Second go around

I am a 50 year old woman with a history of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage IIIc.  I almost died from chemotherapy when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in the summer of 2012.  I was supposed to be celebrating 6 years cancer free this summer, but instead I have been diagnosed with either Marginal Zone Lymphoma or Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma.  My rheumatologist first found the tumor in October of 2017 and did not do further testing, even though he has since stated that people who have Auto-Immune diseases are 4 times more likely to have a Lymphoma.  The Oncologist is still trying to figure out which cancer I have.  I also have Systemic Lupus Erythramatosis, Sjogrens Syndrome, Major Depressive Disorder, and I have been disabled for a number of years.  As a result, I have no savings, medical bills I cannot pay (even after insurance has paid), upcoming treatment which will require additional co-pays, and I may have to move out of the home I have lived in for almost 18 years.  Treatment may be radiation alone and/or radiation and chemotherapy, depending on the type of cancer.  Marginal Zone Lymphoma is more amenable to treatment, while Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma is much more difficult and tends to recur.  The funds are needed immediately to help me pay the mortgage and any other medical/psychological needs.  Previously, I had a housemate who helped me with the mortgage and other household bills, but I live alone now and I am struggling to make ends meet.  It would be almost impossible for me to put up flyers and interview potential housemates in the condition I am in now.  I am quite uncomfortable with this malignant tumor on the left side of my face that interferes with talking, chewing, swallowing, and seeing.  There is also some pulling on the left side that happens.  The Oncologist has told me that the CT/PET Scan showed that there is , "a little bit of activity", on the right side of my neck as well.  The funds will help me stay in my home and continue with treatment without having to worry about how I will pay my medical bills/co-pays.  I will need assistance with psychotherapy as well since my Depression has worsened and I am feeling hopeless.  I do not have any family in the Greater Syracuse Area, nor do I have family who can offer support either financially or otherwise.  I do not know what the future will bring with this second cancer diagnosis because of my poor health and lack of funds.  I have nowhere to turn.
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Michelle Johnson 
Organizer
Syracuse, NY
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