Simply when Krystal and Josh Galindo thought they had been placing 2020 and COVID-19 behind them as they entered 2021, their hopes was rapidly dashed when the 34-year-old mother of 4 was recognized with breast most cancers.
Now cancer-free with a superb prognosis after ending chemotherapy in August, Krystal Galindo and her husband are utilizing their expertise to help different Las Vegas girls via most cancers by serving to them maintain their hair intact.
Krystal Galindo was recognized with stage 1B invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast with one lymph node affected. Her grandmother on her father’s facet had breast most cancers twice however didn’t assume her breast most cancers was genetic. Galindo has realized that the gene runs within the household on her paternal facet. Her father has the gene as does her dad’s sister. Krystal Galindo has a brother and a sister who additionally carry the gene.
Combating most cancers was one factor. Telling her youngsters was one other. That was an possibility Krystal and Josh Galindo prevented. However they knew it wouldn’t be straightforward as soon as Krystal Galindo began to lose her hair throughout her deliberate chemotherapy.
With youngsters ages 2, 3, 6 and eight, the couple didn’t need the youngsters to fret or attempt to comprehend a most cancers prognosis. That led the couple to chilly caps that protect hair throughout remedy.
Krystal Galindo was prepared to offer it a attempt in order that she minimized a change in look throughout remedy. She additionally had her eyebrows micro-bladed and eyelashes placed on to look the identical for her youngsters.
She completed her final remedy on Aug. 11 with a full head of hair.
It wasn’t straightforward, and a few medical doctors thought it couldn’t be accomplished.
The method is labor-intensive, and the associated fee is about $500 per 30 days, so not each lady can afford it.
The Galindos had been ready to take action because the house owners of the Galindo Group Actual Property brokerage, which has 50 brokers.
It began in June 2020 when Krystal Galindo felt a small lump solely to be instructed it was solely a thyroid problem. She watched it, and it doubled in dimension. When she went in January to get examined once more, earlier than she even left the ability the place she obtained the mammogram, she was getting a name from her physician and instructed to get a biopsy straight away.
“I had a biopsy the following day on Thursday, and on Monday they known as me and instructed me I had (breast most cancers),” she stated. “From there, we hit the bottom working.”
She went to the Complete Most cancers Facilities of Nevada for her surgical procedure and remedy. Her medical oncologist, Fadi Braiteh, wished to do an aggressive remedy plan, which she stated meant a 100% hair loss.
“We determined to not inform (the youngsters) something, so it was actually essential to try to save my hair not just for their psychological well being however my very own so once I look within the mirror, I really feel wholesome,” Krystal Galindo stated. “If I don’t see something completely different, then I wouldn’t really feel sick.”
She underwent 16 rounds of chemotherapy over six months, which required going the route of chilly caps to protect her hair.
The $500-a-month price included 4 caps that needed to be rotated on the affected person’s head each 20 minutes, Josh Galindo stated. The chilly caps needed to be maintained at a minus 20- to 40-degree temperature and required fixed monitoring with dry ice. The 4 caps had been positioned between 60 kilos of dry ice, he added.
The primary 4 chemo remedies had been each three weeks, and the final 12 had been weekly. The entire course of concerned two hours earlier than remedy, three hours throughout remedy and 5 hours afterward for a complete of 10 hours of carrying caps, Josh Galindo stated.
When the chilly cap was positioned on Krystal Galindo’s head, it was an immediate mind freeze. She additionally used chilly mittens and booties to assist stop neuropathy, which is usually a facet impact of remedy.
The idea is like coping with a swollen ankle that should you put one thing chilly on it, the blood movement is restricted. That restriction saved the chemo away from the hair follicles, Josh Galindo defined.
“The bodily and psychological energy it takes to endure that degree of chilly even after her head is totally numb is spectacular,” he stated.
The couple have launched a fundraising marketing campaign to assist different girls and fellow Complete Most cancers Facilities sufferers with youngsters save their hair via chilly caps. They’re doing it via their nonprofit Galindo Offers, which began with their actual property brokerage serving to valley households in the course of the holidays. They plan to lift $5,000 to $10,000, simply to start out.
