Help Shelle in her Double Cancer Fight

Asking for assistance is very difficult, but I can’t do this alone. Below is a small portion of my current journey.

In November 2018, I had a hysterectomy to remove a failed medical device called Essure. You should Google that. I was feeling great after surgery, but developed a hemorrhoid type mass which was diagnosed on April 22, 2019, as stage 2 cancer (Farrah Fawcett and Marcia Cross cancer) caused by the HPV virus. As my medical team and I prepared our battle plan, a scan uncovered a second cancer, stage 3 malignant neoplasm of colon. The two cancers are different and require different types of treatment. Due to metastasis, we needed to treat the initial diagnosis first.

For cancer one, I moved to Hope Lodge in Rochester, MN to complete 6 weeks of treatment including two intensive rounds of Mitomycin-C chemo, plus 192 hours of Fluorouracil (5FU) chemo drip in a to-go pump and 25 radiation treatments. The news we beat the cancer one tumor was delivered four months to the day from the initial diagnosis. I am blessed, but still need to fight!

In late August, we attacked the second cancer diagnosis with surgery to remove the tumor, 19” of colon and 24 lymph nodes along with an ileostomy so my colon can rest and recover. Unfortunately, one of the lymph nodes tested contained a cancer cell and will require four more rounds of chemo therapy.

Working for a small nonprofit, the Board replaced me before my approved leave of absence expired. And shortly thereafter I was terminated (there is a whole story there, but I need to focus my energy on this fight.) I am not eligible for unemployment or social security benefits at this time. Being self-insured, I can attest that out of pocket premiums, deductibles and co-pays are very expensive.

As deductibles were met, I pushed to get as much treatment completed in 2019 as possible. Additional chemo treatments began in 2019, but carried over into the new year. Argh, that means new co-pays and large deductibles need to be met, again. We have several post treatment doctor appointments, CT scans and two surgeries scheduled early in the new year. Then we hope for the road to recovery begins!! I’m very anxious to get back to full time work, and plan to, as soon as physically able. In the meantime, I need your help.

Your kindness and support will go towards medical treatments, prescriptions, medical supplies, monthly living expenses, and the many unexpected and unplanned costs associated with fighting this horrific disease.

Thank you for reading and for your consideration! Have questions or want to assist me in other ways? Drop me a note at saycancersux at gmail dot com Hugs to you all!

#saycancersux #shellestrong


Shelle A. Young
Elgin, IL

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