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December 28, 2015

Tests are scheduled~


The next two weeks will be pivotal towards unearthing the current status of the cancer lurking in my body. Tuesday I am getting a PET/CT scan, followed by a week long liver cleanse, and lastly, monitoring my bloodwork. After all the information is gathered and reviewed, I will decide if I will do an infusion of chemotherapy prior to leaving for Germany for treatment. What is concreted, is that I will be traveling to the Infusio Clinic in Frankfurt, Germany, to begin treatment February 22, 2016. I am relieved to know that I have been accepted into the clinic for treatment. After years of research, this clinic offers me the best chance at extending my life in healthy manner.

Personal Video Post 12/28/2015  https://youtu.be/c2vHUwjEz0c


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Christina Garrett
PO Box 192
Philomath, Oregon 97370

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"Team Christina"

 Today, I am hopeful~
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December 22, 2015

6 months to live...I learned this today~

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The other night, I lay in bed awake, many thoughts twirled about my mind.  At the urging of a recent acquaintance I tried something I had never done before, I began praying to Mary. My head resting upon a pillow; a prayer clothe tucked inside, the room darkened, the sound of multiple fans humming that have been thoughtfully placed around my bedroom to help calm my hot flashes. I gently closed my eyes; quickly tears began to flow as I prayed silently – I asked that health be restored to my body, for me to continue living; I need to at least finish my job as a mother. After all, a special birthmother entrusted me in 1999, to raise her child – I must finish my commitment, he is only 16 years old. I asked for more time. I tearfully plead my case and opened my soul as I prayed; I have no memory of where my prayer ended and my sleep began. I do not think this is where the story will end, but rather a beginning to something wonderful that is just around the corner.  After all, I have found the most usually, peace as I walk this journey through breast cancer. I have become increasingly willing to present as transparent, open to receiving, and continue reaping the benefits of this new perspective – this new sense of being.  

Recently I watched two documentaries that have allowed me to experience a deeper peace and acceptance of this journey I am on, regardless of the outcome. The first was entitled “How to die in Oregon,” although there were moments that were difficult to watch, there were more times that the terminally ill individuals in the series would reflect on their situation and it made sense to me. I knew that feeling, that experience they were sharing, which meant someone understood me. In the end, it provided my soul peace that this is the right choice for me and my family, when the time is right.
The second documentary was entitled “A woman like me”, it interweaves the real story of Alex Sichel, diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2011, with the fictional story of Anna Seashell, who manages to find the glass half full when faced with the same diagnosis. The documentary follows Alex as she uses narrative film to explore what is foremost on her mind while confronting a terminal disease: parenting, marriage, faith, life, and death. At one profound moment, this tearful woman breaks, she speaks of fearing that she will “die angry” as she wonders, “why me” then remarks “I feel like what I am supposed to think is why not me!” She is trying to figure out “who is to blame” and finally says, “I fucked it all up!”

What struck me is when she exposed her anger after learning her cancer had spread; she questioned – why me [referring to the cancer diagnosis] and was on a quest to find who was to blame for this cancer. Her conclusion was that it was herself to blame.  For me, I only recall small moments that may be defined as anger, but mostly sadness is what rises up. I count myself fortunate to have not been angry about this disease, equally I have not really asked why me – I typically say, why not me. I too believe I have found peace along this journey because I know this is only one lifetime, that there is something greater out there – beyond this lifetime for me. Deepening my spirituality over the past 4 ½ years has been the catalyst for peace, comfort, love, acceptance, and hope. Knowing there is something greater and bigger than me in the world provides there is a greater purpose for all things.

Today, as I was driving home from my oncology appointment in Lincoln City, along the coast toward Newport, I pulled over several times to watch the furry of the waves crashing into the rocks. I saw the waves furry as them speaking to me; their deep sorrow of the news I received, the waves dancing in revolt of the 6-months to live diagnosis. I then looked off to the south and saw a small break in the weather where just a small bit of blue sky rested only for a moment, then disappeared. There is always a bright spot, in every situation. I too reflected that all the women I have known that have lost their lives to cancer – were true warriors, there was a grace, positive resilience, and silent strength held by all these women.

