If 2020 wasn’t hard enough, our niece Destiney, who has three young children, and currently going through a separation, recently found out she has a long journey of fighting cancer ahead of her. Destiney went in for a concern with a bump she felt in her breast, and after testing, scans and a biopsy, she was given the news, alone and by herself that not only did the biopsy show the tumor being 75% cancer, but finding out that her cancer turned out to be HERS 2 positive, resulting in stage 3 aggressive ductal carcinoma. Needing to start the process right away in order to prevent it from spreading, Destiney started to schedule appointments but knew it was going to be hard with her job.
See, recently she found a great job opportunity for her in order for her to make sure she can pay rent, pay bills and help support her kids. As anyone knows, you need to be at a job for a certain amount of time in order for your benefits to kick in. Quickly realizing that juggling all the scans, doctor appointments and work were hard enough, she started to really stress over the fact she will be throwing chemo appointments in the mix as well and missing more and more work.
Destiney had her first chemo treatment on 9/30/20. Her chemo lasted for 5 hours and when she made it home, she felt tired, but nothing major. That night she woke up facing a lot of the side effects that come with the chemo treatments. That next morning, being so sick, she knew she couldn’t go into work and had to call off. The sickness and symptoms kept at her for the next several days leaving her not being able to work. This past week she had a hard reality check that as her body is fighting, she will not be able to return back to work and now she is faced with bills, rent, food, and helping support her kids with no income coming in. Destiney reached out to her doctor and has asked them to start the process of disability, but she has no way of supporting herself in the meantime, and not sure what she will be qualified for. The money that was given to her was greatly appreciated and she wants to thank everyone who has already donated. If, at all possible, she asks for people to share her story, in order to reach more people to possibly help would be greatly appreciated.