Medical Fund

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Raised by 97 people in 45 months
Hello, my name is Christine, I'm almost 52.  I have 3 teenage children.  Two years ago I was struggling with severe pain, chronic diarrhea, flushing in my neck, lethargy and other minor symptoms.  The pain was mostly under my ribs, thought it was my stomach, maybe ulcers.  I was doubling over in pain, my knees would buckle.  My doctor gave me medicine for Peptic Ulcers, which I vomited regularly.  He then scheduled an Upper GI to check for ulcers, there weren't any.  Next a CT Scan to check for gallstones.  No stones, but they could clearly see a dozen tumors in my liver, Stage 4 cancer.  Liver cancer is usually a secondary cancer, have to look for the Primary.  After several months and many tests, they could not find my Primary cancer.  I had to go to the Department of Unknown Origin Cancers at University of Michigan.  There I was told that I have Neuro Endocrine Cancer with Stage 4 Liver cancer.  This is a 1 in a million cancer.  It's not hereditary and it's NOT curable.

The cancer is produced and released by glands in my intestines.  It gets carried in blood and dropped off into my liver, where it makes tumors.   I am 20 years younger than the average patient, so they decided to treat me radically with radiation.  First, a year ago April, I had radiated microbeads sent into my femoral artery and sent directly to my largest tumor (8 x 10 cm) in my liver.  Then last September I had more radiation sent to the same tumor by laser.  I was laid up for weeks, extreme pain.  I have 12 to 15 tumors in my liver.

This cancer does not respond to Chemotherapy.  I cannot have a liver transplant.  I do recieve a monthly shot called Sandostatin.  It slows down the production of hormones in my intestions, so less cancer is secreted.  Less cancer sent to my liver, slows the tumors from growing.

There are many side effects to the Sandostatin, pain in my hips, clogs my gallbladder, lethargy.  I've had 16 shots now.  I had an MRI every 3 months, to check on the condition of the tumors.  At some point they may turn radical and the shots will not help keep them in check.  I was told that I have about 8 years or possibly more.

Recently, I've come down with Rheumatoid Arthritis...  severe pain in my knees, ankles, feet and hand.

Yesterday, my husband, Tim, 50, was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia....  He is in University of Michigan Hospital for the next month.  He's already had his first blood transfusion and chemotherapy.  BTW, Tim's first wife passed away from Ovarian Cancer after a 3 year struggle.

Words cannot express how shocking all of this has been.  The hospital is 1 1/2 hours away from our house.  Our deductable is 9,000.00 a year.  We are not a high income family.  I never thought I would reach out to the public for help, but here I am.  And, I'm on my knees..  My husband, Tim, is a strong, caring, moral man.  He is loved by his family, coworkers and friends.  Words cannot express what I am feeling right now.

It's difficult for me, health wise, to make the drive all the time.  It's even worse having to charge up credit cards at the gas pumps.  

I truly appreciate anything than anyone is willing to do to help us get through this.  Thank you for reading
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Hello, Tim will have his surgery to reverse the Ileostomy on August 25. We are hoping that this will finally let him build stamina and gain weight back. I will let you know how he is. Thank you for all your support and prayers!
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Update! Happily, Tim passed his kidney stone! What a shocker that whole ordeal was. He is still taking antibiotics for the bone infection he has in his hip, from the bone marrow biopsy last summer. Can you believe it's been a YEAR since he was diagnosed with the APL leukemia?!! The Infectious Disease doctor at U of M wants his Ileostomy reversed. She thinks that there may be a minute lead a the stoma (where the intestine comes out of his abdomen through the skin). And, that may be contributing to the infection in his hip. He has an appt with the surgeon, who did the ostomy surgery last July. This doctor is calling the operation a 'no brainer'. Good to know!! But, Tim will have to be off 4 to 6 weeks for recovery.

He's so exhausted all the time. We are hoping the reversal will help him build stamina back. It's hard to watch him struggle, wanting to do things, but unable. We'll have a surgery day by the end of July. He is better off having it done at U of M. All of his original doctors are there, if something should happen.

I hope all of you are enjoying the summer! Happy 4th of July!
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Hello!

We are celebrating Tim's end of Chemo!!! He finished at the end of March. He's still so worn out and underweight. It's been a long haul. We met with the Colon doctor to find out about reversing the Ileostomy. He needs to wait a few months and get his protein level up. He will need to take a month off work for that, very surprised at the recovery on that. He's back to full time work and exhausted every day.

