UPDATE: Julie has made it two-thirds through chemo as of mid-August. She is tolerating it okay but is now starting to suffer from the accumulation of the chemo build-up in her body. Her fingers and toes are painful from the neuropathy, making it difficult to do simple household tasks and the fatigue can be brutal on the days after chemo. She gets a few good days per week, energy wise and tries to fill them with fun outings when she can in addition to getting things done around the house and work a little, if possible. The doctors and other patients keep reminding her that she may not be able to work full-time for 2-3 months after chemo! This worries her since she is self-employed but she is determined to do as much as she can while laid up and later, when she is healing from the chemo. Your generosity has been CRUCIAL for her to get through this year without worrying about covering basic expenses, getting acupuncture to ease the pain, purchasing supplements, and paying out-of-pocket medical bills. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for everything you've done. She is getting well quickly because of YOU. Love, Team Julie
The friends and family of Julie Negrin are raising funds to support her through her second, possibly third, cancer diagnosis in three years. Despite the many health problems she’s had since she was a teenager, Julie is upbeat and positive through her many medical problems. She became a nutritionist and health educator because of her own experiences – she loves teaching kids and adults how to stay healthy! Unfortunately, her recent diagnosis of colon cancer, and most likely ovarian cancer, has been a tough one so we’re reaching out for help.
After a long recovery from three surgeries to remove melanoma in her leg in 2011, Julie moved from New York City to San Diego where she was ready to embark on a new life. Unfortunately, in November, 2013 she learned that they found a cancerous polyp during her routine colonoscopy. Julie has a history of Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and a sister and father with Lynch Syndrome which is a genetic mutation and puts her family at risk for at least four cancers. (Her younger sister, Laura had colon cancer at age 27 and her dad, Marv recently had stomach cancer but thankfully, both are doing well today.) Because it’s presumed she has Lynch, along with a history of UC, doctors will remove a large section of her colon. While she was dealing with this diagnosis, they discovered large, solid masses in her ovaries which they believe is cancer but won’t know for sure until they are surgically removed on March 14, 2014. If it is ovarian cancer, we are praying it’s early stage. They will also be removing her uterus because she is also at risk for endometrial cancer.
Julie was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when she was only 17. When she realized that mainsream medicine would only suppress the symptoms but not heal the disease, Julie began studying how to improve her immune system through diet and alternative treatments. Despite being told that UC is “forever”, Julie managed to heal her colon after ten years of being sick. She knows firsthand what a difference a nutrient-dense diet and ancillary treatments can make. Julie wants to build up her strength and recover quickly from her surgery so that she can get back to teaching cooking classes to kids and training others how to become health educators! Many immune boosting treatments are not covered by insurance. Additionally, she will be responsible for out-of-pocket medical expenses. Julie is self-employed and often works on her feet so we are uncertain when she can start working again, especially if chemotherapy is necessary.
Julie has worked tirelessly on behalf of children and families for the last fifteen years and is a devoted auntie to eight nieces and nephews (plus many more kids). We need her to continue her important work and playing Chutes & Ladders with her nephew who never lets her win. Julie is already thinking of ways that she can transform this difficult diagnosis into an opportunity to help others in similar situations. Giving back to community and finding meaning in this challenging experience keeps her going, as does your love and support.
THE LYNCH (who steals organs):
If you or someone you know has Lynch Syndrome, please feel free to email [email protected] Julie is interested in connecting with other Lynch families and learning how they have handled prevention and treatment for multiple cancers at once.
Her surgery is March 14, 2014 at University of California San Diego, Thornton Hospital.
Thank you very much for the emails and calls in support of Julie. Your love and friendship are carrying her through this difficult journey. We are inviting you to continue with us in prayer for Julie and invite you to contribute funds towards her therapy and recovery.
The YouCaring Web site DOES NOT take any portion of the donations.
For those who prefer, cards and notes, can be mailed to:
Julie Negrin 1670 Kettner Blvd #323 San Diego, CA 92101
Thank you for your support,
Laura Negrin Haleva & Ruthie Grunvald Edelson
The Negrin Family
The Jassen Family
The Grunvald Family