Help Erica Battle Breast Cancer
She will meet with specialists and oncologists this week to finalize an aggressive treatment plan, which will start as soon as possible with the placement of a medi port, surgery, and chemotherapy. Erica is facing several months of treatment and will likely be out of work for this time. With all that she is facing she anticipates countless medical bills, childcare costs, regular household finances, mortgage payments, heating bills, groceries, and travel expenses. Financial concerns that no one or their family should have to worry about while they undergo this challenge.
If you have the honor to know and love Erica, then you should consider yourself blessed beyond measure. Erica is by far one of the most generous people in the entire world. She doesn't hesitate for a moment to give of herself when she knows of someone in need. She is the hardest working and most dedicated mother to her pride and joy, sweet little Mackenzie. Erica is an RN and takes such pride in her special work. From caring for the most critically ill and littlest patients in the NICU at Maine Medical Center, to the new mommies and their babies on the mother-baby unit. She is one of the kindest, funniest, and most thoughtful people you will ever meet. Always ready with a funny joke, her positive outlook, a good story, and her quick wit, she will keep you laughing, especially if you're having a bad day. She is the most wonderful friend, a loving partner to Jeff, a daughter, a sister, and a wonderful coworker. If you are lucky enough to count Erica as one of your people, then you know you have someone very special in your corner.
Please join us as we encircle our sweet friend in love, light and prayers. She needs us more than ever right now as she begins her tremendous battle. In just 24 hours Erica's warriors have begun rallying and the outpouring of love has been indescribable! We know that with this continued support, Erica will be ready to put up a fight and win!! Erica has always taken care of everyone around her, and it is time for us to take care of her. She and her family need our help and we humbly ask for your donation to this fundraiser in her honor. On behalf of Erica and her family, we truly thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
"More results came back after lots of testing, this type of invasive ductal carcinoma is called triple negative breast cancer. This is a "bad and aggressive cancer", but fortunately it was caught early and is considered treatable if it responds well to chemo. We also found out that none of this is attributed to genetics, which gives us no real explanation for this cancer. I am grateful for Mackenzie that it's not highly likely to be passed on to her.
I just had a medi port placed in December and I have just finished my first round of chemo! Phew! I will begin another treatment that is given weekly for the next 12 weeks. Imaging has been done to see how well the first chemo worked and some of the tumors have already shrunk! Excellent news! However, one has not, so the oncologist added an additional chemotherapy to help increase the chances of a cure.
Once the 12 weeks are completed I will then have surgery in Boston which will add an additional 6 + weeks of recovery before returning to work"
Erica has been out of work through all of this as it's been extremely tough on her body. Thus putting her at high risk for illness. Her immune system is very vulnerable at this time and she has been very fatigued and has not felt well.
The outpouring of love and support has been incredible and she is so grateful to everyone through all of this. Erica states "I'm a very lucky cancer patient with all of the love and support I've received through this crappy battle."
Thank you for your generous donations, prayers, love and support on behalf of Erica and her family!