Araceli's Breast Cancer Treatment

Hello, my name is Araceli Valencia. I am 35 years old and I have stage 2 breast cancer. Late August I felt a lump in my right breast. I tried to come up with every and any excuse, but the uncertainty was just too much. On October 12, 2020 I went in for a mammogram and ultrasound, after which, I was told I had mass measuring 2.4 x 2.3 x 1.2 cm and was classified a BIRAD 5 requiring a biopsy. The shock and fear I felt was indescribable, but my doctor said I had no time to waste and told me to take action immediately. I had my biopsy by the end of the week and my results confirmed Infiltrating Ductal Adenocarcinoma.

We all know 2020 has been a tough year. Personally, I was furloughed from my job and I currently do not have health insurance that will cover the costs associated with my surgery and treatment. I feel very grateful to have a strong family unit and for all the wonderful people in my life that have been so supportive. I am also lucky to have been detected early. Unfortunately, I am not in the ideal financial position to absorb all of the mounting costs that have come up and will continue to pile up during this very difficult time in my life.

I would have never thought that I would be in this situation as I have always tried to be a very independent and private person, but I find myself in a time of need and would greatly appreciate any donation and many prayers. When I received my diagnosis I first felt as if my wings had been cut, I felt struck down, but now as I’ve shared what’s happening to me the blessings and prayers from people like you give me the strength to overcome.

I am forever grateful.



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Araceli Valencia 
Austin, TX

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