Anne spent the last year and a half going back-and-forth from Los Angeles to France to take care of her mother who was fighting late stage ovarian cancer. In early September, before she could return to France again to be with her mother who was rapidly declining, Anne had to have surgery to remove an umbilical cyst. During what was supposed to be a routine procedure a mass was found and biopsied. As Anne was recovering from surgery waiting to be able to fly to France, her mother passed away on September 11th. Three days later the biopsy results came in and Anne was herself diagnosed with stage IV adenocarcinoma without primary. A rare and very aggressive form of cancer. Her oncologist explained to her that because of the way the disease has metastasized in her body it is not curable, only containable for a limited amount of time depending on how she would respond to treatment. He urged her to start a very aggressive course of chemotherapy as a palliative treatment but he did not give her much hope.
Anne is refusing to believe that this is going to be her fate. She feels like she has come to a crossroad, one path is a dark tunnel with no light and a statistically predicted ending. The other is a path in the light, a path of hope and possibilities. Since conventional medicine alone can only offer her a palliative treatment with no chance of cure, she is doing extensive research on alternative cancer treatments and is putting together an integrative team of doctors who are willing to guide her on her journey. She has been undergoing thorough and exhaustive testing and scans to try to find out the origin of her cancer. She hopes this will give insight on a more targeted and effective treatment.
Anne and her husband Seth are doing their best to live a normal life and keep their spirits up for their daughters Léa and Julia. Along with the incredible emotional stress such a diagnosis brings they are also quickly experiencing the financial strain of this situation. They have already spent upwards of $15,000 on medical bills and this amount keeps growing, as many of the tests and treatments are not covered by health insurance. If you can and would like to help Anne and her family on this difficult journey you can donate here, no amount is too small, every dollar will help.