Please join us this Friday at 8 pm at Buxy’s Salty Dog on 28th st. A portion of the drink and food sales will go to this fundraiser.
Heres a little bit of my story. First and foremost I need to thank God for giving me the strength and resilience to get through the last year. He has placed the right people in my life time and time again at just the right moments. Secondly, I want to thank my amazing team of family, friends, and doctors whom all rallied together to get me to the other side.
Here’s my story:
On April 14th 2018 I woke up on a beautiful Saturday morning ready to watch my son play lacrosse. We headed out for the hour drive to the fields and had no idea our lives would forever be changed.
Leading up to this day I had been to at least five different doctors to complain of what seemed like ordinary problems. I had skin rashes, allergies, low energy, and pinching in my chest. Everything had a simple explanation; you have eczema, mono, a deviated septum, and anxiety. I decided to get healthy. I began training for a 5 K and lost 20 lbs. I felt better than ever but kept feeling a burning sensation in my chest. I chalked it up to the consequences of getting back into shape. I ran my 5k and reached my first milestone! Life was looking up . About 3 weeks later my”anxiety” was working overtime and I had to teach sitting down a few times. My friend at work said you better go get that looked at. Well on April 14th I had no choice the reality of what lied ahead smacked me right in the face.
As we drove to my sons game the pinching in my chest hit with avengence. I had pain down my arm, in my chest, trouble breathing, I was hot, nauseous and in tears. I told my husband Jeff I thought I was having a heart attack and he took me straight to the closet hospital BeeBee Healthcare in Delaware. They were fantastic. I was taken right back for a heart attack. After all of the tests came back negative Dr. Massey, my, ER Doctor, ordered additional bloodwork and a CT scan. I’ll never forget her face when she came back in to tell me the news. It was like a made for tv drama. She sat at the foot of the bed and placed her hands on the bed. She said Mrs. Eichelberger I’ve been in my office for awhile trying to figure out how to give you this news. I thought this can’t be good . My husband held my hand and she said I’m sorry you have a 10 cm mass sitting on your heart pinching your pulmonary valve. We think it could be Lymphoma or thymoma. I immediately began screaming A few choice words I won’t repeat. The fear and shock was intense. Jeff and I just looked at each other like what? Can this be happening? We cried a lot of tears and by Monday were in time to fix Ape mode! We called everyone we knew to try to get in with the best doctors as fast as possible. An old friend from school, Larry Moore proved to be the connection I needed. He had me in with a world renown thoracic surgeon by Wednesday. She had me connected to an oncologist Dr Yousef Gaffar by the following Wednesday. He said you are young and haven’t shown symptoms until the last week we will cure you! The road was long and windy but he did just that. I’m in remission as of September 2018! I’m sitting here cured of Lymphoma because of funding from donors like you. The science is changing daily and exciting things are ahead in the field of blood cancers. If you can help it will mean a lot to people like me. Thank you for your support.