First and foremost we want to thank Cancer of Many Colors for their help during our time of need. My husband Bert had not been feeling well for several months and was told in June he had a pyloric ulcer and that it takes time for it to heal with over the counter medicines. As time progressed he lost a lot of weight and was having trouble keeping food down more each day. It took a couple months from early November to get a referral to a gastroenterologist & testing then an oncologist and further tests to find out that he had Stage IV adenocarcinoma esophageal cancer that had spread to his liver and surrounding tissues. We were devastated and completely at a loss for how to proceed with life as we knew it when we still had paychecks to cover our needs. Unfortunately he was no longer able to work starting the middle of November due to a loss of 70 pounds, complete fatigue and severe pain from the cancer.
I've always been told "when God closes a door, he opens a window" and Cancer of Many Colors has been that window...we didn't know how we would pay to keep a roof over our heads but Cancer of Many Colors has helped us to do just that. It is so hard to ask for help, especially for money, (from anyone) when you have been independent all your life. Then when you realize what's really important: family, friends and just being alive, you know it's okay to ask for help when it's for someone you love or you really need it to keep a roof over your head (or electricity or food).
God bless anyone and their families that have received a cancer diagnosis and know that we all now belong to a group of people that have been forever changed, but not defeated. Be strong but never too proud to accept a helping hand.
Cris and Bert Bock
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Their struggle touches all of the people in their lives: husbands, wives, and partners; parents, children, sisters and brothers; caregivers; co-workers, friends and neighbors.
I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in January 2018. It came out of nowhere. I had no symptoms. Thankfully, while at an urgent care the doctor felt nodules on my neck. I was not too worried because I was not familiar with the thyroid. Fortunately, I decided to follow through with an ultrasound/ biopsy of the nodules in my neck. I then underwent 2 surgeries to remove my entire thyroid and now have to rely on a medication to “function” as my old thyroid did. I went on to do a radioactive treatment. I came across Cancerofmanycolors when I was driving home one day. It certainly is a blessing. Paulette and her team came to our aid and assisted us with a utility bill that got behind due to all the medical expenses. The world is blessed to have organizations like this exist.
I met Diana shortly after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2016. She had been working full time to provide for herself and her 5 year old adopted daughter, but was barely making ends meet. Cancer surgery came first, followed by chemo, and quickly her short term disability ran out. During this time 2 churches stepped in to help with rent. At the same time, her oncologist told her no work until treatment was completed in late January. She came to me for help and I started looking for resources. Paulette and Cancer of Many Colors graciously agreed to come to her aid. I felt that Diana would not be able to concentrate on getting well and overcome the side effects of chemo if she was constantly anxious and worried about how her bills would be paid, or if and when they would lose their home.
Asking for help has been difficult for Diana as she has always worked to provide for herself and her family. She has told me many times how grateful she is for the support she has received from Cancer of Many Colors. It has enabled her to focus on getting well through her treatment and still focus on caring for her daughter during this difficult stage of her life. She is going through treatment now with such a positive attitude, and I know that this is due to some of the money related stress being taken off of her.
Thank you so much for caring and helping!
RN Case Manager
Community Medical Clinic
My name is Jawanza Wigfall and I was diagnosed with breast cancer on September 14, 2016. I had surgery November 2016 to remove my left breast. I've had intense chemo and radiation. It was hard and I wanted to give up, but I’m not a quitter and will continue to fight. With the help of my family and friends I got thru it. I still have some problems with my legs and arm from lymphedema, but I take it one day at a time. I'm going to kick cancer’s butt! These are my photos while in chemo and then one of me now. I appreciate Cancer of Many Colors support, because fighting this sickness has been a financial burden.
I am a single mother with three boys and was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2016. I was given medicine to try and shrink the tumor but it didn’t work. Since January of 2017, I have been through 3 surgeries, chemo treatments and daily radiation. Through all of this I have been trying to keep working but have not been able to keep up with my normal hours. This has caused me to fall behind on bills, including my electric bill and car payment. This month, I wasn’t sure what to do as I had no idea where to turn for help and knew I wouldn’t have the money to pay both bills. I was sure the power would be turned off or I would lose my car, and then, out of nowhere, I happened to come across information about the Cancer of Many Colors organization. I went to their website and saw that they help cancer patients with bills. I sent in an application, hoping for a miracle. Well, I got my miracle! Cancer of Many Colors is paying my electric bill this month. This will go a LONG way in helping me catch up on my bills. I cannot thank this organization enough for what they are doing for me. Cancer of Many Colors – you are AWESOME!
