I have been battling Stage 3/4 Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma since October 2013. In June 2015 I received a secondary diagnosis of Thyroid Papillary Carcinoma I underwent 9 hours of surgery for a complete thyroidectomy and neck dissection. I had 3 tumours on the right side one measuring 13cm, 8cm and 5 cm and nodules on my left. The larger tumour had been growing and attached to my voice box which caused me to lose my inability to speak and once my voice returned left a severe speech impediment. I underwent speech therapy for months and have regained 85% of my pre-surgery voice and speech which makes it extremely difficult to work in my field of teaching high school students. have struggled to pay for all of my medical treatment on my own, without subsidies or support . Medical treatment and costs and bills have just continued to mount up and cripple me to the point I am in so much debt I am financially ruined andI cannot afford further or ongoing treatment. I didn't choose Cancer, it chose me and it's hard enough to fight for your life without the added stress and worries of financial burdens in a time you need to focus on the journey and battle ahead. I don't have parents and the only family I have is a sister and my own children. My sister and children are not financially well enough off to be able to help me. I don't have anyone to call upon to help me. The old saying you find out who's there for you when you really need them is certainly true, I have no one I call ask for help. Life saving treatment is my only means of survival to fight back against a disease so crippling and debilitating. I cannot even afford everyday living expenses and there are days I simply go without . Two years I've fought and battled to save my life. I want to watch my grandchildren be born and watch them grow. It is hard enough to live with a disease i didn't ask for. I'm a hard working person who has given so much of my life to helping and supporting others, now I need just a little bit back. Everything is a massive struggle just to survive, to make ends meet. There are days I don't have the finances to eat let alone finding money to pay an overdue bill, the hounding phone calls, knocks at the door was never a way my life was pre-cancer and adds to the stresses. I have no other hope of continuing treatment without help. I long for a home of my own, no one can kick me out of or tell me to leave, that has proper facilities. The shack I rent has faulty electrical wiring, asbestos in the walls no heating or cooling. I just wish I had a real home no one could tell me isn't mine or could take away. A place I could hang my cherished memories and a place for my children and granbabies to visit, spread my ashes among my lillies when I'm gone and know I'll always be with them and near them there. As a prominent member of my community for over 15 years dedicating my life to help others, initiating and implementing programs to create understanding, educate, instill hope and faith into lives of others who are just holding on. It's now my turn to swallow my pride and reach out to the world in the hope the universe can offer me hope and help me in this battle of a lifetime, This is my last resort and my only option left. Every little bit helps and I am asking please, please, please help save a life by giving any little bit you can. I simply cannot do this and am practically begging the world to help me. I have absolutely nothing more left, I cannot fight without treatment and I cannot afford this on my own. Bills are mounting, life is not the quality anyone should have to endure. I am a single mother of 6 beautiful children, 1 has autism who will need ongoing care and 4 grandchildren that I love and adore. I don't have a home that is mine or anything to leave them when it's my time to go except my love, values I've instilled and memories we share. I need your help please this is my only hope. My husband by just months kicked me out
of the home we brought together when I received my first diagnosis. I slept in my car for months, undergoing chemo and going to work pretending I was ok. I cannot fight this battle along anymore, I cannot offer auctions, prizes or give always in return i only wished I could. All I can offer is my sincere and humble gratitude to each and everyone of you who has helped make this journey a little easier.