Help Erin Kick Cancer's Ass

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Raised by 4 people in 13 months
Hello all - GoFundMe recently purchased YouCaring.com, where the fundraiser was officially started by my friend, Jen Voccola.  Thank you to all my donors, as of July 23, 2018, $12,027 has been raised.

I'm pasting her message here:

This fundraiser is for our amazing friend, Erin Peters. Erin was recently diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer. 

Erin only recently moved back to her home in Ventura County to start a new job and was diagnosed within a month before she fell sick. The doctor told her that the crazy aggressive cancer had spread through her body (colon, diaphragm, tumors, appendix) in 4-6 weeks! She has undergone a major surgery to remove as much of it as possible, and is about to embark on 18 weeks of dose-dense chemo at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. 

The hefty bills are beginning to roll in and her ability to work will be limited during treatment, so funds are needed immediately. She needs our love and financial support for this fight! Costs will go toward the hospital bills, chemo, other prescriptions,  transportation, and other associated costs.

We're starting with a lower goal for now, but surgery and one year of cancer treatment can cost upwards of $200,000.

Updates on how Erin is doing and information on other ways to help will be posted here as well.

Thanks for helping our lovely friend.

NOTE: As noted above, Erin recently moved from the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area) and it was during the moving process (packing and such) that she noticed some slight pain (cramps) and bloating. She nearly chalked it up to stress and normal woman pains and almost didn't follow up with her gynecologist. But she did mention it. The annual check ups check for cervical cancer, not ovarian.

Ovarian cancer doesn't have good screening and doesn't have the marketing budget or support like - for example - breast cancer. So it typically isn't found until stage 3 or 4. Erin is urging her network to speak up to their doctor and ask for a pelvic or vaginal ultrasound to make sure her female friends feel at ease.
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Hi all,

Well - I’m gutted to share that the cancer has come back. It’s surprising and rare that it would rear its ugly head this soon after treatment. I just finished 4.5 months of chemo on April 26th.
After my CT Scan, they saw “something.” So I had a PET scan last Thursday, which showed 2.9 centimeters of nodules on the surface of my liver, on top of my vagina and next to my spleen. Dr. Li wants to do another form of chemo for 6 cycles (that means 6 FUCKING months) and then a chemo pill (parp inhibitor) for an unknown amount of time.
Obviously I’m not happy about this. I just want my life back. While I am working full time, this salary is about the same as my salary was 16 years ago. Sure, the economy is getting better. I digress...
So, I will have doctors appointments with Dr. Li at Cedars and Dr. Konecny at UCLA asap to see about this and other options (Immunotherapy?).
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Hello all,

I had to transfer this campaign to GoFundMe.com from YouCaring.com as they purchased it.

Since completing Chemo on April 26th, I've had two blood tests to make sure my CA-125 level (official tumor marker) stays low, in the 0-35 (normal) range.

In May, it came it at 40, so they were a tad concerned.

On July 19th, it came in at 66. Dr. Li is surprised and wants to do another blood test, scheduled for August 16th. He asked that I stop all "alternative" things like vitamin C IV/hyperbaric chamber as it may be messing with the numbers. I asked about my CBD/THC pills and he said those were ok.

I also reached out to my cannabis doctor and he increased the dosage of the "Quad" pills to 10mg from 5mg. This of course increased the price of the pill to $7.50. I take these three times/day.

Overall, I'm feeling okay. Not back to normal, but okay. My bones tend to crack more easily and I feel more sore than normal. Oh, and my big right toenail died and is coming off. All effects of the chemo. Yippee. Energy isn't my usual high level either. But, I am getting active again and starting to swim.

Please wish me luck that the blood test comes out good and there's no need to return back to treatment.

