This is a story about an incredibly strong, beautiful and smart woman, mother and friend. I met Lori at work in 1996, we imediately clicked and became good friends. We shared good times and bad, supported each other, laughed together and cried together.
Lori would always talk about her Mom that passed away from breast cancer when Lori was just 19. I would always say "that's NOT going to happen to you". As our lives progressed through the years, Lori had a beautiful daughter in August of 2001. In her profound moments of being an awesome mother to an incredible young lady, she would still turn to me and say "what if I'm not here for her? ", we would both get teary and I would say.....it's NOT going to happen. In late October of 2017 Lori went for her annual mammogram and 2 weeks later, the call to go back for a re-check, then a biopsy, then..... starting Chemo. It all started so fast!
I sat with Lori and held her hand when her first Chemo treatment started, both of us staring at each other with tears in our eyes. All I could say now was "you got this".
Lori has gone through her first 8 weeks of treatment and getting ready for more Chemo this week, once a week every week. She is a warrior and after 20+ years of friendship all I can do is support her. She was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer with a mutation, so a double masectomy is eminent. She has a long road ahead of her, and all she worries about is being able to watch Brielle grow up and have her own family. Brielle is a beautiful 16 year old who is enrolled in early college with a 4.0 GPA. She wants to be a pediatrician.
Lori is stressing out due to incoming medical bills and expenses. I wanted to create this account because I can't help her the way she needs and deserves help, I can hold her hand through treatments and surguries but the bills keep coming.
Please keep Lori and Brielle in your thoughts and prayers and consider donating.
God Bless you all!
- Jocel Judge
- Betty Colussi
Organizer and beneficiary
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