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Kick Cancer to the Curb!

$118 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 12 months
In December 2017, I took my regular yearly mammogram and after two biopsies, I was told I have breast cancer. 

Breast Cancer (Invasive Pleomorphic Lobular Carcinoma)- to hear it was scary for many reasons.  My sister passed from Breast Cancer, but thank goodness, we don't have the genetic factors and we know more now today, which gives us more choices and hope regarding treatment and recovery. 

Getting the diagnosis, when I was only expecting a Z-pack for sinuses, suddenly made me feel so lonely!  No one should get that diagnosis and be alone while seeing doctors and specialists.  Doctor’s offices and insurance companies need to be better about putting policies and people in place that can help us during times like these. 

This diagnosis is not ever what you want to hear, but especially not when you have resolved to embrace a new life and new journey, full of writing books, traveling and building a company. 

After talking to my doctor and two specialists, my first reaction was to give this to God and read and connect with everyone I knew who had been through or is going through this, so I could make an informed decision on the next steps I should take.

The recommended treatment is, of course, surgery and then radiation therapy.  They won't know about Chemotherapy until they do the surgery and take out the tumor.

I am self-employed and have limited health insurance and no savings or extra money from work.  After helping my fiancée’ and my mother through long illnesses in 2013, I was left without any savings or reserves.   The surgery is scheduled for February 26th, so this is an urgent need. 

The hospital informed me I would need to have the co-pay by that date, and they have included more testing from two more specialists which are a Cardiologist and a  Pulmonology Specialists before I can have the lumpectomy.  I already owe $600.00 for diagnostics and biopsy and I will need so much in the way of medicine and treatment.   

The funds I am raising will help me with medications, treatments, and recovery. 100% of money donated will go toward them. 

If you are wondering if there are other ways you could help me, I am honestly not sure of what I need right now or will need in the future. I know it will be extremely helpful for me to keep stress levels down, eat healthy, and to be mentally and physically prepared.  If you are able to offer assistance in the way of meal preparation or provision, talking with me or praying over me, please connect with me and we can better assess my needs together.

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Despite all the news and the testing and more testing, I will soon see my heart and lung doctor.  I am encouraged to keep living daily to enjoy every moment and show others that Cancer is not scary!  It's all the other things that come with a diagnosis of Cancer that is scary; It’s not having finances for medicine and treatment and the risk of going into financial ruin just to pay for everything, it’s not having a local support network, it’s not having reliable transportation to and from appointments, someone to sit with me when I need it, and so much more. 

 My goal daily is to see the positive in even this story and create new ones for my family and encourage my friends near and far that Cancer can be "Kicked to the Curb." If Attitude is half the battle, this fight is already won!

Thank you all, for your time in reading and sharing this. You will be able to read more of my day-to-day story on my blog.


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Every day is a challenge to not live in defeat. To not think of the past, but to dream and have a hope for the future and, to live at your very best in the moment.

I have cried much in the moment since walking this path of Chemotherapy treatment. A lot of self imposed being alone as well. God always gives me a reason to pull myself up and spark that joy and fill my being with happiness and peace.

I have more to be encouraged about when I see my family and read the accomplishments of friends, than I have to be sad about. Jesus took on weakness so we could be strong.

Today listening to Dr. Jeremiah he told the story you might not have heard, about Itzhak Perlman, a great violinist, conductor, and teacher has played worldwide despite his challenges. Once while playing one of the strings on his violin noticeably broke and while everyone waited to see what he would do and how he would move on? In that moment he recreated the song to be played with only three strings performing it on the fly.

We haven't lost anything! We are just recomposing our songs with new instruments. Throughout this treatment and the profound weakness and fatigue has been so scary and this morning God gave me a lesson on weakness.

I'm not weak I am strong enough to overcome all the fear of finance needed, changes in my body, not being able to do that 16 hours of work a day on my business (that might be a good thing). and the pain I am going through; to come out at my very very best on the other side. Being strong in the power of his resources and allowing myself to be healed.

The Cancer has been defeated. The victory has been won! I am strong within the love of my family and friends beginning in March when I had the surgery, to November the end of Chemo and the future immunotherapy and the radiation to come. I will recreate, innovate, and become even more and give that weakness to my Father who will turn it into strength. My new song will absolutely be the most beautiful symphony I've played thus far.

Beautiful Ones! Be encouraged we will all face the ultimate challenge! Be brilliant remember you'll shine bright on the other side. Much Love!
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My daughters have been absolutely outstanding in what they do and being all in for me. Family is awesome and to my extended family and bonus family... I am extremely grateful for the steps you've taken with me on this journey. God Bless and Much Love! <3
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Getting ready for round-two chemotherapy today! Been a long night and much of it studying and writing.

But every morning is new and I'm committed to keep getting up, showing up, and being ready for life. I got places to go and things to do... You know the rest!

My daughter has been sharing her beauty secrets.
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