"When life gives you lemons, squeeze those f#ckers and put the juice in your tequila".
I have set up this page because so many friends have asked how they can help me, rather than receive 100 lasagnes at my door - the honest answer is I would prefer that they use the money they would have spent on lasagne ingredients and donate here instead. (I don't trust your cooking... )
I have been recently diagnosed with Stage 3 HER2+ Breast Cancer which has spread to my lymph nodes. It has come out of nowhere and knocked us all for six.
I discovered a lump two weeks ago so had a mammogram which came back all clear so I wasn't overly concerned and just assumed it was a cyst. Luckily my doctor followed up with me and made me have an ultrasound which then led to a biopsy which confirmed it was a malignant tumour.
I still consider myself lucky though because I have an awesome oncology and breast care team and they are extremely confident that this is curable.
I start chemo tomorrow for six months, then have surgery, then have radiation treatment. It will be a 12 month journey which I am sure will be shitty at times but we'll get it through it and look back on those 12 months as a bump in the road. On the plus side - I should get a new pair of boobs out of it and for the next 12 months I'll have a valid excuse to look like crap and be moody and tired. I heard as well that wine and food will taste like sh#t so hopefully I will lose some weight - you gotta focus on the positives!
As you all know inappropriate humour is my go to remedy for anything - including this!
The Inappropriate Gift Co is our family run small Business, so for the next 12 months any funds raised will be used to cover my medical treatment as well as keep things going so we can continue to create inappropriate gifts and make the world a more inappropriate place. #makinglifefunagain
I already have my thinking cap on for Inappropriate Cancer gifts and I'm sure the next 12 months of treatment will give me plenty of inspiration.
This is not a sad plea, it is just an honest one. If you want to help and can donate - that would be awesome. It would help relieve stress around finances but also help us continue to bring smiles to people who are going through something and need a laugh as the best therapy. You can also support us by buying gifts from our store or sharing our website with your networks - www.theinappropriategiftco.com.
A portion of all profits raised from the sale of our cancer gifts will be donated as well as 10% of any funds raised here to Breast Cancer Research.
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women in Australia - if it can happen to me it can happen to anyone. I had no prior family history and had all my mammograms done routinely every two years. Please ladies - get your boobs checked but don't just rely on a mammogram - combine it with an ultrasound.
All I can say is Cancer picked the wrong b*tch to mess with! I will keep you all updated on my Inappropriate C word journey.
Thanks for all you support, love and prayers.
Love Lori #BudgetBen and our two rugrats