“The chilly capping is the place I feel consciousness must be shined,” Josh Galindo stated. “Each physician we requested about them stated they don’t work. They do work.”
He continued, “We had been dedicated to normalcy. That comes throughout as useless, however when one thing this huge interrupts your life, you’re craving and greedy for any normalcy you will discover or something you possibly can management as a result of all the things feels so uncontrolled. Once we discovered these existed, it was the one factor we may management and one factor that we may expertise and keep a degree of normalcy. We latched onto it.”
Josh Galindo stated he was shocked that insurance coverage didn’t pay for it. They did their analysis and located an organization in London that makes the caps because it’s a typical approach utilized in Europe, he stated.
Krystal Galindo underwent a double mastectomy on the finish of September, and pathology experiences say there’s no proof of most cancers. She stated she will likely be at excessive threat for the remainder of her life and should monitor it however is doing effectively.
“It’s nonetheless form of surreal,” Krystal stated of what she has gone via. “I all the time say it’s 90 p.c psychological and 10 p.c bodily as a result of I nonetheless really feel completely wholesome. Throughout our remedy, I didn’t eat any meat or drink any alcohol and did a whole lot of inexperienced drinks simply to verify I used to be utterly wholesome. I needed to maintain reminding myself you must do that. I do know you’re feeling positive, however this can be a actuality.”
Josh Galindo stated what they each realized from COVID-19 is that they didn’t wish to lose a 12 months of their lives and had been dedicated to residing day by day and having fun with their youngsters.
“When this hit, we thought 2021 was going to be popping out of COVID could be lot’s of enjoyable, however this hit and we needed to double down on that thought course of,” Josh Galindo stated. “I do know, for me, I compartmentalized issues. You don’t get to really feel. You possibly can’t sit in your sofa and take into consideration most cancers and your spouse and your 4 youngsters and what it’s going to seem like if this doesn’t go your approach.
“You simply get again on the horse and compartmentalize that part of your life and sort out each job that it brings to you and get again to the remainder of your life. We did a reasonably good job at that. We made positive to go on holidays quite a bit, and we grew the enterprise, we beloved one another and socialized.”
Krystal Galindo stated it was essential to maintain all the things the identical. The children continued in sports activities. She didn’t take any time without work work, apart from remedy days. It was good to have normalcy and the distraction, she stated.
“I couldn’t sit and sulk in it,” she stated.
An enormous cause why they wish to do the fundraiser with the chilly caps is that “I wish to discover my why. I don’t know my why, but when I feel I can discover objective in altering different individuals’s lives from it, that’s my why,” Krystal Galindo stated.
She knew what it meant to her and wished to make a distinction with others.
“I feel it’s so essential for moms to maintain normalcy as a result of in case your youngsters are feeling regular, then you definitely placed on a courageous face for them,” Krystal Galindo stated. “If we had been to lift cash for the individuals who can’t afford the caps, that may be fulfilling and provides me my objective and provides me my why.”
As for her future, she stated she is going to wait till her youngsters are older earlier than she tells them however she hasn’t mapped that out but.
“I’m by no means going to throw out the phrase most cancers till they’re a bit of bit older to course of it and perceive it’s not a dying sentence,” Krystal Galindo stated. “In the event that they had been to go to highschool and inform somebody ‘my mother has most cancers,’ one in every of their mates will likely be like ‘my grandpa died of that or so-and-so died from that.’”
They’d relatively deal with what good they will do going ahead.
Josh Galindo stated even when they’re solely in a position to assist three girls with the chilly caps and it really works for them, they may inform others and it’ll unfold to others within the U.S. relatively than simply in Europe.
“I do know it sounds loopy,” he stated. “That folks don’t find out about it,” Krystal Galindo added.
That phrase is already getting out.
Krystal Galindo had a video of her final chilly cap elimination shot by a buddy who posted it on TikTok. It now has 25 million views. Individuals journal posted her video, and “The Ellen DeGeneres Present” and networks have reached out to her. Test it out at http://bit.ly/3p7H19U.
“We predict this will get huge,” Josh Galindo stated.
To donate to the fund, individuals can go to Krystal Galindo’s Instagram web page, Krystal M. Galindo, or galindogrouprealestate.com