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This fundraiser ended on 11/20/11

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Please help offset/assist with medical expenses and ease the financial burden on our family. Your prayers are greatly appreciated!

My name is Shelley Espey, I am a 43 year old, happily married mother of 3 beautiful girls.
In April of 2011 I was diagnosed with two forms of cancer. I have a tumor in my pancreas that has metastasized to my liver. The tumors are a combination of Neuro-endocrine and Acinar. Acinar cancer has been diagnosed in only 400 cases a year and to date has no documented survivors. It is my hope and goal to be the first!
Acinar tumors are fast growing (usually a 19 month survival rate from time of diagnosis) and there isn’t a set treatment to follow to assure any type of tumor regression, or cure. I have been thru 6 weeks of pretty rough chemotherapy, with no effect on the tumor. In fact it continued to grow, approximately doubling in size. I have been seeing a Naturopath, God bless him! He is helping me to stay healthy while I am continuing my fight. I am currently on a newly approved drug that may or may not have any effect on the tumors, but still worth trying! The side effects from this medication are almost non-existent, thankfully.
Our family has been made aware of a treatment being offered at a clinic in Houston Texas that has had wonderful successes with many different types of cancers. They have approved my case and will be able to give me a personalized treatment, but this is out of network for my insurance and most of the costs need to be paid up front.
Currently I am still working full time, but the time off for the treatment in Houston will take a toll on our finances. I am very thankful that this site was recommended to me and hope that we will be able to make a dent in our goal. Thank you and God bless you all.
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