It’s with a heavy heart that I have to share one of my childhood best friends was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. For those of you who know Lindsay, you know she is a 32 year old newlywed. Just over a year ago, she was married to the love of her life, Andy.
While most newlyweds are off having the best years of their lives, Lindsay spent the entire first year of her marriage sitting by her mother’s side while her mother fought metastatic ovarian cancer. In May, her mother underwent genetic testing and it was determined at she carried the BRCA 2 Gene. Sadly, Lindsay sat holding her mother’s hand while she passed away July 2018 after a long, hard battle.
In August, while Lindsay was in the midst of grieving, she underwent genetic testing to see if she carried the BRCA 2 gene. With more unfortunate luck, Lindsay learned she was a carrier.
I met with Lindsay soon after she learned this. She was smiling as she told me it was recommended that she had a bilateral mastectomy and a hysterectomy by the age of 40, because her chances of getting cancer were 80%. She also said “they are just boobs, I would rather not have to deal with cancer after watching my mom suffer.” I remember sitting there is awe of this beautiful woman, and how strong she was.
In September, Lindsay went for a mammogram an abdominal ultrasound and an abnormality was found in the mammogram. A biopsy was taken. On October 19, 2018, Lindsay was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in her right breast – breast cancer
. They also suspect she may have cancer in her left breast. She is getting an MRI biopsy on Thursday, November 1, 2018.
Lindsay has a long road ahead of her. On Tuesday November 6, 2018, she will have a bilateral mastectomy and a lymph node dissection
at Saint Elizabeth Medical Center. Her recovery period will be 4 to 6 weeks. The doctors are unsure what stage her breast cancer is and will know if she will need to receive chemo or radiation after her surgery. During her initial surgery, she will need to allow her breast tissue to heal before she goes to get reconstructed.
For the next 5 to 7 years
, she will be put on the medication Tamoxifen, and during that time she cannot get pregnant. Lindsay was on her way to her fertility doctor appointment about preserving her fertility when she received a call that her insurance declined her request for In Vitro Fertilization. She ended up having to cancel the appointment. Andy and Lindsay dream of starting a family.
Lindsay is a selfless person. She is compassionate, and she would do anything for anyone. Right now, she needs our help. Andy and Lindsay have been through enough the past year, financial worries should not be added to the list.
Any donation amount will be going directly to the following:
- Lindsay already lost a lot of time at work caring for her mom while she battled ovarian cancer. While she now fights her own cancer battle she will only be receiving 60% of her base salary while she is recovering from her surgery. This will be a huge financial burden for Lindsay and Andy.
- She will need to undergo reconstructive surgery once her breast tissue heals. That is more time off work and a reduced salary.
- Any medical expenses not covered by insurance that come up through her battle.
- Travel to and from Boston for her and Andy.
-If she needs chemo or radiation, she would need to have her eggs removed prior. Since her insurance does not cover it and they cannot afford to pay out of pocket, cancer is putting a barrier on them being able to start a family. If we can raise enough funds to help her with this, she will be allowed to take a break of the medication on year 2 to have IVF and start a family.
Any donation will be greatly appreciated. If you cannot donate, please keep Lindsay and Andy in your thoughts this coming week and the weeks that follow. If you have any question, please let me know.
I will update this page as information comes along.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this.