UPDATED: Single Mom Going Through Cancer Diagnosis
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Hi. My name is Jami Downing. I am a 35 year old single mother of a 15 year old daughter. I have worked hard over the years to better both my daughters and my lives. I recently graduated from Husson University with my Associates Degree in Business ...
Hi. My name is Jami Downing. I am a 35 year old single mother of a 15 year old daughter. I have worked hard over the years to better both my daughters and my lives. I recently graduated from Husson University with my Associates Degree in Business Administration. I was supporting us without outside help until my diagnosis. I had worked my way up from living in subsidized housing and full welfare and was truly proud of that. I know I will be back to that spot as soon as this diagnosis is resolved. In February I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. I was lucky in the fact that it was caught in Stage I due to it being found during a minor surgery. I have not been able to work since April. I had a total hysterectomy on April 24th. There were some complications to my surgery. I ended up developing a hole in my bladder (called a fistula) and my incision got infected. The pathology from the biopsies done during my surgery found the cancer was in both ovaries and had go to the outside surface, which puts me at Stage Ic. The infections in my incision healed in about a month with a wound vac on. I had a large wound and a smaller one. I will be having my fourth surgery since my initial minor one on Monday, June 25, 2012. The will surgically be repairing my fistula. The recovery time for that is going to vary depending on how they end up having to repair it. Should they have to open my abdomen again it will be 6 – 8 weeks (worst case scenario), if they are able to do it the least invasive way the recovery time will be 2 – 4 weeks. Once these two issues are dealt with I will have chemotherapy once every three weeks for 4 ½ months (these are called cycles). My goal is to go back to work as soon as my doctor releases me as okay to work. I am hopeful that once my bladder is okay that will happen. I believe I can work throughout my chemotherapy as it sounds as it will not be too bad. I will lose my hair, but fortunately the American Cancer Society does help with getting a wig. There will be side effects, but I am determined to work as much as possible. I have no income coming into my home at this time other than my child support, which is $87 a week. The state does give me $367 a month in SNAP/Food stamp benefits, however they told me that my child support is more than what they would help me with financially so it did not make sense for me to receive those funds. Financially things are not looking good. The Ryan J. Thomas Fund did give me $1000 back on April 19th, however, the money has gone faster than I had anticipated with traveling to my oncologists office is Scarborough, Maine. It is about 278 miles round trip for me to go to the doctors. Also it took until the end of May to receive my food stamp benefits. My monthly bills amount to $1016. I am looking for any help that may be available financially to save myself from disconnects, repossession of my car and eviction from the mobile home park I live in, Fortunately I do own my mobile home, but if evicted I would not have a way to move it so I would also lose that. I have downgraded on everything as best as possible. I cannot get my bills any lower. Sitting home all day for the past two months would have been unbearable without my TV & internet to keep me connected to the outside world. Please, if anybody would be able to help in any way it would be greatly appreciated. I know times are rough, but anything amount would help. It all adds up in the long run. UPDATE: I just wanted to let people know that I am on the road to reovery from my fistula repair. Yesterday (7/13/12) I had my stint in my ureta removed. This caused me to develope a bacterial infection in my blood within a matter of hours. This seems to be under control with a high does of antibiotics. My fever is back to normal. I am back to work now, however will be missing work for follow up appointments with my oncologist in Scarborough and my urogynecologist in Portland. Once my chemotherapy starts I will also be missing work for those appointments, but and still hoping that I can work through the most of it.
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