Bev
Spangler

Diagnosis: Lung Cancer
December 21, 2023 

Treatment:
Metabolic, Mitochondrial, Immune Therapies

 

We are heartbroken to report that Bev passed away.

Since our last update, Bev's breathing became more and more difficult and she slept most of the day.
 
When it finally became too much, Bev was transported to a Glenview Terrace where she died early in the morning of July 23, 2024.
 
Until the very end, Bev faced lung cancer with love in her heart for those who loved and cared for her.
 
There will be a memorial in a few weeks.
 
Thank you so much for your support.


Bev's Words

How many feelings can I have at once?! 

Amazed and stunned at the diagnosis, even 3 months in. Afraid and impatient for the medicines to work quickly. Grateful for so many effective medicines, all low-toxicity.  Tired and frightened and yet strangely, deeply persevering and hopeful. I do not quit;

Asking for help sucks. At least for me. Yet I want to live.  

So, I swallow my pride, get brave and bold, and go for it.  And how can you ever thank someone enough for supporting you in living? Well, I’ll spend my life trying, that’s all I know.

Deepest, deepest gratitude, Bev.

July Update: Unable to Start Track 2 Treatment

July 14, 2024

Hello from “Team Bev”,

When we last updated you, Bev was preparing to start integrative chemotherapy at a specialized clinic in Chicago. The clinic initially indicated that most of the cost would be covered by her insurance, so she began preparatory meetings and actions while raising funds for the remainder.

However, in May, the clinic informed her that the treatment would not be covered by her insurance. The out-of-pocket costs were tens of thousands of dollars, making it impossible to proceed.

By this time, the tumor had progressed to a point where standard treatments were no longer viable. 

Bev is now in hospice care.

In June, Bev underwent two rounds of radiation to shrink the tumor enough to alleviate her breathing and coughing issues. This was palliative treatment, aimed at relieving her suffering rather than curing the cancer.

As always, Bev faces her challenges with incredible courage. She continues her immunotherapy when possible and is resting a lot. She is aware that she is in hospice and doing her best to face it with acceptance.

If you’d like to reach out to Bev, short text messages are best, as talking can leave her breathless. She’ll respond if she can.

Thank you for your continued support and love.


April Update: Time for Track 2. More Powerful Meds.

April 14, 2024

Hello everyone, from “Team Bev”

The track 1 metabolic meds worked at first, but now may have been outpaced by her tumors’ growth pathways or speeds, so we step up the intensity of medicines: its integrative chemo time now, what we could call Track 2. 

She's already taken a blood test which tells which exact meds her tumor cells will respond to. The exact timetable and quantities of chemos tba - within a couple of weeks. Same for the meds acting as supportive measures (these are often natural meds which mitigate chemo side effects). 

She'll have a lot of appointments first to register as a new patient at a local Chicago clinic. She'll likely lose time at jobs, so she'll have lost wages. She'll be tired, maybe more skinny, maybe lose hair, all the normal stuff. 

New updated cost estimates will be forthcoming, but what is initially known, firsthand from the clinic, are the upfront costs of around 1500$ in new doctors' appts with at least one new lab. 

Then they estimate subsequent labs between $5000-7000. 

Then during chemo itself, there are the supportive measures, performed post-infusions: starting at $225 per IV, plus other measures to be prescribed will have expenses too.  

And guess what: these are all out of pocket. So please help and we thank you so much. If you can't donate please please SHARE THE LINK!  International friends: can use PayPal if you want to donate, at Beverly Spangler @bee0317, and text Bev via WhatsApp. 

Bev's Story

Here is Bev's Story about having lung cancer after tackling breast cancer several years earlier!  In the videos below  Part 1 • Part 2 and Part 3 in her own words.
This is a remarkable story about faith and strength. 

You Can Help Bev!

Bev’s Treatment Plan

Track 1: Slow and Steady

This is meant to work over months. Expenses are in the hundreds to thousands. This is the track we are fundraising for right now. 

Here are some highlights:

  • Medicines: $600/mo
    Bev's ongoing medicines include Stromectol Vermox, and Andazole, to name a few.
  • Intravenous chemo medicines$4500/mo
  • Doctors:  $825/mo
    These are Bev's many doctor consultations and medical tests.
  • Medical trip: $10,500
    In June Bev travels to California to meet with her metabolic oncologist.
  • Strict Food: $500/mo
    Bev follows a very strict organic, mostly plant-based, healthy proteins and fats. Cancer starves on these foods, but it is costly.

Bev is underemployed during her treatment, and every little bit helps.

See a breakdown of all estimated costs

 

Track 2: Fast Track

Treatments are extremely effective, quite rapid, but not surprisingly, very expensive ($200k).

We are holding off on this track, hoping that Slow Track is all Bev needs.

How You Can Help

Thank you for considering donating to her medical treatments. And if at this time you are unable, would you please consider sharing this link with your friends, family, social circle or colleagues? Cancer will touch 50% of us, so you never know who will be moved by Bev‘s journey. 

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More Videos

Here is more about my journey over this and my previous cancer treatment.