What is next for me? Well, here it is, the Real Talk. There is concern that the cancer has spread to my liver, this is not a good thing. I will be having a PET/CT scan next week to see what is going on. I too will continue to monitor my bloodwork and hope that the cancer cells will stop dividing and multiplying like crazy! These cancer cells are overachievers and like to outperform – of course, they do! I am considering getting a “bump” of Abraxane – one chemo infusion in January, if the tumor markers continue to elevate. I am only considering this in order to [potentially] hold back the cancer long enough until I travel to Germany –although there is risk involved with that choice; my body may not be able to handle another poisoning session – I may not recover. The Abraxane may not work; it may only make me sick. Lots of things to think about and monitor over the next couple weeks. Oh hell, it’s all a crapshoot from here on out. Triple Negative Metastatic Breast Cancer= death, it is only a matter of time. There is nothing curative – only interventions that may be life extending; I am hopeful for an extension that includes quality of life without too much suffering.

I ask you to consider my prayer I mentioned earlier – I asked that health be restored to my body, for me to continue living; I need to at least finish my job as a mother. After all, a special birthmother entrusted me in 1999, to raise her child – I must finish my commitment, he is only 16 years old. I asked for more time. Please help me get to Germany for this last chance treatment to extend my life and continue praying for a miracle. Please donate to my treatment fund – there is not much time left.

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Christina Garrett
PO Box 192
Philomath, Oregon 97370

Selco Credit Union Direct Deposit:
"Team Christina"

 Today, I am hopeful~
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December 18, 2015

38 days remain Team Christina

Team Christina Personal Video 12/18/2015  https://youtu.be/p7aXyIduP4E

Today I received a $5000 donation. This is a very touching donation made by an individual that heard about my health situation and desire to travel to Frankfurt, Germany for treatment to try and save my life. This individual prayed to God asking for a sign, if it is Gods will for a donation to be made toward my treatment. Without hesitation, God provided a very clear sign that this was His will through a series of interesting events. Without sharing all the details, later that evening I was standing in this person’s home returning a lost cell phone. This individual was stern noting this donation is from God. Thank you God for blessing our family with this generous donation and for this individual being the vessel. This my friends is our creators hand in motion!

My grandma that is my guardian angel and with me always~
Most know that I am not religious but rather spiritual. I do believe the creator; the universe provides blessings, comfort, and support. I have been on the receiving end of many blessings throughout my lifetime this is clear proof that there are angels walking amongst us. There are guardian angels by my side, and my creator loves and cares for me. I too know that the creator, universe, understands the most tender parts of my soul and my ideology – it is understood without judgment. Do I proclaim Christianity – no, I do not. I do not prescribe to religious labeling. Instead, I choose to live a life that represents my belief system of offering myself as a caretaker for the underserved, friend to many, advocating for the marginalized forgotten ones on this earth, and being positive and hopeful. I try to live each day authentically transparent; I am perfectly imperfect. Actions speak louder than words. Anyone can profess to be anything – but action shows a person’s true character.

On the topic of religion, a couple weeks ago, I reached out to a childhood friend asking for a donation toward my treatment fund; the response was unfortunate. This individual began quoting Bible verses, stating that if I did not profess Jesus as my Savior that I was going to go to hell – that when I die, it would be wise of me to fall upon my face and ask Jesus for forgiveness in the hopes I would not be sent to hell. I respect differing belief systems but disagreed with this individual’s view of his God being so harsh and punishing. Instead of a donation, this person stated they were offering a greater gift, that of eternal life. I expressed that walking a “Christ” like life is more meaningful than professing to be Christian. For example, I can say I am a farmer, but that does not make me a farmer. If I am working on a farm and living that life – then I am a farmer. Live your professed truth – authentically. Although I know this individual is well intended and deeply rooting in a particular belief system, I believe it is increasingly meaningful to walk in alignment with your spoken truth setting aside judgement. Actions matching words. Oh and by the way, I let this individual know that “I am in good standing” with my creator – my heart is known fully.

Coming back around to the generous donation - I thank God for speaking into the life of the individual that recently learned of my health struggles and that God was able to use this individual as His vessel to deliver a message of love and hope. I too was deeply touched by the words offered by this individual – it was offered that I pray to Mary, as she was a human that walked this earth and is a mother that I may connect with her because she understands the heart of a mother. This brought tears to my eyes and touched my heart. I believe that blessings will continue to fall upon me that will make treatment possible and healing will come to my body. Thank you to everyone that continues to support and love me – event though, even when. For this, I am eternally sitting in gratitude.

