Mel’s Marvellous Medicine Moneybox to Fight Breast Cancer
Thank you for taking the time to read Mel's story, we are Amy, Erin, Damon & Jane and Mel is everything to us and we are in QLD, Australia.
37 days ago Mel found a small, almost insignificant, ball-like lump in her right breast. The little blood sucker was hard, a bit moveable but definitely there. Someone or something had moved in, uninvited, trespassing.
Amy was there the night Mel found the interloper. They were initially perplexed. What was this mass? How on earth did it get there? What had it taken from Mel? How long had it been living under Mel’s roof? They asked these (and many more) questions, but to no avail.
The interloper was Cancer. The C-word. Probably the most frightening and repugnant C-word in the English language.
Now you, loved one, know Mel is a private person and we would not have her blessing to share her story unless this was important. Incredibly important. Rest–of–her–life important. Mel needs you and your support (in whatever form you can) and this is a journey she cannot and will not be left to fight alone. You know how the saying goes right – out of the fire comes the strongest steel? Mel is preparing to fight these little interloper cells, and by god she will be strong as steel out the other end.
Mel has already had her first surgery to remove the initial interloper (aka, the aggressive little bastard). She now has 6 rounds of chemotherapy about to start, involving poisoning her body over the next 5 months with the unintended and likely consequence of needing to wear a wig at some point, potentially going into early menopause plus a myriad of other short and long term side effects. Yes. The Change. Come to think of it, this is the second nastiest C-word in the dictionary. Then, 21 rounds of radiation treatment will follow. She will be sicker than she’s ever felt in her entire life. Not to toot your horn or anything, but thank god she has this amazing support network full of people, near and far, that might be able to help. This war chest needs money.
We all know someone or know someone who knows someone that’s fought this battle, and made it through. They didn’t do it alone. Mel will need emotional, physical and monetary support these coming months. She’s responsible for a mortgage and 2 hungry mouths (those cats can eat!) as well as the long list of medical appointments, treatments and ongoing tests that will be required throughout her treatment. After treatment is finished, Mel will also undergo genetic testing which, as we understand it, doesn’t come cheap. This genetic testing is critical to ensure that doctors can monitor whatever part of Mel’s body may not play nicely in the future and be able to treat it before it becomes an issue.
We are asking first and foremost to help Mel however you can, to whatever extent you can. Anything you can give will go directly to Mel’s Marvellous Medicine Moneybox. She will use this war chest to help support herself and take at least one stress away. Even if it’s $5, Mel will be so touched and grateful. And when she’s better, we have absolutely no doubt that she will show up on your door step with some amazing baked goodies to thank you (we all know Mel so, let’s be honest!) Anyway, that’s the future and the present is now – the fight is now – and we are preparing for it.
Whilst we are setting a target of $10,000, we hope to smash that. Please share our campaign within your friend network but please do not post the link to any social media accounts as Mel's request is to keep some privacy around this journey. If you know someone who wants to donate in person, please have them email Amy directly.
If you can help, from the bottom of our hearts, please help. Melinda is a daughter, a sister, a sister in law, an aunty, a friend, a colleague and an acquaintance to many.
Melinda Buckle you are loved, cherished and appreciated and you are NOT facing this (or anything else ever) without us or your entourage. Love you!
Amy, Erin, Damon & Jane xoxo
Note: Any funds not used throughout Mel's treatment, testing and future testing/treatment, will be donated at Mel's discretion.
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