Help Me Fight Cancer
I am due to start life-saving chemotherapy any day now. Unfortunately, I don't have health insurance. Stupid of me, I know. I mistakenly thought I could get health insurance whenever I wanted or needed to - but according to NY state law you can only sign up for health insurance from Nov. 1 - Jan. 31st. I also don't qualify for medicaid.
My oncologist has refused to give me chemo in his office because of the expense. In his defense he is sending me to the hospital for it. But if I don't pay off my outstanding bills I could be refused further treatment.
I am the voice behind the food blog Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice where, for the past 8 years I lived, breathed and dreamed of food and blogging. I absolutey love it. For the past few months I have been posting old recipes because I'm too sick to cook.
Any type of physical activity is exhausting, painful and causes shortness of breath. I hope to get back in the kitchen soon.
I have a son watching over me from heaven, the love of my life is my loyal kitchen cat called Moon, I have one little sister and I'm living back home with my parents who have been tirelessly taking care of me for the past couple of months.
I desperately need your help in fighting this long, costly battle.
The money will go towards my outstanding medical bills, help fund my chemo and the care that comes with it, buy prescriptions and pay for the scans and testing I need to find out how I am progressing.
At some point I may need surgery and radiation. If needed it will also be used to help pay my bills at home and buy whatever else I need to see me through this tough time. After I get health insurance there will be costs involved including my deductible and co-pays.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart - I'm so grateful for any help you can give me.
Please keep me in your prayers! XOXO
If you would like to donate through Paypal instead you can send it to email@example.com - thank you!!
It's time to celebrate! My last chemo treatment is done and done and done! Yes! I ended up needing a blood transfusion because of the anemia it caused. I was in hell - could barely get out of bed because I was so weak and out of breath. But things are getting better now. Happy dance.
I don't know if I'm cancer free - I'll be getting a scan in a few weeks. I'm still having some pains in the tumor area so we'll have to see what happens. Fingers, knees, and toes crossed.
I've loved not having to shave my legs but I'm ready for some eyelashes! I look so strange without them. I miss them more than the hair on my head. Haha. Never thought I'd say this but I've been loving wearing wigs - from blonde to black and back again to blonde - it's been fun.
I'll update again after I get my scan results. Prayers they're good ones!
Thanks again for being here and sticking with me through this. I'm so grateful for you all!
BIG GIANT HUGS XOXO
It's been such a long road. The second full summer in a row I spent in chemotherapy and sick in bed for almost 5 months. It's been hell. I'm not gonna lie. Chemotherapy is tough. One of the hardest things I ever had to do. I wouldn't wish this on anyone, not even my worst enemy.
This time around I knew what to expect so I've just been hunkering down and getting through it by watching a lot of Netflix, reading a bunch of good books and spending a lot of time on Pinterest drooling over all the food I want to make and eat when I feel better.
The last few weeks have been even harder for me because I developed anemia from the treatments which has left me so weak that just walking to the kitchen has me huffing and puffing for air and needing to sit down. This week I go for a shot that will boost my red blood cells but will take a while to work so recuperating is going to be slower than usual. This has just compounded all my chemo side effects. So, yes, it's been more hellish than usual. But I'll get through it. I always do.
Reading all your comments and messages helps! I go back and read every single one from time to time and cherish them all. They helped me then and they're still helping me now!
Please help if you can - still paying off very large bills - everything helps – big or small donations – I’m so appreciative of them all.
Thanks for all the neverending support and prayers! BIG GIANT HUGS
Good news. I had a CT scan and I'm responding well to the treatment. The bad news is I will need 6 treatments - my Dr. said maybe 4 would be enough but now he's saying 6. Boo. That means an extra 5 - 6 weeks or so spent sick in bed taking me into fall again.
I also had a reaction to the medicine for the scan and was sick for 3 days with major stomachaches. Then I had a reaction to the tape they used for the chemo IV so this red veiny rash was crawling up my arm. Don't know what's going on but I never had a reaction to either before.
Mentally, this time around is soooo much harder, I'm not the shining example of positivity I was last summer - I'm feeling angry and annoyed over every little thing. My attitude has just plain sucked. I need an attitude adjustment. Truth.
I do find myself perking up a little knowing that I'm just a little more than halfway through the treatments. . . the end is in sight. Thank God. The struggle is almost over.
Reading all your comments and messages make me feel better! Please keep them coming!
Thanks for all the neverending support and prayers too! BIG BIG HUGS
I'm recovering from my second treatment already. I'm having all the same side effects as last summer just not as intense. I wasn't as sick going into it so that helps.
I have the same leg and body pain as before where it feels like charlie horses all over your body - my ankles and knees feel broken. It starts on the second day after and is intense for 24 hours - there's always a
sleepless, restless night then it starts to fade over the course of a few days.
My scalp gets so sore putting just putting it down on the pillow hurts. Like sharp things are pressing into your skin. That usually lasts about a week and is when my hair falls out. The good thing is I won't have to shave my legs for the rest of the summer.
I'm having bad insomnia this time. My body is exhausted but there are times when I don't sleep well for days at a time then sleep like a log for others.
I always try to look on the bright side of things and the other bonus aside from not having to shave is weight loss. Effortles weight loss.
I go for my third treatment in about 10 days then another CT scan to make sure the treatments are working. I'm having 4-6 treatments this time - I'll know for sure how many after the scan.
Please pray I only need 4 - don't know how much more my body can take.
Thanks again for all the support and kind messages! I go back and read all of them from time to time - they are a great comfort and hope.
Keep the prayers coming and please help if you can with my bills. Any amount no matter how big or small helps. I'm eternally grateful.
BIG HUGS XOXO
Renee, I know that you will get good news when you have your scan done. Hope your lashes come in soon! xoxo Dawn
Dear Reeni, God Bless You! I keep you in my prayers my friend. xoxo Catherine
Thank you for the update. So glad that you are done with chemo. After I finished my chemo treatments and my hair was starting to grow in, I swore I would never complain about a bad hair day again....how quickly we forget. Fingers and toes crossed for good scan results.
Keeping you in my prayers every day. Praying for less pain, sleep, and for you to have a clean bill of health. I do believe in miracles and if anyone deserves one, it's you.
So sorry to hear about your setback as well as the loss of Moon. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Oh no, I am so sorry to hear this new. I will keep praying for you.
So sorry to hear this update. It seems you were doing so well. Then on top of that to lose your companion to kidney disease is another blow. I know what it is to lose a dear and loved pet and family member. Please do the best you can to take care of yourself. My prayers will be with you for a successful battle and recovery. May the pain of the loss of your dear one soon be replaced with all the happy memories and love Moon brought into your life. May God Bless you mightily
So hard! When life throws curves at us, the question is always why me? I have contributed to your fight in the past and I will do it again. I hope you win your battle! For me when I am fighting my battles, it always comes down to knowing who I am in this life and how I was created and Who created me. If you don't know Jesus, I plead that you seek Him. He loves you beyond measure and if you choose to know Him, he will never leave you. Forgive me if my advice is unwanted, it's the best advice I know to give. I will sending some more monetary support your way. Blessings to you in your fight!
I am so happy to hear you are responding so well to the treatment! Miracles do happen! They will continue for sure! I will keep you in my prayers every day and pray that my guardian angel (my mom) watches over you as well! Keep fighting Reeni!