Where I find the most peace, along the Oregon Coast~
Please continue to donate to my treatment fund, I trust everything will come together in perfect timing. There remains an outstanding need; funds to travel to Frankfurt, Germany – due to my declining health, it would be best to travel with accommodations enabling me to lay down during the flight and sleep – this too will help temper my anxiety with flying. Additionally, the clinic recommends you have a travel companion. Curtis and I were going to get creative with travel by having my brother spend a week with me and then maybe a friend traveling over for a week, and finally Curtis joining me in the later part of treatment and to accompany me home.

I see my oncologist next week and will be discussing my current health situation and learning if he thinks I will be able to travel 60 days from now. I have outlived this disease and beat the odds thus far – but I know that with this terminal diagnosis, when things go left, it will move quickly. Next week, I too will find out if my oncologist is in a position to make the 6 months left to live call in writing. This will enable me to begin the process of death with dignity – if it comes to that. Please keep praying for my body to return to health and that I will have access to the treatments that will support my body to heal.

I have been writing every day, but I am going to put things on pause for a few days so that I can get emotionally and physically grounded. Thank you for your continued support, endless positive healing thoughts, and prayers. 



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Christina Garrett
PO Box 192
Philomath, Oregon 97370

Selco Credit Union Direct Deposit:
"Team Christina"

Today, I am hopeful~ 


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December 17, 2015

39 days left~ Team Christina


Today I had lunch with two of my favorite people Vicki Bern, Rachael Lehti and her adorable baby Zeekie! We enjoyed a delightful lunch at Gustovs in Keizer - many thanks to Vicki for treating us to a tasty lunch! Karri Manning was feeling a bit under the weather so she missed our girls luncheon. The four of us decided before we graduated from grad school that we would remain in touch with each other so we meet for lunch at least one time monthly. GFU Girl Power Forever~

Please watch my Personal Video of the day 12/17/2015
 https://youtu.be/ZOa_rPgvKtU

Please continue to spread the word and donate using one of the avenues listed below, to support my treatment in Frankfurt, Germany. you recall, yesterday I received the results of my bloodwork that indicated the cancer is becoming increasingly active again. Although this was to happen, it kind of took my breath away when reading the blood tumor maker results. I need to remain healthy enough to travel to Germany for treatment in February. 

Do you have airline miles you would like to donate? 
If yes, please email me at christinasrealtalk@gmail.com 

I am currently exploring flight options - keeping in mind that due to my declining health and flight anxiety, I need to travel in a seat that can lay flat so that I can sleep during the flight. The dates I need to travel February 18th or 19th returning March 19 or 20th. I'm departing from PDX traveling to Frankfurt, Germany airport.

Thank you to everyone that is helping make it possible for me to get this last chance treatment! With a terminal diagnosis, this is my last hope. I still need to share an very cool series of events that occurred Wednesday evening, when the time is right I will share - this definitely was a God moment, or as my friend Karri Manning says "Gods provisions". I love when Ask - Believe - Receive reveals itself. 

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Preferred way to Donate by Mail: 
Christina Garrett
PO Box 192
Philomath, Oregon 97370

Selco Credit Union Direct Deposit:
"Team Christina"


Today, I am hopeful~ 





December 16, 2015

40 days left, please join Team Christina

Team Christina

Please DONATE to my fundraiser supporting last chance breast cancer treatment in Frankfurt, Germany by going to  https://www.youcaring.com/Team.Christina

Personal video of the day: 12/16/2015
https://youtu.be/H8xH0Jmbub4

I kind of felt like a low level Corvallis celebrity today! I went to drop off Team Christina fundraising flyers at Hair Body & Sole (541.757.1116) to the incredible salon owner Lisa Mattson. When I walked through the door the darling smiling receptionist said oh hi Christina I was just watching you on FB - noting my video of the day I presume; that was cool! I then was off to get my bloodwork done. The woman taking my blood started talking to me about my fundraising efforts and then told me that she knew about my story from FB. Kind of awesome to know that so many people I don't even know are rooting for me and spreading the word about my fundraising efforts in order to get treatment in Germany.

There are many things to share today, so get ready for information update overload of the most awesome kind!

1.)  I would like to highlight Ashley Rowe a stylist at Fourteenth Avenue Salon & Day Spa. She has been styling my hair since I returned to Oregon. She cuts one of the freshest bob wedge cuts I have ever had. I recently reached out asking if the salon would be willing to post my Team Christina fundraising flyers - without a second thought, Ashley said that she would share them with clients. But then she went one step further, she offered to donate all her tips between last Monday and Christmas to my treatment fund! A huge thank you to the generosity of Ashley - love you girl.

