The odds were set against her not so long ago - it was Thanksgiving of 2014 she was told the lump was malignant, stage four - her battle with breast cancer begins. By New Year's 2015 the cancer within had traveled to her lungs, liver and was surrounded her bones.
She was bound and determined to beat this villain and proceeded to do just that. Long hours of chemotherapy and radiation treatment all while still running her business, an affordable daycare given to hundreds of children over the years. All while still being a wife. A mother. A best friend.
By the end of 2015, she was considered cancer free of breast, lungs and liver; her bone cancer was in remission. She was set for her mastectomy and reconstruction. Brighter days seemed not too far away although she still knew how to celebrate and smile throughout all of this.
In January 2016, her perfect Pet scans paved the way for continued recovery and Brenda underwent her surgeries. However, headaches were her first clues that something was wrong. By March 2016 Brenda was diagnosed with metastatic brain cancer.
Aggressive treatment was prescribed and Brenda continued to fight for her life. In July 2017 she underwent a new round of chemotherapy. The radiation took its toll on her body but not her spirit. Even so, she had to relinquish her business and concentrate on recovery and wellness.
Brenda will not just leave behind a business; she leaves behind her children, her husband, and her legacy of love and happiness as she slowly declined during her last six months at home, on hospice.
While the fight for her life was fought hard, we are now left with reminders of Brenda's strength and friendship. As devastating as it is to lose her, medical bills continue to compete for total devastation. We have created this fundraiser to help lessen the financial load from the Hatrack family as they navigate through the emotional hardship of losing their beloved Brenda.
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