At 22 years young, I lost more than half of my tongue because of a cancerous tumor. My team of world-renowned surgeons put me back together better than Humpty Dumpty and now I am giving back! My name is Alyssa Fischer-Reeder, founder of The HNC Fund. The HNC Fund helps facilitate comprehensive financial support for the well-being of one Head and Neck Cancer patient each year. We believe in creating high-impact funding. Our goal is to raise at least $100,000 dollars annually for every HNC Fund Patient of the Year and as we grow, hope to help many more patients a year in the future.

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July 15, 2020

Waking up in the morning and not knowing how I was going to feel has become common over the past 14 months. I have been receiving treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer since last June so part of the daily routine has been waking up and assessing how I feel and what is needed to do to take care of myself that day.

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I’ve always wanted to be a mom, but at age 40, I had unsuccessfully frozen only three eggs after two procedures. The paltry result led to surgery, for what was believed at the time to be my prior endometriosis condition. It turned out to be a rare ovarian cancer called Granulosa Cell Tumor. I had an unexpected radical hysterectomy, oophorectomy, and woke up barren and devastated from my surgery.

Everything happened really quickly after that. My port was placed a week later, and chemo began ten days after that. I traveled cross country for my chemo treatments. I didn’t think I’d get through it.

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I’ll never forget the day I was told three words that broke my heart: You have cancer.

In that moment, everything seemed to slip away. The career that I was working so hard for, the family I was hoping to grow, and the world I wanted to explore felt unreachable and far from reality. In that moment I knew if I soaked in what was happening I would emotionally break. So I did what I have always chosen to do, navigating through the uncertainty by finding joy!

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I was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer a few short days before my 24th birthday in 2019. Being diagnosed with colorectal cancer in your 20s is an absolute nightmare. In a couple weeks between diagnosis and meeting with my oncology team, I got all my scans to determine which treatment I needed. Due to my tumor size I was told that I needed radiation and chemotherapy pills, then after a break another four months of IV chemotherapy. At that time, no one prepared me for the heartbreaking side effects to my body that would follow treatment.

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