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Erie Mom On A Mission To Fight Cancer

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At just 26-years-old, Cassandra Foster is fighting for her life. In 2009, doctors told her she was diagnosed with a common, and curable type of thyroid cancer. Five years later, it has developed into a rare "tall cell variant form" that has spread to her lymph nodes, and possibly one of her lungs.

"We have talked to many doctors and everybody's just passed me on. We've been to Erie, back and forth to Pittsburgh, to Buffalo, to Cleveland. Everybody says you're too complex, we don't know why your cancer is doing this, and you don't have any other route of treatment. You just have to live with it, " said Foster.

Doctors say she's past the point of treatments. and surgery is just too risky.

"That's the hardest part, she said. "Because you're told you have nothing left to do. And I have three kids, I don't want that option."   

With a prognosis of about three years, and a family to live for, she isn't giving up. She's headed to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida to find out what other options she does have.
 
"You feel like you're all alone sometimes," she said of her prognosis. "And even though you have so many people out there, it's still really scary. And it's just been a journey. A long one."

You can follow Cassandra's journey through her Facebook support group, www.facebook.com/amothersfightagainstcancer, or, you can make a donation through her fundraising website, http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/young-mom-of-3-ready-to-fight-cancer-/185642.
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