Camille’s Story

On June 28th, Camille was admitted to the hospital for ongoing abdominal pain. After a battery of tests and x-rays and discussions with several specialists, the doctors determined that surgery was necessary to remove a large mass in her abdomen. In the days that followed, the results of the biopsy confirmed that the mass was, in fact, cancerous. Camille was diagnosed with Stage 3 Leiomyosarcoma – cancer of the soft tissue and smooth muscle. Leiomyosarcoma is extremely rare and accounts for only 4 out of every 1 million cancer cases. This form of cancer is extremely unpredictable and is resistant to chemotherapy and radiation. And although Leiomyosarcoma is regarded as a highly aggressive tumor, the promising news is that the tumor is confined to the stomach region and has not spread to other areas of the body.

After consulting various oncologists from two different hospitals, it was decided that Camille has two options. The first is to undergo several rounds of chemo and radiation in hopes of shrinking the tumor. The second is to forego chemo and radiation altogether and attempt to surgically remove the tumor. In either scenario, the physical, mental and emotional fight will be arduous and the financial toll will be substantial. We believe that time is the most valuable commodity and that any support she receives from her family and friends will go a long way towards her recovery. We ask that you give only what you can as any donation will be greatly appreciated.

For those of who know Camille, know her to be one that absolutely and unequivocally LOVES life. She loves the outdoors, loves adventure, and most importantly, loves the company of friends and family. Camille is blessed to have such a wonderful support group that has been by her side as she received the life-changing diagnosis. Yet, despite it all, she remains true to her amazing character: ever hopeful and committed to living each day to the fullest. And at age 30, she has youth on her side, a fighting spirit and a will to fight this terrible disease.

Thank you all for your kind thoughts, prayers, love and support.

With gratitude,

4 thoughts on “Camille’s Story

  1. Hi Cams! It’s me, Carolene (Lugtu). Im so saddened about your health. Reading your blog has brought tears to my eyes. I couldn’t believe what I was reading and seeing. I will keep you in my prayers. Fight! Stay positive! Take care of yourself and God bless you!

  2. Hi Camille, we want you to know that your family in Chicago and California pray for your quick recovery. Always think positively. We all love you very much. Please contact your tito Nestor’s phone number and please give us your address.
    Tito Nestor, Tita Ofelia, and family

  3. Hi Camille, So sorry for what you are going through. I went through the same thing 6 years ago. They removed 2 tumors the size of footballs and smaller ones growing rapidly.The dr thought they were fibroids but tests came back Leiomyosarcoma. 6 years ago there wasn’t much information. I am doing well and I hope and pray that things will go great for you! Starr

  4. Hi Camille. I’m a friend of Nai Murphy. I’m sorry for what you are going through. I am currently going through a struggle myself. I was diagnosed with colon cancer a week after I got married this passed May. I had my colon removed, and thinking this would help.. Another tumor grew rapidly. I am currently on chemo. I pray for everyone who suffers and hope that there will be good news in our futures. With love – Terry

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