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The family of Vicki Jester is raising money to help her with her battle against Leiomyosarcoma, a rare and terminal cancer.

My mom, Vicki, is 54 years old and was diagnosed in June 2011 with stage IV Leiomyosarcoma, a rare and terminal cancer. Thank goodness there was one specialist that had actually studied this disease within 200 miles and she was located in Shreveport. Our journey this past year has been rough! I say “our” because no one should ever go through something like this alone! She has had to deal with a hysterectomy, fourteen blood transfusions, chemotherapy, radiation, hemoglobin shots, breathing problems, and countless hospital stays. That is a lot for her to endure when the only time she has ever stayed in the hospital was to have her three daughters (her last daughter was born in 1988). We knew this type of cancer was resistant against chemotherapy drugs but we still believed through all the side effects that she could be the 1 out of 5 cured. Unfortunately, while my mom was getting chemo treatments, the cancer was metastasizing from the uterus to the bladder, lymph nodes, and both lungs. She had chemotherapy from August to October and was feeling a lot better when the chemo stopped, but then, in December, her body was having trouble keeping her blood count up, so she started weekly hemoglobin shots. January 2012 was suppose to be her remission appointment from the gynecologist oncologist, but instead she was told that she had a mass on her bladder. The severity of the cancer made it impossible to remove the mass. She is now undergoing daily radiation treatments to shrink the mass for a better quality of life. In February 2012, mom had a PET scan done that prove to be the second worst day of our life. The nurse called us into the room and did the usual check-up but with a saddened look to her. Dr. McDonald did not wait till she was finished before coming into the room with us. He did not say a word but instead sat and looked at us for about 30 seconds but seemed like forever. He asked mom if she enjoyed life and of course she said yes! He told her to go enjoy life and she looked confused at him not understanding what was to come. Dr. said, “I have the results and they are not good.” He went on to explain that there were so many spots on the lungs that himself and one of the other doctors quit counting after 20 and that was on each lung. Mom asked the question of how long and he said it is just a matter of months. I, her daughter, called MD Anderson asking about their clinical trial studies and they were hopeful about getting us down to Houston, that was until the insurance company turned us down. Most insurance companies, I found out, will not transfer you as a patient to another specialist if you are TERMINAL. She has not given up and neither will we. She has insurance but it does not pay for everything and when she is having a hard time breathing or walking and can not get to work (yes she still tries to work) the checks are not a lot. I am hoping, with your help, we can alleviate some of her stress due to medical bills. On behalf of our family, I would like to thank you in advance!
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