Shannon’s Fight

My sweet cousin Shannon is 47 years young and was just recently diagnosed with Lung Cancer.  Shannon has Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma Metastatic.  She has a mass in her lungs and a lesion in her brain.

Those of you that know Shannon, know that she is an extraordinary woman.  She is Cheerful, Loving, High Spirited and most of all Giving.  There is never been  a time that I have seen her, not even now, that she hasn't had a smile on her face and something thoughtful to say, she's always complimentary and sees the best in people.

Shannon and her husband, Robert, raised a beautiful family and have several grandchildren that adore them. The picture above is of Shannon and Robert at their son's wedding.  The one below is of them with their beautiful grandchildren.

Some of you may know Shannon's story, but for those of you who don't, I want to share it with you.

Shannon's husband Robert was diagnosed with Non-Small Lung Carcinoma 6 years ago. Yes, the very same cancer that Shannon now has.  Over the last 6 years, Shannon has been Robert's caretaker and provider while he has battled his cancer.  Many long 12 hour days for treatments at MD Anderson. His constant right arm in everything he has gone through.  His condition has worsened and was recently very ill and in the hospital, he is now in a Rehab Facility and will go home to stay with his daughters as Shannon is too sick to provide the care he will need going forward.  During his stay in the hospital, Shannon became ill.  Thinking she had bronchitis and treating herself for it.  Until she became weaker and had a hard time breathing, she reached out to her sister to take her to the hospital.  Her daughter took her in, where xrays revealed a mass in her lungs.  After a week stay in the hospital, many test and a biopsy, her illness was confirmed and a diagnosis made. A schedule of treatments  to start will be forthcoming soon.  Her sister, Lori will be by her side for the duration.

Shannon just recently dropped her own health insurance so that they could continue to pay for Robert's insurance. On top of that she has her living expenses which family have been helping her with for some time. 

Insurance premiums will be astronomical, at over $900.00 a month for her to pay with no money coming in.  The deductible that she has to meet alone is over $12,000.00.  And we don't know what will be covered under this plan when she starts her treatments. As we all know, insurance doesn't cover everything.

Shannon is a faithful, loving and humble woman.  She loves God and her faith is unwavering. We hope and 
pray that the treatments will do wonders and miracles will happen!

Psalm 103 : 2-5
Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all his benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who Heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Please donate any and all that you can to Shannon's Fight.
She needs all of the help she can get.
No amount is too small and all will be so greatly appreciated.
We love you and we thank you!

Shannon's Warriors,
Lori Hicks Durant,  Randa Warton, Stacey Ramirez and Donna Soileau Mazzola
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Donna Soileau Mazzola
Beach City, TX
Stacey Ramirez

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