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 firstname.lastname@example.org - thank you!!
The new treatments are a breeze! It's called stereotactic radiosurgery - it's radiation but not at all like traditional radiation. The radiation only goes to the tumor and none of the surrounding areas and you don't need as many treatments. All I do is lay down for 5 to 10 minutes while this machine goes around me delivering the radiation. I don't feel a thing.
It's so much easier than chemo - there's no anxiety or stress over going to the doctor. It's actually fun because I have to take a train to the city and I LOVE trains. And remember how I told you I HATED NYC? I think I'm falling in love with it! Don't know how that happened. . .?
I've had very little side effects other than major fatigue, occasional nausea and overall feelings of ickiness. I haven't been working at all - I'm sorry for the lack of new recipe posts but I'm going to try to get in the kitchen next week and pop out a few new recipes.
I have 2 more treatments on my right side then he will start on my left side, then my lungs depending on if the tiny tumors have grown. I'm looking at a few more months of treatments.
Thank you for alllll your help! Prayers and messages - I love hearing from you. You can contact me any time through my blog. I'm so lucky to have you - it's been such a long journey. . . thanks for sticking with me my sweet friends. Big HUGS XOXO
I wanted to give you a quick update and let you know what's going on with me!
I was approved for the new treatment! Yay!
I'm having 10 stereotactic body radiosurgery treatments - two a week for five weeks. When I went for my first treatment the machine was broken but it's since been fixed and I'll have my first 2 treatments this week.
My new Doctor says the tumors that he's treating will NEVER come back. I'm so glad I don't have to suffer through chemotherapy again - even though the chemo didn't work last time my regular Doctor wanted me to have it again! Crazy.
The treatments are supposed to be easy - you lay down on a machine for about 15 minutes and it whirs around you sending beams into you.
It is different from regular radiation in that it comes at the tumor from different directions at a much higher rate and all the radiation goes to the tumor - not to the surrounding area. Most people don't get any side effects.
It sounds too good to be true!? Praying so hard that it works!
I've already made three trips to NYC - if you remember I said I hated going to NYC but it hasn't been as bad as I thought. I'm liking it! I love the train and all the good food! My favorites so far are Shake Shack and Magnolia Bakery. We (my parents have been coming with me) always stop off afterward for lunch and treats to bring home from the bakery. The banana pudding is heavenly.
I will update you again in a few weeks and let you know how it goes!
Thanks for all the prayers and kind messages and donations! It's been such a long road, coming up on two years since I was diagnosed in May. Thanks for sticking with me!
Big giant hugs XOXO
Just a short post to let you know how I'm doing.
I had CT scans a few weeks ago and they weren't good. Turns out my latest chemo did NOTHING! It shrunk things temporarily - while I was receiving the treatments - but as soon as the meds were out of my system all the same masses started growing again. I just spent 5 months sick in bed for nothing! I'm so frustrated!!
Anywhoo I'm going to a new doctor in a few weeks. I have to do a little traveling to NYC - which I hate - but there's something called radiosurgery - it's similar to radiation but more precise and intense. Plus you only need a few sessions - it's not something that drags on for months. So I'm praying this doctor can help me because I don't want any more chemotherapy - it's going to be the end of me before cancer.
So that's where I'm at. It's not a good place to be but I have lots of hope for the Radiosurgery. I'll let you know how it goes in about a month or so. Or you can e-mail me sooner if you like.
I know I've asked for so much but if you can find it in your heart to keep on praying for me I'd greatly appreciate it! Love and hugs XOXO
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
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.
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!
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Congrats, glad you’ve been approved for the new treatment. You got this - 5 weeks will be over before you know it. Fingers crossed that you sail through this.
So glad to hear this! I am praying for this to work for you! Sounds so promising! Happy thoughts! It sounds like the amazing news you've been waiting for!
I’m sorry this latest news wasn’t what we wanted to hear. Praying this new doctor will provide the solution that will work for you. Are there any clinical trials you qualify for? Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you.
Dear Reeni, I am keeping you in my prayers. You sound strong and determined and that is so important. I will always keep you in my prayers. xo
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