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Posted on June 12, 2018

Hello all!
I come to you with some unfortunate news, but I'm going to remain positive that I can turn it around.
As you know, I ended 18 weeks of chemo on April 26th. I completed 15 treatments, as my bone marrow couldn't handle three of those (immune system too low).
I had an update appointment with my two doctors at Cedars, Dr. Andrew Li and Dr. Bobbie Rimel. They did a blood test to see where my CA-125 count read.
A CA 125 test measures the amount of the protein CA 125 (cancer antigen 125) in your blood. CA 125 is the only tumor marker recommended for clinical use in the diagnosis and management of ovarian cancer.
My CA 125 came in high, above the normal range, at 40. Dr. Rimel called me over the phone to give me the news last Thursday and was surprised. She is urging me to go into another study at UCLA, which would test a parp inhibitor (usually given to those who have a recurrence) & Avastin. The study would test (and they have seen results) that it will at LEAST delay a recurrence or *hopefully* prevent it all together.
Dr. Li on the other hand isn't *as* concerned, yet. He said the number variance isn't that big and we should wait 6 weeks and take another blood test.
So, my next blood test is set for July 19th. I've made appointments for acupuncture, hyperbolic chamber, salt room therapy and more CBD/THC pills.
Speaking of, I called my "weed doctor," Dr. Allen Frankel of GreenBridge Medical out of Santa Monica and asked his thoughts. He recommended I increase the dosage from 5mg to 10mg, and continue the QUAD pills 3x/day. The pills are priced by dosage/mg, so 10mg is $7.50/pill. I ordered 90 pills. Thankfully, Dr. Frankel gave me a 40% discount, so I paid $453 for 90 pills. These will last 1.5 months.
I've started swimming again and even did about 1,000 yards the other day! I've also started walking more - a good hour long walks. I will start meditation and up my yoga game, as well.
In the meantime, I'll be getting a breast MRI, as my risk for breast cancer is much higher, since I'm BRCA 1 positive.
Please send all your good/healing/positive vibes my way, especially in the next 5-6 weeks.
Thank you so much, not only for your donations, but for your love, support and friendship - it means the world.
P.S. The picture was taken on my last day of chemo, on April 26th. That is most of my family, nieces and nephews. Of course, that is a wig. And it was a happy day.
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Posted on April 11, 2018

So, I was hoping to make it through this first phase unscathed. Well, ya’ know, mostly unscathed. There’s quite a bit I haven’t shared here.
My blood work from yesterday shows I’m currently anemic, which makes sense since I’ve been in bed most of the day.
No wonder I had to stop twice on that hilly walk on Monday!
So, next week’s chemo may be accompanied by a blood transfusion.
The cold is lingering, but I’m just thinking about May...and June...and July, when this first phase will be over and I’ll be getting healthier and stronger.
I also received news on April 5th that since I had to skip two chemo treatments (over the past 4 months), the study protocol says that I have to skip two more, so no chemo tomorrow and no chemo on my last day, May 3rd.
So I now have only two more chemo treatments to go! That’s not to say I’m ”done.” I wish cancer had an end date, but the words and terms western medicine uses are “manage,” “keep at bay,” “remission,” “disease-free survival,” etc.
My last chemo treatment is April 26th. Then it’s on to phase 2. This will entail Immunotherapy (driving to Cedars every 2 week), or a chemo pill for an unknown determined amount of time.
This is - in part - because the stats are high that stage 3 and 4 ovarian cancer patients see a recurrence within the first year.
ButI haven’t always played by the rules in life. So I’m not going to start now. I‘m going to be an outlier. I’m going to beat this.
I recently saw an integrative oncologist - Dr. Chilkov in Santa Monica (NOT covered by health insurance) who wrote the book, “32 ways to outsmart cancer.” She prescribed a slew of vitamins and minerals to take daily, and I had a call with her dietician who sent me a list of healthy foods to eat - along with some great recipes.
I also just ordered more THC/CBD pills - 90 pills, to take 3x/day - so a 30 day supply. There are studies that say it can actually kill ovar cancer tumor cells. This cost $370 for a 1️⃣ month supply. His recommendation is to continue to take these pills for at least the first year.
More soon.... thank you again to all.
And remember, please get checked even if you don’t have symptoms. They don’t call this the “silent killer” for nothing. We’re all connected in this life and I believe I’m going through this for a reason - and one of those reasons is to help people.
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