Some years after that, she was diagnosed with COPD. They gave her 5 years at most. She's fought that longer than the prognosis as well. It seems her mission here on this earth is to fight her body - the exhausting list goes on: appendix rupturing and subsequent poisoning of her body, the Viral Meningitis that almost killed her, numerous miscarriages, Diverticulitis, Psoriatic Arthritis (chronic pain), Hysterectomy gone wrong turning her body septic. Unfortunately, this doesn't include the childhood ailments that have plagued her.
Just before Mother's Day this year, we found out our Mom has Breast Cancer - we don't know what stage yet because it's spread and we don't know how far. We know it's invasive and fast-growing - she just had a breast exam in the autumn. She had three tumours removed a couple weeks ago, along with 3 lymph nodes all wrapped up in a single mastectomy of the entire breast. Now she has to undergo months of testing, radiation & chemotherapy! She's been poked and prodded and frankly, she's just tired.
Mom has shown us 6 girls what it means to persevere and fight for what we want. She is the embodiment of resilience and bouncing back from hardship. She has shown us what unconditional love and zest for life looks like. She has encouraged us to take ownership of our lives and go after what we want. She has empowered six daughters to be the strong, independent, incredibly confident women we are today. We are now passing these same traits on to her 5 grandchildren.
My sisters and I want to repay her for all of that, so we are asking and humbly hoping that if everyone can give a small amount, we might be able to collectively contribute to the growing costs. There is a common misconception that all healthcare costs are covered in Canada, but that is not the case. This money will be used for things like pain medication, vitamins and supplements to get her immune system up, hospital trips, groceries, bills, a wig, parking at the hospital or taxis when she can't drive, take out when she can't cook, products to help quit smoking, and more. It all adds up.
If you know Mom, you know she would never ask for help and will be horrified when she finds out what we're up too, but we're worried. Mom was searching for a new job and once again, she got sick. Since January she's been in for 3 surgeries - 3!!! Who knows what else her body is going to have to go through this year once we find out where else it's spread. As much as she wants to get back to work, her body needs to heal ... it needs to rest if we're going to get anymore time with her. The single income household is hard to manage without medical stuff popping up to throw a wrench in someone's financial future. We know that if she better spent her energy healing instead of worrying about finances - she would heal faster. She would have more energy to concentrate on herself for once.
So here we are hoping you might find it in your hearts to help in any way possible. If you can't help by donating, maybe send some home cooking for her to put in freezer. She's worried about when she's too tired to cook or in the hospital.
Thank you with all our hearts,
- Her Daughters!
- Bailey Parnell
- Stephanie Beatty
- Karyn Way
- Tabby Goodyear
- Christa Colarossi
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