An Oregon City resident is seeking to raise $45,500 for cancer treatment.Â
Dee Lake, a resident of the McLoughlin Neighborhood since 1995, said she's seeking to treat her breast cancer with a cryoablation process not covered by her insurance. She was diagnosed by a Providence Medical Center pathologistÂ in September and recommended for treatment immediately.Â
"Freezing the cancer allows me to avoid more invasive surgeries," Lake said. "I have girlfriends who are completely numb in that area from invasive surgeries, and there can be side effects from losing your lymph nodes."Â
Lake says the diagnosis both frightened and shocked her since her mother died of cancer when she was 17. Dr. Sanaa Hussain has diagnosed her with an invasive metastatic ductal carcinoma affecting lymphoid tissues in her right breast.Â
"I find myself fighting for my life," she said.Â "I am keeping the highest faith that I will get through this with the support and help of my loved ones,Â my community and anyone who this may reach far and wide."
Currently a romance novelist, Lake worked as an ACDC roadie in the 1980s and then worked in sales. Despite her diagnosis, she's planning to release the first installment in herÂ TennesseeÂ LakeÂ Bluebell Series, "That Unforgettable Summer," under the pen name Shasta Blue. The book will be released in fiveÂ 45-page sections ending in cliffhangers. Lake Bluebell is about a handsome, single-dad firefighter who had given up believing in true love until a chance encounter one summer day with a "natural beauty" who moved in next door.Â
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