Our Daughter, Mother, & Friend #77
Brooke is 39.
She is a single mom of two kids, ages 16 & 17.
She is a Speech Therapist & Rehab Manager.
She works at Alexian Brothers Village of TN on Signal Mountain.
She is a skater with the Chattanooga Roller Girls, aka Malice in Wonderlust #77.
On December 21, 2016, she was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
Initially, she thought she had injured herself during a roller derby scrimmage when she developed tenderness underneath her right arm. She went to the Chiropractor who did some adjustments and the swelling went down. It was then she discovered a lump under her arm, and she went to her doctor. After a mammogram and multiple ultrasounds, another lump was found in her breast. The biopsy confirmed that she had an aggressive form of breast cancer called Triple Negative. Brooke wasted no time. She found an onocologist in town and met with him on Decemeber 28th, and on the 29th she had a port placed. December 30th she began chemotherapy. After the chemo, her oncologist told her the CT that he had done on the 28th, showed a highly concerning spot on her sternum. Due to the seemingly rapid growth, he shared Brooke's information with a panel of doctors at Memorial Hospital and they came up with a plan to do genetic testing, PET scan, & bone biopsy. The goal is to stage the cancer and therefore decide if Brooke quailifies for clinical trials. Due to the uncertainity of prognosis, we would like to insure that she able to spend time with her kids and family, without worrying about making it into work everyday. Brooke's career keeps her in an environment that exposes her to germs and bacteria that she needs to stay away from during chemotherapy, but the reality is, she is a single mom who needs to work. Please help us raise money to keep Brooke and her family comfortable and financially worry free as they go through one of life's hardest trials.
The months ahead for Brooke & her family will include: bi-weekly "heavy duty" chemo treatments for 8 doses ~6 more to go! Mastectomy; extent TBD. Radiation treatment and reconstructive surgery.
Thank you all for your care & kind words :)