Surviving for my Sydney
After being told this past February that my cancer was terminal, my husband and I sought a second opinion from Canada’s leading cancer research center regarding any future treatment. After my case was discussed at a special Tumour Board, it has been decided that more chemotherapy could benefit me, along with six doses of a drug called Avastin. Unfortunately, Avastin is not yet publically funded in Ontario and at a cost of $7200 per dose, with the initial 6 dose treatment plan, it just isn’t financially affordable for us to achieve this on our own.
After years of trying, God finally blessed my husband and I with Sydney with the help of fertility treatment. Sydney is truly a miracle baby! One of my biggest joys and pleasure is checking in on her every night before I go to bed. Making sure she’s comfortable, that the temperature in her room is ok, that her “friends” haven’t fallen out of bed and that her “baby” is near. I don’t even want to think about not being here to see her start school, to graduate, and to start her own life when she’s grown. I want to be here with her. I want to help Scott raise our daughter whom we strived so hard to welcome into our lives. Going through IVF was lonely, exhausting and extremely stressful but it was worth every second, just like fighting this cancer will be!
I love being Sydney’s mom. I love being Scott’s wife. I love being my parent’s daughter and my siblings’ sister. I love my grandma. I love that I have amazing aunts, uncles, cousins, in laws and friends.
Please join us in the fight for my life.
Thank you in advance and God bless,
Lisa, Scott and Sydney Mailman (Chapman)
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This business of cancer is a real roller coaster of a journey.
Last week I was notified that my most recent CT scan showed no improvement from the chemo treatments and that the cancer had spread. As such, all further chemos have been cancelled. We were all devastated by this new. I won't lie, I cried for a few days. But then quickly pulled myself together and decided the road of positivity and faith has been serving me well and to get back to that focus.
That said, a few days later my oncologist phoned me and advised that I qualified for a new clinical trial at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto!
Today I met with the clinical trial team and should be getting started in the next week or so. This is a really awesome turn of events and myself and family couldn't be happier for this opportunity. The trial goes for about a year, so obviously they feel I should be able to handle it and expect good results. Obviously nothing is a given...but holy smokes, isn't it worth a try!!! Side effects should be less than any of the chemo effects I've had, but again, it's a clinical trial, so we really aren't 100% sure.
Praising the Lord for having mercy on me and thanking all my prayer and good vibe warriors!!
Love Lisa :)
It is with a disappointed and sad heart that I share with you some unfortunate news regarding my first dose of Avastin and the effect it has had on me.
On Wednesday April 29th at 3:00am I was rushed to hospital with severe pains in my left leg, so painful I could barely walk. After a blood test and ultra sound, it was determined I had developed a serious blood clot in my left leg. I was immediately injected with a blood thinner, which I have been on ever since. As a few days went on my leg went from worse to worse finally putting me in a position were I couldn't use the stairs and making it to the washroom was agonisingly painful. On May 8th I was forced to sleep on the couch as the pain was now debilitating. The next morning at 6:00am I awoke with sharp, stabbing pains in my right side and chest making it difficult to breath. Without hesitating Scott dialed 911 who were on the scene within minutes. I was admitted to Port Perry hospital, administered pain relief and underwent a chest XRay which unfortunately wasn't completely conclusive so was then transferred to Oshawa hospital where I could have a CT scan. Unfortunately, the CT showed that the clot in the leg had travelled to my right lung, twice.
I am still in hospital as this update is being written but I am having the best of care and have been getting better in the past few days. On a positive note, I was strong enough to receive Chemo as scheduled yesterday. Unfortunately though, I will not be having the Avastin today as planned. The oncologists strongly attribute this set back to the Advistin and feel if I were to receive another dose at this this time, "it will kill me."
As you can imagine this news was upsetting and stressful for us but at the end of the day we can't risk losing my battle even more prematurely than what would have occurred naturally, and at this point Chemo is a very strong chance to keep me going.
I do go back to Princess Margaret soon to find out the results of the Compact Research Study I consented to, which will advise us if there are other trail drugs more suited to my bio data results.
We thank you once again for your support, encouragement and generous donations to get me well again. We are confident this will happen!
Lisa, Scott and Sydney
Thank you for your support, encouragement and generous donations. None of this would have been possible without you.
From the road of healing...THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!!!
Lisa, Scott, Sydney and our families
Lisa, Scott and Sydney
I will continue to Support & Pray for you & your family. So very sorry to hear of your setback. God Bless You & give you the strenght to continue on your road to Recovery & Health! Hugs to you Lisa & your Beautiful Daughter Sydney. You went to school with my niece Natalie Forest in Whitby.
PRAYING THE LORD WILL HEAL YOU!! SO MANY PEOPLE LOVE YOU,YOU WILL BE HEALED
U will beat this Lisa ,don't give up