Samantha's Chemo Fund
This October, my girlfriend, Samantha, was diagnosed with Stage 2B Breast Cancer at the age of 24. As one would imagine, this turned life upside down on the two of us. It has been a bumpy journey so far, but everyone is remaining optimistic, including our great team of doctors at Women & Infants in Providence. We are going to beat this!
Currently Sam is going through the first stage of her chemo. This will last for 12 weeks, followed by a second stage that will last for another 8 weeks. Following the 20 weeks of chemo will be recovery and another surgery. Overall it's looking like 6-7 months of treatment right now.
Due to the side effects of chemotherapy, her weakened immune system, and the nature of her job putting her around so many people, Sam had to take leave from work. This is quickly putting a strain on our living situation, as we are now a single income household. Unfortunately my income doesn't cover all of our bills or the unexpected medical expenses.
I am here to humbly ask for any donations you can make, to help pay for Samantha's living and medical expenses during this tough time. Anything helps in a time like this.
Sam started chemo up again 2 weeks ago, and her 3rd treatment is next Wednesday. The doctors say she is responding well to the treatment, which is great news! Things have been going well since the last update we sent.
If you would like to hear more about how Sam is doing, or read more of her story, she has started a blog here: https://growingthroughlife.blog
On Thursday, the 29th of November, Sam was admitted into the hospital for a neutropenic fever, meaning her white cell count was dangerously low. This led to a 7 day/night stay, chasing down this mysterious fever. During the 6th day, after many tests and various doctors coming by, they finally discovered what it was - her appendix. Completely unrelated to the cancer, and confusing almost every doctor involved, her appendix decided now would be a good time to flare up. Emergency surgery was performed that night, to remove the appendix and get rid of the fever. We were went home the next day, finally!
Towards the end of her hospital stay, Sam's hair started to fall out more. Being the incredibly brave and strong soul that she is, Sam decided to buzz her hair before it got worse. This allowed her to still donate all of her hair to Wigs for Kids, something that she wanted to do since being diagnosed ( https://www.wigsforkids.org/ ). As you can see in the picture, she was all smiles during what I can only imagine to be one of the toughest processes this entire ordeal involves. How could she not be though, look at how adorable she is!
Now that all is said and done with the appendix and hospital stay, we're back on the road to beating this cancer. Unfortunately the surgery has pushed the next chemo treatment back by a month, but the doctors are not concerned, as her specific type of cancer should not flare up during the slight delay. This also means that Sam will likely be out of work for yet another month, but for now we are going to leave the campaign goal where it is at.
As always, from the bottom of our hearts, thank each and every one of you for donating and helping spread our story!
Sam was admitted into the hospital Thursday night for a neutropenic fever. We are still here as of Sunday morning. She is no longer neutropenic, but they are running a bunch of tests to get a better idea of what is going on. They want to be sure this is nothing serious. We are hoping to be home soon!
Once again, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you all for the continued support during this journey. We will post another update soon!