In April 2018, our mom Rachelle Drown-Carlson was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was a patient who always had her mammograms each year on time. In 2017, she had her routine mammogram and was told they saw 'something' and was in her lymph nodes under her arm and something also in the breast. She followed up with an Ultrasound she was told there was no cause for worry, and instead of repeating another US in 3 or 6 months she was told "follow up in one year with routine mammogram." She had the mammogram as directed this year and was sent for yet another Ultrasound where they determined biopsies were needed not only on lymph nodes under her arm but also her left breast. She immediately did all the biopsies under the direction of her surgeon and he 'fast tracked' these tests being that there was a possibility of cancer and it spreading. After numerous biopsies and bone scans, it was found that it was not only cancer in the left breast- but the right and had also spread to her T1 Spine- so into her bone. After the shock of all this she also found out from her surgeon that it's' triple negative' cancer, which means there are really no good receptors to take on treatment. We were all devastated considering ONE year ago she was told to wait til her next mammogram and she was fine. With the diligence of her surgeon, and oncologist, they had our mom in for her chemo treatments quickly. This was all happening at the same time she was planning her wedding. Thank goodness for so many people who jumped in and helped in the end with all the tasks at hand. She and Chris had such a beautiful wedding and they are so blessed. Looking forward...after chemo, which end Oct 3, she will undergo surgery, then following surgery, she will undergo radiation for one month every day to attack whatever cancer is left in five different places, then the bone. If I we can say anything to you...GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMS....and IF YOU HAVE FAMILY history DEMAND AN MRI of the breasts. Just this year, most insurance companies are paying for them if you have family history. We are asking for any support for her that we can get. The medical bills have started piling up and this is only the beginning, so any stress we can help take off of her, the better. It is going to be a long rough road for her and it has only just begun, next coming weeks she will be having surgery. Three to four weeks after surgery she will undergo Proton radiation for five weeks every day to radiate the spine and the tumors. She is trying to stay positive and see only light at the end of this tunnel. We feel that with the love and support of so many, it will help her through. Thank you all so much for your prayers, uplifting words, donations and most of all LOVE. Because in times like this is when it's needed the most! Love to all!
We wanted to reach out and Thank every single person who helped with the benefit for our mom. It was the most moving evening filled with so much love from family & friends. We were so touched by the support. Lets keep helping my mom with her fight!!!! Below are some photos from the amazing event that was held at BrewStreaks !