BENEFITING: SPARROWS NEST OF THE HUDSON VALLEY INC
ORGANIZER: SPARROWS NEST OF THE HUDSON VALLEY INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 07, 2015
SPARROWS NEST OF THE HUDSON VALLEY INC wrote -
Join our team for our 2nd annual Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon!!!! Your fundraising efforts will help Sparrow’s Nest expand their services further into New York.
Our mission is cooking and delivering meals to the families of moms with cancer in many areas of the Hudson Valley. Sparrow’s Nest provides 2 homemade trays of food to our recipients each week.
Your thoughtful donation today means the world to a family in need. It means a sick mom can get extra sleep. It means a child can have a healthy meal while mom focuses on getting better. It means a grocery bill can be cut in half while a family’s expenses blow up on copays and out of pocket medical expenses. It means more than you can imagine.
Please support our team and make a tax deductible donation today on this secure website. Donations can also be mailed to:
Sparrow’s Nest Charity, 942 Route 376, Suite 217, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
May 6, 2014
My cancer: Mixed hepatocellular cholangiocarcinoma and intrahepatic hepatocellular carcinoma. I’m currently receiving Chemo at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC weekly which started in October 2014. I have 6 tumors, 3 on my liver and 3 on my lungs. Stage 4.
Some history of my journey…
In May 2014 I reluctantly agreed to go to the ER for some abdominal pain. I had an ultrasound done and the ER doctor said I had a "sizable mass on my liver and I should schedule and MRI immediately w my primary. The tumor was putting pressure on my other organs causing discomfort. I had the MRI done within a few hours. From there I had an appointment made for me by my primary with a local liver surgeon for the next day.
The surgeon here said this looks very serious, it’s a high risk surgery and ultimately he wasn't going to touch me, he then recommended me going to Albany or NYC. At that moment it still didn't dawn on me that it was a "Tumor". But just a spot on my liver. He said it’s the size of a grapefruit. That shocked us. My mom came to this appointment with Mark & I. We all cried.
My husband is a Testicular cancer survivor and his was the "ideal situation: we were told. If you had to get cancer, he won the lotto because his was the most treatable to date. We were thrilled and sure enough he has been cancer free now for 7 years. He had radiation for three weeks after his surgery in June 2007. Our kids were 2 & 5 years old then, that was scary as well.
I was first thought to have had one particular cancer, but after surgery and biopsy they found it was something else. It's rare they told me. They said the tumor was huge, they took the entire left lobe of the liver, and they also found two smaller tumors and removed them, as well as 6 lymph nodes and my gallbladder. It was proving to be a successful surgery. Recovery was rough but manageable. Doctors thought they removed the contained (to the inside of my liver) tumors and showed no signs of spreading. I spent a week at Sloan and thought I walked away with just a scar. It goes straight down my abdominal wall to under my belly button, but I figured it was nothing considering the situation. A very rare cancer found in stage 1 was a blessing!
I had a couple set backs but over all I was healing nicely and learning to be strong and live in fear. There was a strong possibility the cancer would come back considering the size of the tumor. At my 4 month follow up at Sloan Oct 14th 2014 they found that the cancer in fact returned and spread to my lungs. They think the cells never really were gone but just in microscopic form and not read on previous tests.
What a blow. Our girls are now 9 & 12 years old. This can't be happening. It’s so surreal.
I have two beautiful, fun, smart, supportive, caring daughters, an amazing husband, a huge supportive family, and even more friends I would have ever known possible. I have only one option and that’s to beat this, and in the mean time try to remain strong and make life as happy as possible for my kids and husband. Precious, life long loving memories need to be made. I need for my daughter’s to realize that there is more to life than what they lead, to be part of something bigger, to give back to help those in need because they have been so blessed. This Sparrow’s Nest Event means so much to me, for myself and soulful healing as well as taking my family along for the journey to the Happiest Place on Earth is monumental. We all plan on participating in a race! Mark will run the Half Marathon and the girls will run the 5K. Me, I’ll walk the 5k
Cancer touches everyone in some way, on some level. The fact that my husband and I both diagnosed with this disease is a rare thing all its own. We are our own "little super" couple. I have no ntention of leaving this earth without a fight.