My niece Paige, sign model~
2.) My husbands cousin Courtney Montano has put together a fabulous fundraising event for those living in the Springfield/Eugene area. The event is at Papa's Pizza (Springfield) and will be held January 6, 2016. There will be a raffle with wonderful local gifts - you do not need to be present to win. When you place an order at Papa's Pizza, Springfield on January 6th, present a paper or digital copy of the Team Christina Papa's Pizza brochure at the time of purchase letting them know you are with Team Christina and 50% of your purchase will be donated to the Team Christina treatment fund.  If you live in the Springfield or Eugene area, please pick-up your dinner or lunch from the Springfield Papa's Pizza to support Team Christina. Please encourage your employer to purchase pizza for lunch or on your way home pick-up pizza for dinner. This is a quick and easy way to support Team Christina. Don't forget about the raffle - checkout the FB page for all the details: https://www.facebook.com/events/667032403399183/
3.) I spoke with the Infusio Clinic today and have made my reservation at the clinic in Frankfurt, Germany for treatment February 22 - March 18. Now I am looking to book my flights - that is proving to be kind of an expensive and difficult coordination situation. I thought I had a great travel plan only to realize on the return flight I would have an 8 hour layover in Vegas after flying from Frankfurt to Vegas. Some might consider this layover a gift, I mean being in Vegas and all - but my body is going to be beyond the point of exhaustion and I just want to get back home to my family. It is strange and a bit lonely to think I will be away from them for an entire month. I'm still on the search for the best travel plan that addresses my marked travel anxiety and debilitated health condition.

Thank you to everyone that has joined Team Christina and is helping me get to Frankfurt, Germany for treatment. This really is my last chance at life. What I do know is that as the days progress, my body is deteriorating and is requiring more sleep. I like to think of it as my body is needing extra time to heal. Although, I just received my bloodwork back tonight - it is not good news, that's all I can say through the tears. What is not deteriorating is my determination and will to continue living this journey. One way or another, I am going to make it to at least see my last child graduate from Corvallis High School June 2017! Please open your heart and choose to support Team Christina.


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Christina Garrett
PO Box 192
Philomath, Oregon 97370

Selco Credit Union Direct Deposit:
Team Christina


Today, I am hopeful~ 

December 15, 2015

41 days left

Team Christina

Please DONATE to my fundraiser supporting last chance breast cancer treatment in Frankfurt, Germany by going to  https://www.youcaring.com/Team.Christina

Personal video of the day: 12/15/2015
https://youtu.be/fgUbpa6Fc6Y

Today was a full day! I was able go to the post office to apply for my passport! The line was long however, the individuals I was standing with were friendly and not in a rush. So it is official, this nearly baldheaded girl has a passport photo and paperwork filed - in 5-6 weeks, I will have the passport in my hands; one step closer to Frankfurt, Germany. I also went to the PO Box and was met with four lovely cards/letters, three of which had donation checks. So I headed to Selco Community Credit Union to deposit the donations into Team Christina - they too are posted on the YouCaring site. Each day brings me a bit closer to getting treatment and a second chance at life. 

Please keep spreading the word and making donations - I know we can do this together!

I am encouraging people to consider hosting a Team Christina luncheon/wine tasting/tea/or get together of some sort with your group of friends. Set a donation goal with your friends and have a fun time! For example, if you decide you want to raise $1000 for Team Christina - invite over 15 friends ask each person to donate $65. I can email out flyers that talk a little about my family and what we are trying to do. You can read some of my blog entries, laugh and cry while viewing some of my daily videos as you grow increasingly hopeful along with me! Thank you SO much for joining with me to raise the money needed to get the treatment in Germany.

