For the Love of Glorie
Glorie, 34, devoted Wife to Nick and Mother to two beautiful girls, diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in need of private unfunded treatmentAuckland
If the year couldn't get any worse....
On Saturday 7th November 2020, the unthinkable occurred, our beautiful, vibrant Glorie Crosbie, aged 34, broke the news to us that she had been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer.
Glorie has been with her hubby Nick for 16 years, married for 2 and is Mum to two gorgeous girls - Charlotte (14) and Danielle (12). She has been studying towards her Bachelor of Social Work through Massey University where she has had to put her final semester, this semester on hold.
In July earlier this year, Glorie started experiencing constant sciatica pain and commenced 7 weeks of physiotherapy after x-rays showed arthritis in her SI joint. In September, her condition deteriorated when she collapsed and found it extremely painful to try and walk after this. A CT scan to check for any fractures or torn muscles, shockingly revealed multiple lytic lesions or signs of cancer in her pelvic/hip bones. A second CT scan confirmed a mass sitting in her left lung and her liver.
After receiving this news, Glorie and her family made the decision to return to NZ immediately, leaving Fiji, the place they had called home for the last three years. They arrived back in Auckland in October and she was transferred out of managed isolation to Auckland hospital where she underwent further medical examination and testing. On the 23rd of October, the Specialists confirmed she had Stage 4 lung adenocarcinoma metastatic cancer that had spread to her spine, bones, liver and lymph nodes - shocking and devastating news to us all.
The scans also showed significant damage to her pelvic, hip and femur bones to the extent that she was instructed to stay on bed rest in fear that she would fracture or break a bone by putting weight on it. On the 17th of November at 12pm she went into surgery for a bilateral total hip joint replacement, returning from surgery at 10pm that night.
Glorie so far has undergone 20 blood transfusions, 2 platelet transfusions, 1 bronchoscopy, 1 bilateral total hip joint replacement surgery and two rounds of chemotherapy (pemetrexed and carboplatin) and immunotherapy treatment (keytruda), amongst countless blood tests, scans and xrays over the last two months. Fortunately, preliminary blood results are showing significant improvements across her haemoglobin and platelet levels, without additional transfusions - indicating to us that something is working in her favour!
The immunotherapy drug proven effective against her type of cancer in combination with chemo, is a privately funded treatment called Keytruda and has been labelled by some as a “miracle” or “life-saving” drug. Glorie has been tested to see if Keytruda is an appropriate treatment for her, and tests have shown that her condition is compatible with this treatment. Despite lung cancer being the most fatal cancer in NZ, Keytruda is not funded in NZ and the privately funded cost sits at about $10,000 per treatment, whilst as a publicly funded drug in Australia, it costs NZ$41.70. Without private insurance, Glorie’s family have managed to cover the cost of the first two treatments at $20k, however at nearly $10k a treatment, with treatment scheduled once every 3 weeks, we are looking to help ease this financial burden and ensure she continues to have access to keytruda.
What we are asking is for your support, anyone's support, to help fund more Keytruda treatments to assist Glorie in her fight against cancer and to allow her to heal so she can continue to live a meaningful life surrounded with her family and friends!
Glorie is someone who ALWAYS puts others before herself without a second thought. She is very clever, and overly caring as some say! She's the go-to person in her family, always fixing problems, helping solve issues, being the diplomatic member who brings everyone together. She helps us all overcome our problems. She shows LOVE to everyone through her actions. She is a blessing to each individual she comes across. We are truly better people because of Glorie 100% no doubt and can't imagine life without her so we are asking for your help, please.
Terrie Lavulavu's involvement (page creator)
This page is setup by myself (older sister), Chris (older brother) and Ruth (cousin), in the hopes to use this platform to help fund her treatment.
Use of funds
All the funds will be used towards the "Non-Funded" Immunotherapy treatment in New Zealand
When the givealittle page went live, I had to physically remove myself from my phone because each comment, donation, message and share made me cry.
I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, support, donations and kindness from each person that I have been blessed enough to come across, and even had strangers reach out with their words of encouragement.
Although I don't have the energy to respond now, please know that I have read each and every message and saved it for a rainy day - a day where things may be a bit harder; where I question and wonder why; a day where for a while I'm not ok...these are the days where I'll reread your messages and reply.
Each message has stirred up a memory, a childhood story, a cheeky laugh or a tear, and I am looking forward to revisiting these messages during the times when I'm searching for hope and need that little bit extra to get through the day.
I have felt so much love, in a year where everyone is struggling and words just fail to show how appreciative I am of this. Thank you, I am deeply humbled and grateful to be blessed by you beautiful humans xx 🙏🏾❤
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This page was created on 22 Dec 2020 and closes on 21 Mar 2021.