Vicky's Cancer Medical Bills

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Raised by 43 people in 26 months
I am Vicky Kissinger Crosby, (aka Duchess Elspeth MacNaughton in the SCA) and for a good portion of my life (37 years) I taught Marine science at a High School in Florida, helping students from all sorts of backgrounds to become good scientists, thinkers, and thoughtful planetary  caretakers. Coming from a family of teachers, my siblings and I  were raised to help others in life's journey. When I retired in  2011, I looked forward to a well-earned retirement and some leisure time to spend with my hubby. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed in September of this year with stage two breast cancer. To add insult to injury, my health insurance through the school system changed to a new company in the middle of the diagnosis and treatment. Translation: I have been hit with two high deductible amounts in the space of one month, meaning I have a lot to pay for. The expenses have consumed our savings,  and my husband is a hard working veteran whose job cannot help with the medical expenses as those wages are geared for household expenses. I have been through surgery, and now face the next step which will be chemotherapy/radiation. Any money raised here will be used for the medical bills already engendered, as well as the future medical expenses. Having to worry about paying the household bills on top of chemo while being in pain from surgery is not something I ever anticipated. And no, I am not yet old enough for Medicare, so all expenses engendered  not covered by my insurance  become my responsibility. Time is of the essence as tomorrow I receive my next prognosis on this journey . I have never been in a position in my life where I have had to ask for financial help, having been independent and hard working from the time I graduated college. It would mean the world to me if my husband and I could have peace of mind about the medical bills while I marshal my strength to  fight this insidious enemy. I would be grateful for any help, as I know how hard we all work for our paychecks. My eternal thanks  and gratitude to all and any who can help out with this issue, as it truly is a matter of life and death.
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Update 19
Posted by Carl Crosby
17 months ago
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Greetings to all my peeps , family, friends and others who have helped me on this difficult journey. I am now past the chemo stage, and joy of joy, I have hair ! For those of you that thought hair always grows back, guess again...some cancer patients get alopecia, and NO hair grows back. I did not fancy looking like a guest star on Star Trek for the rest of my life, so as my hair grew back I was very happy. But, surprise!!!! My normally golden brown hair grew in in three colors: white on top, gray on the sides, and black/brown in the back. I looked like a skunk and a sheep had a drunken night together and my hair was the result. It also grew in in whalloping great ringlets. I mean c'mon, some women and men pay big bucks for a perm like my hair is naturally ! Guiseppe, I am channeling your inner Renaissance man ! I feel like I should make an appointment with Boticelli soon to be floating about in a painting on the roof of some Italian palazzo ! But, I have hair, praise the Lord and pass the ammunition ! As to my general health, my mental state is good, my stamina is improving daily, and the leg pain is lessening with each passing month. My beloved husband has been my rock of Gibraltar through all this, and those of you that sent messages, cards, books, flowers or contributed to this page again have my heartfelt thanks. I could not have done it without y'all. I am currently helping one of my other friends go thru the same issues, and she said the chemo is terrible. Another friend's aunt is on her 4th round of chemo- I am awed by this 75 year old woman's great courage. Each morning that I open my eyes, I am grateful to be still here, and in bettering health. Love and light to all of you : )
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Update 18
Posted by Carl Crosby
21 months ago
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Greetings to all my friends, fans and supporters. It's been a while since my last post. The beginning of March was a hard time for me. My brother -in-law and I were both diagnosed with cancer within weeks of each other. His was a more aggressive form of brain cancer. Despite radiation and chemotherapy, he passed from this world on March 1st, leaving my sister a widow. That was a hard blow to take. I finished up with my chemo in March, and am still very weak in my musculature from the neuropathy. Somedays just getting up out of a chair is a major accomplishment. I just wish my hair would grow in faster...it is returning, but it is silver-white. When I walk into the bathroom at night without turning on the light, I see myself in the mirror and it looks like some scary Nosferatu, pale complexion and all!My hubby and my dog are both being patient with me as I learn how to use my feet and fingers again. I had some numbness in my fingertips, but that seems to be fading. I told all my doctors that I needed a hiatus from medical visits and needles(I had to have blood drawn weekly to monitor my white blood cell count, etc.)So far I have had two weeks where the needle queens haven't been after me, and it has been great.(Let's see, can't go out in the sun, sun hurts my skin, I have no hair, I am pale and pasty, and I am slightly anemic from blood loss...I guess I really am a vampire!!! And they told me it was chemotheraphy ! This is where I find I am in a science fiction movie about a government experiment on Marine Biologists that went terribly wrong, and we are all morphing into something else !!!!da-da=dAAAHHHHH!!!! But I am still on the upper side of a dirt nap, and I would like to thank all of you out there for the financial support...all but one of the medical bills are paid off. And thanks to Angharad for the Bigfoot everything, Simone for all the books and flowers,Lilo for the puppy love, Judith for the flowers,Vickie Ann for the support and phone calls, Dart for being there, Del and Widget for the food and companionship, Ken the Fantastic O'Neill for always stopping by and being there where Carl needed someone to mind his little vampire, Darryl and Debbie for the crazy cards,Gale, Chris, Roz,and Kelly for the phone calls, Donna for the constant texts and messages, Dave and Celia for my special pillow, Chris B. for Ar Hyd y Nos, Tally for being Dad, John and Camilla for the card, Adalhaid for the card, Chris T. for the card, Karen for all the hugs, all of you that sent me hair since I did not have my own, Joe and Giles for including me in their family, and all my friends of all faiths who prayed for me. Bless you and thank you .
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Update 17
Posted by Carl Crosby
23 months ago
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Well, today Carl and Bobo the bigfoot (see photo) accompanied me to my last session of chemotherapy. It was anticlimactic to say the least. I slept thru a good deal of it. You can see my attractive Nosferatu look in the photo. Seriously, I am beginning to feel like Dracula's daughter. I am getting pale, pasty, lost my hair, getting thin, I swear my ears are getting pointed, and two weeks ago I put hand sanitizer on my left hand and it burned me(2 inch red burn) skin peeled and everything. Then I found the sun was painful on my skin. So today when we arrived at the cancer center I made Carl pull into the covered walkway...I did not want to go up in a puff of smoke! I ran into the building and all was well. Now we are down to lab work, checkups and meds. And amazingly, we are still receiving donations on the gofundme page. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I don't know how people financially manage this disease, and I even have health care, but the constant doctor visits, extra meds( remember, your immune systems craps out and you get all sorts of secondary issues that have to be remediated with meds) have been crazy. There is also weekly lab and blood work. We have been paying down the surgeon's bill and the anesthesiologist as the funds have been coming in. So our heartfelt thanks to those of you who have donated, and just recently donated. Thanks to your kindness, I am hoping to get out of this mess alive! Vicky
Last Day of Chemo, Yea!!!!
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Update 16
Posted by Carl Crosby
24 months ago
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well, it's time for an update from Vicky. Last week I got tired of looking like a bald eagle, and at the suggestion of the staff at the Cancer Center made a trip to Brandy's wigs. I had fun trying on some oddball colors but settled for a wig in my original hair color. The only problem is, it is a little warm when the weather is steamy. So I can be bald and cool, or wigged and warm! And there are always my scarves that make me look like Magda the gypsy! And if by chance, winter should come to Florida for more than two days I might have a chance to wear my wig more often. I am over halfway through this chemo thing, and I will have my third chemo infusion on Monday. Then follows hell week with all the nasty stuff. That is when you really have to hunker down and sleep a lot to get through how crappy you feel. I've also dropped about thirty pounds since all this started. I wanted to get some weight off, can't say I'm happy about the method! Another ten pounds and I will have to get new jeans or start wearing a belt !(I'll be a naked bald eagle !!!)And let me say "Thank you" to my mystery book elf that has been sending me paperbacks. I've read most of them already, and when I can't leave the house due to a compromised immune system, the books are a Godsend ! Thanks also to my support teams for the daily updates and smiles . You guys rock !
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Amanda George
25 months ago
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Your hair looks amazing!!!! Keep kicking asks!! Sending lots of love!!