I am still recovering from my heart surgery. Had a mishap and stressed the breast bone when they sawed me open. Was doing so well, now back in pain. Luckily, my Oncologist finally okayed me getting my monthly shot at our local cancer center. Will only have to travel to U of M once every 3 months for management. The local cancer center does not have a doctor that handles my cancer specifically, but can definitely oversee the shot I receive. That's a huge relief since I could drive that far myself anymore.

Will keep you posted as Tim's surgery is scheduled and happens. I'm just happy to have him still here!! Hugs to all of you for all your support!
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Time for an update. Tim is in the middle of his last month of chemo. He is completely exhausted. He' up at 5am to go to work, then straight to chemo everyday. He's woken up and had to vomit. Just miserable. Nothing I can do for him, but be there.

I am finally completely off pain pills. My chest is still quite sore, but tolerable. Of course, there's a new twist! My shoulder has shooting pains, turns out I have a cyst in there. Have to go to a specialist in May for that.

Once Tim is done the chemo, he will see a doctor about reversing the ileostomy. I am assuming they will want him to wait a few months to get stronger. We will find out in April. Just hard to imagine him having another operation.

Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates!! Thanks for taking the time to read this.
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Alan Davis
45 months ago
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Christine, praying for you and your husband!! May GOD bless you both. Hang in there its a bumpy road ahead, just put it in 4 wheel and keep going. You have already endured so much and i know its got you feeling beat down, but together you can take on anything!

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Larry Winegar
41 months ago

Tim and Christine we continue to pray for you both. Know that there are many of us ding the same. Love Larry and family

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Donna Bradshaw
44 months ago

My heart is with you all. Julia recently talked to my husband about being a parent with cancer. While nothing takes away the heartache and fear I found great strength in the love and support of people around me. I will send thoughts and prayers for love and strength to you and your family and wisdom to your medical teams. Call me any time to talk yell cry sit quietly buy groceries run errands whatever you need. I will be there for you

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Al DiBello
45 months ago

Christine, my prayers are with you and your husband at this time of need. Your in my heart as well as for the Class of 1981 God speed.

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Manda Haueter
45 months ago

Sounds like a rough road and my heart is going to you both. I will say extra prayers for your family and health. RA is horrible and I can't even imagine what you two are going through. I can say, you both are at the best Hospital in Michigan. I can't afford to help financially but I will pray and if there is something I can do locally, I will. God speed

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Joanne Labre
45 months ago

I wish you both health and happiness. God knows you've been through enough. ♥

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Nancy Smith Mazza
24 months ago

We are praying for you, We admire your courage. My sister has something very similar to you and also takes the monthly shot. I so wish our hearts to lift you up. You are not alone, God Bless you and your family.

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Leslie Albert
35 months ago

I so wanted to help you guys out , I will pray that all is better tomorrow then it was yesterday

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Anonymous
38 months ago
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Connie Wildman
38 months ago

Christine: It's agonizing just reading what you and your husband have been through, let alone actually EXPERIENCING it. Things like this have a way of putting all of life's little frustrations into perspective. Everything else is trivial. I can't even begin to imagine how overwhelmed you both must be. Praying for you and your family. Big hugs!

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Vicki Okolowski
40 months ago

Lots of love and prayers sent your way.

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Anonymous
41 months ago
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41 months ago
Alan Davis
45 months ago
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Christine, praying for you and your husband!! May GOD bless you both. Hang in there its a bumpy road ahead, just put it in 4 wheel and keep going. You have already endured so much and i know its got you feeling beat down, but together you can take on anything!

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Larry Winegar
41 months ago

Tim and Christine we continue to pray for you both. Know that there are many of us ding the same. Love Larry and family

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Donna Bradshaw
44 months ago

My heart is with you all. Julia recently talked to my husband about being a parent with cancer. While nothing takes away the heartache and fear I found great strength in the love and support of people around me. I will send thoughts and prayers for love and strength to you and your family and wisdom to your medical teams. Call me any time to talk yell cry sit quietly buy groceries run errands whatever you need. I will be there for you

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Al DiBello
45 months ago

Christine, my prayers are with you and your husband at this time of need. Your in my heart as well as for the Class of 1981 God speed.

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Manda Haueter
45 months ago

Sounds like a rough road and my heart is going to you both. I will say extra prayers for your family and health. RA is horrible and I can't even imagine what you two are going through. I can say, you both are at the best Hospital in Michigan. I can't afford to help financially but I will pray and if there is something I can do locally, I will. God speed

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Joanne Labre
45 months ago

I wish you both health and happiness. God knows you've been through enough. ♥

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