Today, my son Jackson and I went out to Kevin & Mary Skillings property to cut down a fresh beautiful Christmas tree. Jackson finally was able to cut the tree down; no older brothers around to argue with over who gets to cut the tree down. Last year we did not have a holiday tree, so it is nice to have one adorning our home during the season. A huge thank you to the Skillings family for the tree and the Bylund family for the tree stand.  On the drive out to the property, there was a mama deer with her baby crossing the street and jumping the fence to the safety of a field. I love being out in the country, it is grounding and brings joy to my soul. Well, the tree is up and looks fabulous!
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Christina Garrett
PO Box 192
Philomath, Oregon 97370

Selco Credit Union Direct Deposit:
Team Christina


Today, I am hopeful~ 

December 14, 2015

42 days left

Team Christina

Please DONATE to my fundraiser supporting last chance breast cancer treatment in Frankfurt, Germany by going to  https://www.youcaring.com/Team.Christina

Personal video of the day: 12/14/2015

Today was a busy day, especially coming off a few days that required my body to rest. The deep body aches, sourcing from the inside out, is incredibly painful. Nevertheless, I was able to push through it long enough to get several items checked off my list. I dropped of fundraising flyers at three Albany location listed below; I encourage you to utilize their specialties! Thank you for supporting my efforts.


1. Canine Caboose: Albany (541.926.3272) Jessie, the owner and groomer is amazing and comes highly recommended.

2. Albany Acupuncture:  (541.928.2171) Mandi Schwendiman is an incredibly talented acupuncturist.

3. Fourteenth Avenue Salon & Day Spa: Albany (541.926.7605) Ashley Rowe is a gifted and creative stylist.

Today I was able to establish another way for you to make donations toward my cancer treatment in Frankfurt, Germany. An account has been opened at your local Selco Community Credit Union. Donations may be made at any of their locations - just let them know your donation goes to TEAM CHRISTINA.

I have two exciting fundraising events that friends are about ready to launch – one involves food & gifts and the other will bring lots of laughs! Stay tuned for details! I am thankful for all the hard work my Team Christina peeps are doing to piece together events to raise money for my treatment, it really is a labor of love. Please continue to spread the word and make donations – I need your help to be able to try and save my life by getting the treatment in Frankfurt, Germany. 

In the coming days, I will begin to share some of the treatment modalities they offer so everyone can continue to grow feelings of hope along with me. I appreciate everyone’s support and continued commitment to me finding health and healing for my body. I feel surrounded by love.

Thank you to all the special, gifted, loving, generous, and kind people that I am blessed to have in my life. Much love and light to you all.


Easiest way to Donate Online:
https://www.youcaring.com/Team.Christina

Preferred way to Donate by Mail: 
Christina Garrett
PO Box 192
Philomath, Oregon 97370

Selco Credit Union Direct Deposit:
Team Christina


Today, I am hopeful~ 

December 13, 2015

43 days left

Team Christina

Please donate and spread the word of my fundraising efforts to get treatment in Germany. I'm pretty tired today, it's a stay in bed kind of day. 

Daily video of the day: https://youtu.be/fCa72ayhfNQ

Precancer diagnosis photo: remember when...


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Preferred way to Donate by Mail: 
Christina Garrett
PO Box 192
Philomath, Oregon 97370


Today, I am hopeful~

December 12, 2015

44 days left

TEAM CHRISTINA

Daily Personal Video Message: https://youtu.be/GDWXZCf4jsc

Today was a good day! I was able to sleep nearly 12 hours last night – this gives my body time to heal and my mind to gently be placed on pause. After getting up and out of bed, I was able to visit my friends Belinda & Steven Bylund, Belinda’s mom who I naturally call grandma along with exchanging a quick few laughs and problem solving moments with Richard, the Bylund’s son. I am incredibly fortunate to have friends like the Bylund’s, they offer comfort, support, and are positive people to spend time with. As I drove home from their house, it reminded me of where I was at four years ago before this breast cancer diagnosis. At that time in my life, I was so closed off from accepting love, caring, compassion, and comfort rather I was all about giving, but entirely closed to receiving. I still remember the moment I chose to change that forever – to be open to receiving – and it has been fabulous ever since! I have developed deep forever friendships with a close group of friends . Equally, I continue to have opportunities to cross paths with wonderful, insightful, giving, compassionate, laughter filled, gracious, and loving individuals. Life is good. There are moments when I forget that I have been told I have terminal breast cancer, that I am nearly bald, or that my body aches from the inside out. I love and cherish these tiny moments. Most often these moments are experienced when I am in the company of those that love and care for me.  I treasure these moments forever.

What weighs on my mind right now is twofold - first, trusting that my friends, family, and strangers, will support my treatment fundraising efforts secondly, trusting that the treatment will heal my body giving me a second chance at life. This journey has been rich with experiences that continue to push me beyond my safety zone as I grow and develop my inner self. Trust is something that, for me, is easily shattered. I consider my current circumstances as one of opportunity, learning deeper lessons as I seek to become a better person. This lifetime offers the opening to leave a positive and impacting imprint in this world; I think I am heading in the right direction. How amazing is it that all of you reading have the opportunity to be a part of giving someone, me, a second chance at life? How amazing it is that I am able to be the recipient of a second chance at life – it is quite an inspiring pairing.

