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!!
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
The cancer is back - this time I have a giant mass on one of my ovaries and small ones in my lungs. I start chemo again within 2 weeks. The good thing is it's been caught early and I'm not feeling sick yet.
But that's not all - Moon passed away from kidney failure and my heart is so broken. It's still so raw and new so that's all I can say right now without breaking down.
I don't think the cancer news has sunk in yet because I'm still in shock and mourning over Moon.
It's almost a year to the day since I was diagnosed last year and there's a good chance I'll start chemo on the same exact day. God works in mysterious ways.
Thank you all for your continued support, prayers, kind messages and donations.
Please continue with your healing prayers and help with my bills if you can. Every little bit helps - even the smallest donation.
Big THANKS and HUGS. XOXO
I have been feeling pretty good - still some random pains here and there in my abdomen and aches and pains from my osteoarthritis. I wonder if I'll get rid of my
creaky, crackly knees?!
I was supposed to have a scan a few weeks ago and my insurance denied me - not the entire scan but the lung portion - the scan is multiple prescriptions - the abdomen is one and the lungs are another. They approved the abdomen but not the lungs. My doctor has to appeal and try again to get approval. If not, I'll have to pay the entire portion for the lungs. Sigh, sigh, sigh. . . to say I'm mad is an understatement. I want my doctor making my medical decisions for me, NOT an insurance company.
Before I was sick I heard the medical system in our country was messed up and I didn't understand how. Now I know. Yet I'm still grateful to have insurance, although I want to rip my hair out at times.
Last time I told you I was trying to sell my web site - unfortunately that fell through - I was really hoping to pay off my medical bills with the money. In some ways I'm glad though because I love my website - ten years of my life right there and it would of hurt to part with it.
In other sad news my cat, Moon, is very sick with kidney failure. My vet is doing everything she can to try and save him. I'm absolutely devastated right now. Please pray for him, he's the love of my life and my best friend. . .
Thank you all for your continued support! Big hugs! XOXO
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!