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Help Rochelle Beat Cancer!

$38,459 of $70,000 goal

Raised by 304 people in 4 months
Created October 13, 2018

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On September 4th, 2018 we received some terrible news. My wife, my love Rochelle Brooks was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer.

Triple negative cancer is a rarer aggressive form of breast cancer that developed into a tumor in her left breast and metastasized to the nearbylymph nodes. We’re in testing (pet scan) to see if its spread anywhere beyond that and praying that it hasn’t.

To say we were shocked has been a understatement. Rochelle is probably the healthiest person I know. Eats very clean (vegetarian), doesn’t smoke, drinks wine and the occasional beer moderately, not to mention is very young (just turned 40 two weeks earlier).

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We were both a mess for the first few days. Tons of crying, thoughts of mortality combined with “why did this all happen”... and more than anything, we’re scared, actually terrified.

Our biggest worry before this was which of our two pugs (Jax or Jake) had gotten jealous of each other, peed somewhere they shouldn’t have, or someone wasn’t getting enough attention.

All weekends involved them, going for walks, an occasional lunch/beer at our local haunts or planning when we might be able to get a small vacation. We were being a family, enjoying our life with normal worries, stresses and dreams.

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Rochelle and I have a decent health insurance plan, but since we rarely get sick our plan is catered to that. When Rochelle got sick with cancer, she couldn’t have gotten anything worse.

Since day one Rochelle has refined her diet to cater to a no acidic, high alkaline diet. Cancer cells have a difficult time living in a high alkaline environment. She has eliminated sugar, coffee, all alcohol, grains, wheat and replaced with all organic fruit, vegetable, raw, and supplemental diet.

She’s a warrior and is determined...but doesn’t take much to feel massively overwhelmed over this new fight we have had dropped in our lap.

Since the diagnosis, the past month has been spent meeting with oncologists, researching holistic methods (Rochelle’s Mom has spent the last couple of years dealing with cancer on a holistic level), blood tests, mri’s and ultrasounds. Trying to get a plan in action to get the best plan to conquer this disease and get Rochelle cancer free.

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Sufficed to say the costs and bills have started to mount...and we aren’t in treatment yet. We want our life back and it’s going to be a big fight, and we need your help. 

If the pet scan comes back that the cancer hasn't spread beyond what we know, we will be starting very soon 8 rounds of chemo over 4 months, surgery (most likely double masectomy), then post surgery chemo/radiation. Following that most likely reconstructive surgery after the double masectomy.

In short a long road. Please consider donating to help us with the expected, and unexpected, expenses associated with the tough fight ahead. 

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Your donations will be placed into a account to help cover insurance copays and deductibles related to treatments, potential clinical trials and treatments not covered by insurance, medication, a wig for the duration of the chemotherapy just to name a few.

Any help you can contribute is massively appreciated and will show we're not alone in this fight. Thank you so much!

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Hello Everybody,
Happy Wednesday hope you are all well.

Wanted to give a quick update on Rochelle’s progress.

Unfortunately the colitis has not gone away and has been keeping Rochelle in discomfort since our last update.

Cedar Sinai prescribed additional steroids (as her old 3 week prescription was coming to an end), but the discomfort, fatigue and the blood has not gotten better.

We have a appointment tomorrow with the Gastroenterologist we dealt with at Long Beach Memorial in hopes we can get to the bottom of what’s going on. All of this needs to be stabilized before Rochelle can return to her chemotherapy regime.

Aside from the pain she’s incredibly frustrated that this side issue has derailed treatment. She had no problem with the chemo, but the colitis has been a beast both mentally and physically.

On a financial note we raised our goal to $70,000. As many of you know, I’m originally from Canada and to be honest most of the health care system down here in the US both confuses and frustrates me. Sufficed to say we are currently sitting on over $126,000 of current bills (before insurance) and Rochelle has only done 1 round of chemo (we have 5 more to go).

That and the complications of the colitis and wherever that is going to lead us cost wise, we felt we should raise the campaign. That doesn’t mean we’re asking any of you to additionally contribute, but maybe for those who haven’t seen us before.

As you saw from the last update, Rochelle buzzed her hair a couple of weeks ago. Since, then Rochelle has lost the remaining hair she has…I think she looks great…extra punk rock. :)

Thanks again for all the continued support and keep you posted as we get more info.

Rochelle & Adam
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Hello Everybody,
Happy New Year, hope you all had a great holiday season!

Wanted to give a quick update on Rochelle’s progress.

Early January we started the process to prep for her chemotherapy.

We headed up to Cedar Sinai in Los Angeles on January 9th for Rochelle to get her port installed (small disc made of plastic or metal about the size of a quarter that sits just under the skin). A small needle fits right into the port to administer the chemotherapy.

Returned to Cedar Sinai the next day for Rochelle’s first round of chemo. Turned out there was an error in the treatment plan and waited for 5-6 hours hoping it would be cleared up, but we would have to return on Monday the 14th for the first treatment instead. Long day for sure.

Made it back for our rescheduled chemo early morning Jan 14th. Ready to rock.

Rochelle is on a three week cycle of carboplatin and taxol. Everything went well we made it out that day and returned to Cedars the next day for hydration.

Had some major issues mid week as Rochelle was experiencing some latent side effects from the immunotherapy and further aggravated by the chemotherapy. Thursday evening we had to have her admitted to Long Beach Memorial Hospital for two days as she had developed Colitis and her levels/counts were very low. It was a painful and miserable experience for her, but she was finally discharged from Long Beach Memorial late Saturday evening.

We returned to Cedar Sinai after the Colitis issue for testing. All her levels are back to normal, and the exposed lymphocytes above her collarbone that tested for cancer are completely gone. The lymph node under her arm is still there but smaller and the tumor in her breast when last biopsied was the size of a pea. Really good news after a tough week.

As Rochelle heads into her next round of chemo next week, she’s started to experience hair loss, and decided to go ahead and have our friend Jen buzz her head. A ton of emotions naturally, but she’s relieved to move into the next chapter.

My respect, love and admiration of Rochelle’s strength is redefined almost daily. She’s a strong tough women. Be very afraid cancer!

Thanks again for all the continued support and keep you posted as we get more info.

Rochelle & Adam
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Quick update, hope everybody is doing well and gearing up for the holidays. We are stoked to relax for a bit.


Rochelle is treating at Cedar Sinai in LA and just finished a clinical trial using the drug Keytruda to treat her breast cancer in combination with radiation. So far we’ve been really pleased with the results. Tumors seem to be shrinking and we're feeling really positive as we head into chemo next month.

On the flip side unfortunately we recently got some bad news, my Dad has been diagnosed with cancer as well and he too will be starting chemo next month.

Looks like 2019 we will be kicking cancer’s ass and fighting extra hard. We will win.

Thank you again for all the support this year, we both really, really appreciate it. It means everything.

Happy holidays and happy new year!
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Hello Everybody,
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wanted to give a quick update, and of course on this day extend our immense thank-you’s to everyone who has donated, sent emails of encouragement, love, advice and stories of their own experience with cancer.

It has meant the world to us and can’t begin to say how thankful and appreciative we are for all of you. We love you!

Rochelle starts her immunotherapy at Cedar Sinai in Los Angeles next Wednesday the 28th of November. She’ll be starting the clinical trial treatment using Keytruda for triple negative breast cancer. She’ll be in this protocol for 6 weeks before starting chemo. We’re really excited to get going.

Thanks again for all the support and keep you posted as we get more info.

Rochelle & Adam
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