Just wanted to take the time to shout out to our family, friends, schoolmates and anyone who can help with the financial needs for our awesome friend Tammy Shirley Tompkins. We have known her since middle school, High School and stayed close friends even today!
Tammy has been diagnosed with endometrial adenocarcinoma cancer. She has already started chemotherapy and they have instructed her that it will be a rough one. Even though they do have a little health insurance the deductible is $6,800 every year and in January will start over again. The insurance will also not cover all the medications that she needs. She has always been a hard worker and will not be able to continue working full-time for a while. The doctors tell her she will get to weak and her immune system will be down too much for her to be able to continue working at her job while she's getting her chemotherapy. This GoFundMe account will be used for medical expenses, lost income, and transportation to medical procedures if needed.
Please keep Tammy and her husband Robert in your thoughts and prayers! Tammy has always been a caring and loving friend to those in need!
Thank you and may God bless each of you!
Linda Harvey Beamon and Jean Stidd-Vandeford
Tammys FB message
Hello friends and family. A few of you are already aware and some others suspected that I have been experiencing some medical issues. I went to the hospital on Wednesday 12th with what I suspected was a blood clot in my upper left thigh. They did an ultra sound which confirmed this. When a ct scan was taken of my lungs to make sure the blood clot had not traveled there, too, the ct scan revealed 4-5 small nodules in my lungs. Upon further examination, they also found a mass in my abdomen. This mass was confirmed by MRI and was biopsied. Biopsy results came back positive. Malignant cancer known as adenocarcinoma. After a few more test and exams the doctors have given a more specific diagnosis of endometrial adenocarcinoma. They believe this is original place where the cancer developed. The mass seems to all be located around the female reproductive system. Treatment for this will be chemotherapy to start shrinking the mass. As treatment goes on the oncologist will work with the obgyn oncologist and decide if surgical removal will be a possibility as well. I had my first treatment Friday the 21st while still in the hospital. I took the 1st round pretty good and so far I haven't suffered any bad side effects. Nausea, loss of appetite, mouth sores, and loss of hair are common with the type of chemo I will be having.
For the next few months, I will be having treatments every three weeks. They will be checking blood work every week. Another CT scan will be done after I have received several treatments to see if the mass is shrinking. The doctors will consider surgical removal of the uterus once they determine that the chemo is effective against the cancer.
At this time, the doctors believe that the nodules in my lungs are to small to be biopsied and will be treated by the meds used for the mass.
As for the blood clot in my leg, I was receiving an injection of a blood thinner. Due to cost we have had to change over to Coumadin, which will take longer to reach therapeutic level and harder to maintain, but will in the end accomplish its goal.
Robert Tompkins and I would appreciate any and all prayers during this time. For our doctors and treatment plan as well as ourselves. We are both staying positive and upbeat and trying to do what needs to be done to beat this. Thank you all for your love and support.
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