slowly began to recover. As things were improving, parts of the infection broke off and entered the bloodstream causing two strokes. Eventually she became non-responsive and was moved to ICU and put on a ventilator. She came to but was not able to communicate.

 After spending about a month in the hospital, she was moved on December 5th to hospice and given days to live.

Days went by, some were good and some were not so good. We were always grateful for another day. We got to celebrate the holidays together and the local ballet company even surprised families at the hospice house with a condensed version of The Nutcracker. It’s one of her favorites. She was also awarded her master gardener certificate, something she was dedicated to finishing but was unable to attend the graduation ceremony.

Her conditioned continued to improve and we were able to take her out of hospice care in January. Weakened from the cancer and series of complications after, she is unable to work and help cover the costs of the many medical bills that have accumulated. Please help by donating what you can, all money will go to cover the costs of her medical bills and is very much appreciated. Thank you-

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Jessie Willey 
Carlsbad, CA
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