"It's one part sweet, one part candy turd."
Hi! I’m Heidi and welcome to Peanut Butter and Cancer. What can I say, I’ve always loved peanut butter (and now I can’t have it)! Cancer, on the other hand…
I would certainly never ask for cancer, but I feel certain this is not a death sentence – at least not mine, and there’s something for me to learn. That’s why I’m calling this peanut butter and cancer- it’s one part sweet and one part candy turd.
So, how did I end up with with Cancer? And, and one of the worst kinds?
It’s quite a tale, one even I can’t believe.
In short, last year was the best year of my life.
I just turned 38. Newly married, making plans to start a family, buying a house, and absolutely loving my work at my production company….
And these trips of a lifetime! Twice to Japan, and once to Mongolia.
Then the tumor.
Not mine…my moms. That wasn’t news. My mom had a benign brain tumor diagnosed the year before. It was starting to annoy her, so the docs recommended it be removed.
There are toughly 120 differently types of brain tumors and we ended up with two of them.
For comparison, my mom got the Maria Menounos of tumors and I got the John McCain. (R.I.P.)
Then, in October 2018 I traveled back home to North Carolina to have my mom’s tumor removed. I stayed with her in the hospital through the surgery and I started noticing I was having trouble reading things to my mom. Things like text messages and menus. I thought maybe I was just tired…. and then there was the headache.
It was Oct. 18th and the headache was bad enough I called my grandparents to come relieve me from the hospital as my mom made her recovery.
After suffering for about 36 hours from a headache like none I’ve ever had, combined with super aggressive vomiting, my Nanny took me to the local ER, we thought to just “get some fluids.” And in this tiny emergency department in my hometown of Thomasville, NC, is where I first heard the words, “It may be a brain tumor. You need further testing.”
Insurance will not pay for many of the available treatments.
Please provide Heidi with the support to afford these options.
We honestly thought they were crazy. Leaving the hospital later that day after some fluids and steroids, I felt much better…minus this thought—could I REALLY have a brain tumor too?
I mustered all my energy to fly back to Denver, and it was confirmed.
Almost one week to the day of my mom’s surgery I was having my own surgery to remove my tumor and to find out just what I had.
The deadliest of all brain cancers—Glioblastoma Stage 4.
So, we got some fighting to do, huh?
I completed my first round Radiation and Chemotherapy at the end of January and while we were able to remove the first tumor, more have grown that are inoperable.
The journey ahead, as I best understand, will be one of persistence, hope, and creativity. I’m optimistic and looking for every way possible to beat this.
I also can’t do this alone and I immensely appreciate your support and the support of everyone that’s helped me thus far.
And I promise—NO ONE has to shave their head.
Some Facts ABOUT GLIOBLASTOMA (GBM)
Please help provide financial support for Heidi during her continued treatments.
I’m mostly still me, but have a few challenges.
- Remembering things is a little tricky.
- I have some challenges around reading, finding words, and the concept of time is elusive.
- The peripheral vision in my right eye is compromised.
- No driving. I have gracefully accepted the joy of being driven around.
- No sugar! In fact, my diet is quite restricted right now. The super high fat Keto diet is recommended. Bacon cooked in coconut oil? Yes please.
- Send good juju. If you believe in Quantum Physics, you know energy can heal.
- Forward any contacts or resources you may have surrounding successful GBM treatments.
- Consider a monetary donation. While some of my treatment is covered by insurance, much of it is not. For instance, one of the most hopeful treatments rings in at a cool $22,000 a MONTH.
Drop me a line. My voicemail is often full and texting is a challenge.
But who doesn’t love to get mail?
3047 Larimer Street #105
Denver, CO 80205