Growing up, my mother was who mine and my siblings friends went to. Whether if was for a simple meal, needing a place to stay, or to just ask for advice. My mother was always there to support them and comfort them when they needed it. I use to tell my friends when I was younger that she was the best mom in the world. I stopped saying it when I got older, but it is something I still believe to be true. She has never been just my mother, she was a mother to my best friend for twenty plus years. She was a mother to my friends from high school, where she would talk about life and rooted for each and every one of them. She cared for my half-sister even if she was not her own.
On June 22nd my mother, Brenda McKenzie, was diagnosed with Cancer. She originally went in for blood work to be done. Our family had concern of her weight loss. The doctor discovered that she was severely anemic. They decided to do some tests to see what could have made her so anemic. We were hopeful that it was just an ulcer due to stress. The next day she went back in to hear the results. They found a mass in her colon and a lesion in her lung. Suffice to say, we were all terrified.
It has been a month and a half of tests and they discovered the cancer has spread to more than just her lung. Overall, my mother has cancer in her colon, lung, both hips, both shoulders, spine, and thyroid. So far her treatment plan is chemotherapy focusing on her shoulders. Before she discovered she had cancer, my mother had extreme shoulder pain for four months. It turns out cancer was the reason why. Due to this pain they decide to start there first. As you can see she has a long road to go.
It is no secret that hospital trips are pricey. Due to my mother's diagnosis she has had multiple trips down state. Medical bills have started coming in, and my mother and step-father have already gone through their savings. Which is what brought me here. My family and I are reaching out to ask for donations for my mother's hospital bills. My mother's treatment is going to be long and will require her to be in the hospital a lot. Any donation can help. If you know my mother then more than likely you know her kindness, her selflessness, and her ability to make you feel safe. You know how much of herself she gives to help. Please be an angel for Brenda.
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