Colleen's Medical Fund

$2,920 of $20k goal

Raised by 29 people in 17 days
Coll Lavelle  Capalaba, QLD
Hi I am Colleen a Wakka Wakka woman and mother of four. In October 2010 I found out I had an inoperable Brain tumour. It was just another hurdle to overcome and it wasn’t too much of a problem I thought with modern drugs and treatment. However the adjuvant care treatment went wrong. What was thought to be oedema (fluid retention) was actually blood clots which culminated in a pulmonary embolism I reacted to the medications and have spent a lot of 2014 in and out of hospital with fractures  to my ribs, hips,lower spine and lung problems and auto immune ailments because of the medications reacting to each other. I had surgery on both my eyes because of the medications not quite working with each other.  Then found out the tumour was causing problems with my sight.  So I have to wear glasses, lots of glasses for different lighting. But I will get through this with God’s help.

In 2014 I was in a hospital recovering from a pulmonary embolism. The consequence was not from a  bad life style but medications and Chemo gone wrong.  I had to face the hurdle of huge medical bills. $15 hundred dollars a week on medications this luckily dropped down but its a hard thing to do.  Many treatments or tests are not covered by medicare so the expensese keep going up, the cost of rent and food, while money goes down. Its all be hard but has made me a better person, I at least hope I am a better person.

I have been struggling to make ends meet, to raise my kids pay the bills and stay alive. The cost of medication never lets up. I am still often in and out of hospital because of the brain tumour or the other associated problems with my health. I have tried to work, but can't as I get bad headaches and sometimes cannot see properly.

In 2016 Another tumour was found in my jaw. At the time it was a wait and see scenario. Well now the wait is over. I need surgery on my jaw to remove the tumour before it gets too big. Apart from this I have been prescribed a different medication for my brain tumour, but it costs over $300, I don't know how long I will have to take this medication, infact I don't know how long I will be alive. I am considered terminal. But I want to stay alive to watch my kids grow and to have some grand children.
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I have had a second opinion, and there is a concern that my brittle bones, made brittle from chemotherapy might not be able to stand up to the surgery.

So plan B is being formulated. Lets hope that it works
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I have a meeting with the surgeon on the first of March, that is when I hopefully (fingers crossed) find out how much of my jaw I am going to lose. Lets hope I don't have too much cut out
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$2,920 of $20k goal

Raised by 29 people in 17 days
Created February 5, 2017
HN
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Heidi Nash
2 days ago

Sending all our love, sunshine and rainbows to one of the funniest, amazing, strong women I know xxxxxx

RD
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Rebecca Dominguez
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Anonymous
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