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Six weeks ago I found lumps in my neck. While waiting on test results from my Dr. I woke up one night with the most excruciating pain in my lower left abdomen. More testing ensued followed by a soul-crushing diagnosis: uterine cancer that has spread throughout my abdomen to my lymph nodes and lungs. They are pressing into my organs causing extreme, constant pain.

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 onering9@yahoo.com - thank you!!
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Hello friends! Thanks for all the messages, prayers and donations! You're the BEST!

I finally had my CT scan and the results are excellent! I'm not cancer free but what's left isn't spreading or growing - they're calcifying and that's a good thing because it means I don't need any more treatments right now. Thank God!

We'll have to keep a very close eye on things so I'll have another scan in April.

I'm feeling a LOT better aside from my neck pain. I had to have a second scan on my spine turns out I have osteoarthritis. More chronic pain. Boo. But I'll take it over cancer any day.

So, anywho I'm still knee deep in medical bills from not having insurance last year with more coming in every day. Thank God I have health insurance now. I can't wait for the day when I'm free and clear of the bills and can truly make a fresh start. Bill collectors don't care if you have cancer, they're ruthless and unsympathetic and they want their money now.

Because my oncologist is part of a medical group the billing department is threatening to discharge me because of my unpaid bills. If that happens I won't be able to see him anymore - the man who saved my life and knows all my history. I applied for a hardship to get some of my bills forgiven but I don't think it was approved because I received a giant bill in the mail a few days ago. Boo on them too.

You've already given me so much! Something I'll never forget. Gotten me through some lean times when my bank account was on empty. I'm leaving my Go Fund Me up in the hopes I can get more help in paying my remaining bills. They're so high and every little bit helps.

Thank you again! So grateful for all of you!

Please keep praying for me to be cancer free.

HUGS XOXO
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Hello friends! Hope you all had happy holidays! I am feeling extremely blessed to have had another Christmas with my family. For a while there, I didn't think I would. . .

After 4 months of chemotherapy with no insurance I currently have about 50,000 dollars in medical bills left. I am on payment plans for them and am trying to keep up but have fallen behind.

The good news is I have Obamacare now! That only adds to my money problems because I have a 2,000 deductible and need 533 dollars more each month to pay for the insurance.

I was denied a scan back in October that I need now - it will cost me my deductible. Right now I need to come up with 2533.00 by the last week of January.

Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated! 1 dollar - 5 dollars - it all helps!

I HATE asking but I am in dire straights.

Thank you again for helping, for praying and for your supportive, kind and caring messages. They mean the world to me.

Big HUGS XOXO
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Thank you for keeping me in your prayers, sending me sweet messages and comments, and donating!

I have good and bad news!

The good being I’m done with my chemo treatments! Six total. The last one being the absolute worst.

I thought I was never going to feel better – agonizing stomach pain for weeks on end and complete and utter exhaustion that is still hanging on. Plus a multitude of other side effects I won’t wax poetic on.

Instead of sleeping 14 – 16 hours a day I’m down to 10 – 11. But I’m still tired. I thought I would be up and bouncing around with energy after it was over but I’m butt-whooped.

Here’s the bad – I don’t know if my cancer is wiped out completely because I was denied a CT scan last week.

They waited until the morning of the test to call and tell me they needed full payment – 4,000+ dollars ahead of time.

Boo on them.

Do you want to hear something else messed up?

My Dr. is certain the cancer is going to return – if it’s even gone – because of how much it spread – and he never lets me forget it.

Maybe he wants me to be mentally prepared but what he doesn’t know is I’m a rebel through and through.

Every time he says it my resolve grows stronger and stronger. Every fiber of my being wants to prove him wrong. I’ll show him. Make him eat his words. Because it is not coming back. Ever.

More good news. . .

My hair is growing back and it’s white-blonde! I love it.

And I’m going to be around for another Christmas season – my favorite time of the year!

Six months ago I was knocking on heaven’s door and now. . .

I can’t wait for the first snow. I can’t wait to wake up on Christmas morning with my family. I get to wear the new boots I bought last year and the scarf my Mom made me. Decorate the tree and sing Christmas songs. Bake cookies. Watch Buddy the Elf for the umpteenth time. Then there’s the Bumble, you know from Rudolph? I love that creature.

I’m sitting here grateful. Counting my blessings every single day. Thanking God and the Universe and all of you too!

I’ll update again when I have my CT scan.

HUGS.
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Thank you for keeping me in your prayers, sending me sweet messages and comments, and donating to my Go Fund Me.

Just to keep everyone up to date I have stage 4 uterine cancer that's spread to my lungs and lymph nodes. I don't have insurance so any help with my medical bills is greatly appreciated.

I had a pet scan and there’s good news! I am responding exceptionally well to my treatment, my tumors are shrinking and some of them are completely gone.

I’ve been saying miracles happen and now my Dr. believes it too because he used that word! Never expected to hear the word miracle out of a doctor’s mouth being science is so based on facts. So that’s a miracle in itself.

I’m in month 4 of treatment and getting ready for my last [scheduled] treatment tomorrow. In a few weeks I’ll have another pet scan and my Dr. will decide on further treatment, depending on the results. Fingers, toes and knees crossed.

I’m in more pain now from the treatments then from my cancer, which is a totally good thing. I know the meaning of “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” As always, I’m trying to stay positive. I’ve been in bed for six months now so sometimes it’s hard.

The week after treatment I mostly survive on Mom’s pastina, potatoes and Chex cereal. She’s been a rock star taking care of me and Moon the Kitchen Cat for so long. I have a good week or two in between treatments so she does get a little break.

And this happened! I’m a blonde again. I was born this way, maybe not quite so blonde, more of what they call a ‘dirty’ blonde.


I’m convinced all your prayers from around the country and world are helping me to heal. I’m eternally grateful.

Hugs all around. XOXO


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Michael Martin
2 days ago

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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Andrea Genua
4 months ago

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!

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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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Andrea Genua
4 months ago

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!

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