In September of 2010, she was diagnosed. If you know anything about me, you know I'm a fighter; I concede nothing easily and that's a trait I got from her. So for three years, we've been fighting -- through chemo, through radiation, through a mastectomy. Through the nausea. Through a collapsed lung and her recovery from it. Through the blood transfusions and the sudden onset diabetes that came as a complication of the chemo (yes, it can do that). Through the loss of her health insurance after the illness forced her to stop working.
Through it all, we've kept our spirits high but the fight has taken a toll emotionally and financially. We just got news that her cancer is spreading. Keeping up the fight will require more aggressive treatment; more aggressive treatment will be extremely expensive.
So help us keep fighting. No amount of your generosity is too small; nothing will go unappreciated. (If you have any questions about the disease or how else you can help, feel free to ask me privately.) Let's show this monster it is nothing compared with our determination to defeat it.
*About Triple Negative (3-) Breast Cancer*
Triple Negative (3-) is an aggressive form of breast cancer that disproportionately affects African American women. It's called "triple-negative" because it lacks the estrogen/progesterone and HER2 receptors common to other breast cancers. Most successful cancer treatments target these receptors. However, none of these receptors are found in women with 3- breast cancer. Because of the 3- status, tumors generally don't respond to receptor-targeted treatments. This is why 3- is particularly aggressive and recurs more often than other types of breast cancer.
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