I have started this account to raise money for reconstruction of a difigured body left behind after spindle cell carcinoma and major weight loss.
I am a 35yr old married mother of one. I am a full-time pediatric dental assistant, care giver for my elderly parents, and your every day manic mom.
My story began over 12years ago. I had just given birth to my baby boy. While at the hospital trying to learn how to breastfeed my baby, we had ran into some complications. My last day at the hospital I had discovered that my left breast had a pea sized knot. I showed the nurses and they told me that it was a milk knot. They explained that it was common with milk coming in for the first time . They told me to put warm pack on the knot to help break it up and help the milk flow. That wasn't working.
At my first check up with the doctor I informed him about that knot not going away. He told me to keep up the warm packs and massaging the area and it would go down.
I stayed in this circle for 4 months. That pea sized knot was now the size of a golf ball. At this point I had to take matters into my own hands. I saw the PA at my primary care physicians office. She sent me to get an ultrasound. That radiologist sent me to a surgeon. They told me it was for sure a tumor because it's circulatory system. The surgeon removed the tumor and sent it off to be tested. Test results in. I had spindle cell carcinoma. Then I was off to see an oncologist for treatment and more surgeries.
During my whole experience with cancer I was uninsured. I had no plans of reconstruction, I just wanted to be well and able to raise my family. The financial strain a long with emotional struggle was enough to over come while being a young mommy.
I have had over 13 surgeries in the past 14yrs. Not all cancer related but physically/financially draining none the less.
Fast forward 11 years and I decided that I am ready to change my life.
One of the big things holding me back along with the price of surgery was my obesity. What good would it do me to add 10 pounds of boobs when my weight was over 300lbs. So I decided to get my health and body in order.
In the beginning of my weight loss jurney surgery was not my goal, loosing weight and feeling alive was what I strived for. I longed to be a better healthier person who could spend many years with my family.
In the past 3 years I have lost over 130lbs through extreme diet changes and lots of exercise. I assure you that's no easy feet.
Now that I achieved my goal weight that I hoestly didn't think I was going to be achieve (I didn't achieve alone God has his hands all in this), I am at the realization that the cost of this surgery is way more than I can come up with. Even though I did not have a plan set in stone on how this was going to happen I continue to strive forward having faith that if it is meant to be God would find a way.
Because of the girl I am and the way I was raised I struggle asking for something that I didn't earn on my own. Therefore I have been trying to earn money to put in my "Milk Jug" fund. So I have been building stuff from reclaimed wood. I mainly up cycle pallets. I have made all kinds of furniture and decor. This is proving to be an enjoyable hobby that allows me to craft at home where I can still care for my son and parents. Though my work with Charity's Pallet Palace has been fun
it isn't quite bringing in the revenue needed to pay for surgery. So, if I really want this to pan out I have to humble myself and lower my pride and ask for help. Help in donations, advertising Charity's Pallet Palace, and or selling my creation.So this is me asking for anyone wanting to help fund my surgery, please give me your donations.
Thank you for taking the time to read and take interest in my story. Who knows, maybe The Lord is using you to help me fund my surgery.
I build to pay for medical expenses. I build in hope that one day I may have the opportunity to have reconstruction.
I build because it keeps me physically active and keeps all that weight loss at bay.
I build because I found out that I could.
I build because it helps me discover more about myself everyday.
I build because He makes me stronger then I ever thought I could be. I haven’t quit because ,"if God brought me to it He will bring me through it" with his goal for me being achieved.(My goal may not get met but His will).
I haven’t quit because I realize all the people I have beside me lifting me up.
I haven’t quit because I’m finding out that I have inspired more people then I thought. That might be the big picture/reward/purpose of all of this. What if God put this path in front of me to be a light and share his love? What if none if it is about me?
I do know that the Lord is my strength. I do know I have many loved ones fighting a much stronger battle with cancer then I had too. I know that I pray everyday for them and I know God is in control.
If there is only one thing that comes out of all of this (my work, my story). I want it to be that I helped shine some light into your lives. I pray you see that the woks of my hands are not my own.
I want you to receive the love thrown your way! I want you to never give up hope!
“Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives.” Galatians 5:16
As I reflect on all these blessings I am reminded that "To whom much is given, much is expected". I never know exactly what The Lord has planned for this life of mine. I do know that each day I will continue to follow where he leads me in hopes that in it all that it is His work that is seen. Each day I get a little closer to my goal. I love you all!
This year I have raised/earned over $2k for my "milk jug fund". I still need close to $12,000 to pay for the reconstruction process. It will be three surgical procedures within a one year time frame. I am blessed to have to ability to have started up Charity's Pallet Palace to earn what I am striving for. I feel even more blessed to have each and everyone of your donations. For me it means I still have a support group cheering me on and praying for me! It means there is still hope that my dream can become my reality. Most of all with each donation I get to have that sigh of relief that I can take a little time away from building, even if it's just one evening, to spend with my family. We all need that. Im still holding on to my dream knowing that if it's God's will it will all work out. I am learning how to be more patient and humble with His timing.
From the deep deep bottom of my heart. Thank you!
May I ask if your considering making an end of a year donation to keep me in mind.