Breast Cancer Will Not Slow Me Down!

To know my mom is to love her, to let her into your life is to let light in. She loves easily and deeply – and she knows how to laugh. My mom is my best friend and confidant; my hero who I aspire to become. My mom, Linda, was diagnosed with stage IV Breast Cancer in November 2016. It was a huge shock. She had a double mastectomy and lymph nodes removed. Still, she was not cancer free, it had metastasized to three other areas. Radiation was started. In February 2017 we were given a reprieve and we were told that Mom was in remission. The tumor had shrunk so as not to show up on the scans. In June our tender hope was dashed, after a scan three more spots were revealed. Currently, Mom receives chemotherapy in pill form and various infusions to prevent her bones from becoming too weak. Of course, all of this weakens her immune system further. She continues to have CAT scans and or MRIs every other month. My mother Linda is mother to four and grandmother to 12. She is a strong, beautiful woman who comforts and helps so many. As I am a mother myself and I am getting into that generational role in which I am both child and parent, there is so much I want for her – I want to give her everything. She is always giving to others. My sister Dana and I are asking for your help to give her a chance to travel. My sister Dana and I are taking her on a cruise to Greece and Italy. She has never been on a cruise and has never travelled outside the the country for pleasure. I think as a family we need a little time to go and explore a part of the world where we can at least pretend to leave our cares behind on distant shores. Please, help us make Mom’s wish come true, help us give to the person who gives the most (in our lives and many other people's lives). Any additional funds will go to pay for the ever-mounting medical bills. All contribution, prayers, thoughts, and well wishes are very much appreciated.
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Valerie Locke Merritt 
Fairfield, CA
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