At the beginning of December 2016, I began noticing that my emails and work documents were having a lot of errors and misspellings. For all who know me, that just doesn't happen. I've never used a spell check. I was feeling dizzy and achy but was used to that on a daily basis with Multiple Sclerosis. I thought I was just in the middle of a flare-up.
Not so. On Dec 9,2016 I was at work and spilled my coffee for the 2nd time in 2 staff meetings across the boardroom table. This was at 10am. At noon, I was being admitted to the ER. By mid-afternoon, I was being told that I have Stage 4 Brain Cancer. It started in my right lung and spread to my brain through my blood stream. It is incurable. It is inoperable. My doctors are wonderful in that they're brilliant and that they pull no punches. Right now, life expectency is 5 years- in the land of miracles. It's possible that it could be more like 4 months.
I have completed 10 days of Radiation- which began while still in the hospital from the initial admittance. I've also started chemotherapy. I will participate in a clinical trial because maybe someone will be helped by what they learn from me.
So why am I looking for crowd funding assistance? My visit to the Social Security Admin was a real eye opener. Even with a death sentence prognosis, there is a five month waiting period before any money is paid. Although I have worked since I was 15 yrs old paying into SS, the monthly amount they will be paying doesn't even cover a single one of my bills so far.
If the whole point is to remain alive for as long as I can, I will need treatments and medications the whole time that my SS cannot afford to pay. I do have insurance through my husband's employer but it has become so much more expensive in what we have to pay up front before it kicks in paying a percentage. Simply put- my illness and death will bankrupt my husband. This is not the legacy I want to leave behind.
If you're able to donate, I appreciate it more than you know. Every amount counts. No amount is too small.