If you make the rounds of the breast cancer blogs, you might know about Jeanne Sather and the 13 years she's been living with metastatic cancer. If you don't, she has blogged about her experience in the Assertive Cancer Patient.
Jeanne and I have been in contact, off and on. We share a dislike of Pink October and emailed about that some time ago. And, now that I am likely facing my own metastatic diagnosis, I contacted her again, and Jeanne has been more than kind in helping me understand what may come.
I didn't realize this until recently, but Jeanne, who like me is HER2+, is on the TDM1 trial. For those not in the know, TDM1 is nicknamed "Super Herceptin." It is showing remarkable promise for those women with intractable cancers who have failed on other treatments and who don't have much hope left.
How remarkable? Last time I checked in with Jeanne, she was simplifying her life and was preparing for a friend to move in with her to help her die. She was at that point where she was done with treatment. She had cancer everywhere and was ready to go. She had months left, not years.
She's in remission.
Because of TDM1.
It's a long story and you can read it on her blog. But, she needs help, and I'm asking you to help her.
Jeanne lives in the Pacific Northwest. The TDM1 trail is in California. This woman, who hasn't worked for years due to her illness, (although she makes jewelry to sell) has to come up with the funds to travel to California each month, stay in a hotel and get her treatment. If she doesn't get the drugs, her cancer comes back. Pure and simple.
This travel is not cheap.
How often do you get to help save a woman's life? How often do you directly get to help keep somebody alive? How often are you called on to be a good Samaritan?
Not very often, and not for a reason like this.
Please head on over and donate to Jeanne. Anything you donate will be matched by a friend of hers - this is to encourage the smaller donations. Don't think you don't have enough. If you can give $5.00, $10.00, $20,00 or more - it will all go to help Jeanne. It all adds up.
Talk about good karma points! And, don't forget, Jeanne is doing good for women with HER2+ intractable cancer. She is proving that this medicine works and works well, and her efforts will get this drug to market so all can access it.