We were doing OK so last year when our daughter got engaged and we promised her that we would give her $20,000 for her wedding. Since my wife got breast cancer, medical bills have made that promise impossible to keep. Her tumor was attached to her chest wall according to Beaumont Hospital doctors, and they believed that the the tumor was not somewhat movable so their recommended course of action was surgery first. After surgery they would evaluate the cancer through tests to determine whether chemotherapy and radiation would be additional courses of actions. We had no experience with cancer and didn’t know what to do. We chose to get a second opinion at U-M Hospital. Their doctors believed that the tumor was strongly affixed to her chest wall so their recommended course of action was chemotherapy first because they believed that the chemotherapy treatments would loosen the tumor from the chest wall and that would make it easier for the surgeon to extract all of the tumor. Now we had two different courses of action. We weighed each and truly felt that – considering the details of each hospital’s diagnosis – that choosing Beaumont was the right course of action. My wife had surgery two weeks later and we learned moments after the surgery to remove the tumor that it was not affixed and that it “peeled off.” This result – all things considered – was a blessing as my wife did not have to first have chemotherapy. As testing progressed after the surgery and we received my wife’s oncotype number, we learned that chemotherapy was not recommended. This was another blessing as my wife’s mother had died from the effects of strong chemotherapy treatments for ovarian cancer many years earlier. My wife has been in remission since her surgery and through all of the research we have done to prevent cancer from coming back, we have changed our diets to be entirely plant based in order to minimize the ingestion of substances (especially sugar) that feed cancer cells in everyone’s bodies.
We know we’re not the only ones in the world with hardships in this complicated world but the timing of her diagnosis made things very difficult. On top of that, I recently became unemployed so I am spending all of my time looking for work. Our daughter is getting married this summer and we want it to be the most memorable experience of her life.
To say we would be deeply appreciative of any contribution to this goal would be an understatement. Thank you for reading about our life and we wish you the best in health and happiness throughout 2019 and beyond.
R.S. Starr – paypal.me/RSStarr