Cancer Fund and Medical Bill Payoff

$1,377 of $10k goal

Raised by 30 people in 51 months
Sarah Philipson   DALLAS, TX
After being diagnosed with Uterine Cancer in March of 2012, I lost my job because of the time I had to be off for surgery, recovery... and treatment. In the process, I've stacked up almost $10,000 in assorted medical bills- to say nothing of the day-to-day living expenses that happen every time you turn around.



I'm now in remission (as of December 2012) and trying to get back on my feet! The bills are still there, and now that a new fiscal year has started- they're piling up yet again as my deductible is slowly chipped away.
+ Read More
Update 17
40 months ago
As you can no doubt tell from my new icon- My hair has returned! It's wavy, and we're not really sure what color to call it (yes... it looks brown in THIS light but it's shifty!), but it's definitely back.
.
In the months since remission, the neuropathy that came with my last round of treatment became "post-chemo neuropathy" and I found myself living in constant and excruciating pain.
.
It got progressively worse (despite switching medications) and stopped responding to pain pills. Until last week I was essentially living at a 9 on the pain scale. All the time. Even while trying to attend classes.
.
Thanks to a drug trial that I'm partaking in though (1 injection 2x a day for 4 days... last week) it appears that the neuropathy has been tamed. My feet and hands are no longer constantly troubling me!
.
Unfortunately, medical bills aren't so easy to scare away. In addition to the bills remaining from last year- my deductible has reset as of the beginning of the year and so each visit (excepting the drug trial related ones) adds yet more charges to the tally.
.
If you can afford to help, or know someone who can- of course I will be grateful as always for any assistance. Some things are just too big to pay off on your own- and this is sadly one of them.
.
Otherwise, things are definitely showing signs of improvement- especially with this latest development with the neuropathy.
.
My thanks for your continued prayers and good thoughts! And to those who have donated before- as always- THANK YOU. Your help kept me going through the hardest parts of all of this. And I couldn't have done it without each and every one of you.
+ Read More
Update 16
43 months ago
Well, more than a month into remission and aside from the bills (most of them) still waiting to be paid, things are progressing. My hair is coming back in quickly and thickly! Still too hard to tell what the color is though.
.
Neuropathy and pain in my feet is still a very big issue though, unfortunately. Today I'm meeting with a pain management specialist to discuss a possible clinical trial to target just that issue.
.
In the meantime, I've gone back to school! I'll be studying to receive a certificate in Digital Photography (exciting, right?!) in a year or so and am currently limping my way through 2 different actual photography classes, thanks to help from family and friends!
.
Other than that, not really much to report. Lots of hoping for pain to stop and hair to grow.
+ Read More
Update 15
44 months ago
As of December 13th, I have been declared Cancer Free! 2 years of pain, confusion, answers and treatment are finally behind me.
.
At the dawn of the New Year I make not resolutions but wishes:

1. A year (and subsequently many years) free of Cancer

2. That my medical bills can be paid off by year's end.

3. An end to the lingering nerve issues and pain

4. A new job to replace what was lost

5. Success with my art.
.
My thanks to everyone who has donated, and to those who continue to do so. Every small bit helps so very much, and I am so grateful for everyone's continued support!
+ Read More
Update 14
45 months ago
Today was officially my last Chemo Session. Relief is palpable around here.
.
The session itself was pretty heavy, walked away much more exhausted than I have in the past, and if the last few cycles are anything to go by, it's likely the neuropathy and bone pain will take awhile before they finally dissipate.
.
I was blessed to visit facebook and see update after update after update from my dearest friends, proclaiming their happiness that today is my last chemo, and asking their friends and loved ones to keep me in their thoughts and prayers.
.
Thanks to recent donations, I've finally enough in the bank to start paying back a few of the medical bills that have stacked up in this process. Not many, and not the big ones- but it will be a relief to start chipping away at it all piece by piece.
.
I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of the support over this last year, both financial and emotional. Many of you I know and love and can appreciate in person... but there are a lot of strangers on this list too- helping to restore my faith in humanity, and reminding me that the world is still populated by people who care. Even about someone they've never met.
.
There's still a long road to hoe. Recovery, bills, eventually job-hunting. But I am so grateful to you all who have helped throughout all of this, who will help as the process of recovery continues.
.
I have scans scheduled in the next 2 weeks. And 2 weeks later I see my Oncologist again for a follow up- at which point we hope to hear the "Cancer-free" declaration.
.
For now, I prepare as best I can for the holidays, let my hair start growing back in, and enjoy the knowledge that I'm done with the poison part of it all.
.
Blessings and thanks to each and every one of you.
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update
Help spread the word!
 162 total shares
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.

$1,377 of $10k goal

Raised by 30 people in 51 months
Created May 27, 2012
Sarah Philipson     Medical   DALLAS, TX
$50
Anonymous
44 months ago
$30
Anonymous
45 months ago
$50
Anonymous
45 months ago
$100
K.C. Clifford
45 months ago

Our prayers are with you, Sarah! Thank you for the blessing you have been to us over the past few years.

+ Read More
$107
Anonymous
46 months ago
$20
Anonymous
46 months ago
M
$50
Megan
46 months ago

I hope this helps! I'm keeping you in my thoughts and hope you're better soon!

+ Read More
$200
Karen Hickman
46 months ago

Bless your heart Sarah. I know what you are going through. My husband had colon cancer. He lost his battle on Dec. 5, 2004. I had a lot of medical bills to pay after he passed away. I am praying for you.

+ Read More
AM
$25
Andrea Cozier Mclean
46 months ago

I'll be praying for you. Stay strong :)

+ Read More
M
$100
Melody
46 months ago

I hope this helps. Wishing you get better soon!! <3

+ Read More
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.
  Use My Facebook Account
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now
 Share on Facebook