I was diagnosed with DCIS on Nov. 27, 2013. After a lumpectomy on Dec. 27 revealed that invasive breast cancer (pure tubular carcinoma) - several microscopic tumors - were present and, after a LOT of prayer, research and support from my friends, family and cancer survivors, I decided to take no chances and have a bi-lateral mastectomy and reconstruction. I could have gone with the less extreme treatment of a second and even a third lumpectomy but EVERYTHING in me said that wasnt the way to go.
There are no guarantees with any treatment but I felt at peace, through God, with this choice, however difficult it is going to be. I feel blessed, So blessed, that God revealed my cancer to me at a stage where I could do this and feel good about taking the most positive action I could for my health and life.
All my friends and family have been completely supportive. They have encouraged me and prayed for me, visited me, consoled me and sent me cards and even cooked for me (with my limited cooking skills, this has been a great relief and joy for my family and me.)
My class-mates from ACHS have poured out they're good wishes and prayers for me and everyone who knows about this situation has offered to do anything they can.
My husband Doug is a truck driver and pastors two churches. I worked at home as a seamstress, artist, painter, baby-sitter and just about any odd-job there is until our girls, Jessica and Sarah, finished home schooling. I still do work from home but I also work as a bus monitor and class sub for Head Start. Over the years, we have spent a lot of time with people needing care but this is my first time needing it and it has been very humbling and incredibly uplifting.
Now with this sudden life change, loss of work, co-pays to doctors and specialists, medical bills and gas to over 13 trips from Naola to Lynchburg in two and a half months, it is a real financial struggle. The hospital and doctors are already looking for payment and we have no idea how much the total will be. I have a hard time even WRITING these words but, we could use some help.
If anyone feels it is within your ability and generosity to help us, even in the smallest amount, you will have our endless gratitude. I know God will bless you, even if you cannot help with money, and my family and I feel your love and support just the same.
God has this and I know He is leading us and, later when I'm better, I will be able to give help to someone else in the same struggle.
Thank you deeply, from the bottom of my heart.
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