Hi there, I’m lovingly known as Jelly Bean🍭🍬😊 I Really Appreciate a platform like this that allows a person like me to ask for donations in a discreet manner. Mind you, if you are a SCAMMER, I happen to be Very Savvy in regards to how you operate, I will be watching out for your presence here and with every intention to report you. Dealing with a SCAM is The Last Thing that I need on my plate right now!
I’ve done my fair-share of research about this website and I am both thankful and pleased that it has some positive ratings. I surely do not know what to expect in regards to monetary donations being made here, I am Hopeful♡♧♡ Hope, Faith and Love…..Those are the 3 main things that keep me going.
I’m currently 42-years-old. I was Super Excited to turn 40 and had looked at it as a new beginning of the next chapter in my life as a middle-aged, well-experienced adult. Unfortunately to my Total Dismay, my physical health started to go downhill in multiple, scary ways. The truth is that given the amount of chronic stress that I have suffered throughout my life, I’d actually Always been fearful that it would catch up with me someday; I guess I didn’t expect it to affect my health as early as 41.
My battle to regain my health to the best of my ability has been ongoing, with having to quit working approximately 18 mos ago. I had become more and more sick-feeling at that time with a plethora of GI issues. It had started with infrequent heartburn and the occasional stomach ache. Within a couple of months the stomach aches were happening daily and the pain of them increasing. The heartburn had become unbearable and was causing me chest pains. I had started seeing my Primary Care Dr twice a month in order to be able to keep her updated with my symptoms. She’d felt that once a month would be sufficient but I knew better, changes were happening fast. She was treating me with medication for the stomach acid issues which eventually caused me to feel nauseated most of the time.
It was when I had become so incredibly weak and tired that I sought a 2nd opinion by an additional Primary Care Dr. as my Dr was not addressing these issues. The new Dr immediately noticed how pale and tired I was and promptly ordered a complete blood panel, it was ready with results right away and they showed that I was severely iron-deficient and was suffering from anemia. He told me that if it hadn’t been caught right then and there, I would have needed to receive blood at the hospital. I started a high-dose iron and vitamin C regimen. It was at that time that I decided that I had to quit working because I did not have the strength or energy to do-so any longer.
It so happens that the inflating goods and services in the United States were on the rise at the same time that I quit working. My income had primarily provided my family and I with gas, groceries and any “extras.”
My physical condition started to get better and yet worse all at the same time. I had a hard time maintaining my weight and nutrition as I started to have diarrhea daily. I was drinking as many nutrients as I could tolerate and made sure I was getting electrolytes and enough sugar. My weight dropped from 150-125, I am 5ft 8″ so it was pretty noticeable and my “village” was becoming increasingly worried about me.
It was when my food started literally stacking in my throat that my regular Primary Care Dr finally did something more for me and referred me for my 1st-ever endoscopy.
The endoscopy revealed a suspicious and tumorous mass in my upper stomach. Thankfully the mass was somewhat blocking my lower esophagus and helped to cause my symptoms, this proved to be a life saver!!!
The 5.8cm single tumor was removed by laporascopy 3 days later. My surgeon explained that he felt certain that it was not cancerous; after all, he’d removed hundreds of tumors and this one did not have cancerous appearance.
10 days later, on my husband’s birthday, I received the pathology report in the inbox of my healthcare app. The tumor was cancerous on the inside and it was a Very Rare cancer called GIST- gastrointestinal stromal tumor. You can imagine my shock, I kept the fact to myself that day. In fact, I waited to tell my husband and our kids until I knew more and detailed information.
With my own research and as a patient of Oncology I learned that I was 1 of only 5,000 or-so people in the U.S. who are diagnosed each year with GIST, and I am 10-20+ years younger than most of those people.
I blame CHRONIC STRESS and the amount of mental anguish I have struggled through during my life as the Main Reason for my rare and early cancer onset. I have been receiving cancer treatment ever since and not without additional difficulties. I’m iron-deficient again as we speak and have started to have GI symptoms again. It is hoped that this is due to the resection of my stomach and issues with how/if it healed. I will have a 2nd endoscopy at the end of this month.
My newer Oncologist is 1 of 2 GIST cancer specialists in my state, 5.5 hours away. My family and I have been in a financial crunch for quite a while now and money is very tight, it is hard to travel, stay in a hotel and eat out. My husband and I have really good health insurance but the co-pays have added up to thousands because of the amount and type of appointments I’ve gone to.
Our daughter graduates high-school next year and things like having enough money to throw her an excellent graduation party crosses my mind. Not to mention whether or not we will be able to afford her senior Pictures.
One of our used vehicles was in the shop just last week and our 2nd used vehicle is scheduled for repair next week. Both vehicles should have new tires before the winter months.
Our list of needs and bills just keeps adding up and it’s taking away from my path to wellness and my ability to heal. My husband struggles immensely with anger problems, anxiety and worry. His worry has become intolerable and his pride along with his self-esteem has kept us from asking for help. He’s warned me not to publicly ask for help.
I feel safe from verbal abuse by asking for help at this website.
If you’ve read my story I APPRECIATE YOU. If you make a donation to my PayPal account I know that you will reap what you sow and your favor will be returned in time by ways of Faith, Hope and Love.