Malinda Rhea Cancer Healing Project
Thank you for taking a moment to read about our family and we hope you will click on the video above. Before we get into specifics, let us introduce ourselves. Our names are Breanna, Elyssa, and Kristen, the proud daughters of Brian and Malinda Rhea. For as long as we can remember, our parents have encouraged us and built us up, never ceasing to remind us of our family value "family first, with Christ at the center."
In October of 2016 our mom, Malinda, was diagnosed with grade 3, triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). This type of cancer is very aggressive and rare, effecting only 10-15% of breast cancer patients.
Our mom has conducted countless hours of research on other forms of treatment such as integrative medicine. While networking with both doctors and patients on success rates, and attending numerous medical seminars, she investigated Ty Bollinger, at "The Truth about Cancer". She's learned that Integrative treatments have produced great results. Unfortunately, there is one catch - insurance companies do not cover this type of treatment, and most clinics require private pay.
In addition to these TNBC cancer treatment costs, our parents are also responsible for care costs of our grandma with Alzheimer's Disease. Her 24 hour residential care home, and participation in memory care programs, have been expensive costs for our family to absorb at this time; however, my parents do so with generous and welcoming hearts.
SEPTEMBER 2017 UPDATE
Thank you to all who have supported Malinda’s journey to Hope4cancer in Mexico. In our last video update, we shared that the tumors had shrunk slightly and stabilized. This was great news since the cancer was a very aggressive type.
Integrative treatments do work! Malinda has kept in touch with several patients from the clinic who are seeing great results. However, after leaving the Hope4cancer center and continuing the home treatments, a recent PET scan revealed that the cancer had grown again and has spread to both lungs. Without a miracle and if we did nothing, the best doctors have told us she has six months to live. However, we are believing for a miracle from God.
The suggested stage 4 treatment from Kaiser, our insurance company, is a "one size fits all" approach that offered lower success rates (40%-50%) than what we are seeing with integrative medicine which is as high as 80% in some cases. Unfortunately, Kaiser doesn’t cover integrative protocols. Even UCSF has a department for integrative medicine, but Kaiser is a little behind the times on these progressive solutions.
A SECOND OPINION
Getting a second opinion led us to Dr. James Forsythe, founder of the Forsythe Cancer Care Center in Reno , NV, who offers IPT and Targeted Chemotherapy. A specific test is given and sent to a lab in Greece to find the bio-markers to target the chemo to those specific cancer cells.
Dr. Forsythe uses a low-dose IPT (Insulin potentiation therapy). Cancer cells love sugar! A cancer cell will have 20x’s more sugar receptors than a normal cell. With IPT, Insulin is used like a key to open cancer cells as a targeted therapy. IPT uses 70% less chemo than a "normal dosage.” Research displays it is both powerful and effective, with reduced “toxic side effects” of normal dose chemotherapy with proven efficacy.
WHY WE'RE DOING ANOTHER GOFUNDME
Malinda's lifestyle has been totally modified to keep cancer at bay but it's fighting back hard. This is why we're raising supplemental funding to help us go to the next level of treatment. The program is expensive and not covered by the insurance. We feel it's unlike anything offered by our insurance with a better success rate.
Thank you so much for partnering with us. With over half of the funds raised, we've deceided to move forward with tretment. This is great news for us that the wellness center is working with us to begin as treatment is urgently needed.
Throughout this process, we have been so humbly reminded that neither Cancer nor her Doctors have the authority to “author” or “define” our Mom’s days. We believe, and cling to the Truth that only God specifically knows her final breath, and holds her future. My family and I believe in miracles, and together we are staying strong, as we acknowledge that each day is a gift. Our Mom’s story is not over yet, even with the knowledge that this new fight is only just beginning. Together we stand in this fight against her cancer, and continue to lean on our slogan “God’s Got This.”
We appreciate your prayers and are grateful that you are partnering with us!
The Rhea Family & Friends
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path”.
Kristen & The Rhea Fam
& The Rhea Fam