We have been asked to do a go fund me page since the start of our journey and have resisted, trying to manage on our own with savings, selling off assets, family assistance but have gotten to the point where we've run out of things to sell other than the house. Amanda went off work at the start when she was first diagnosed and we made it through the periods of short term, employment insurance and long term disability. She returned to work from August 2016 to February 2017 and we were just starting to get ourselves back on track when we were required to travel to Toronto weekly which meant flights (or driving if she felt up to it) and hotels in downtown Toronto. We realized that the further away you book your flights, the cheaper the cost so we started booking 6 weeks in advance on our credit card. When Amanda fell ill with the bowel leakage, we had to cancel those flights and got next to nothing back. Travel insurance didn't cover it because it was a pre existing condition. On top of all this, we have two beautiful children, Mason age 6 and Kayla age 3, that we have made a priority to ensure that this doesn't affect their life or their future. Kids are always growing and constantly needing new clothing and developmental programs. We are at a point right now where we're in limbo between employment insurance and long term disability and it will be almost two months of receiving no money for Amanda.
This request goes completely against our moral compasses because we have always worked hard to accomplish our goals without handouts. Amanda is a registered nurse and we worked multiple jobs while she completed her bachelors degree through Laurentian University. Amanda has worked in the mental health field and as a supervisor of a medical floor at Sault Area Hospital. She had intended to go for her masters and become a nurse practitioner prior to this. Amanda has always stressed that she wants people to focus on all of the good things that she has accomplished rather than her disease. She doesn't want ovarian cancer to define who she is and it never will. Amanda is the strongest person that I have ever met and I have no doubt that she will find a way through this.
Fate whispers to the warrior, "You cannot withstand the storm." The warrior whispers back, "I am the storm."
This has been Amanda's motto through this entire process and it's not going to change now. One way or another, we will find a way to keep pushing forward and get through this.
Thank you for taking the time to read our story.
Dan, Amanda, Mason and Kayla
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