Over the summer, she experienced an abnormal amount of pain in her upper left arm. X-rays showed that the pain was caused by a break in her humerus, and further testing revealed that the break was caused by a cancerous tumour that grew within the soft tissue, deteriorating the bone. It was discovered to be primary spindle-cell alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma.
Surgery was immediately scheduled to have 3/4 of her humerus removed and be replaced with a prosthetic that would be fused into the remainder of her bone. However, after more testing and consultation, the oncologist decided to postpone surgery until the new year as immediate and aggressive chemotherapy treatments were recommended to shrink the tumour, first.
Susana has been informed that once the surgery is complete, much of the mobility in her arm will be lost, with the possibility that she could have no use of her arm at all. The surgery is said to be followed by more rounds of chemotherapy, potential radiation treatments and a very uncertain future. Susana must rely on those around her to provide transportation to appointments and treatments as she is unable to drive herself at this time. Her partner, Cody, is taking whatever time off he can to be by her side, but with her medical leave shortly running out, they will soon face regular occurrences of double income loss during this already stressful situation. In addition to that, some of the medications that will frequently be needed are not covered by any medical insurance plan, along with the additional expense of accommodations that need to be paid out of pocket for every treatment or appointment that is away from home.
Her friends, family and co-workers are doing everything they can to help alleviate some of the burden, but we need to reach out to the community and beyond for additional help. This campaign has been created in hopes that Susana’s story will reach those who are able to lend a compassionate hand with the long-term battle that she has ahead of her.
It is understood that not everyone will be in a position to contribute financially, however, simply taking a moment to share her story has the potential to make an enormous difference during this young family’s time of need.
Thank you for your consideration.
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