Whitney's Cancer Fund
Hi. My name is Bree, I'm from Maryland and am trying to raise money for my little sister Whitney, who was recently diagnosed with stage 3B rectal cancer.
Whitney is only 30 years old. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, hypothyroidism and an associated auto immune disorder at the age of 24. Every day management of these pre-existing conditions has already proven to be a struggle for her: she is prone to randomly having seizures and has come dangerously close to falling into a coma twice within the last several years.
NOW.... she has cancer to top it all off.
Over the course of the past year, Whitney had repeatedly expressed concern to her doctor regarding bouts of abnormal bleeding and chronic pain. However, nothing ever came of any of it. Needless to say, there was an impromtu ER visit about a month back, and the rest is history. We weren't able to catch the cancer in its early stages, so she is now fighting it in a highly progressed state due to the fact that it has grown and spread; making this even more time sensitive and harder to treat.
Even amidst all this chaos, Whitney has still managed to show up for every work shift possible with a smile on her face. While simultaneously balancing a multitude of surgeries, other medical procedures and all scheduled doctor appointments; she will soon be adding chemotherapy and radiation treatments into the mix, which is yet another stress factor.
No one should have to work while dealing with this sort of thing.
We've been informed that it is rare that someone Whitney's age would have this form of cancer. As such, there are a lot of questions surrounding her diagnosis, and a lot of interest has been sparked amongst doctors in the medical research field nationwide.
Unfortunately, however, our family does not have enough money, even with insurance and after wiping out what little savings we do have in our accounts, to even come close to affording her treatment.
We usually wouldn't ask for help from anyone, but this situation has all of us in an incredible bind, and we are honestly desperate for any help that we can get to help her get through this mess.
Whitney is so young.
This should be the prime of her life, but she didn't get to fully experience her 20's and now her 30's are looking to be even more taxing. It kills us to see even more getting added to her plate without being able to make it all better, when all we want is for her life to get back to some state of normalcy.
We all love her so deeply, and don't know what else to do to help her. She needs to start treatment immediately; so, please, if you or anyone that you know has any way of helping to donate to her cause, we want you to know that you would not only be helping to save Whitney's life, but you could also be helping to save the lives of countless others. Any donations received will go toward Whitney's treatment plan which will, in turn, provide the medical industry with the means necessary to further study early onset rectal cancer.
Please consider donating today, or at least spreading the word.
Repeatedly saying thank you forever couldn't possibly express the depth of gratitude that we would all have in our hearts.
I just wanted to share that late on Christmas Eve, Whitney was admitted into the ER due to severe complications in her lungs. X-rays were taken, which revealed multiple clusters on both sides, so a biopsy was performed yesterday. We do not know the results yet, but are hoping that this is an infection rather than metastasized cancer.
Having been in the hospital for five days now, her job is pressuring her to come back to work, despite her condition and the hospital's urge to keep her under medical supervision. This is beyond despicable employee treatment. In addition, she was in the process of receiving her second round of chemotherapy treatments with surgery scheduled for next week; however, this unexpected turn of events has put everything on hold.
Whitney is under an incredible load of stress, so I'd like to thank everyone who has shown her love and support throughout this entire ordeal. She needs it now more than ever. Please continue to envelope my sister with positivity and love, and thank you again for all that you've done for her.
I am currently in the hospital recovering from my surgery (Proctectomy with coloanal anastomosis). Surgery went well although I've been in quite a bit of pain. Thankfully they've been able to manage my pain so now I am able to cope. Thank you all again for support and any additional help would be much appreciated as I am not currently working. I love you all and am so thankful to know such selfless individuals. You are amazing and thank you again.
Hello all. I just wanted to let everyone know how I am doing and I wanted to thank you all for your support and prayers. Thus far through treatment I have undergone radiation, chemotherapy treatment, multiple surgeries and as of this moment I am in the hospital recovering from my major surgery-The name of this surgery is Proctectomy with coloanal anastomosis and athlough surgery is a dreadful process for all, this was most certainly the most difficult thing I've ever had to deal with through my life. My body is experiencing things I could have never imagined. Post surgery, I couldn't walk or get out of bed on my own, go to the bathroom or even sleep due to the pain I was enduring. Not to mention laying in bed day in and day out has worsened my back pain as I was unable to move. Just days and days laying on this hospital bed. My five day hospital visit has been one I can't even put into words. Also, once I am discharged and able to go home, I will have to be cared for by a home nursing staff. Anyway, surgery went very well and finally I am able to move around bit by bit and am now recovering. Thank you friends and family for all of your help and support. Bills have become quite costly so if there is anything anyone can do to help, I would highly appreciate it as I am currently out of work. After I recover from surgery, I have 6 months of chemo and then hopefully this will all be a part of the past. Thank you all for your help. I love you all and please take care of yourselves. Hopefully I will be leaving the hospital tomorrow and until then, I hope you all enjoy your evening and again... Good health is something to be greatful for!! Nite all. x