Please help my dear friend Christy Lynch who is battling breast cancer that has spread to the bones and brain! Read her story below:
Christy was diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer in October 2012, at the age of 39, after finding a lump in her breast. After 2 plus months of tests, it was determined that the cancer had only spread to her lymph nodes. She was treated with 6 rounds of chemo, a lumpectomy with lymph node removal, then 6.5 weeks of localized radiation. Her Post Surgery pathology showed that a triple negative tumor encased in the original hormone positive tumor. She was given an extra 4 rounds of chemo to target the triple negative tumor. She went into remission in January 2014.
In October 2014, she began experiencing pain in my lower back and went to a chiropractor. The back pain mostly subsided, but she had increasing pain in her right hip. In February 2015, she went to an orthopedic surgeon who realized the cancer had metastasized into her hip. By the time it was caught, her hip was mostly eaten away. She was admitted for an emergency right hip replacement. The surgery went well, but she unfortunately developed a pulmonary embolism, the meds used to treat this caused bleeding into the hip area so she had to undergo another surgery to flush the site out. Additional testing showed that the cancer spread to her lower back (L1) and mid back (T9 - which has a compression fracture), lungs and left femur. Following surgery and a week in patient rehab, she started radiation to the lower spine and hip area. Following that, she had 2 rounds of chemo. She had a severe reaction to the second round and ended up hospitalized. It was determined that the problem was dehydration so she has to add extra fluids the next round of chemo. In June, she had stroke like symptoms, was rushed to the hospital and sadly tests show the cancer spread to her brain. She had more emergency brain surgery - this time to pull out the larger tumor and eliminate the bleed. Thankfully, surgery was successful and she has recovered her vocal abilities and about 85% of fine motor skills. Good news is they ran tests and show the cancer has not progressed in her bones. She started a course of radiation targeting the whole brain as well as the T9 portion of her spine. She will be done July 15th with radiation and will start more chemo the week of July 20th.
Her strength and positive attitude are amazing! Throughout this, she’s been upbeat, makes people smile & laugh. She's a great friend that would do anything for you! She's single & has moved in with her mom for help. Her bills are piling up & she’s unable to work. Please help!
- Andrea Kozlowicz
- Randy and Beth Riley
- Valerie Melia
- Lothar Speer
Organizer and beneficiary
Jeanine Moritz Hnatovic
Orland Park, IL