Sylv's Medical Fund

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Raised by 205 people in 56 months
*** Due to a return of the cancer, I'm increasing the goal again. She'll be going into chemo, which means I won't be able to work as much and will need to pay for a cafe provider for her while I am able to work. This isn't greed, but a change in circumstances. Thanks. ***

Sylv has ovarian cancer and is going into surgery on Wednesday to remove a tumor roughly 15cm in her lower abdomen. She is a legally blind artist and comic creator along with her disabled writer/artist husband, Larime, and as struggling artists they barely get by. She's been housebound for over a decade due to a number of medical issues, and bedbound for the last four.

They recently moved to Las Vegas to be closer to family and start a new life after over a decade of poverty and hardship. Sylv got a new wheelchair with the help of a bunch of wonderful people and started having the hopes of a normal life again. Just  a few months ago they went out to dinner for the first time in 14 years.

Four days after her 40th birthday, she had to be taken to the hospital for severe abdominal pain. On December 3rd they will be removing her uterus and both ovaries along with the mass.

All contributions will go to helping her and the family get through the medical ordeal, lost productivity and severe cut in cash flow, and ongoing treatment and recovery. 

We know it's the holidays, so every little bit is GREATLY appreciated.
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Because things have been slower than usual here in Vegas throughout the Summer and now into Fall, I've started going out earlier and staying later - sometimes as much as 12 hours to only make $40. My body isn't taking it great, I'm in a wheelchair and have little use of my limbs, so all of my mobility and strength comes from my core. I have to lean on my arms and hands on a hard, plastic table for hours, my legs are compressed up under me, and my hips and back are hunched forward the whole time as well.
A few days ago I pulled a muscle in my thigh/groin (at least we're pretty sure it's that, my appendix went a decade ago) so now I'm in greater pain and still have to work a bunch of hours for little tips.
Slow spots hit like this, they come and go, but the injury is making it much worse. I can't take days off right now because we're barely making much as is. I owe my care provider (which I pay out of pocket because local Social Services decided Sylv's medical funds count against me as income now) almost $200. Sylv has a $300 medical cost next week. I am behind about $300 in utilities, and that doesn't even get to food.
We WILL get through this, we've been in even worse spots before, but we REALLY could use help. Anything at all makes a difference. We appreciate it more than you could know.
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The chemo fundraiser is up and running, so Ii'm closing this one. If you wish to help, visit https://www.gofundme.com/ps6erqqm. Thank you all for everything you've done!
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So here's the deal with chemo:

The chemo treatments themselves are only $414 once every three weeks. Not bad at all.

The day after each treatment, she needs a booster shot. THAT costs $2800. It is, by far, the biggest expense. We MIGHT be able to get it for free, I'm checking into a few options.

Before she starts each round, they'll want to do a PET scan. That can run around $1600 each time. This will be the other big expense, and is one I'm less likely to find free/low cost options for.

There are other various things, like putting in a port, that will be one-time or infrequent expenses as well, but the above are the three main costs.

They don't need a huge amount up front, either, they just want each round paid for in advance before administering it, which is reasonable. If I can't get any free/low cost services for her, we're looking at about $5k each round of treatment, so I'd need to raise $5k every 3 weeks or so. Not cheap, but not nearly as bad as I feared.

Once I know if we can get the boosters for free, I'll put up the new Go Fund Me for chemo for the total cost of the 6 rounds they want to do.
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Essentially, Sylv's chance of survival is going to be all about money.

Back from doctor. Treating her is going to come down to money - no insurance means they want a big chunk up front to start treatment. I'll be closing this fundraiser and starting a clean one that will be strictly for chemo and related expenses - scans, blood tests, etc., as soon as I know how much that chunk will be.

Thank you all for the support. You're literally helping save a life.
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