After over 2 years of watching, ultrasounds, and biopsies of a lump in my daughter's thyroid, the mass suddenly doubled in size and required surgical intervention. The pathology report from a partial thyroidectomy revealed the mass to be follicular carcinoma. Cancer.
She's 17, at the beginning of her senior year at Oakland Mills High School. She has started filling out college applications and applications to study abroad programs such as YES and CBYX, gap year programs where she would be doing another year of high school abroad before starting college.
After college, she plans to teach English as a second language, preferably overseas. Her passions include teaching (which she currently does by teaching swim lessons, swimming being another of her passions, to children as well as adults,) travel, photography, and music. She began learning piano when she started to read, then transitioned to violin , which she has palyed contiuniously since 3rd grade and has been a member of the upper orchestra in high school for 2 years. Her innate photoraphic talent has lead her to be currently enrolled in Photography II AP.
Her current insurance coverage runs out October 31st. We will then have to meet the deductible for the new insurace, after which it will only cover up to 80% of medical bills. There will be lots of medical bills.
We were already struggling to make ends meet, and the medical situation makes it virtually impossible for me to work enough to keep us afloat.
Any help that you could provide would ease financial burden, as well as the emotional toll on me, my husband, our lovely daughter Mai, and her two younger brothers so that we can focus our energies on helping her heal.
She has a warm heart and a good head on her shoulders. A truly beautiful soul. Her positive outlook continues to shine despite the pokes, prods, needles, and cuts. She is honestly the kind of person who has a positive impact on the world.