My Mom's Battle Against Cancer

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

With a heavy heart, today I have to decided to create this page for my amazing mother, my hero. She has spent her entire life struggling and working her fingers to the bone to take care of her family by herself. So much that she has neglected and forgotten to take care of herself... For months she has been getting sicker and sicker by the day. By the time she got off work she would have to almost be carried in the house and couldn't get out of bed or stay awake long enough to even eat but despite how bad she was feeling including losing her vision she would muster up some kind of strength to go to work the next day until she just couldn't get one foot in front of the other anymore. She's self employed as a hair dresser and if she doesn't work she doesn't get paid. The Drs. didn't seem to have any ergency since she is diabetic. She finally got sick enough to go to the ER on 12/15/14 where she was admitted with a 17 sugar level and diagnosed with B-Cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Her hemoglobin was almost down to 6 and had to have a blood transfusion immediately. Not only are all of her lymph nodes imflamed but she has a mass around her kidney's and in her belly over 12 cm's wide.  Now she is unable to work or do anything on her own and while she would never ask anyone for a dime or any type of help I am asking for help for her. To know my mom you would know she is the most giving person and had sacrificed herself for us our entire lives. 
No one plans or budgets for cancer and we have found that her insurance through medicare is less than steller. They are a whole other battle.  Today I found out that her deductible as of 1/1/15 has gone from $500 to $3400. So nothing is covered until that has been met. Her meds alone are over $1000 just to start her chemo treatment. We're only 2 weeks into this and have already exhausted every penny we had. She will have to pay $100s each visit and she has 9 appt's scheduled  for the next 2 weeks alone for petscans, bone marrow biopsy, porticath put in, leunasta shots ($20,000 each shot) and then many months of chemo treatments starting 1/14 and many others in between which are also very costly.  I am selling my car so that I don't have a car payment and will be driving hers back and forth to work for a while. And I can only work part time because I will also have to take her back and forth to for her visits.
We have a long and hard battle ahead of us and asking for any amount that you are able to give. I will be transparent with every penny of it through this site. Every little bit will be a big relief to her and saving her life! She isn't used to fighting for herself so now it's time for me to fight for her and be her strength. 

 My brother gave her the most beautiful card that couldn't explain her any more perfectly and if you know her then you already know. She's like an Oak Tree. 

"A mighty wind blew night and day. It stole the oak tree's leaves away. Then snapped its bough and pulled its bark Until the oak was tired and stark. But still the oak tree held it's ground while other trees fell all around. 
The weary wind gave up and spoke, "How can you still be standing,  Oak? The oak tree said, "I know that you can break each branch of mine in two, carry every leaf away, shake my limbs and make me sway, but I have roots stretched in the earth, growing stronger since my birth. You'll never touch them, for you see, they are the deepest part of me. Until today, I wasn't sure of just how much I could endure. But now I've found, with thanks to you, I'm stronger than I ever knew". 

Thank you!

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Lisa Whitty 
Bon Air, VA
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