Please donate to my treatment fundraiser and be a part of giving me a second chance at living. Thank you for believing in me and for wrapping me in love and support. Don't give up on me.

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Preferred way to Donate by Mail: 
Christina Garrett
PO Box 192
Philomath, Oregon 97370



Today, I am hopeful~

December 11, 2015

Team Christina 45 days left


There are 45 days left to meet my goal of raising $30,000 to get breast cancer treatment in Germany. Today I planned to go get bloodwork, meet a friend for lunch, and start the process of getting my travel passport - minor detail. I was hoping to put off the passport photo until my hair grew back a bit more, but there is no more time to waste so nearly bald it shall be. At least I will have a few more days to wait as my body is telling me to lay down and rest. In the past couple weeks, the body aches have increased and so has the intake of pain medication. 

Personal Video of the day: https://youtu.be/e-uQb7rl6wA



Please know that I am counting on you to help me raise the money to have access to this treatment, I have been accepted into the clinic and am anxious to go. Please donate and share freely. Sending love and gratitude into the universe. 

This is a selfie of me laying on a concrete structure at LAX after my flight was delayed this weekend. I was exhausted beyond belief yet remained in good spirits after completing my consultation with the state-side sister site of the clinic I have been accepted into for cancer treatment in Frankfurt, Germany. 







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Preferred way to Donate by Mail: 
Christina Garrett
PO Box 192
Philomath, Oregon 97370


Today, I am hopeful~

December 10, 2015

Team Christina 12/10/2015

46 days left to raise $30,000 for breast cancer treatment in Germany - this is my last hope as I have a terminal diagnosis. Please donate and share.



 Today’s video posting started out with lots of smiles and positivity and turned emotional. This is the reality of my life; there are moments of great joy and small bumps of emotional turmoil; the reality of being terminal weighs heavy. Please do not give up on my life, help me raise this money to get treatment in Germany. This is my last hope for health.


Donate by Mail: 
Christina Garrett
PO Box 192
Philomath, Oregon 97370

Today, I am hopeful~

December 9, 2015

47 Days left to raise $30,000

47 days left to raise $30,000

I am doing everything possible to remain healthy, despite the terminal diagnosis the doctors gave me earlier this year. Yes, I am “that lady” roll’n around local markets adorned with the most adorable pink printed facemask.


Recently a friend shared she did not understand why I was seeking treatment outside the United States. My response was, “you either get it or you don’t”. She then admitted that she did not really understand. The exchange between my friend and I got me thinking that perhaps there are more individuals who do not really understand. The first thing is to know that I have been given a terminal diagnosis – the doctors say I will die from this disease. The second is that there are no curative treatments available – western medicine has absolutely nothing else to offer that will “cure” this disease; again, I am terminal. Why Germany? Well, I have been researching treatment centers over the past four years and did not come across any that appeared promising in treating this aggressive hormone negative breast cancer, Triple Negative Breast Cancer. It wasn’t until many months ago that I landed on Infusio, a clinic in Frankfurt, Germany. They offer many treatments that I have only been able to read about, many of which are in trials in the US currently.

I want to get healthy and continue living, the treatment in Germany offers me hope and options. I am not willing to just sit here in Oregon waiting to die – my intention is to have access to promising treatments that may allow me to continue to live a healthy life. Look, there is no guarantee of life and living with any treatment. This last two-month stint of chemo every week nearly took my life – not the cancer, but the toxic chemotherapy. If we take a step back and assess things, choosing chemotherapy seems much more “crazy” then choosing IV vitamin infusions, Oxygen therapies, Hypothermia treatments, Herbal remedies, Teas, and so on. This is my life and I am simply not ready to give up and accept a terminal diagnosis.

Does it seem daunting to raise $30,000 in 7-weeks – hell yes! Then I break it down and think, well, if I have 300 people donate $100, I have raised $30,000, I have over 500 Facebook friends. Or if 60 people donate $500; re-framing presents the possibility that raising a ginormous amount of money quickly, no longer feels impossible. 

Please do not give up on my life or me, offer a donation toward getting the treatment in Germany that may save my life. Thank you to everyone that has donated and supported me over the past 4 years.


