Kimberly's Cancer Fund
Cancer? Really? I never smoked, I don't have a family history and I live "right"; so why do I have cancer? Well that is what happened to me when I was 34 years old.
I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I spent the last 3 years "cancer free" when I found a lump in my neck while driving to work.
On May 1, my oncologist confirmed the news...my cancer had returned. What do you mean the cancer is back? I take the medication, I go to all of my doctor appointments and I was living "right" so why was this happening to me again? Not only did cancer return to my lymph nodes, but it was the same cancer that I had before.
Metatastic cancer is cancer that has returned to a different part of the body than it was originally diagnosed. The cancer typically returns to the lymph nodes, liver, bones or brain. This cancer can only be controlled as there is currently no cure.
Since finding the lump in April, I have undergone many tests and procedures that have depleted my savings account and I still have oustanding bills. I have weekly chemo treatments followed up with shots to increase my white blood cell count. I have insurance, but even with my company paying 80%, cancer treatments are extremely expensive.
In November 2016, cancer returned for a third time. I underwent weekly chemo treatments to get the cancer out of my liver and lymph nodes. The treatments were successful and I stopped on April 14, 2017. Cancer still remained in my lymph nodes, but it was around 1cm and I was put on a chemo pill. I take 4 pills a day (2 in morning and 2 at night) for a week and take the next week off.
Two weeks ago recent CT and MRI scans showed that the cancer has grown in my lymph nodes. We are currently looking into research studies and clinical trials to stop the growth and spread of this disease. My insurance provider has Centers of Excellence that I can go to if I can't get into a study in Georgia. Those centers are out of state and I would have to pay for travel and lodging. I would only get reimbursed for $50 if I travel solo and $100 if someone comes with me. As you know, that is not sufficient.
I have reopened my GoFundMe account to offset my out of pocket expenses related to travel to get treatment.
I appreciate your support and help. Please share my story as I continue to fight and win this battle against stage 4 metatastic breast cancer!
I will admit I did get down for a few days because of the last scans being so positive. I am happy to say that since 2015 I fought to keep it from spreading- so I count it as a win.
Right now I am resting, researching and preparing for this new fight. Cancer will NOT win!
I was so optimistic that my better days are coming
. I just received notice that my short term disability is still not approved as they go thru the paperwork and I need to ensure that I get a full paycheck.
It's a new year, new insurance and new deductibles, so any help is appreciated
Beginning next week, I will return to chemotherapy and get scans in early November. In the interim, her team will be submitting my pathology reports to 2 active trials at Emory that have shown great success in my cancer type. Since it takes time to get in a clinical trial, we agreed to keep me going with chemo so that the cancer does not continue to spread and get worse. We will change the dose so that I am not in as much pain as before.
I left the appointment with a solid plan in place and a renewed sense of hope. Something I haven’t felt in months. Thanks for sharing in this journey. It is far from over; but at least we have a better prognosis.
Still raising funds for outstanding medical bills and saving for January when I have to start paying full cost out of pocket to meet deductible.