stage 4 cancer hit me, please, I need help

I've always lived my life to help others, but now I need to reach out to help myself. I know money can be tight, but any amount even $5.00 can help me reach my goal. When I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer I had no idea I even had it. When I was told I needed immediate surgery to remove the tumor inside me that's when they discovered it had metastasized into my lymph nodes making it stage 4 cancer. Two weeks after my surgery they told me I needed to start chemotherapy. Five minutes into chemotherapy I went into anaphylactic shock and almost died. It took 9 months to recover from that, but I didn't fully recover. I decided I would do holistic treatment because I wasn't able to handle the toxic chemicals of the chemotherapy. My insurance covered my surgery with the exception of $150,000. I had Savings in my bank account which I have depleted. In order to stay alive, I have turned to holistic care. No insurance will pay for any holistic treatment even if it's scientifically proven to be valid. I am 65 years old, I no longer have the resources to continue to battle this on my own. My biggest concern is affording my home and being able to pay for my needs to stay alive. I have asked for help on many levels and have been denied every time. Ironically, I've been denied because I don't have the income to qualify, seems silly when you're reaching out for help! I have not received any help in any areas that are suppose to help people when unfortunate things like this happen. I am not able to work as much as I would like or need to so my income has suffered. Losing my home and everything I have worked for is looming over me. I have held back from reaching out, but I no longer can keep it to myself. I'm reaching out with this GoFundMe request to help with testing, supplementation and necessary expenses that help me stay alive and stay in my home. It's hard to reach out and ask for help, but I really need your help now. If there's anyone out there willing to help me, I would be so grateful. Thank you, so much for caring, I appreciate it so much! I look forward to the future when I can pay it forward. I welcome your prayers, support and willingness to help. Thanks to all of you that have cared about me. It means more than words can say!
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Victoria Berchtold 
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Rampart, CA
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