Donate by Mail: 
Christina Garrett
PO Box 192
Philomath, Oregon 97370


Today, I am hopeful~

December 8, 2015

7-weeks $30,000 48 days left

Please check-out my daily videos, I will post them on FaceBook and my blog. I hope you enjoy and continue to help me reach my goal.   https://youtu.be/a-6hg0rYXi4



Please keep spreading the word! $30,000 in 7-weeks will allow me to travel to Germany to seek breast cancer treatment, this is my last hope for a positive intervention. Currently, I am sitting with a terminal diagnosis, knowing there is hope to regain my health is promising.

The best way to support is to mail donations to:
Christina Garrett
PO Box 192
Philomath, Oregon 97370

The quickest way to donate is online:
https://www.youcaring.com/Team.Christina

December 7, 2015

TEAM CHRISTINA - last hope for breast cancer treatment in Germany


The trip to California was a huge success! Mandi and I enjoyed our whirlwind trip, it was filled with a great deal of laughter and brainstorming. There were mechanical issues so we had to deboard the plane and wait for a new plane to arrive. We finally made it back to Portland around 3:00am. We were exhausted by the end of the trip but were both able to take a little nap on the plane ride home.

It's a go! I can go to Germany for cancer treatment, so I need your help. Below are the details about the treatment costs and ways to help. I know that it is possible to raise this money in a short time period, with the help of all of you that love me and/or have been touched by my story. PLEASE help spread the word, I can not do this without the help of my friends, family, and the community at large.


Team Christina- last hope for breast cancer treatment in Germany

“You are terminal.” Hearing these words was not a surprise, to Christina, as she has known since being diagnosed in 2011 that her prognosis was not favorable – the five-year survival rate was rare. Despite this, Christina continued to live life big including earning her masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2015, with a 4.0 GPA! She has endured many surgeries and harsh chemical treatments over the years. Complimentary treatment modalities including acupuncture, massage, Ayurvedic practices, and chiropractic interventions have been foundational in nourishing her body and maintaining the best health possible.

After years of research, Christina has identified a clinic located in Frankfurt, Germany called Infusio. Recently Infusio opened a stateside clinic in California however; the cancer treatment is only available at the Germany clinic due to FDA regulations. This weekend, she had the opportunity to travel to the stateside clinic for a consultation and diagnostic workup by Doctor Whitney; who states Christina is an excellent candidate for the cancer treatment protocol. Following the consultation, Christina had the opportunity to speak directly with Dr. Battiade, that heads the German clinic, to outline the most promising personalized treatment regimen.This truly is Christina’s last opportunity to find health, allowing her body to come back into balance. Infusio offers many IV infusions and cutting edge healing approaches, many of which are in clinical trials in the US.

Treatment will take place in Frankfurt, Germany lasting 4-weeks and includes lodging. The cost of the treatment is $28,100 plus travel and food. Christina's intention is to travel to Germany February 16, 2016 to begin treatment.
Christina is asking for your help so that she can continue to beat the odds and live on for many years to come. Please consider donating toward her treatment costs. She has faith that through the generosity of others, she will successfully raise the money needed for treatment. Christina has 7-weeks to raise the money. Please help her beat the odds by donating – it is possible to make this a reality for her!

300 people donating $100 = $30,000
60 people donating $500 = $30,000
30 people donating $1000 = $30,000

Christina is a loving wife, mother of 16 children; biological, adoptive, and foster, a daughter, sister, friend, advocate, and therapist– She is determined to continue to beat the odds and find healing. Christina is one of the most positive individuals many of us know, many refer to her as the "Queen of Reframe" finding that bright spot in a sea of darkness. She needs your help to make this treatment option a reality. Spread the word to all your friends, co-workers, family members, religious affiliations, and social groups. Upon receiving your donation, Christina will mail you a handwritten note of gratitude to celebrate your support, please include a mailing address with your donation.



Donate by Mail: 
Christina Garrett
PO Box 192
Philomath, Oregon 97370




So here we go, 7-weeks to raise $30,000! Let's make this possible for Christina, this is the last hope for her body to fully heal. Many people have a bucket list, Christina does not, her biggest wish is to find healing so that she will continue to live and be a part of all of our lives. She ends all of her blog postings with "Today, I am hopeful" - She has taught us all that hope is a commodity. 

Today, I am hopeful~

Full length video on link below:
https://youtu.be/2vK0Mw3fqXU