As some of you may know my best friend/sister recently was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer. The C word we all dread to hear but luckily she was able to have surgery. The procedure was called a radical abdominal hysterectomy and thankfully the cancer was removed but we did not know the financial burden that this would cause her and the family. While the doctors said they got all of it she will still need to have screenings every 3 months just to make sure. Also, this procedure has left her out of work with a healing time of 6-8 weeks with now only 1 income coming in. They do have health insurance but nobody truly realizes the amount that you are responsible for is still so very high. The bills are now pouring in at a fast rate so I have decided to do this and try and get them a little bit of help along the way because this has happened so fast. This is important to me because I want others to follow up with their doctor, no matter what kind of doctor it is, because if she hadn't who knows what the outcome may have been and also, because I could never imagine my life, even this world, without her in it nor could all of those that know her, love her and care about her and I want to try and do anything I possibly can to try and help. 
For those who do not know Cait, her husband Mark and their beautiful daughter Addison let me give you some background. Cait and I have been friends foe 16 plus years. We first met working at a restaurant together where we shared a few years of fun. Cait left to pursue her love of children and opened her very own in home daycare. I got a call from her to help assist her in this dream and I immediately took it. For 13 years she dedicated herself to this dream and boy did we have some memories. Not only have we worked together, we have formed an unbreakable friendship with joys, sadness and so many of life's journeys that you hope to take with someone you have grown so close with, whom is your best friend, your family. Years down the line she met her husband Mark and I have to say that was the best day of her life, I honestly can't remember the last time I had seen her so happy or the way her eyes would light up when they saw each other or when they were together. Mark is super goal and family oriented. Mark works full time and even does side jobs whether it be after a long  day or even on the weekends. He may be super tired at times, which who wouldn't be, but works so hard to provide for his family and make sure everything is taken care of whether it be bills, making sure the house is taken care of, keeping the vehicles in working order or just making sure his family has what they need. The day Addison was born was beyond words. Addy, as we like to call her, is the light of both their lives. They would do anything for her!! Since she was born they yearly take Addy for a beach vacation somewhere fairly close. Addy looks forward to her beach trip each year. She loves having this alone time with her mommy and daddy. Sometimes it can't be for a whole week but even just a few days of just the 3 of them gets her beyond excited. Sadly this year they will not be going due to Cait's health and because they needed to use that money towards medical bills. 
Cait decided after 13 years of the daycare to go back to school to be an esthetician. While she did extraordinary and passed and now has a new career she is out to heal. Along with the medical bills she now has her student loan bills rolling in as well. I have decided to ask for help whether it be in the form of a small donation, raising awareness, going to your doctor regularly or by sharing this. Some doctors now say that you can wait 3-5 years for going to your gyno but you SHOULD NOTdo this. This is a major concern of hers. I can't even begin to imagine what could of happened if she didn't go yearly or been told to wait. Having been given a cancer diagnosis has put so many things into perspective for this family. Anything raised will directly be out towards medical bills and everyone is free to send me a message if there are any questions or just to show support.  Please share this, not just for her, but for other families to help educate everyone on how important it is to go and follow up with your appointments. If you ever met Cait and her family then you know the hard working and loving family that they are and if you haven't and your just scrolling around and get a chance to read this then hopefully you can know a little something about them and how great they are and what a help this will be to them and to help take off some of the stress. Thank you all so very much for spreading the word, taking the time to read this and RAISING AWARENESS!!!!!


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Cranston, RI
Caitlyn Cunha 
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