Week 1 of radiation and week 5 of chemo has been a big & busy week for Stacy! Add to that, moving into her apartment where she’ll be for the duration of her radiation, and it’s all been a little much for a small sick person. Stacy had a good day yesterday and felt ok, then the chemo hit today and she can barely get a sip of water down to take her medications, she is so nauseas. Stacy has radiation every day, Monday thru Friday, for 27 days or approximately 5.5 weeks. She will complete radiation around April 3rd if she’s able to stay on schedule. After radiation is completed, she will still have two more in-patient 5-day hospital stays for her final two chemo cycles, on or about April 10th and May 1st. It’s all so much. Just one day at a time.
She is so grateful to be in a fully furnished apartment complex right across the street from Stanford Outpatient Center where she gets both her chemo and radiation. All of the apartments are full of Stanford patients and their families going through extended treatments, so there is quiet, lots of bald heads wrapped in cozy hats, and sweet smiles as patients pass each other in the hallways. The apartments are literally a 4 minute walk from the Outpatient Center, so there no need to hassle over parking, or pay for parking every day. As radiation drags on, coupled with dose after dose of chemo, the cumulative effects will bring massive exhaustion, nausea and skin burns. Tough stuff. :(
The big big downside to these apartments is that they are expensive, like everything else down here! Stacy qualified for the Stanford housing program, which is awesome, but the price tag comes at $973/week which is $139/night. That makes the total price for her housing during radiation a whopping $5351.50. So here’s my shameless plug to help Stacy out. If you have money to spare, or want to spare, for a small but mighty woman fighting a very big fight, here is your chance. Want to sponsor a week of housing? Or how about a day or two? Or part of a day? Shameless, I tell you. Shameless. :-D. So, email me at [email protected] or navigate to Stacy’s Gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/stacygraupmann if you’re interested in being one of Stacy’s sponsors.
We are so grateful for each day that brings Stacy closer to the end of her treatment happy and healthy once again. It almost feels like that’s a dream, but it’s a dream worth believing in! She’ll get there! Thank you for helping her get there too!