The Eppstein family is having a rough year. My husband was laid off from his job in January and thankfully found a new job pretty quickly. Unfortunately, however, it is 1000 miles away from Wisconsin, in Denver, Colorado. With the housing market the way it is, we were told by our real estate agent that in order to sell our house that we would need to price it $40,000 less than what we paid for it just 3 years ago. It did sell, but we are losing 70% of our equity.
As we are preparing for our move at the end of May, I am getting ready for a cervical disc replacement in my neck (C-5 C-6). My surgery is taking place tomorrow, May 7th, 2013. My daughter Emily is also having surgery on the same day for strabismus (crossed eyes). Both of us have had longstanding issues with this and didn't want to start over from square 1 with new doctors in Colorado so we thought it best to go through with both surgeries before the big move.
Well, here we were, with plenty of stress in our lives, having just met our deductible with one insurance company and now facing a new deductible because of my husband's job change and 2 surgeries and now one more crisis has hit our family.
You see, last night when I was out walking my dog Lucy and my foster dog Rylee, I noticed something strange with Lucy's belly. It looked like it was hanging down and something just didn't seem right. I felt around and felt a mass and my heart sank. I went straight home with tears streaming down my eyes and brought her to my room and took a good look at her. Sure enough a mass about an inch and a half long was on the lower part of her belly. It was irregular shaped and hard to the touch and I knew what that might mean based on my limited vet tech training. I immediately took photos and facebooked them to the vet tech at my vet's office and she recommended that I leave a voice mail to have her looked at a.s.a.p. I did leave a message right away and we saw the vet today, May 6th.
The vet confirmed that it is a mammary tumor and that it needs to be removed asap. Given how quickly it grew and it's characteristics, it's most likely cancer but we won't know for sure until the biopsy results come in. She had blood work and xrays and those were all clear so it looks like it's been caught early and it hasn't spread to her lungs or brain.
So, here is the part where I ask for your help. Anyone who knows me knows how much pride I have and how difficult it is for me to ask for any kind of help, no matter how small. For me to be doing this means that I am truly in a desperate situation. With my medical bills and Emily's bills, and the money we are losing on our house we are having to borrow from Brian's 401K's to be able to put our down payment on our next house in Colorado.
I really need your help to pay for Lucy's surgery. All our finances are tied up in paying for our own medical expenses and the down payment on our next house. Other than borrowing, we really can't afford Lucy's surgery. Can I please ask everyone to just consider donating just a small amount? Even just $2 or $5 would help towards the cost of her surgery. I can't lose my baby... She is a dog that was rescued from an overcrowded shelter just moments before getting put to sleep. Please donate and pass this on to your friends and family and other animal lovers. We are not asking for much... just a little help to get us through a really rough patch. Her surgery costs are estimated to be between $1020-1300. I will try and upload a scan of the estimate if I can here or if not I will post it to my Facebook page.
Well, I wish I had good news, but I don't. Lucy's histology report came back today and it's not good. Her tumor is classified as a complex adenocarcinoma which has metastised to her regional lymph node. Although the tumor and lymph node was removed with clear margins, there is evidence that malignant cells may have already spread. We will need time to weigh out our options... I am raising the donation limit to $3000 as we will need additional funds to treat her cancer now that we know that it has metastisised. We were really hoping that the surgery would take care of it, but unfortunately it's not going to be enough. I will start researching our options in the metro Denver area to see what her treament options are. In the meantime, please keep Lucy and our family in your prayers.