Paula's Cancer Fight

My sister, Paula, was just diagnosed with Stage 3C breast cancer the first week of May, 2016.  She works as a Pharmacy Tech and unfortunately she does not receive health insurance through her employer.  We were told by the hospital that she makes too much money for traditional medicaid and cannot enroll in any other insurance plan until January, 2017.  Thankfully, a friend had connections and she was just approved for medicaid specific to women with breast or cervical cancer.  However, she has already been through many tests and procedures that will not be covered and there will be more that will not be covered.  She has missed many days of work and has not yet started her treatment. 

We were told that her prognosis was 2 months to 2  years and, at this point, surgery is not a treatment option.  This is a prognosis that we do not accept.  We believe that Paula will beat this.  Paula has 2 adult daughters and 5 grandsons (oldest is 15 and youngest is 5).  In addition to myself, her sister, she has my 3 daughters that she has been very close to their whole lives.  Our mother is still with us and Paula has lived with her the past few years and helped her out.  In addition to the stress of having cancer, she does not need the stress of bills adding up.  Any little bit would be helpful and greatly appreciated.  We are so thankful that she will have medicaid to assist in much of the cost of treatment.

This is not an issue that we thought we would ever have to deal with.  There is no history of breast cancer in our family and we naively thought that we were safe.  Cancer is not in our family.  This has come as a devastating blow to our whole family, as I'm sure this diagnosis is to every family.  Any money received here will be used to offset the costs of treatment that Paula's medicaid has not covered and will assist in her day to day living expenses as she will be unable to work during her treatment.  I do not have the words to express our gratitude for any help that is offered, whether that be in the form of funds raised here, the sharing of this page, prayers, positive thoughts, and warm wishes.  All positive energy can be turned into fuel for her fight, a fight that she can and will win!!  From Paula and her whole family, Thank you!!!
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Ann Zaborney
Livonia, MI

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