Posted on May 30, 2015
Posted on May 30, 2015I woke up with a sinking feeling this morning. I've had trouble sleeping the past week as pain in my abdomen has slowly increased. I went to bed almost in tears last night from the pain and discomfort. I was moments away from taking a pain pill, but I try and avoid taking pharmaceuticals unless it's unbearable. I've heard it's very painful when tumors burst, so I was hoping that was what's been going on.I had Dan call for my results because I was too sick about it. My oncologist said he would let us know Monday, but we couldn't wait around all weekend not knowing. The chemo nurse at Roswell delivered the news. My tumor markers jumped up over 100 points in 2 weeks. The scan showed overall improvement, but not by much. Some areas even grew. The spots on my lungs are stable. Wait, what?! I didn't know I had spots on my lungs, but it explains why I'm short of breath all of the time. The nurse said she can't understand why the tumor markers went up based on looking at the scan. Regardless, this isn't the news we were so desperately hoping for. I will see my doctor on Thursday, and I imagine he will want me to continue with the current regimen. In his eyes, the chemo is working because it's keeping things stable. In my eyes, the chemo is toxifying me without much benefit. I would get chemo indefinitely if I thought it had a chance at keeping me alive long term, but it doesn't. I haven't made a decision yet, but I'm leaning towards no more conventional treatment. I need to get strong enough off chemo to start eating and drinking more so I can go to the clinic in Mexico. My appetite is slowly returning since I haven't had chemo in 2 weeks. I'm still struggling to eat as I get full quickly and have a lot of GI pain and discomfort when I do eat. I'm going to stop the tpn tonight and see how I do without it.It's time to rally. I'm running out of time. I hate talking about my prognosis because I am not a statistic, but I do know if I do nothing, I'm looking at 6 months to 1 year at best. And it will be a very painful end of days for me. I also hate asking for help, but I don't have much of a choice. We need to raise enough money to get to Mexico. Can you please share my story and donation page? I'm so grateful for every dollar we have raised so far. If you can find it in your heart to help us, we will be forever grateful. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Posted on April 7, 2015
Posted on April 7, 2015Hi everyone! Not too much has changed since the last update. Heather was hospitalized once, released and put on IV nutrition to help her regain her strength. She got a call from the reporter she met in February about a milk sharing story the news was putting together, so once again Heather got an amazing news spot!
Posted on February 26, 2015
Posted on February 26, 2015Heather and Dan are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love they've been receiving! In just the last month Heather had surgery to remove 5 tumors identified in a CT scan, only to find 20 were removed when she awoke from surgery. While recuperating and getting into her Gerson therapy, the Wascaks were visited by a WGRZ news team who spent the evening recording interviews and learning what life on Gerson was like.
Heather began to feel uncomfortable again and she and Dan decided to head to MD Anderson, a national resource for fallopian tube cancer- only to discover during testing there that not only was her cancer growing back quickly, but that it had spread to her bowel and her liver.
As of this writing (2/26/15), Heather is starting chemotherapy again to get the tumors in check so that she can have time for the Gerson therapy to work. Chemo is the immediate solution, Gerson is the long term one. Heather WILL stick around to attend her children's weddings!!!
Here's a link to the media coverage she received: http://lancaster.wgrz.com/news/news/216411-lancaster-mom-chooses-gerson-therapy
Thank you all for your continued support- we're once again raising the goal as Dan will be continuing to take unpaid leave in order to go to as many of Heather's appointments as he can.