On August 14th, 2008, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The past two years have been a roller-coaster ride of fear and exhilaration. You see, I also got engaged in 2008… I’ve had two surgeries, one in NYC and one in Portland, Oregon; each followed by a recurrence within months. I am now at Stage IV, with metastasis to the bones, and a local recurrence in my right breast.
After much research, medical advice on both coasts, diagnostic testing, and soul-searching, I have decided to seek treatment at the Cancer Hope Center in Reno, Nevada. Dr. Forsythe is on the cutting edge of integrative cancer care. I was lucky enough to be able to meet with him for a consultation on March 10th, and feel confident that this treatment will save my life.
I need to raise $30,000 for the initial three-week intensive treatment (which, in the world of cancer treatment is cheap!),which I hope to begin on April 19th, and up to $40,000, depending on the course of treatment and how I respond to it. Unfortunately, none of this is covered by my health insurance. I need help.
Please donate online using the link to the right to go to http://www.giveforward.org/megpatterson/
Or, you can send donations to the “Meg Patterson Cancer Treatment Fund”, c/o Clatsop Community Bank, 988 Commercial St, Astoria, OR 97103
Below are journal postings chronicling my cancer treatments, appointments, hopes and fears. They are in reverse chronological order, so I suggest starting to read from the bottom up. If you’d like to know when I make a new post to this blog, please subscribe using the button to the right.