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Leigh Propper
26 months ago
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While I am long ago forgotten, Vicky left an impression on me for a lifetime. Please send my love,condolences and get well wishes to her. Thinking of you both.

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Joe Cook-Giles
17 months ago

WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Joe Cook-Giles
24 months ago

I think the short hair looks adorable. Keep fighting and kickin' its butt!

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Rory Williams
24 months ago

So butch my dove. you are rocking the buzz. Love you.

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Joe Cook-Giles
25 months ago

One of the single greatest inspirations in my life has been Vicki. And I have no doubt that this annoying little inconvenience will be nothing more than one of the many bumps in the road that she deals with head on, with grace and dignity.

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JC and Ana Isabel Perez
12 months ago
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Joe Cook-Giles
23 months ago

It isn't much, but I want to do what I can. Vicki has been such a steadfast inspiration and supporter. She's family!

JD
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Jon Danish
23 months ago
MF
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Michele Franklin
23 months ago
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Love to you from Zeus and Cerridwen

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24 months ago
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EL
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Elizabeth Leach
24 months ago
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Keep strong Mom! We are all here for you. ❤

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Barbara Taylor
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Sarah Toich
25 months ago
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Miss Elspeth, Atlantia is not currently burning.

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25 months ago
Amanda George
25 months ago
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Your hair looks amazing!!!! Keep kicking asks!! Sending lots of love!!

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Leigh Propper
26 months ago
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While I am long ago forgotten, Vicky left an impression on me for a lifetime. Please send my love,condolences and get well wishes to her. Thinking of you both.

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Joe Cook-Giles
17 months ago

WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Joe Cook-Giles
24 months ago

I think the short hair looks adorable. Keep fighting and kickin' its butt!

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Rory Williams
24 months ago

So butch my dove. you are rocking the buzz. Love you.

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Joe Cook-Giles
25 months ago

One of the single greatest inspirations in my life has been Vicki. And I have no doubt that this annoying little inconvenience will be nothing more than one of the many bumps in the road that she deals with head on, with grace and dignity.

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