I Beat Cancer, But It Stole My Booty

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Hi my name is Maryn and am 35 years old. I have worked as a Licensed Dispensing Optician for the past 16 years. Life as I knew it, was going great! Great job, wonderful fiancée, and an amazing group of friends. However, on February 13th 2017 my life changed forever.

Over the past year, I had episodes of excruciating stomach and back pain, blood when going to the bathroom,  and had gone in for three separate ER trips and 3 CT scans at 2 different hospitals. Each time I was told that there was nothing wrong with the scans, though was told it was just hemorrhoids. Due to the amount of pain I was in, and daily blood loss, long family history of Cancer and Chrons disease, I knew deep down that the problem needed further attention.

Since I don't have insurance it is very expensive to see a specalist. I swallowed my pride and embarrassment and finally saw a GI doctor. After he examined me, he told me he felt a lump the size of my thumb on my rectal wall. I was scheduled for a colonoscopy a few weeks later and my pain and anxiety was worse as each day came closer to the appointment.
My fiancée took me in for the procedure and tried to help me not to stress and worry, that I was fine. After I woke up, my Dr's face said it all, "Im so sorry Maryn, but it is Cancer and here are the names of an oncologist and surgeon. I turned to my fiancée and obviously lost it. My life had been flipped upside down that morning.

After multiple Dr's visits and scans, the diagnosis of Stage 3 Malignant Neoplasm of Rectum became my opponent's name. I knew I was in for the toughest fight of my life. From the first mention of cancer, I knew I had no choice in the matter to face the tumor and to kill it off.

My great team of Dr's. made a very aggressive treatment plan of 5 straight weeks of oral Chemo pills called Xeloda and radiation. I will have a 2 week break from radiation before I go in for surgery. If need be, I may undergo more chemo, or have a colostomy bag for the rest of my life.

As I start this journey to give Cancer everything I have, I can't help but to stress about the financial burden this is going to cause. The mountainous pile of medical bills is growing daily as are the normal bills. The combo of no insurance and time lost from work is already straining and I'm only   one month in.

Cancer has reared it's ugly head to way too many people and unfortunately, most, if not all of you, know someone who is fighting or made the ultimate sacrifice.

Thank you for taking the time to hear my story. Any amount of a donation that you can make is absolutley priceless my fiancée and I. Please consider donating whatever you can as well as sharing this to anyone and everyone you know!

 

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So, I have finally made it back to work part time for now, until I'm back up to 100%! It's been a helluva summer but I fought through it to share my birthday with my 1 year old niece who is my birthday twin. I'm blessed beyond belief that I have the friends I have and the family as well. The donations given before were easy beyond anything I could have imagined, but nobody tells you of the aftermath. The amount of money needed for ostomy supplies is a rediculous necessary evil. About $300 per month at least! Let alone the prescriptions added to it. This past weekend I was in the hospital again due to pseudo tumor cerebri. Basically my spinal fluid leaks into my brain causing unimaginable headaches and vision loss. My 5th spinal tap was done and all is normal for now.

I know I'm so very blessed from all the love and donations, but if you could spare anymore to go towards supplies and medications, I'd be even more grateful!!

Thank you all again for supporting words of encouragement and love, it definitely does not go unnoticed!!
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I am beyond blessed to say I AM COMPLETELY CANCER FREE!!! After being prepared to go back on chemo, my oncologist had other plans. He said the best 3 words I've ever heard...no more chemo!!! After all the chemo, radiation, and colostomy surgery, they got everything out!!! A massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders, but of course, still have the financial burdens. Please understand what this page has done for me, all because of you all!!! I'm so very grateful for every cent. I'm planning on finally going back to work part time in a few weeks and will build up to full time again. Once again, THANK YOU!!!!
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Hey guys! So I've been cleared by surgeon for now since I'm healing well. I'll be going back on chemo on Monday when I see my oncologist. Because of the medicine I'm on, I still cannot go back to work yet. Maybe another 6-8 weeks depending on the chemo. I'm reaching out today because I'm completely desperate. Aflac has me running around in circles with so much paperwork needed, after I was told as was fine and I should expect payment today, that won't happen! I'm glad my apartment complex gave us an extra week, but payment is due on Monday. I didn't want to get to this point and am beyond frustrated! I'm begging for any help anyone can offer and so grateful for everything everyone has already done!
Thank you so much in advance!
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Hey everyone! I'm still in recovery and major pain, but very slowly getting better. I've dropped over 70 pounds so far and keep losing weight which isn't such a terrible side affect! I'm now in a desperate bind financially due to the hospital and aflac fighting over payments. With rent, bills, meds and basic necessities, I can't afford anything. Please consider even $5 or even just sharing this helps more than you know. Thank you so very much again to everyone!! I love you all and hope to be back to normal soon!!
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Barbie Giordano
21 months ago

That's the best news I have heard in s long time!!!!!!!so happy for you

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Kelly N Richard Evans
22 months ago

This is GREAT news! So glad to hear It! I will continue to pray for a super speedy recovery and hopefully life will resume as normal as possible very soon!

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Kelly N Richard Evans
24 months ago

Even though we haven't met I think of u regularly! I pray for u and Nick as well. I have faith u will beat this. Stay strong!!

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Created March 10, 2017
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Melissa Snyder
21 months ago

Love you, Maryn. Hugs & prayers for you:)

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Stephanie Yater
21 months ago

God will bring you through this hard time. Love you

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Isaac Karpel
21 months ago

Wishing you the best from my heart. Wish I could be of more help.

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Rose Denney
21 months ago

Wish I could do more! Love you!

Barbie Giordano
21 months ago

That's the best news I have heard in s long time!!!!!!!so happy for you

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Kelly N Richard Evans
22 months ago

This is GREAT news! So glad to hear It! I will continue to pray for a super speedy recovery and hopefully life will resume as normal as possible very soon!

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Kelly N Richard Evans
24 months ago

Even though we haven't met I think of u regularly! I pray for u and Nick as well. I have faith u will beat this. Stay strong!!

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