Hi, my name is Cyndi Smith, and I am fundraising for my dear friend, Beth Renner. She is an amazing mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, cousin, aunt, sister and friend to many. Beth is a “people person” and knows many folks in our community.
Beth was diagnosed with cancer right before Christmas, December 2021. After two mammograms and a biopsy, she was diagnosed with Stage 2 HER2/positive breast cancer, also in the lymph nodes. The initial visit with the oncologist on Jan. 13th was a very positive interaction. The treatment would consist of chemotherapy and lumpectomy (with possible radiation, to be discussed down the road). The dr. reiterated that with the specific plan for Beth, they “usually get excellent results” and it is “1 of the most effective treatments,” and that “3/4 of surgeons can’t locate the tumor at the end of chemo during the lumpectomy”!
With this reassuring news, Beth began her six rounds (every three weeks) of intense chemotherapy, included in the “cocktail” of 4 drugs: Carboplatin, Herceptin, Perjeta & Taxotere. Many of us know Beth is a certified "Mixologist", so of course, we had to throw "cocktail" in the mix! The first chemo treatment was on Feb. 2nd, 2022. These major chemo treatments aimed to shrink cancer before the surgery.
During the hardships of receiving chemo, her bloodwork being tested weekly, Dr. exams, and receiving other infusions when needed were challenging. Chemo brings low energy, tiredness, fatigue, the stress of daily activities, etc.
The lumpectomy results were excellent, as they found no tumor during surgery. To ensure the cancer was completely gone with no possible lingering “c” cells, they decided Beth needed radiation, which began for six weeks: Mon-Fri., five days a week. Radiation and chemo have a cumulative effect, causing more fatigue, tiredness, lack of strength and burning pain.
Beth is very excited that she was able to “Ring the Bell” on her last day of radiation, Tues., Sept. 27. Although even while receiving six weeks of radiation, she has had to continue chemotherapy treatments. After the initial six chemo treatments, Beth still receives two of the four drugs (new 'cocktail'): Herceptin and Perjeta, every three weeks until next year, Feb. 2023!
During this time, Beth has continued to work as a self-employed Real Estate Broker with over 37 years of experience, her “only source of income.” She is very grateful for the assistance of her wonderful Broker/Owner of Prime Properties, Inc. – Christie Oakley and her fellow agents for their support.
Please consider donating to alleviate the financial, stressful realities Beth now faces due to exhausting her savings and being hindered at times from working as hard as usual due to the side effects of chemo and radiation. Beth thanks you from the bottom of her heart for your generosity and is greatly appreciative, as she is such a strong, independent lady! She wishes to thank everyone for the support, prayers and love given by her family, friends, neighbors and the community.
SAVE THE DATE!
Sun., Nov., 20th
Hickory Elks Lodge #1654
2:00pm - 6:00pm
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So, you can choose where to donate, through GoFundMe or at the BENEFIT! Or heck, both!!! Peace & love!