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    Fighting for my life, not my job!!!

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Mlangbehn, 30, says she doesn’t have a lot of remaining options, but one of them was a clinical trial at the National Institutes of Heath for a drug called Cabozantinib. The admission team was beginning to evaluate her records on Monday to make an official enrollment decision when the shutdown halted the trial. 'I am furious that the Republicans in the House have chosen to shut down the government while attempting to repeal or change unrelated laws. With the NIH being shut down, they are denying or delaying potentially life saving treatments to Americans in need of a miracle. I speak for everyone battling cancer when I say we don't have time to wait.'

    Watch her interview with Anderson Cooper.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

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    I am 30 years old and have a rare form of cancer known as Fibrosarcoma. I was within days of getting approved for a clinical trial at the National Institute of Heath but that has now been put on hold because of the shutdown. This drug that is being offered for the clinical trial can potentially save my life and the lives of many others battling cancer. Please stop focusing on national park closures and focus on what's really important, people's lives!!!
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