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The Family and Friends of Bernice Figueroa are uniting in an effort to help raise the necessary funds needed to help fight NHL.

On July 12th, 2012 Bernice Figueroa was diagnosed with stage 2 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma or NHL is a disease in which cancer cells form in the lymphatic system and start to grow uncontrollably. A lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a part of the body's immune system and helps filter out bacteria, viruses, and other unwanted substances.

Most people don't notice the workings of their lymphatic systems; in fact, the only time you might be aware of your lymphatic system is when the lymph nodes (which are sometimes referred to as glands) swell up. This often happens when a person is sick — a sign that the lymphatic system is working hard to filter harmful substances out of the body.

Bernice first noticed the signs of her NHL when she had trouble breathing and was coughing a lot during a family gathering. Within a week she became swollen in the neck and abdominal region and started having fevers without knowing why. She soon found herself too weak to go about her daily routines. Soon after she became too weak to get out of bed without help and decided to go to the emergency room. The doctors did an exam and ordered some lab test, Endoscopy and a CT scan. Everyone hoped that it would not show anything, but Cancer cells where found. After some more tests, including a Bone Marrow biopsy by the surgeon, the doctors diagnosed Bernice with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

At first, Bernice was scared when she heard that non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a form of cancer. But through her faith in God and help from her family and friends she has found the strength to fight. Regrettably, Faith and Love cannot pay medical bills. Bernice does not have medical insurance and can't afford many of the medical procedures required to track and treat NHL. Our goal is to raise enough money to get her a PET scan. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computed Tomography (CT) imaging have become essential diagnostic tools physicians use to reveal the presence and severity of cancer. PET/CT imaging helps physicians detect cancer, evaluate the extent of disease, select the most appropriate treatments, determine if the therapy is working, and detect any cancer cells. This has become even more important to us since the first chemo cycle proved to be to strong and almost had fatal results. She was hospitalized because the chemo killed most of her White-Cell and her body had nothing left to fight off infections. Luckily she was strong enough to survive this one, but we fear that another guess could prove to be too much. We need the PET scan to receive the proper treatment plan. 100 percent of all funds raised will go to the PET scan and Medical expenses.

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