Med. Exp. & Lost Wages-Margie Velez

$8,985 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 90 people in 39 months
Phyllis Jackson
on behalf of Margarita Velez
Hello friends!
We are reaching out to you for your love, support and prayers for Margie's healing!
I'm her cousin and from the moment I heard the doctor tell her the extent of her breast cancer and the treatment it would require, I've seen our girl at her weakest and at her strongest. 
She needs your help.  Cancer SUCKS, and it's also costly.  Aside from the medical bills that aren't covered, she also loses pay for every day she can't work due to her chemo treatments, which are soon to move into a more frequent phase. 
We know this girl:  she's one of the bubbliest, most warm-hearted persons you know and she needs our help!  Please be her 'Warrior' and give what you can to help her in this time of need so she can put her focus on healing and getting well and beating this disease!
Thank you so much for any contribution and prayer--it's needed and appreciated so very much.
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Hello friends,
Wanted to give an update on our beloved Margie Velez who is valiant as ever in her fight against Triple Negative breast cancer!

Margie was treated with Chemotherapy after being diagnosed 4 months ago to shrink the tumors for surgical removal. Since we last spoke, Margie successfully completed her planned surgery to remove her tumors in mid-September. She had voice loss of 8 weeks due to the chemo, but thankfully, her speaking voice has returned.

Unfortunately, she has also continued to experience intense neuropathy (which is numbness and discomfort in her hands and feet, which makes wearing any regular shoes or socks downright painful—now that summer is over and flip flops aren’t an option, this issue will become more challenging). In addition, the underside of her arm near where the surgery was done pains her a great deal. They tell her to brace that this inability to lift or move this arm much may linger for a while.

Going forward
I joined Margie on her recent visit to the doctor to talk about what comes next. It was a difficult conversation. I think we’d both assumed and hoped that it would be a 1,2,3 step process (chemo, surgery, and maybe some radiation and then done!). Unfortunately, after testing the 12 lymph nodes they removed during surgery, they found 3 of them still contained cancer. So the doctor is now setting her on a course for more chemotherapy. And there will also be DAILY radiation treatments. They may include her in a medical trial which may help also. All in all, not an easy road ahead and she can expect many more months on this journey toward wellness.

What next?
With our love and support, Margie is trying to maintain her good spirits and her smile still lights up a room! She is transitioning from Short Term Disability to Long Term Disability (hoping to get approval and payments coming soon, but it’s still in process red tape). Once on LTD, she will be receiving 50% of pay. FIFTY PERCENT. I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine surviving on half my income. With the painful walking due to neuropathy and extreme fatigue from the treatment itself, working isn’t possible at this time (especially given the daily treatments soon to begin). As such, Margie is exploring all financial options available, but as you can imagine, it’s pretty tough. YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS HAVE BEEN A LIFELINE! I thank you, on her behalf, sincerely for your kind generosity and ask that if you have any little bit in your budget you can contribute to this fund, every dollar is valued. She’s been diligently careful with these funds and has relied on them (I don’t touch a cent—she accesses all donations directly!). If it’s in your ability to give, please do. If you want to, but simply can’t, please continue to keep my beloved cousin in your prayers for healing. She is also trying to continue on the path toward healthy weight loss which the doctor said may help her prognosis. So, if you visit with her or bring goodies, please keep this in mind. We all love this wonderful girl and with God’s grace, she will get through this with flying colors. But it’s going to be a longer journey than we thought, so any help from EVERYONE and ANYONE is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Margie, The Warrior!
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Hi all, just thought I'd post an update on our girl, Margie Velez. As you can imagine, the journey has been long and tough, and it has ups and downs.
A few things:
- As you probably know, as a side effect, she lost her voice for over 8 weeks! I can't imagine not being able to talk for 8 days, let alone 8 weeks. And, as a customer service representative extradinaire by trade, this posed even greater challenges as Margie was trying to juggle work and her treatment like a champ until that setback which forced her onto STD (short term disability), which only pays her 30% of her salary. We thank God for all of you, because this fund has helped her bridge that gap!

- Right around the time her voice returned, the chemo treatments (she had, by then, moved into the 2nd phase of them--weekly with a different version) caused her to experience severe neuropathy (which is numbness or weakness of the nerves, causing extreme discomfort) of the hands and feet. She is still working to ease those issues with new specialists now as it makes sleeping, holding items, and other basic functions challenging.

- Bad News/Good News: As a result of the neuropathy challenges, the doctors had to discontinue the chemo altogether. But, after examining her, they see that it did its job and the tumors did shrink the way they'd hoped! YAYYYYYYYYYY. This means that since they stopped it early, her surgery date has also now been moved up to some time in September to remove them. Her doctor is also encouraged by the 56 lbs. weight loss she's had which will help her prognosis for recovery. I'm thankful that the loss of appetite that contributed to that is waining and now she can enjoy her food more as she moves forward with healthy choices.

- She's getting better. But unfortunately, since FMLA only protects her employment for 12 weeks and she had to unexpectedly use most of it for the voice loss and neuropathy and also the surgery time, her job is as good as gone. Though her employers were fairly sympathetic, they won't hold her position for her. But I can report that Margie is optimistic about her future once all of this is behind her. Unfortunately there is a little ways to go yet. After surgery, it's possible she may have to go through some radiation treatments, but she is waiting to see what the docs say.

So, we just wanted to say THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU. You have prayed for her, visited her, gone to treatments with her and shown her so much love from near and far and you'll never know how much it's meant!!! AND, you've been INCREDIBLY generous! She's received donations from $10 - $500 and EVERY ONE OF THEM has helped her and your generosity has been a true blessing. I can attest that she has been wise in her management of these much-needed funds and has appreciated each one.

The journey is not over, but the important thing is that Margie's fight is strong and the love and support her friends and family continue to show keeps her going. Thank you all and please continue to do what you can. It means the world to her and to me. <3
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Thanks to each and every one of you who have donated and been there for Margie Velez! It's a massive show of support for Margie and shows how loved she is.
Your kindness is incredibly needed and truly appreciated!
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Raised by 90 people in 39 months
Created June 2, 2016
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Connie Proano
33 months ago
Nancy Bravo
33 months ago

Prayers and positive thought going your way. Get well soon cousin.

Steve Pellicane
33 months ago
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Barbara Tischler
34 months ago

Margie--Our thoughts are with you. Stay strong. Steve and Barara Tischler

Orlando Peña
34 months ago
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