Anne Sheridan Kennedy's Cancer Fund
Mrs. Murphy’s name began as a joke many years ago, but recently, it’s become a medical fact: a rare heart condition required emergency surgery in 2013 and involved multiple complications; her gall bladder removal required another emergency surgery last year (2015); and in February (2016), she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.
Soon after her Cancer diagnosis, the finer details of her misfortunes stopped surprising me. Complications after the double mastectomy required a second surgery. A post-op infection required IV antibiotics daily. She’s had multiple allergic reactions to medications, several ER visits and unexplained physical difficulties, all with the common theme: “This has never happened before!”
A few months ago, I moved into a condo with both her sons. Even though she had just finished her second round of chemo, Anne called after the move and gave us a hard time for not asking her for help. That was when I realized something about “Mrs. Murphy”.
Mrs. Murphy is all things negative, weak, and defeated, but Anne is not. Anne makes jokes about her hair loss and shares inspirational Facebook memes. She DIY-ed her entire wedding last year and did her own home improvement projects before she fell ill. And no matter now much pain she is in these days, she will still put on makeup and get up to hug us when we visit. Anne is positive and strong, and she has bravely faced this temporary roadblock head-on.
In May of 2017, Anne hopes to be finished with chemo, radiation and reconstructive surgery, and she’ll continue playing an important part of our lives. Until then, her devoted husband Robert will be caring for her and working whenever he can as the sole provider for their household. Although his work does not have paid leave for this kind of hardship, Robert has been there for Anne during all her chemo treatments and doctor appointments.
As most of you know, cancer is expensive, and they can’t handle that burden alone (especially after her previous illnesses, which they are still receiving bills for). All donations will assist with medical bills for all her surgeries, while Anne and Robert continue to fight this battle together. There are no donations too small—all help is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your support!
Hello all, it's been 15 months since we found out I had Stage 3 breast cancer. It's been a long journey and Robert and I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has contributed and supported us during this difficult time!
I finished chemotherapy and later, radiation, in November 2016. In December, I began taking preventative medication for the next 10 years, to help fight the cancer from returning. Just when we least expected it, Mrs. Murphy (Murphy's Law) reared her ugly head again. During the 3 months on the medication, with the usual side effects, I also endured excruciating pain in my arm muscles and bones, which only 1% of cancer patients may experience. After being taken off the meds 6 weeks ago, the side effects are still present, despite being told they'd be gone in 3 weeks.
In addition to this, and a couple recent visits to the ER, I was told I can not have my final reconstructive surgery until I can move my arms properly (normally). I have begun physical therapy and I hope to have the surgery in approximately three months.
I am not here to complain, but to simply explain a little about our journey. Before this started, I knew very little about cancer and we're constantly learning more, day by day. It's a matter of doing what we have to do, because we have to, simple as that. We do know that we couldn't have gotten through this without the support of our family, friends, and the anonymous supporters. Also, over the last several years, we have met so many musicians we now call friends. I truly feel this has been a huge source of healing for me. I can not thank them enough for their positive thoughts and beautiful music. It warms my heart and always brings a smile to my face!
I'd like to thank Robert for his strength, patience and giving throughout our time together. He literally saved my life with my heart problem and has been here for me every day! I have no intention of going anywhere. We've been married a year and a half and I plan on spending many more decades with him! He's my true source of healing and inspiration!
And finally, I'd like to thank Kellen, Ryan, and Riley for taking the time to set up this account, and for sharing it with their friends (and a special thanks to all your friends who supported!)
Thank you ALL for your continued prayers, support and friendship. Cheers!