Medical Expenses

This has been a rough couple of months!  In the midst of living a healthy and productive life; I made what I thought would be my routine doctor’s appointment I make every year.  I believed nothing would be different this year than what had occurred in years passed but I knew honoring the appointment was necessary.  Shortly after my appointment, I received notification my mammogram results were not as they had been in years passed. The mammogram results would lead to an ultrasound and subsequently a biopsy.  While going through these steps, I prayed, kept to myself and I tried to wrap my mind and spirit around what was occurring. Surely, all of this was a misunderstanding at best or a bad dream at worst. Receiving the biopsy results, shook me.  I wasn’t asleep so I wasn’t dreaming and there was no misunderstanding; the diagnosis was real and it was my current reality. I began to retreat and I went into a place where I hoped to make sense of what was and what is occurring with my body and thus my mind and my spirit.  I wish I could say that I have it all figured out right now but I don’t. My immediate reaction was to do whatever was necessary to eradicate this vile disease out of my body.  After speaking with my doctors, I was scheduled to have surgery. I was in the process of preparing myself for the surgery.  I can not tell you the feelings I had as I went into the cancer ward to make arrangement for surgery to be performed on ME or trying to deal with my concerns about being aestheticized.  In the midst of this journey I desired to keep private, it was communicated to me I would need to put up 40% of the surgical costs before the surgery could be performed! Yet another blow I was not expecting.  I expected to have the surgery and to pay off the costs as I healed. This news created a dilemma. During this process, I have accumulated debt and I have tapped out my savings.  I don’t have the 40% ($4,300) necessary to have the surgery to eradicate this disease out of my body. Necessity has caused me to go public with a very private battle. I need your assistance. I know you have expenses and could possibly be living from paycheck to paycheck like I am so many others.  However, if you could find a way to donate what you can without over extending yourself; I would be most appreciative and thankful for your sacrifice! No donation is too small or insignificant. Any amount will get me closer to my goal. Won’t you please pray about what God would have you to do to assist me in reaching my goal.  If you can not give financially, can you please join in with me and pray that God will wipe away my both tears and fears and will allow me to have this surgery and have it be successful! Please stay tuned for my praise report!!  Thank you in advance for both your prayers and your contribution. Agape, Ms. Jae
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Jae L. Pettigrew 
Katy, TX
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