A roller coast ride could be compared to the ride with cancer. For me, my one ride on a roller coast was really scary to me. The ups and downs with a non-cure able disease also is really scary to me.
The upside of dealing with Multiple Myeloma is that God has been good to me. I was a single parent with two small daughters. As I served as a single mom, worked full time for the SC DOE, attended USC at night for courses toward a Masters, traveled to two different schools each morning with my daughters, arrived at Baptist for radiation, and began the work day at my desk, God was good to get me through. And now I cherish the time with my grandchildren ages 5 and 8.
Through several fractures and major ongoing dental work/surgeries, a shining ray was found by me online, Cancer of Many Colors. I know the Good Lord sent that information to me.
I am grateful for the organization's gifts to the vendors of dental care.
Yesterday, I learned from a DSS through x-rays and consultation that I will return to the Oral Surgeon for an additional extraction. This will be the third. Zometa medication is secondary cause of dental demise.
For your continued prayers, I am grateful, and for the gifts I am grateful.
It was on 03/02/2016 I was in class when I got the call my wife had fallen and hit her head. I made her go to the ER as a precaution and that is when a mass was discovered. The 1st neurosurgeon we saw basically told us to go home because she would not survive the biopsy because the mass was in the Pons area of the Brain Stem.
We contacted her oncologist ( wife is a breast cancer survivor ) and he immediately referred her to Duke Med within a few weeks. There we met with several Dr's. They did comprehensive neurology work up to try to determine if it was a tumor or some type of infection because she did not exhibit any major symptoms with a mass that large. It was early April 2016 when we were notified that she would be referred to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center @ Duke. There we met with Dr. Allan Friedman, a Neurosurgeon @ Duke and decided to do the biopsy the next day 04/06/16. Our fears were confirmed the next week , it was cancer, Anaplastic Astrocytoma WHO grade 3 in the brain stem. Our next step was to fight this horrible disease . She started Chemo and did 2 rounds with little to no effect. That is when they ( Duke) implemented Avastin into her treatment regimen and we began to see improvement.
Thankfully Cancer of Many Colors was there when we needed it the most. They were able to help us with mortgage assistance during a time where we were really struggling . It was a huge relief to know that there were people who cared enough to help those who were dealing with such a horrific disease. We are 21 months in and she's fighting everyday to beat this monster. Once again, the words "Thank You " as simple and strong as they are, cannot truly convey our deepest gratitude to Cancer of Many Colors for what they did for us.
Thank you again,
When I departed from home yesterday I had no idea what my day was going to be like. Of course, I left home seeking help with my electric bill which was due to be cut off. I went to several big churches and got turned away. So, I started out to the library to fill out an application with another organization for help. As I was passing Alala the spirit told me to go in and see if they could help. Initially the receptionist told me they didn't help with bills. She called in the back and Ms. Lisa came out. She was the one who referred me. Right then the spirit was over whelming. I just cried. I felt like everything was going to be fine. It was God working through people who truly want to help. The people who run Cancer of Many Colors never saw me, but they heard my cry. I thanked the Load and thanked them too. To anyone in this situation there will be many doors you have to knock on and there will be many no's that we only help our members I say don't give up. God will direct your path. To the members of Cancer of Many Colors, the seed you sow in my life has be placedin fertile ground. Thank you all so very much. God Bless.
To all my family and friends that doesn't know about Cancer of Many Colors and what they do for our amazing community of cancer patients and their families. Please do NOT be ashamed to ask for help! That's what they do, is help people like me who have cancer! They help patients ,with this horrible disease, with rent, electric bill, etc. They totally understand that we (the patients) are having hard enough time battling this disease and the last thing they want us to do is to struggle with paying our bills! They know we have to make the choice of getting our treatments or paying rent and skipping treatment! They know our treatment is important because they are survivors or parents of survivors!
I personally want to take the time to thank Cancer of Many Colors for helping my family and I, for helping us, in our time of need . Without them we would be without lights right now. We had to get my meds and pay other bills and just didn't have it. I'll be the first one to tell you it took all I had to swallow my pride and ask for help! Thank you, Cancer of Many Colors, for helping patients like myself, in this amazing community, with the struggles that are real while fighting this devilish disease! Y'all are a true blessing from God and again thank you for all you do!