Tegan's (Chicken) chasing a grand slam victory against Stage 4 Bowel Cancer + Lynch Syndrome
At just 26 Tegan (aka Chicken) is embarking on a fight for life against Stage 4 Bowel Cancer + Lynch SyndromeAuckland
Our awesome friend Tegan Hollier (aka Chicken) is on a fight for life.
Instead of swinging for the fence in her first love Softball, this bubbly 26 year old is chasing a grand slam against cancer.
The battle began in February 2020 with surgery to remove the first tumour. Along with it surgeons took 1/4 of the large intestine, 26cm of small intestine and the surrounding lymph nodes. But the confirmation of Lynch Syndrome has brought the devastating news that this genetic condition makes Tegan's body resistant to the usual chemotherapy drugs.
So now in the eyes of the public health system the diagnosis is that Chicken is terminal. BUT there is hope for life with the drug Keytruda.
Keytruda is an immunotherapy treatment will work alongside her own immune system to fight the cancer(s). It is having dramatic effect around the world yet in New Zealand Keytruda is only funded by government Pharmac for treating advanced melanoma. So while we all fight to change this, the cost of life for Tegan with Keytruda is $112k per year.
Chicken is an amazing friend, teammate, daughter, sister, partner + step mother. She is loyal and will always be there when you need her. Whether it be to couch softball or fill in for your tournament team, to paint your car or just give you a cuddle when you are down. She has so much sass and positivity. She is too young to die.
We are asking for your kindness and generosity to help her battle. We want to offer her the gift of life. Your donations go towards funding Keytruda for Tegan + will support her through her journey.
Lynch Syndrome is estimated to occur in 1 in 300 people. For more information about KEYTRUDA visit www.fightcancer.co.nz
Jo Rule's involvement (page creator)
Long time friend and softball team mate
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All funds will go directly to supporting Chicken during her treatment and recovery process.
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My friends, my family, my supporters, you are the reason my journey keeps ticking along! Your support, buying my raffles, your donations, all continue to give me life. Thank you!
With lockdown we hit a bump in the road on my treatment path. It’s important to me to be transparent on how funds raised get spent, so here is what we have been up to.
Two days before NZ’s COVID-19 lockdown my medical team decided to attempt standard chemo alongside Avastin (another unfunded drug). As my Bowel Cancer has matastised to my Liver there was huge potential for it to travel elsewhere. So it was decided to shrink the remaining tumours before trying surgery to remove them, while also attempting to stop the spread.
I was added to the public health system waitlist which up to now it had been amazing. First for a Portacath insertion in my chest (min. 3-4 week wait), followed by a (hopefully) little wait to start chemo.
But two days into lockdown my medical team warned me that things could be pushed further back as the seriousness of COVID-19 began to increase. They were worried, I was worried. We started to see in the media how it was having an effect.
We were left with the scary thought of being left behind in the system. Waiting weeks, if not months to start treatment was terrifying because we don’t know what no treatment would do to my body. We don’t know if I have time to wait. So I was referred to private to get cost options.
I spent countless hours speaking to Courtney, my loved ones, the medical professionals, all trying to figure the best road to take. Wait and hope for the best, or follow medical advice but pay for private.
I made the painstaking decision to go private. Things moved fast. I got my port in within 4 days! And have now completed four rounds of chemo. Starting treatment in lockdown meant Courtney could care for me at home without having to take time off work.
But as we know time has a cost. The raffles + fundraisers so far we have raised over $5000! My kiwisaver has helped too (thankfully I was able to get that out). With this and your amazing support of me, it made that all possible.
27.3.20 Port Installation $6,700
1.4.20 Chemo & Avastin #1 $6,526.66
14.4.20 Chemo & Avastin #2 $6,588.41
29.4.20 Chemo & Avastin #3 $6,561.74
13.5.20 Chemo & Avastin #4 $6,526.74
With appointments added in there at a few hundred a hit, medication so far and my other medical costs, to date we are sitting at a whopping $33,662.81 spent.
The whole covid situation really threw a spanner in the works! If I hadn’t of chosen this path I may have only just had my port installed + if lucky just had one round of chemo. The unfunded drug I am currently on is hopefully going to be my saving grace! I will be transferring to the public health system soon to continue chemo treatments but will still have to have my Avastin privately.
I have a pet scan next Tuesday (publically) + another chemo treatment on Wednesday. My results from this pet scan will be able to tell me if i’m ready for liver surgery or need to continue chemo.
A huge thank you to everyone for being so amazing & supporting me with my fight. You are all appreciated!
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This page was created on 22 Jan 2020 and closes on 22 Jan 2021.