Organized by: Angela Saar
Janice Rae Senti Felde earned her wings
February 28, 2017
My mom isn’t one to talk much about her personal life to anyone, because of this her family has respected her privacy with her sensitive medical concerns, until now. Now we need your help. On August 17th, 2016, just three days before my mother’s 57th birthday, she got diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer.
Let me give you a little background about my mother, for those that don’t know her well. She is one of 8 siblings. She is a strong, single, fun loving, independent women. She has 4 children, 11 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. She has dedicated her life to raising her family, work, and an occasional Burning Man trip for fun. She is a die hard Disturbed and Floater fan (bands if you don't know), loves the beach, camping, cats, her garden, making home made wine, and most of all her family and friends. She has always been a very hard working women, I can’t even think of a time in my whole life where she hasn’t worked 50 plus hours a week, on her feet constantly, in the food industry. She worked at JB’s restaurant in Vernal Utah when I was younger. She then worked over 20 years at Skippers before they closed. She currently works for Shari’s Restaurant as an Assistant Manager. She has even worked such long hours that she missed the email from her new employer for open enrollment for insurance. Let's give her back some of the time she has missed because of work so that she can be in her garden, with her family and friends, camping, or at the beach.
Earlier this year she was in such pain, from what ended up being her passing a Kidney stone, and she still stayed at work and pushed thru. In May, she found a lump, and due to her lack of insurance and free time, she didn’t do anything. Fast forward until August, and this lump has now tripled in size. The new symptom is pain and numbness in her left arm. She decided to go to the ER on the 17th. Her children knew nothing about her lumps, her pain, or her visit to the ER. Not only is my mother hard working, but she never would ask for help even when she needs it, because that is just not the kind of person she is. Nor would she ever even complain about her pains and hardships, it’s just not her style to cry or complain. When the ER did some pictures of her chest and lungs, you could tell by the way there were ordering more tests and reacting to her images that it wasn’t good news.
It was our worse fear, they determined that the large mass in her left chest area, was breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes in her left arm pit area. Worse of all, it has spread to both lungs, and it looks to be in her spine as well. The doctors told us on that day that treatment would not cure her cancer. They gave her a terminal diagnosed on that day, the longest day or her life. After a biopsy, you can only guess based on the small amount of information that I have given you what she did…..went back to work. Still to this day with the pain and numbness growing in her arm, and the mental stress of the unknown, she still manages to work 50 hours a week. You might ask why, well doctors are not free, and she doesn’t have medical insurance is the main reason. Plus she has a house, and she is a single, and has only herself to rely on to pay her house payment and bills. Social Security is going to be an option in the future, but she has to quit her job first for that to even happen. Social Security won't even cover half of what she makes, so she will be really short for her living expenses. She has the option of getting some medical assistant but she has to quit working first, and some require her income to be significantly lower for 3 months before she can even get service. There is no telling how many medical bills she can rack up in 3 months, but I personally hope that she doesn’t have to worry about that because she has enough to worry about.
Her first appointment with the Oncologist was today (September 1, 2016) just to get the results of her biopsy and talk about treatment plans was $275 out of her pocket and they required payment up front. Can you believe that? I would like my mom to not have to pick between her life and her house and eating, but at this point that is what she is thinking about constantly. I would like her to be able to quit her job tomorrow and start enjoying some of her life, if it's even possible for her to enjoy it while she is going thru treatment and is in constant pain.
I really have no idea how much money treatment will cost and how long she will be able to prolong her life with treatment. With her not having a curable cancer, treatment will just be buying her time. I want to be able to help buy her some time, because I’m just not ready to see her go. I know this is hard to ask for help for both her and I, especially considering that the help will not save her life, but instead will help maintain her house while she goes thru her treatment to prolong her life.
She has so much love to give, and so many people that are rooting for her, that I know she is not ready to give up just yet. Until she is ready to throw in the towel, I am going to be right there with her fighting for her life. She has worked so hard that she has had little time to actually enjoy life, if she chooses to not seek treatment, I still would like to help her enjoy life in her own home until she can’t anymore. I want her to be able to focus on her health, not her finances. I can’t do this alone. She has touched so many people both in her personal life and her career, that if everyone she knows or has known could just donate $10 today, or $5 a week for a few months, she could keep her house and get medical attention. Please help me and help her with her fight! Thank you so much for actually taking the time out of your life to read this novel of a post. If you aren’t able to donate, I still appreciate your time, and if you don’t mind please hit the share button so we can get the word out.
Tomorrow she gets another MRI to determine if the abnormality on her spine is truely cancer. On the 13th they will put a port in so that she can start Chemo. Her plan is to have chemo on her days off and still work, throwing up at work if she has too. If we can raise at least $1500 a month for the time she does treatment, then she could do chemo at home and not have to suffer at work. Her Chemo plan is IV chemo once a week for 3 weeks then a week off, for 4 to 6 months. Then some hormone therapy and some oral chemo after. Her cancer reacted to Estrogen so that is the long term plan. If she has cancer in her spine then they will add some radiation to her treatment. On top of supplementing her income, it would be really nice to help her with her medical bills, and to help her do some bucket list fun.