Never Too Young for Breast Cancer
She will be having a bilateral mastectomy on May 20th followed with reconstructive surgery six weeks later. Her journey will also include undergoing chemotherapy treatments; all at the age of 26.
Many of you reading this have either had the unfortunate and devastating news of being diagnosed with breast cancer or you have a friend/family member that was diagnosed with a form of cancer at some point. It not only affects a patient's physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, but being diagnosed with cancer has a significant financial impact on the patient and their families.
Most patients, like Allyson, incur additional costs as a result of a breast cancer diagnosis. These can include direct medical costs such as those associated with seeing oncologists, breast surgeons, plastic surgeons, and radiation oncologists. Then there are costs associated with buying medications to help alleviate the symptoms of cancer and the side-effects of treatment. For many patients, like my sister Allyson, the additional costs incurred can be substantial.
With all of your help, we can bring Allyson some relief during her journey by reducing this financial burden of breast cancer care in her fight to beat breast cancer!
Next week, Allyson will be getting a port put into place and her 20 week long chemotherapy treatments will begin on June 17th. Please continue to keep Allyson in your thoughts and prayers as she endures her battle with breast cancer.
There is a famous educator, named Jean Baptiste Massieu, who once made a statement that is now considered a French proverb. He said, "Gratitude is the memory of the heart." The head keeps an account of all the benefits you received and gave. But the heart records the feelings of appreciation, humility, and generosity that one feels when someone showers you with kindness. I want you all to know that my appreciation comes from a place of gratefulness that only exists from the depth of my heart.
Allyson you will be truly amazed at the out pouring of love and care coming your way! You do your job getting healty, the docs will do theirs, god will be with you and leave the rest to your friends , family, and loving strangers.... We will have you coveredðŸ’ž fight like a girl
I truly want to thank Allyson for sharing her story. When I first saw her post I was in complete shock. I am 25 and healthy and never thought about breast exams. Upon seeing the post, I decided to check myself just to be safe. Low and behold I found a lump immediately. With some testing it was revealed my lump was nothing to worry about. I shared Ayllson's story with several close friends and loved ones. Unfortunately one was not so lucky and she is now embarking on the same tough journey. By sharing her journey Allyson literally may have helped save a life!