Kimberly's Cancer Fund

$6,015 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 70 people in 41 months
Imagine you just landed a dream job, you have an active social life and you finally have enough money to start traveling when you get the call that changes your life forever...you have cancer.

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!
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It’s been awhile since I posted, so here is a recap:
1. I’m officially on full time disability. I was able to keep my health insurance, but at a higher rate and deductible (which went back to $0 when I went on disability. My appeals were denied to count what I already paid)
2. While in treatment to shrink the cancer in my lymph nodes, the cancer spread to my right lung and bones in my lower back and right hip. My upper spine is also impacted.
3. I’m currently interviewing for clinical trials.
4. I’ve had 2 procedures to remove fluid from my right lung. The latest being last night after having trouble catching my breath. Due to the cancer in my lung, it attracts fluid so this will be an ongoing issue until I start treatment.

Since my last hospital stay was unexpected, I know the bill will be high and not in my budget. So I’m asking my family and friends for help. Any amount is appreciated.
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Hey friends and family. It's been awhile since I have posted but I have been on a stronger chemo regime that keeps me in bed most of the time. Unfortunately the cancer has spread to my right lung, spine and esophagus and we found a new mass on my stomach last week during my hospital stay. The last few weeks was rough and I had to get 2 blood transfusions and stay overnight at Emory. This was truly an eye opener for me during this time and I will be officially on long term disability from work beginning next week. I will be taking a pay cut, but I need to focus on my health during this time and stop this cancer from spreading. As always, any help you can provide to help cover my medical and personal expenses is greatly appreciated. As I stated, the hospital stay, endoscopy and biopsy last week were unexpected and I am sure my current $1,600 bill is about to skyrocket with them.
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It’s been awhile, but I’ve been in treatment and on short term disability since January. In february I learned that cancer had spread to the lining of my right lung and treatment was changed. I was unable to return to work. The treatment did not stop the cancer progression and on Thursday I learned that the cancer is on the lymph nodes near my esophagus. That explains the difficulty I’ve been having breathing lately. Due to this new diagnosis, I will start yet another new chemo treatment and cannot return to work until July.
I am no longer receiving a full salary and it is tough at times to cover bills and medical expenses. I am thankful for my benefits and salary that i am receiving. I have no clue what expenses lie ahead for this treatment, so I am just trying to be proactive and make sure I am covered and not stressed. I know the last treatment caused periodontal disease and I have to get a scaling done ASAP.
I appreciate your prayers and support. I plan to fight this and be around for a long time.
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Raised by 70 people in 41 months
Created June 16, 2015
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Mervine Martin-Jordan
8 months ago

Hi cuz, I am still praying for your restoration. Will you please do me a favor, if you have not already done it. Boil garlic cloves then drink the liquid everyday. Also, eat beets every day. Let me know if you feel better with this. Forgive me, but I just want to help anyway that I can. Again, I am constantly praying for you because I love you.

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Andrea Young
9 months ago

Hang in there, Beautiful! We are all pulling for you and sending you nothing but positive vibes! xoxo

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