Maria's Breast Cancer Fund

My Name is Maria and I have been dealing with breast cancer for the last year. It started simply enough with a small bloody discharge from one of my nipples. Mammograms showed nothing, an MRI showed a faint shadow. Then a biopsy confirmed cancer. First one lumpectomy; they said they didn't get it all. Then a second lumpectomy; again not sure they got it all. They recommended  a mastectomy. They  implanted a port, then some chemo therapy then some reconstructive surgery. The chemo interfered with the healing of the incisions for the reconstruction and the wound opened up. This required a second surgery to take the implant out to await completion of chemotherapy. Finally after six months of chemo, it's time to go under the knife again for one more attempt at reconstruction. This will be a complicated procedure requiring cutting a large dog-ear shaped  piece in my back and twisting it over and slipping it through a slit in my side to rebuild the breast. This followed by another 7 months of Herceptin treatments through the port in my chest and another 5 years of Herceptin pills.

Thankfully we have been able to cope with most of this due to insurance and my husband's income. Now just at this critical juncture, the company my husband worked for shut down. Now we have to get by on minimal unemployment benefits. To make it worse the insurance company changed the deductibles so that we have to pay even more out of pocket. I don't know how we are  going to make it through all of this. That is why I am asking for your help.

Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated.  And whatever blessings are mine to give, I give to you. Thank You.


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Maria Colbert 
Pleasanton, TX
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