The past 7 years have been a rough period in my life. In 2010, I went through a painful divorce, loosing my two little ones and my family which tore my heart in half. Then in 2013, I lost my father to diabetes, which was very painful and another punch in my gut. I believe these events were stressful circumstances that contributed to my current illness, cancer. It breaks my heart that I might not live to see my daughter and son grow up and graduate high school, go to college or get married. Please help me to them grow up, I need your help.
I was recently diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma, stage 3, muscular/vascular soft tissue cancer. For the past year I have been suffering from pain in my thigh and groin area. I assumed it was an injury I sustained while training for the Spartan race a year ago, I was a very active person. I assumed it would go away and heal, but when I started feeling numbness in my groin area, I went to the doctors. After a CT scan and biopsy, I was told I have a 7cm tumor in my Psoas muscle, the tumor was also invading my L1 vertebrate, pinching the nerves coming out of the L1 (which causes the pain in my groin and thighs), and invading my kidney.
I was told by a neurosurgeon that I would need 3 surgeons to perform a massive 3 day surgery. The first neurosurgeon would remove my entire L1 vertebrate and replace it with a fake bone and put two rods in my back for support. This surgery would take 13 hours. Second, another oncologist/surgeon would remove the tumor and most of my Psoas muscle, which controls the lifting part of your leg when you walk. I would basically have no control of my hip or leg, literally having to drag my leg. I would never be able to regain movement of my right hip, thigh and leg. Third, surgeon would come in and remove the tumor touching the kindey. It would be three days of being under the knife and after all that, they said I would still have a 50-60% chance of the cancer returning. I was given a prognosis of maybe 5 years if I don't do that crazy surgery and if I do the surgery, still 50-60% chance I would get cancer again.
Since my prognosis, I have become a vegan, cause an amino acid in meat, especially high in chicken and fish, called Methionine feeds the cancer. By the way, cancer is dependent on Methionine, which is in all foods, but in different amounts. I have been taking crazy amounts of nutrients around the clock, but these are not curing me. I've gone from 170lbs to now around 130 lbs. I am also teaching partime, working partime, and finishing my MFA. Trying to pay child support, teach, write my thesis, and now worrying about my cancer has been very stressful.
Through much research I did find a Interventional Oncologist who can do a much less invasive surgery that can maintain my muscular movement, kill the tumor and help prolong my life. There is never any garuantees, but this looks very promissing. I am very excited about this procedure, but the procedure is not covered by my insurance. I need to raise $30,000 as soon as possible. The sooner the better, to keep my tumor and cancer from spreading. The pain has been debilitating to my daily functions, including work, I just wanna lay at home on my heating pad and veg. It would help me tremendously if you could donate a little to the larger cause. This is a collective effort, not expecting anyone huge donation. Any amount of donation would lift the burden and stress off my shoulders. I am humbled to ask this from you, I know I don't deserve it, but if you could donate it would help. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. If you can't donate please share, please pray and just tell me I'm on your thoughts. If you have cancer, please write me, I know what you are going through and I can support you. If you know anyone who has cancer, I have some resources they can use. I hope we can find a cure soon. Thank you very much for your time and God bless.