I was diagnosed with Stage IIIC Ovarian Cancer in May 2017, had to have a total hysterectomy plus 2 baseball-sized tumors removed from my lower body before a string of 6 chemo treatments earned me a temporary "clear." Christmas 2018 (my 55th birthday) I got re-diagnosed and dove back into treatment. Currently, I'm up to 29 chemo sessions and have 11 more scheduled for this year, and of course, all those treatments have taken a toll on my body overall.
The great news is my tumor markers are down as of right now (September 2020), but my scans aren't improving, and though the two remaining tumors aren't being reduced yet, nor are they growing on the latest chemo treatment, my doctors are all saying I've kept a really great attitude and call me their Cancer Warrior.
I don't feel like a warrior now, which is why I've resorted to the kindness of strangers. In a city as huge as Los Angeles, it's easy to get lost in everyone else's hustle and bustle. I worked the streets of Los Angeles as a Police Officer and handled a lot of calls during my career, but I was not expecting to be in a fight for my life like this against Cancer. Because of the horrific side effects of the chemo, I'm not able to work for the first time since immigrating to the US alone at age 26, which takes a toll on my pride. Like most of us, I wasn't ready to support medical bills like this through savings alone, so I sold my house and used the money to cover my medical bills, but that only goes so far.
I set up this fund solely for medical bills and it is going to go towards out-of-network Targeted Therapy Treatments my HMO won't provide.
If you've read this far, maybe you can help me add to my quality and quantity of life, as well as putting me on the winning side of this battle. It is so emotionally defeating. This page is my rock bottom. It's my opportunity for the universe to show me if I should keep fighting so I can repay the favor to fight for others feeling as low as I do now.
I love you all. Thank you for taking an interest in me as a person and a retired fellow Law Enforcement Officer. If you'd like to follow my journey or contact me, I'm on Instagram (Cancer Warrior 2017). Thank you so very much.
Contributions & Comments
You r so strong even if u don’t feel it some days!! Praying for u!!
I happen to be an LA City Attorney and my best wishes to you.
Wishing you a speedy recovery. Sending prayers
Praying for your recovery!
You are making it. Each minute, hour, day is a victory. You have potential still, don't despair, though it's not easy. This world is full of pain and troubles, but there is hope. Eternity is secure when we hope in Jesus Christ. John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
Monika, i wish i could do more to help in your fight. God bless you through your struggles. Let Him hold your hand. you are loved.
Stay strong and keep up the fight! We are praying for you!