My name is Rachael, but this isn’t about me. I’m raising money for my built in best friend and cousin. We grew up next door to each other and have seen each other through all of life’s twists and turns. The most recent turn of life’s events has taken the breath right out of our entire family — At only age 29, 27 weeks pregnant, with a 2 year old and husband at home, Terel has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer.
Terel has always been a strong person. She has always been the emotional support for those around her. She’s been a caring heart for her friends and family for her entire life, always the person you could count on. Growing up she was always amazing with children. She’s always had the innate care taking personality. We’ve always known she was meant to be a mother. When Terel and her husband, Devin, got married and had their first baby girl, Zoey, we knew she had found her fulfillment in life. She was destined to be a beautiful mother. Now, with baby girl #2 on the way and right after Zoey’s 2nd birthday, Terel and her family have been shaken with the diagnosis of Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer.
Now is the time that we become the solid support system for this amazing human being. Many ask “what can we do to help?” Pray. Please pray that Terel can watch her children grow up and that she can grow old and in love with her husband like she was always meant to do. Terel and her family have a long road to recovery, but any support whether it be financial, emotional, or spiritual will be greatly appreciated.
We will continue to update throughout the course of her treatment and when Terel is feeling well enough, she will post updates as well. As for now, we take the responsibility while she gets much needed rest. While Terel is out of work and fighting cancer, her husband Devin is her sole care taker. He also will need time off of work to take her to her appointments. Any financial donations would be appreciated more than you know. Not only is cancer an ugly disease, it’s an awfully expensive fight.
• Diagnosis •
Terel found a lump in her breast and had an initial ultrasound that was ordered to follow up in 3 months because the likelihood of breast cancer at her age was slim; they were told it was probable that the hormones of pregnancy had caused the lump. Fast forward to follow up; Terel was immediately sent for a needle aspiration to test the lump but it was inconclusive and she was ordered for a biopsy on July 3rd. On the way to the hospital for the biopsy, Terel lost consciousness and was taken immediately to the ER at Van Wert Hospital. They performed the biopsy there while she was admitted, waiting on the results. The results were positive for breast cancer and they were referred to Parkview Cancer Institute in Fort Wayne, IN where she is currently being treated. Her initial diagnosis was double invasive carcinoma to metastatic breast cancer which has spread to her liver, spine, lungs, and possibly brain. It is also Hormone Receptor Positive which is likely why it has spread so quickly because of the pregnancy.
• Course of Action •
Her care team wants to try to keep baby girl in until 33-37 weeks to avoid baby complications but it depends on the response to chemo - which she has started her first round of. She is currently on a low dose of chemo and getting treatments done 1x every 3 weeks because her liver is too weak. After birth, treatment will be re-evaluated for a more aggressive treatment plan. We will post updates as much as we can.