Hi Family, Friends, and Acquaintances
It’s been quite a year and I’m sure you all are exhausted, as we are. Facing stage 4 cancer at the age of 33 is crazy talk. That being said, the time has come to make some very difficult decisions. 2017 has us focused on quality of life and curative intent.
Over the Past Year
I started chemotherapy back in February of 2016. Nik and I just counted; I’ve had 19 treatments. At first, side effects were somewhat minimal. However, they dramatically increased due to toxicity buildup (remember, these are poisonous chemicals). I have experienced weight loss, a nasty rash all over my body, thinning hair, sores on my hands/feet/mouth, continuous bloody noses…needless to say, it isn’t fun. My recovery time continues to get longer and longer as well. I’m currently treated every two weeks, and I’m usually laid up in bed for the next 4 to 5 days. When I finally start feeling like myself again, I only get to enjoy a week with Nik and Cullen. It has been a painful road for our new family.
Nik and I sat down with our Oncologist at OHSU to ask some very difficult questions. We asked if there was still any chance of surgery. As far as they are concerned, this is no longer an option for me. Surgery was the ultimate goal we were striving for under conventional treatment, as it held the greatest chance for a curative effect. Nik and I then asked what the plan was going forward, and were told to maintain the chemo regimen forever. This isn’t enough for us. I’ve always known that the cards were strongly stacked against me, but I WILL NOT stop trying everything in my power to beat this. Now we are at the next stage of our journey.
Nik and I have been researching options that revolve around a “curative intent” in addition to quality of life measures. We’ve come across a lot of research, studies, and testimonials that have brought us to our next decision. We will attack this holistically, as I initially wanted to. I’m a believer, and I think future research will show the healing powers of carefully-planned nutritional and holistic approaches to medicine. Besides, what do I really have to lose?
We’ve narrowed our search down to the Northern Baja Gerson Treatment Center in Tijuana, Mexico. It is a state of the art facility offering highly advanced immunotherapy and alternative treatment modalities. Immunotherapy is an up-and-coming treatment that is shown to be very effective at halting cellular mutations, boosting the immune system, and eliminating cancer. Ideally, we would couple this with a protocol like Gerson Therapy. Gerson Therapy is an organic, veggie-based diet focusing on juicing, supplementation, Vitamin C IV Therapy, Acupuncture, Reiki, and other alternative modalities.
We Ask for Your Support One Last Time
These alternative therapy options are not covered under insurance, as they fall outside the realm of conventional practices such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. We know we have leaned heavily on our friends and family, and we are EXTREMELY grateful to everyone. Nik, Cullen, and I are truly blessed and hope to find a cure, or at the very least improve the quality of our lives together.
The treatment centers require cash. Nik will be able to accompany me to the clinics for the quoted prices. In an effort to be transparent about what we’re asking for, here’s a breakdown of the costs:
Northern Baja Clinic: $5800 X 3 weeks = $17,400
This will include all meals, juicing, and alternative treatments
Immunotherapy: $5500 = $5,500
Total Cost: $22,900
Cancer treatment is not cheap. I hate asking people for money, but my family needs your help if there is any hope of beating this. Anything helps. We are grateful for your support and prayers. God has a plan. This I believe. ;) #LiveMoore