My Stem Cell Transplant

Hi, my name is Andy and I'm doing this b/c its been hard for me finacially for the last 5 years!
You see back in 2010 I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Follicular B-cell.
I've been battling this for that many years now.  It sucks but I never stop fighting.  My motto is Stay strong!
I've gone through 3 chemos now and they were Bendamustine and Rituxian(BR) which seemed to work for only 6 months and it came back.
Then the plan was a wait and watch for 6 months or so and then I had to find another treatment.
I flew to Ohio State University to see a Dr. Karen Blum who does clinical trials and has very up to date data on the newest drugs.  Anyhow, she and her team recommended Lenalidomide combined with Rituxian.  So, I deciced to do this b/c the data suggested it had something like a 60% chance of complete response which is very good.  So, my Oncologist at Kaiser Permanente adminitered this treatment which lasted for 12 months. It was working and somewhere by the 12th month it had come back and even stronger which is the case.  So, my doctor at KP Dr. Antabli and I had to find another treatment.  This time I choose RCHOP.  This is a very toxic type of chemo more than the previous two other treatments based on a scale of 0- 10 being the toughest in toxcity.  I had 6 months of this and that just ended in late February 2015.  My Pet scan came back with a PR which is partial remisson.  That's good but also, not so good b/c I still have tumars in my lymphnoids.  So, now I must do Stem Cell Transplant to finally be free of all cancer cells.  The transpalnt will take up to or more than two months being hospitalized and there protocal is to have you living in some type of housing near the hospital.  They offer it at some discount but it seems I will have to pay some of it. At this time I really haven't been able to work much.  I had a Landscape business that was to much on the physical side for me.  So, I had to give this up.  I work maybe 10 hours a week as a Legal assitant in a Law office until that is becoming to much demand on me as well.  So, I have to keep up my premiums on my Health care coverage which has skyrocketed from 2010 - 2015!  Its $732.00 per month.  I get some help from family members but this is just going to out of control from the transplant.
I'm told I won't be able to work for 6 to 12 months.  I'll be recovering from this whole procedure.
I ask if you can see in your heart to donate to me and help me out I hope this will bring you the best karma has to offer!  Its going to be so tough for me this time, not that the chemos weren't tough b/c they are.  This is really tough.   Thank you and god bless!!!

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Andy Marshall 
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Great Falls, VA
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