Rachel Trieu

First post: Mar 24, 2022 Latest post: Feb 19, 2024
Did you know that Rachel wrote a book? (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09P99DTXZ?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details)?
Did you know that Rachel sells (https://www.redbubble.com/people/racheltrieu/shop?asc=u) her art (https://www.instagram.com/kawaii.in.color/?hl=en)?

Please check out Rachel's linktree (https://linktr.ee/RachelTrieu) to learn more about this wonderful human! :D

On 16 March 2022, Rachel was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Synovial Sarcoma, a rare cancer that originated from a tumor in her leg and had already spread to her lungs.

The causes of Synovial Sarcoma are largely unknown.

The road to recovery will be a tough one. Chemotherapy may not be enough on its own. Luckily, Rachel's oncologist is hopeful that some Clinical Trials may offer more hope after Rachels first 5 or 6 cycles of Chemo are completed.

Chemo Regiment:
The general pattern of Rachel's AIM Chemo runs in 21 day cycles:  1 week of chemotherapy treatment, followed by 2 weeks of rest/check up appointments. Then the cycle starts again with another week of treatment.

- The first chemo regiment will be inpatient (hospital downtown), but follow on treatments may be outpatient (local clinic)
- Hospital Visiting Hours are 11am - 6pm
- The second week (first recovery week) is often rough, whereas the 3rd week Rachel might have more energy.

How you can help:
- Donate to Rachel's gofundme (https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-rachel-with-the-fight-for-her-life) run by her coworkers (who work in healthcare and are in direct contact with her health insurance)
- During downtime, food and/or cleaning is appreciated
- Visitors should wear a mask
- If you are sick, do not visit as Chemo compromises the immune system

Please be considerate:
- Rachel might not always want company to talk to and may need alone time
- Rachel wants to feel normal as much as possible; please respect her boundaries
- It can be tiring for a cancer patient to repeat information and help many people process the same news over and over. This is not a hard and fast rule, please just consider this possibility and use your best judgement if/when reaching out

Thank you so much for your continued support for Rachel in her time of need.