A plea for help from a woman into her SIXTH year living with MBC
I wanted to share it here as well, for my non Facebook following public. You are welcome to share as well, any help we can receive to find the help we so need at this time, will be greatly appreciated!
Hello friends and followers of TLC Gardens & Crafts. These past few months have been a struggle, but that is just the beginning for us here. My Stage 4 Breast Cancer has begun spreading from just the bone, to my liver and lungs. I have been living with it in just the bones for FIVE years, the past six months, we have seen increased activity. This makes it difficult for me to do much as a result of the pain, and difficulty breathing. I find myself regretting that I will have to give up my gardening hobby in 2016, and we will be donating the tubs to our Church. I was suppose to start on oral Chemo, pills called XELODA back in October. I had to delay to have a tooth extracted and let that heal first. Shortly after the tooth extraction, I developed a terrible chest cold, and while I was thankful that by Thanksgiving; I was healed of that and able to spend with my daughter and her family, and shopped all day Black Friday; that weekend, I spent at home very sick with Norovirus for 3 days. I ended up in the Cancer Center Urgent Care that Monday dehydrated. The nurses there pumped THREE bags of fluids into me and more Imodium, and by the time I left, I was able to at least eat a few graham crackers and not get sick. I had never experienced such a weak immunity in my life, not even when on the original Chemo treatment in 2000 when first diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer.
All of this time, I was attempting to plan my final event for this year. On December 12, we held the @Belleville Lighthouse Holiday Arts, Crafts, & Vendor Market hosted by myself as Belleville Arts, Crafts, & Vendor Market. Our Church, The Lighthouse Church; had recently moved into a new, large facility that was in need of many repairs, causing financial woes that were causing stress they did not need. I am happy to say that through all that illness, I was able to pull together 34 participants, 3 true ARTISTS - facepainter and musicians for entertainment (and I even got up and sang a song on stage) and raised over $1,000 for our Church (can't disclose actual amount yet...plan to provide to church on Sunday in surprise announcement)... and slept away the 2 days following this awesome event... physically and mentally exhausted. I did manage to get out on Monday, only to attend the Funeral/memorial of my Uncle, wearing my mask to make sure not to pick up any more viruses. The Tuesday following this, began my quarterly scans. CT on Tuesday, and Bone Scan on Wednesday. To the Oncologist on Thursday for followup and review.
With these new scans, we discovered that while unable to take my Xeloda these past 3 months due to the tooth, and two viruses that knocked me out of commission; the cancer has been very active and growing. There is now fluid in/on two lobes of my right lung, increased size and findings of more nodules in the right, and now in the left lungs as well. The Liver shows additional lesions also, and an increase in the size of the original single lesion that was biopsied in October. Bone metastases did not show much new activity, other than another rib and increased size of the lesion in my sternum, right between the lungs.
My husband and I are praying for a miracle of course... knowing there is no known CURE for Stage iv Breast Cancer. Our only household income, is my SSDI. He has been living with an injury to his back for the past 4 years, and cannot handle doing much for more than 3-4 hours at a time, which puts him out after attempting...and has to be here to help me with my getting around anymore. We only have one vehicle...an old F150 that is far from handicap accessible. The same goes for our home; a modular home in a park with narrow doorways and limited room. I cannot get my walker through the doorways we discovered when I had the titanium rod placed in my Right Femur in Nov. 2013.
Friends, I share this info with you so you can know me better. We have always been the ones that has gone out of my way to help others in their time of need...and now; find myself being that person in need. We are at a point where we do not know how we are going to pay our Gas/Electric bill this month, and worry daily that our truck will drop the tailgate on the roadway again (it is strapped to the truck) as it is rusting away.
If you can find a few dollars to share with us, to help make our lives a little more secure, to start the New Year in the black and not the red...to help us set aside for the vehicle we can rely on that will be wheelchair accessible, or the home that will better accommodate our new needs; you will be forever in our gratitude. Either a donation via the PAYPAL.ME account shown here, or even a purchase from my ETSY Store will help us financially. WE have so many financial burdens facing us with this next step on our journey, with my Cancer, I cannot begin to even explain, as it just makes me cry to think about it. Right now, all I am looking forward to is spending Christmas healthy, with my Children and Grand Children. My gift to them, is being here with them this year. That is all I can afford - my undying love.
Would you consider a donation to our Cancer Fund, to help us see a brighter New Year? The link is simply paypal.me/TLCwageWARonMBC.
Thank you and may God Bless you and yours, for a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Happy New Year.
The following photos include the scan reports, some METAVIVOR PHOTOS I've either found or created using photos from their website, photos of our recent FINAL Crafting event and the Belleville Holiday Parade where we were guests of honor from the Rosie the Riveters. All very special moments in my life, with the most special people in my life...my family.