Here is her story, her continued fight, and her journey with breast cancer:
In October of 2017 I was diagnosed with invasive ductal breast cancer. As you can imagine, my life changed in an instant. I quickly went from working full time to multiple appointments, and soon after, into an 8 hour surgery that resulted in 6 days in the hospital, due to complications from the surgery. I was suddenly faced with decisions and realizations that I can hardly put in to words. I never thought, that at the age of 43, I would undergo a double mastectomy. Diagnosis, recovery, and losing both of my breast, has just been the beginning of this difficult road. I went from working, active, and joy-filled to bed ridden (after 2 months in bed, I am now mobile, but am still unable to put a shirt on over my head…thankfully, I can pull them on over my hips.), in pain, alone, and without income. I feel raw, vulnerable, exhausted, and hurt, both physically and emotionally. There have been days when I do not know if I have much of a fight left in me, and faced with mountains I feel I can’t climb. I am someone that has spent my life helping others, as a therapist, and am now in a position where I am forced to ask for help, which is not easy to do. My medical team has estimated that I will be out of work for a year, due to multiple surgeries, ongoing cancer treatments, recovery, and side effects.
I have been denied temporary disability, because, according to the State of Hawaii, I used the 15 days that I was allotted through my employer. Receiving that denial letter left me broken and confused. Breast cancer has taken away my ability to work, for now, leaving me with no income. I am in jeopardy of losing my apartment and my health insurance. I am completely overwhelmed, trying to heal, and do not know how I am going to make ends meet, while at the same time watching the medical expenses add up.
If you are aware of any organizations that may be able to help, or you are financially able to do so, I am humbly reaching out for help. Your time, kindness, and support mean more than I am able to express.
Still fighting this battle, day by day.
"No act of KINDNESS, no matter how small, is ever wasted" -Aesop
Thoughts, prayers, and encouragement are welcome and needed.
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