Fighting multiple myeloma

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Raised by 15 people in 31 months
Petula Lloyd  STOCKBRIDGE, GA
Welcome to my GoFundMe page. I really appreciate the time you've taken to visit. My journey with multiple myeloma, cancer of the blood/bone marrow, began years ago in 1995. Those little nasty cells have been hanging out in there (what's called smoldering) until this past December when they started trying to take over again. Well, I've decided I don't want them to take over, so the fight is on.

Unfortunately, as most of you well know, when a glitche like cancer makes an appearance it can complicate your entire life. And it makes it degrees more complicated. From the everyday things to driving myself to appointments and running errands to taking care of my children and taking care of responsibilites. I have no more control of that. 

It also seems as if I've lost control of my finances. I've heard of the amount of money needed for a fight like this for medical bills, prescriptions, test, etc., but I was a bit surprised at the amount of regular expenses that add up. My caregiver and I traveled from Georgia to Tennesse (not far!) for my bone marrow transplant. I didn't accurately anticipate the degree of meals to be brought and the expense of living away from home for the two of us. In Georgia, the amount of vehicle expenses kept rising the more I had to go to the hospital. Now that I can't drive myself my daughter often has to come back and get my van so that's double gas for them (her and her boyfriend) in their car and double in mine. 

If I have to be at the hospital on regular treatment days or extra days for longer than expected then there are more meals out or snacks purchased. Of course, that's not counting keeping our households running with supplies. Speaking of households, the children (mine are ages 10, 9 and 7 - Amber is 23 along with my 2-year-old granddaughter) have to be fed regardless of where we are.

And then, DRAMATIC DRUMROLL, there are the bills. They seem to be the same, but where is the money to pay for them? Although it's "just" a regular thing I find it very difficult to keep up with and provide for my family as I should. I'm a single mom fighting multiple myeloma, fibromyalgia and sjogren's syndrome; I don't normally ask for help but have discovered this is one thing where ya gotta open up your mouth for three little words, "I need help."

Will you help me?

Thank you so much!
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Update 26
Posted by Petula Lloyd
25 months ago
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I'm in a sorta limbo. I was excited to get home to begin my recovery and my path to getting stronger and stronger everyday. I mean who wouldn't be excited about that - basically a new lease on life. I already have more energy... as a matter of fact I can't remember the last time I had energy like this; it's been years. Oh, and I must also tell you that I've gone from taking about 21 pills per day to 11 per day!

My excitement was somewhat thwarted by an unnecessary legal matter that threatens a huge portion of what I've been fighting for. Just two days after I returned from Tennessee where I received my treatment and bone marrow transplant this was presented to me. Or should I say thrown at me?

I've gone from concentrating on my health path and focusing on getting bills paid and making money again to giving my attention to this disruption.

Please continue to keep me in your prayers. Your love, support, prayers and donations have been extremely appreciated and served as fire that fueled my fight.
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Update 25
Posted by Petula Lloyd
26 months ago
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It's day +17, post transplant, and I find myself sorta stuck in the words departments. So, this time, instead of a blow-by-blow recap of what's happened or a poetic, thoughtful explanation I'll simply say, "OMG, I'm 17 days post transplant and I'm doing great!"
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Update 24
Posted by Petula Lloyd
26 months ago
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That picture in my profile is my granddaughter Autumn. She's an amazing, and busy busy sweetheart. She along with her mom and her two aunts and uncle - my children - are the main reason I fight. Besides my desire to live they are my purpose. I'm not done in their lives or mind.

For the most part I'm taking this all in stride, trying not to worry about money and the like. But something has presented itself that bears telling and asking for assistance again.

My ex husband, my children's father, has somehow managed to put stop paying child while I'm in this fight. No conversation regarding working something out. I mean, he pays child support to care for his children year round. It doesn't stop on holidays or summers.

Anyway, before I start to rant I'm now in need of additional money to pay utilities, etc. So I have a home to go back to and can welcome my children back to their home. A home I choose and maintain for all of us.

I'm saddened by this turn of events at this time. Talk about kick someone when they're down. These thought are mucking up my feel good vibe to whole health. The mm cells that were still hanging on have been eradicated (hopefully) in my body and tomorrow I get my stem cells back. Day 0! I'll get to start anew.
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Update 23
Posted by Petula Lloyd
26 months ago
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Two days of high-dose chemo done. Tomorrow is a rest day then transplant on Monday - Day 0.

The side effects are mild thus far and I'm hoping to get through the next four days with no major yucky side effects.
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Louis Tinson
31 months ago

I understand what you are going through cause I lost my wife to cancer 2yrs ago . I hope you do well with your journey.

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$1,840 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 31 months
Created August 2, 2014
PD
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Pam Davis
27 months ago

Wishing my sister in pain all the best! Wish I could help more. Love to the family!

RJ
$250
Roberta Jacobs
27 months ago

I love you! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

$100
Wanda Sheppard
27 months ago

Little Cuz you are a survivor and a fighter. Love you much!!!

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Catherine Cornish
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Jeneen Wilson
30 months ago

GOD BLESS YOU CUZO!! FIGHT TO WIN!! LOVE YOU

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30 months ago
Louis Tinson
31 months ago

I understand what you are going through cause I lost my wife to cancer 2yrs ago . I hope you do well with your journey.

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