Jala's Cervical Cancer Treatment

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Raised by 118 people in 16 months
In 2011, I had cervical cancer. I had surgery at that time to cut the infected part of my cervix out, and thereafter I didn't have any abnormalities for a number of years. This year right after I ran my first marathon I had an abnormal PAP, and after followup testing and further biopsy it was confirmed that the cancer returned.

On July 7th, I had another procedure (ablation) to remove the new abnormalities. My follow-up is scheduled for 4 months from now, as it will take that long to fully heal. 

This has been only one of several life challenges I've been juggling in the last 9 months or so; financially, the combination of issues have drained me dry. Divorce; car problems which have led to lots of money being sunk in and ultimately the vehicle still not working and being junked out; problems with my spinal stenosis requiring treatment; and various other middling things such as important household items breaking and needing replacement or repair. 

It was the kind members of the Duckfeed podcast network's Slack community who put all of these ongoing dilemmas together and said, "Jala, you can't afford any of this." They have banded together to perform a special Twitch livestream event to help raise funds to alleviate the financial burden. It will be held from my personal Twitch account, jalachan, on July 28, 29 & 30th, which is the weekend after my birthday. The full schedule is viewable here.

I'm doing what I can do: I strung together just enough credit line to fit the bill for the procedure; I've finished up some art commissions during a lull; I set up an Etsy store  where people can purchase other artwork I have made which is on hand in my studio.  Whatever funding is received will go directly towards my medical bills. The goal cost of this campaign, $2,000, is just the cost of this most recent procedure.

I'll admit that I feel super awkward about typing all this, because there are so many people in need out there in the world. All the same, I am nothing but grateful to my Duckfriends, and to all of you reading this for your well-wishes and kindness. I often say that the greatest impact we have in life is the one we have on other people; I will do my utmost to pay your kindness forward, to keep running for charities, to become a better person each day.
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I've been copiously, tearfully thankful for everyone's help ever since my podcast network's community asked me to set up a GoFundMe and finally reach out for help after months of struggling with various issues on my own. It isn't just the cervical cancer, but also my spinal stenosis, my parents' healthcare, and both my original vehicle as well as the vehicle I have shared with my mom since November (while mine's been in and out of the shop) among various smaller issues which have piled up to make things stiflingly difficult. I do my best to keep my head up and keep moving, to smile and help others and to not complain. I'm blessed in so many ways and want to help others see the blessings in their own lives, to find the courage to stand up and try when they feel too worn out to keep going -- but the GoFundMe could not have come at a better time. My original car died a final death after countless attempts at repair, and a week later my mom's car's transmission finally died. I managed to sell my old, dead car and use that pittance of money along with part of my last paycheck to put a down payment on a reliable replacement vehicle at long last, after almost 9 months of struggles.

I could ONLY do this because of everyone's help staving off the medical bills -- the treatment for the cancer, because it was at the office of my gynecologist who is a private practitioner, had to be paid up front before services were rendered and I had to piecemeal together credit line for it due to the aforementioned other issues. If not for your help in paying some of the various charges for the operation, I am certain I would not have been able to fix this transportation issue which is crucial as I did not have a way to get to work. The original plan was to try and make my mom's car last as long as possible and concentrate on medical, and replace my car a few months from now. The transmission's total failure was not something we could have anticipated or planned for and it forced my hand.

I cannot express how much the assistance has meant to not just me but also my parents, who have worried so much about all of the challenges we have faced. THANK YOU to each and every one of you for all of your generosity, love and support. I cried so much and was shaking when I got home with a vehicle we can use and not worry about and hugged both of my parents and told them that it's only with all of you that I was given a chance to breathe.

As to the cancer and my recovery from surgery: it will take 4 months to fully heal, and my doctor cannot check and see if the cancer is all gone until that time, at which point a repeat biopsy will be performed. I am not as exhausted as I was last week (where every day I was sleeping 12-14 hours and lying in bed for longer than that). I have even run a couple of times now, slowly and carefully while listening to my body and walking when needed. The doctor said that I can resume more activities at the end of this week and carefully start ramping up from there so long as I give myself breaks and assess how I feel. I should be fully capable of normal activity by the end of the month or perhaps sooner if I keep up the current trend.

I still have various lab bills, bills from spinal stenosis-related visits, and prior cervical cancer-related visit bills all on my "to pay" pile, so I can guarantee that what I have received or will receive will go directly to healthcare costs. I do not know what I would have done this month, if not for you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will keep on working to recover, so that I can extend my hands to others who need help. The greatest impact we have in this life is the one we have on other people. You have impacted mine, I hope that if I have not already impacted yours I will have the chance to do so in the future -- at the least I will certainly pay every bit of your kindness and consideration forward. Take care and have a wonderful week.
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I thought I could say it best face to face - but in case you're not a video person, I'll restate it here: you guys have been amazing. I've been completely bowled over by the care and support, it's more than I could've asked for. I will do my best to bounce back fully so that I can pay it forward - through mindfulness, friendship and inspiration, as well as more tangible forms of support through raising money for charity and helping others in need. There are so many people who need help. I will do what I can. Thank you all for your consideration and love.
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