Help Susan Savage Fight Cancer
Organized by: Staci Corley
I am asking for your help for my sweet aunt, Susan Savage. This past December, Susan went to the doctor for pain she was experiencing in her lower back. The doctor ordered an x-ray of her back and said it appeared to show a small fracture, so he prescribed her a muscle relaxer to ease the pain while her back healed. The pain in her back along with her overall health continued to worsen, and on January 20, 2016, four days after her 59th birthday, her husband, Dennis, took her to the emergency room. These doctors ran tests, took x-rays and scans, and discovered cancer in her liver and her bones. This is not Susan’s first bout with cancer. In December 2014, Susan had surgery to remove one of her kidneys after a mass was discovered growing on it. A biopsy of the mass proved cancerous, and Susan was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Doctors were very confident that they had gotten all of it, so Susan received no other treatment. She was declared cancer-free at her six months check up post surgery in June 2015. We all assumed that the newly found cancer was a metastasis of her kidney cancer, but biopsy results confirmed that it was not kidney cancer. Susan went in for another CAT scan and a PET scan. Those results confirmed the cancer in her liver and bones and showed cancer in her lungs, thyroid, and neck as well. The cancer in her thyroid was diagnosed as thyroid cancer, but it did not match the other cancer found throughout her body. Pathologists tried for weeks to determine this other cancer, but were unable to do so, so Susan was diagnosed with Carcinoma of Unknown Primary, and finally began treatment for this on March third. Doctors will address the thyroid cancer at a date in the future. Even with a steady income and good insurance, the out of pocket healthcare costs associated with treating cancer are exorbitant. Unfortunately, Dennis lost his job this past summer. He has taken up odd jobs when he can, but has been unable to find a full-time job, and is now Susan’s full time caretaker. Susan was cleaning houses for income, but the pain in her back has made this impossible. Susan and Dennis now find themselves in an unimaginable position – facing a cancer diagnosis without any income and mounting medical bills. Through all the pain and sadness, Susan has remained incredibly strong and positive. I ask you to please consider donating to my aunt, and help her fight this horrible disease. Your donation will not only help pay for her treatments, but help pay for her health insurance, travel expenses, medication, groceries, and other essential expenses. It will not only provide payment for the aforementioned things, but it will provide her with hope and much needed relief from stress. No donation is too small. All are greatly appreciated.