Jackie Carroll, my best friend, a single mother of 3 young boys, step-parent to 2 young girls, care taker of her terminally ill mother, full time nursing school student, and hard working server, was diagnosed with having a genetic gene mutation called BRCA2. This diagnosis puts her at a severely high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. She had a full hysterectomy last year to avoid the ovarian cancer. After several doctor visits, counseling, research, and watching everything her mother has been going through and how rapidly her mother's cancer progressed, Jackie realized it was dire that she go through with having the recommended prophylactic bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, to avoid breast cancer. With doing this surgery, she is hopeful to watch her children, and hopefully even her future grandchildren, grow up.
Jackie has watched her mother Cathy go from riding dirt bikes with her grandkids this past Christmas, to laying in a bed hooked up to oxygen, no longer able to walk, just months later. Cathy was diagnosed in early February of this year with Stage 4 Metastatic Cancer of Unknown Origin. After only a couple months of doing five days a week radiation and chemo, her condition continued to rapidly decline. She has now been moved to Hospice and is in her last days here with us.
With time being critical and the unchangable prepping and planning that her surgery required, Jackie had no other choice but to go through with her surgery as scheduled on 06/27/2017 and was forced to say her final goodbyes to her mother, all at the same time. With both of them having very low immune systems, Jackie will likely never see her mother again, while she is still alive.
Jackie is now not only enduring extremely emotional trauma, but also a huge financial burden. She is the most giving and loyal friend I have ever known. All while being an incredible mother and always putting her children first, she still continues to always be there, pushing, encouraging, and supporting those she knows and loves in any way she can. She's been there physically, emotionally, and financially, for so many others, including myself. It's now her turn to receive help and I'm hoping her good karma will repay her tenfold.
I beg for your support in donating any amount you can to help her with her medical and living expenses while she is unable to work at this time and struggling to provide for her family. I also ask for your prayers for her and her entire family.
ANY donation amount at all will greatly help her and will be so graciously appreciated!!! THANK YOU so very much, in advance!!
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