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Raised by 37 people in 30 months
Aubrey Anderson   Brinsmead, QLD
i'm a single mother with a 14 week old baby, 13 weeks ago i had a ct scan after because drs thought a blood clot- due to have preclampsia and an emergency ceasarian. at 2:30 in the morning i was told they had found a mass in my lungs. 23 hours later i had decided i wasn't going to be depressed because this gift, my daughter, as i wasn't supposed to be able to get pregnant, this gift had potentially saved my life. the drs told me that i was good to go home, they believed it was benign. 10 weeks later, or 3 weeks ago now- i say across from a thoracic dr- who told me that the 4cm diameter mass was to big to ignore. assuming it's a peripheral pulmonary carcinoid tumour, a lung cancer. he stated it's location made it too difficult to biopsy and the safest course of action was to remove for 2 reasons if it is cancerous yet it will stop it from developing into one, the other reason being it will hopefully prevent it from spreading. stats suggests that the 5 yr survival rate for lung cancer patients is 12.9%..... given my age this increases to 37%. saying this of the 66 people diagnosed with lung cancer under 39 in qld between 1999 and 2004 on 24 would have survived to live over 5 years. it is rare for people my age to be diagnosed with cancer. so surgery is our best option, they surgeon will be removing half of my left lung, with potential to take more if needed. the recovery time is approx 4-6 weeks before people can return to work. so what do i need help with? as my pregnancy was a surprise it was a huge effort to buy everything that i needed and put money towards my mortgage and bills. so in saying this as i approach the end of my maternity leave there is nothing left, no savings and the mortgage is due as soon as i'm due back at work- which now i don't even know when in returning to work due to the surgery next week. what do i do for work? for 8 years i have been working with traumatised young people and children that have turned to drug use to cope with their pain. before that i worked with homeless young people. i have no leave saved up as i had to use what i had to supplement the income centrelink gave me throughout the last 3-4 months. so taking another 6 weeks off work to recover and the costs of travelling 5 hours away from home to get the surgery means i need to come up with at least $3000 to get by, pay bills and well sustain myself and my newborn baby. i would sell my apartment, our home, but due to the market i would be lucky to get enough to pay out the mortgage. i need to get this surgery (booked in for friday the 7th of march) and not put it off as i want to be in the 37% i want to survive to watch my daughter grow up, to let her know everyday that i love her and she is my miracle baby! please help, i know it's a lot to ask but i have no where left to turn. i have exhausted all my rainy day funds with having bubs- and there is nothing left in my super as i almost lost my home last year (it's been one of those years) so i'm now at a loss, potential for losing my home again and struggling.
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Update 10
29 months ago
Ok News Alert! After the biggest couple of months of my life I'm so glad to finally have news! So my lil nasty mass- whom we never actually named... Is a Harmatoma... A benign tumour- there since birth like a defect or excess skin or cell- like a birth mark on ones face. It grows with you. So I have lost a part of me and gained a new lease on life! I feel like rocky balboa on top of the stairs! So with every painful breath I can now get on with planning out Harper's and mines future! I know that with this mass gone it takes away all my baggage and I fell as sense of anything is truly possible! I am blessed and want to thank everyone for the support donations, help and words of encouragement, support and the dark humor that has gotten me thru! Don't waste a minute! And get insurance for everything! Love to everyone and now I'm going to fall in a heap so I can rest and recover as my whole body hurts! I can't wait to get back to work, to be healthy! You know I may even get to be a fan of the red arrow? My lungs can do anything! As humans we are incredible! Don't forget that!
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Update 9
30 months ago
Tests tests and more tests.... Lil miss isn't too happy to be here but she will cope, there are many a nurse lining up for cuddles! Any tips for teething babies? So had a chat with surgeon he tells me I can't keep it, as it isn't like wisdom teeth! Oh and the latest X-ray assures me that it is definetly on the left side! Phew! Big thanks again to everyone- now we are just tired.
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Update 8
30 months ago
Alarm set for 3:15 am. Off to Townsville in the morn, big thank you to Ian and Theresa for driving us down. Words can not express the gratitude we have at the moment. Big thanks to everybody helping out!
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Update 7
30 months ago
Nearly there! How amazing! And with a couple of private donations basically I am there. If you would like to continue to donate it won't go unappreciated as it could help fund accommodation in Townsville for my mum and lil miss Harper so they don't have to sleep in makeshift beds at the hospital. Tonight we had a donation of nappies and formula which was awesome, oh and a bottle of wine- I almost feel human. We have also had offers of cuddle dates for lil miss Harper, offers to help with groceries or getting to and from appts once we return from Townsville. I have been overwhelmed by the support offered. So please if you would like to keep donating please do. If we go overboard we may have to find a a way to give it to other deserving people. New mums facing illness or people and families facing the daunting process of living in sickness limbo. Also the reality is we are not out of the woods yet. So for those with a fascination or curiosity I have attached a pic of the day I first saw the mass. Well goodnight all and thank you. Lil miss is teething so I need to grab some sleep while I can.
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$3,095 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 30 months
Created February 25, 2014
SB
$40
sarah baud
29 months ago

Hope this helps xx

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JH
$50
Justin Hoskins
30 months ago
FM
$150
Frieda Marfleet
30 months ago
$50
Ashleah Davis
30 months ago

Sending positive vibes to you Aubrey

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RS
$50
Rach Santuccione
30 months ago

Thinking of you Aubs. Much love xoxo

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$150
Anonymous
30 months ago
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Nick Bradt
30 months ago
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Grace Hayman-King
30 months ago

All I can afford until my next pay cheque x

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Anonymous
30 months ago
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Kimberly Mitchell
30 months ago

Oh my, I know the terror you've got to be feeling. I'm a mother of two, parenting alone, and was diagnosed with stage IV LC when my kids were 9 & 12. Doctors told me "it wasn't likely you'll get to see your kids grow up". At first that made me scared, then it pissed me off! My son is now 20, my daughter, 17, and after a VERY long, hard fought battle, I had my first clean scan just this past January. Lots of people live with cancer (ideally, having it gone completely is the goal), but I didn't let my treatments get in the way of my being the best mother I could be TODAY! Today you are alive and I know as a mother, you will fight this with everything in you, and you will win. My thoughts are prayers will continue for your complete healing.

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