Fight on- Aggressive breast cancer

Hello, my name is Michelle Fields! I am currently my first 10k into my marathon in my battle with aggressive breast cancer.

On August 28th 2018, I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductial Carcinoma (IDC). On September 24th (out for 8.5 days shoulda been 2-3 weeks, 7was unpaid) I had a lumpectomy and a 3.5cm tumor was removed. Unfortunately, I found out that there were multiple invasions into my lymphatic system (nodes clear but it had spread). I was then diagnosed with Stage 2A, Grade 3 IDC, estrogen and progesterone positive, Her 2 negative but growing at a 70% rate. On 10/30 (out for 2 days, shoulda been a week all unpaid) I underwent another surgery for a chest port for chemo, had my first on 11/8 (out for 5 days, 2.5 unpaid) Unfortunately, chemo took me down hard as my system was unable to process fluids and had a seizure from severe dehydration.

Between the multiple surgeries and Dr. appointments, I have gone relatively unpaid, as I did/do not have enough sick or vacation to cover the surgeries. Thank goodness for credit, but that is not sustainable. I am asking for $10,000 because this is the estimated cost/ needs associated with my portion of bills.

I ask for your help, because unlike California, Louisiana does not have a State Disability program, and since I do now qualify for FMLA leave and My employer has “emergency leave bank”, but is empty!

I appreciate you taking the time to read/pass my story on. I have to say, I am lucky because  I have insurance and a remarkable support system near and far; I can’t imagine not! I ask that you please share my story and get a mammogram, practice self exams. Early detections saves lives.
#michellesmammomondays #fightlikemichelle 

With Love,


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Michelle Fields 
New Orleans, LA
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