Cimarron County woman seeks Mexican medical alternative
by Cheri Fleming – Keyes
My daughter, Bronwyn, was diagnosed with children's Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) in February of 2005. The standard treatment for (ALL) is a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. She has been a patient of the OU Children's Hospital and the Jimmy Everest Cancer Clinic in Oklahoma City. In spite of Bronwyn's allergic reaction to two of the chemo drugs, they were able to put her Leukemia into remission for eleven months. Then after an intense high dose preparation treatment of chemotherapy, she was given a stem cell transplant using her twin sister, Aubrey, as the donor. She relapsed after only four months. Bronwyn has developed a fungus that is preventing American doctors from being able to give her any more chemotherapy. Her American doctors have given her a short time to live. Bronwyn accepted this at first, but something has sparked her and her desire to live has been rekindled. I have researched and found innovative treatments with scientific documentation being performed in Mexico. Clinics in Europe and Mexico have treatments available that the FDA hasn't approved for use in the U.S. We have decided to pursue this treatment. Unfortunately our medical insurance will not cover this and over the past two years my savings have been depleted trying to save my daughter.
“If you have ever had a panic attack, you will understand. I can't breathe. I feel helpless….hopeless… I want to run, but there is no escaping it. If you are a parent, you will understand. We aren't suppose to outlive our children….It hurts so much that I don't know how I can survive it….Even though I have other children that I love just as much and know I need to be there for them….If you have ever loved, you will understand. I can't look anyone in the eye, or I will start crying….again….I can see the hurt that they feel too…If you have ever lost someone, you will understand. But to know that you are going to loose her…and so soon…I can touch her and hold her and feel her take a breath…How am I to let her go??
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF An account has been set up with the First State Bank of Boise City titled Bronwyn Fleming Henry Mexico Medical Fund or you can send checks made payable to the United Methodist Church in Keyes, Oklahoma for deposit to this fund. The treatments are expected to cost approximately $20,000 total. If you have any questions or would like more information contact, Carol Stewart (580)546-7252, Britt Smith (580)544-2038, or Belinda Gardner (580)544-2038 or (580)546-7214.