Stage 4 Breast Cancer is a relentless disease and Katya has been a brave crusader in her seven-year journey, but now her metastases have spread to more bones and her liver.
The prognosis is not good.
She has spent years researching her alternative protocol which has been incredibly costly to maintain with her daily juicing, medical treatments and natural therapies. She has already exceeded the average life expectancy for a stage 4 diagnosis. She participated in the Personalized Onco-Genomics trial through the BC Cancer agency and her biopsy and sequencing was highlighted in CBC's The Nature of Things Cracking Cancer documentary but there were no miraculous cures available for her. Click here to view the trailer. Receiving the news that the Cancer has spread to her liver is devastating for Katya, for her husband Steve, parents, children, grandson and her community.
So, what is next? Katya always has a crafty plan.
Katya has always strongly felt that immunotherapy, a miracle, or both, will save her life. Currently no immunotherapy options for her specific cancer are available in Canada, she will have to travel to Europe and pay for them herself. She has found a clinic in Vienna where other Stage 4 patients are having stunning results doing cutting edge immunotherapy, induced fevers and hyperthermia, with 40% remission rates among advanced stage 4 cancer patients!!! This is an incredible success rate. Katya is now accepted as a patient and we need to act swiftly to raise the funds to send her there in May for her treatment. Time is of the essence.
Due to the staggering costs of the cutting edge Cancer treatments not available in Canada, it is near impossible for her to receive them without the financial help of her community.
Katya feels like “this is her last shot”, which is terrifying to hear.
In the face of such fear the only things we can do are have faith and take action. We are going to raise at least $37,000 (which is actually only half of the cost of the clinic and travel expenses, she wouldn’t let us ask you to help us raise it all).
Katya is such a giver. Everyone who knows her has witnessed her generosity. You cannot stop by her house for a visit without leaving with a full belly, a bag of garden veggies or jars of homemade pickles. But we all know it’s hard to ask for help. So instead, her close sisters are asking you again. Last year Katya’s community successfully raised the funds to send her to CHIPSA Hospital in Tijuana, (THANK YOU ALL, AGAIN!!!) and it likely set her cancer back but did not cure her and now it is advancing and threatening her life again.
Let's forgo the tears and choose hugs and positive action instead. If you are able to share this post, and donate generously to support Katya’s treatment, we would be so grateful. Every little bit helps us to reach our goal.
With love and faith and gratitude,
Cash donations can be dropped off at Saltspring Books.
More Information on Katya’s Amazing and Intense Journey
Katya has been transparent and generous in her journey, sharing information, her wins and challenging experiences in an effort to help others. Her blog post, Not Dead Yet, has been viewed over ten thousand times by people from all over the world. You can read it here. Her POG (Personalized OncoGenomics) biopsy and sequencing were highlighted in David Suzuki's The Nature of Things. Watch it here.