On the 26th of July Leticia at the young age of 33 yrs recieved the news no one wants to hear, her biopsy results were in and it was breast cancer. Over the next few days and several more tests it was diagnosed as Stage 3 Triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma. It had moved from the breast to the lymph nodes. Surgery was discussed, then more results came in with more cancer being found on the 30th of July. Surgery was decided and a mastectomy scheduled for the 1st of August. Then a sudden change from the surgeon and the oncologist. Immediate surgery to install a Port a Cath on the 31st of July with Chemotherapy to be the first line of treatment instead of a mastectomy. Chemo started the following week on the 7th of August.
When asked why the sudden change in the treatment plan the oncologist said we can't afford to wait the four weeks it would take to recover from surgery to start chemotherapy due to the further cancer located. Absolutely devastating news.
This young fit healthy, wife, mother of two, daughter, daughter in law, sister in law, cousin, friend to many and amazing beautiful person went from having a normal life to the fight of her life in a matter of days. Her only concern, being here for her children (Makenzie 6, Braxton 3) and not leaving them. "It's not fair on them they are so young, they won't understand." Not once has she said why me, I'm too young, etc etc. not worried for herself, only her family.
Always positive, always happy, always strong for her kids and her family. No other option then beat this. No complaints, no questions, just "it is what it is."
Leticia in unable to work due to weekly chemotherapy treatment, treatment to be about five months followed by surgery, followed by radiation treatment with no guarantee. There is currently no other treatment available for triple negative cancer.
Her husband has taken as much time off as he can using carers leave and rec leave to look after her and their two young children but is now back at work. Leticia is receiving treatment and is doing as much as she physically can to lessen the impact on her children. She is very fatigued but still no complaints.
Obviously this time is extremely emotional, stressful and financialy draining with mounting medical bills along with loss of income. I know they have some great friends and family helping with the kids, sitting with Leticia during treatment and offering support.
On on top of this in November 2017 Leticia's husband, my son, was diagnosed with Stage 2 Kidney cancer resulting in a left radical nephrectomy ( kidney removed). He required extended time off work and is continuing follow up treatment. Both parents with a cancer diagnosis within 8 months is unbelievable !! This family could use a break !!!
If you can help relieve some of the financial stress on the family and help Leticia continue to fight this fight as long as it takes no matter what your donation is I know this family would be forever grateful.
TEAM TEESH, HER FIGHT IS OUR FIGHT.
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