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$1 For Rosie Fernandes Cancer Fund
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Thank you for visiting our page today and for allowing me, Joe Fernandes to tell you about a very special woman in my life, namely my wife Rose. In July 2012, Rosie was diagnosed with breast cancer, and found out that she was in stage 4. She has ...

Thank you for visiting our page today and for allowing me, Joe Fernandes to tell you about a very special woman in my life, namely my wife Rose. In July 2012, Rosie was diagnosed with breast cancer, and found out that she was in stage 4. She has it in the blood and bones. She has been without insurance for years because she could not afford it. From the time we started dating in September 2010, I noticed that she was always in constant pain, especially around her right femur and left foot. A lot of people that we knew thought she was faking it, but I knew otherwise. I tried to help her all I could with Acupressure, Acupuncture and massage. They helped somewhat, but the pain increased. We both wanted to get married in July 2011 in Las Vegas but could not, partly because I was not working due to the recession kicking in.

Then we waited a year, and one day after she had showered, she ran into the front room, and burst into tears. She blurted out that she had felt a huge lump that had grown in her right breast, but didn’t want to tell me because she thought that I would leave her. That of course was never going to happen. I arranged for an exam at the Women’s Breast Center on Fair Oakes in Pasadena. The subsequent breast mammogram did indeed indicate breast cancer. My Rosie was totally distraught. Well, we decide to press forward relentlessly and get married in the Los Angeles Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and to be sealed to one another for time and all eternity. Our dream to be together came true. Our Father in Heaven was with us every step of the way. We both knew that “we could do all things through Christ which strengtheneth us.”

Eventually, Rosie was finally admitted to The City of Hope in Duarte, California. In October she was put on various medications including Tamoxifen. All to no avail. Then in late January of 2013, Dr. Mortimer prescribed Taxol (heavy duty chemo). After 6 weeks, the chemo began to take its toll. All her hair fell out, and my wife suffered greatly, and in silence. All I could do was watch and take care of her the best I could. This crushed me! I worked briefly for a law firm in Whittier, and a CPA in San Marino, but really did not make enough to make ends meet.

My wife is off Taxol for the time being, and is now on Faslodex which is quite unpleasant. A friend by the name of Kelly Crabb told us about Proton Therapy at. This form of treatment is very expensive and is not covered by regular insurance. One basic unit of treatment at Scripps Proton Therapy Center in La Jolla costs $3,300. Forty treatments costs $130,000.
We could not get Rosie into the program at Scripps, so we began radiation at the end of April. She was given cancer pills in early May that caused a severe inflamation of her pancreas sending her Amalase count into the 150's. It is now under control, but the nodules in her liver have spread. Please help us to save 20-35% of her liver. There are tumors in her hips and bone.
Please be so kind as to contribute $1 to the Rosie Fernandes Cancer Fund Project, and, tell everyone you know about Rose, and persuading them to contribute $1.

Thanks for your time today, and we both wish to thank you in advance for your $1 contribution. Both you and your family are in our prayers of thanksgiving.

Joe & Rosie Fernandes

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