Metastatic Head and Neck Cancer
Beth Stitely's Bio
Beth Gearinger Stitely, 53, grew up in Frederick County, graduating from TJ High School and Frederick Community College. She lives in Boonsboro with her husband Todd and has 2 grown children Danny and Rachael, and 2 grandsons Camden and Landon. Beth has been a Registered Nurse for 32 years, having worked at Frederick Memorial Hospital for 28 years and Meritus Medical Center for almost 10.
In October 2017, she was diagnosed with metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Beth underwent a 7 hour surgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, having her parotid gland removed and a modified radical neck dissection. She then received 7 weeks, 34 treatments, of radiation to her head and neck at the James Stockman Cancer Institute in Frederick.
Due to her extensive surgery and aggressive treatment, Beth has been left with life long limitations as well as chronic pain with nerve and muscle damage. She has recently been terminated from her job due to her prolonged medical absences. This has been devastating both emotionally and financially.
Beth’s medical journey began over 6 years ago when it was determined she had a broken neck. A cervical fusion surgery ended with a plate, 8 screws and 3 cages now holding her neck together. After that, she lost both of her hospital nursing positions because of the recovery time that was needed. At that time, Beth was told by her surgeon she may never again be able to return to nursing. But with determination, 7 months of physical therapy, and her extremely strong Faith, Beth returned to work a little over a year later.
She and her family have never recovered financially from that medical ordeal. Now Beth is once again faced with an astronomical financial burden caused by her cancer diagnosis, treatment, therapy and its outcomes.
Beth has always been known for her compassion and caring for others no matter her own circumstances. She is often found volunteering her time with numerous organizations or providing personal medical care to others in need. She sings in several Christian choirs in the area and often does mission work with her local churches. Her passion in life is helping others. Now Beth is in need of help herself as she faces the overwhelming task of fighting cancer while coping with this financial burden once again. Your generosity in helping will forever be appreciated. Thank you.