Wendy's Fight Like a Girl Fund

For: Wendy Freden
Tyler, TX
Organizer: Tamara McKamy
Wendy's Fight Like a Girl Fund (Wendy Freden)
$3,622
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 46 donors
24% Complete

The Story

Wendy's, "Fight Like A Girl Fund," will be given directly to Wendy, to offset the costs of being off work to have surgery and chemo over the next 16 weeks. 

Our goal is to take some stress off of Wendy and the family during this time, and to let her know she is not alone! We are all fighting with her! Please continue to pray, donate, share this link and offer some words of encouragement in the comments below. 

She posted this update today:

"Some of you already know but thought I would share here as well. 💜

I received news that not only shocked Patrick James Freden and I, but also my oncologist today (literally-she must have said she was shocked 8x)

My oncotype DX score came back in the high category. Meaning I have nearly a 25% chance of reoccurrence in a distant location within 5 years unless I do aggressive chemo.

This essentially means next week I will get my port and start chemo. This will be for the next 16 weeks. Then comes the hysterectomy and reconstruction.

Not exactly how I thought 2017 would start but it will end with a HEALTHY ME💜

I am #obsessivelygrateful for all the love and support that I have been given and the coming love and support I will so desperately need.

I am scared, but fear doesn't stop me.
I am sad, but things could always be worse.
I am angry, but will fight back.
I am but one, but so not alone.
I am anxious, but have a full bottle of xanax 🙌🏻

No hair? No problem! I have scarves!

no brows? No problem! I will be using my Brow Obsession palette to draw on my emotions for that given day!

No eyelashes? Alright fine! I will put falsies on BUT ONLY to demonstrate how FABULOUS our mascara is!

Dry cracked lips? Don't care 🤷🏻‍♀️....I have my lip exfoliator and lip Bonbons to moisture my lips.

Cancer picked the wrong woman💪🏻💕"

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 26, 2017

Posted on April 26, 2017

EXCELLENT NEWS!!

Update from Wendy:

Last night my mom and I were texting about things we were grateful for. We have all tried to focus on all the positives instead of all the negatives. The past 5 days in the hospital leaves you a lot of time to remember what you are grateful for. (One of them being a comfortable bed!)

Today I am extremely grateful to report that my lung biopsy is negative! Meaning no lymphoma (I mean REALLY?! that just wouldn't have been fair!😂)

I had fabulous doctors at Christus that all took the time to visit with me and walk me through all the possibilities as to why my lungs have massively enlarged lymphnodes. the best answer I was given was " HOLY COW! You know how to have a HUGE immune response"

So essentially they believe this will be my reaction to chemo/Neulasta with each treatment . Next one is supposed to be Friday 😳

It was always a joke to the phlebotomists in the past that I never even needed a tourniquet to draw my blood. My veins were perfect! Not anymore. one round of chemo has destroyed that. After 8 IV attempts, 2 were successful and I can't even remember how many blood draws I had that were missed . I had one lady just opt for a finger stick and milked the heck out of my finger . So looking more likely that a port might be the better option.

I am so thankful for the INCREDIBLE NURSES and UNIT TECHS that took care of me! AMAZING team up there!

So incredibly grateful for those of you that continue to donate to my fund. You have NO IDEA how helpful this is with the mounting medical bills. I was only able to work 1.5 days since my first chemo treatment.

so grateful for the people already lining up to buy T-shirts to help us raise funds as well!

For the continued visitors, food donations etc! Everyone's support is so amazing 💜💜💜

And I had so many responses to my shaved head and I was overwhelmed by the support. Thank you all so much for the kind words. I didn't even cry 💜

#obsessivelygrateful

Posted on April 25, 2017

Posted on April 25, 2017

Update from Wendy:

The pulmonologist said he did not see any indication of infection? My lymphnodes were large, round and hard 🤷🏻‍♀️ and he tried to do multiple biopsies but was only able to get lymph tissue in two locations .

He didn't say one way or another what he thinks. We just have to wait for the path report which may come as early as tomorrow afternoon. 🙏🏻

My personal update: I feel like a different person today. I actually walked on a treadmill for 10 mins without shortness of breath💪🏻 (my O2 is still a tad low but I don't feel it at least!) and no fever today. I still have zero appetite . No idea why....but absolutey nothing sounds good except orange sherbert 😂 Patrick James Freden got me a smoothie but after about 1/4.... I lost the taste for it.

Entertaining news: I have literally removed my leg hairs with tweezers. They just pull out without resistance! Score

No idea how much longer I will be here. I've been in 4 days (holy medical bills 😫) and I'm praying I get to leave tomorrow but not sure yet!

I certainly can use your thoughts and prayers for a good outcome! As a provider we never like to hear that lymphnodes are large and hard. BUT I believe this is still going to be a reaction to my chemo or whatever febrile illness I have had!

Posted on April 24, 2017

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Posted on April 24, 2017

Update from Wendy this morning:

I've been awake since 4:30 vital sign check💪🏻

I figured I would update you all before they pull me back for a procedure .

Last week I was admitted for high fever that was failing outpatient treatment . My only symptoms were fever, body aches, chills and feeling winded .

They admitted me to rule out a blood clot which thankfully there was none! But later that day in walks a pulmonologist to explain why I have all the doctors "excited." She was fabulous in the way she explained things and MADE Patrick James Freden and I not "freak out" before she finished explaining everything to us.

My Chest CT was somewhat alarming and was read by radiology as suspicious for metastatic disease due to numerous enlarged lymphnodes and a 1cm nodule present . 😳😳😳😳😳 Then she proceeded to tell us she does not believe the radiologist is correct. Neither does my infectious disease doctor nor my hospitalist. Which is all very reassuring .

But as a precaution, I am having a bronchoscope with biopsy this morning. I BELIEVE that this is all a reactive lymphadenopathy due to whatever viral illness I have had in addition to my body having undergone such huge transitions in a span of two weeks since my last treatment.

So prayers, good vibes, chants are all very welcomed this morning. My procedure was bumped from 10 am to 8am so I should be going back very soon!

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