Cynthia's Battle With Cancer
We feel like we know many of you, but most of you we have never met. We have read your kind words and support for our sister in her battle with breast cancer throughout the years. You have been there for her time after time, offering your support through your encouraging words, gifts, and even family support with meals and prayers. We are so grateful that she not only has the love of her family, but it’s so obvious that she is loved by all of you. We are not writers, as many of you are, so the thought of writing Cynthia’s story for all to see is a little overwhelming. We feel so helpless, watching her so gracefully navigate this battle, and we want to do something to help our sister and her family, something to ease the financial stress and strain of having cancer so that they can have one less thing to worry over. For those of you who do not know the whole story, we’ll do our best to explain Cindy’s long health crises so far in a short space:
In October 2013 at the age of 42, our sister Cynthia was diagnosed with Aggressive Triple Negative Breast Cancer. This diagnosis would lead her on a journey that no one was prepared for. That Christmas was the beginning of 4 months of chemotherapy, a lumpectomy, and 32 sessions of radiation. Cynthia bravely led the way. "It's just hair," she assured us. "It will grow back."
In 2014 cancer once again knocked at the door. Cynthia was diagnosed with the first recurrence in the breast. A full mastectomy and reconstruction followed. "It's just flesh," she assured us.”If Angelina Jolie can do it, I can too."
One year later, another knock. Cynthia had a second recurrence in her breast wall. The area was removed and chemotherapy began once again. "It's ok," she reassured us. "I get to go shopping for some awesome hats."
We rang in the New Year in 2016 and cancer knocked again. Cynthia had another recurrence in her lung. She started immunotherapy. "It'll be alright," she assured us. "The immunotherapy is going to punch cancer right out."
A couple of weeks ago, cancer knocked again. This time Cynthia was diagnosed with metastasis to the brain. Radiation began this week. "It's small, like peppers," she assured us. "Jimmy Carter beat it. I will too."
Cancer knocked (relentlessly). Not once have we heard our sister grumble or complain. Her response after each diagnosis has been love rather than bitterness, light rather than doom and gloom. Through it all Cynthia has remained the best mom to her precious daughters Hannah and Chloe, the best wife to her husband Joe, the best sister, daughter, granddaughter, friend, and teacher. Her bravery, strength, and determination have been an inspiration to everyone who knows her.
The thing is, through this entire battle, Cynthia has been more concerned about everyone around her rather than herself. It is our desire to bless Cynthia and her little family in a BIG way. The medical expenses have piled up over the past three years, and the treatments have taken their toll. It is our wish to relieve Cynthia, Joe, Hannah, and Chloe from the strain and financial burden that cancer has brought upon this sweet family.
Please join us in loving on Cynthia. Join us in assuring her that everything is going to be alright.
Cynthia's family would like to take this opportunity to again, thank each and every one of you for your donations, your prayers, your love, and the support that you have showered upon their family. As you know, this horrible disease has taken it's toll in many ways, and all that you have done for them has meant so much.
During Cynthia's final days, I made a promise to her to keep this campaign going. It was so important for her to know that after she was gone, her family would be okay.
Once the details of her funeral service are known, I will provide you with another update.
Thanks to each and every one of you,
I am incredibly distressed to learn this news. Am thinking of dear, dear Cynthia with much love and sending all possible good energies for her complete healing. Wendy
Dr. Hawkins, you were such an inspiration to your students and everyone who knew you. The world seems a little less bright now that you have passed. Thank you for everything you taught me in and out of the classroom.
Thank you for this update. My love and prayers continue to flow to Cynthia.
Deeply saddened by the latest news. Cynthia is brave as are you, her family. My heart and prayers are with you all.
I'm so sorry to hear this, Michelle. I'm sending all my love to your family and prayers of strength for Cynthia.
I have never in my whole life seen anyone navigate such adversity with such grace. I know the written story is only one part of the whole and that Cynthia is human, too. But I still find her to be one of the most beautiful humans I've ever had the pleasure of knowing (even if only on the internet.)