My mom, Superwoman, fights cancer

My mom has always been the strongest woman I know. She is a friend, a sister, a personal chef, a comedian, a provider, a role model, a fitness enthusiast,  and now a warrior.   For most of my life, I have seen her work two jobs everyday, to put food on the table and make sure her family was taken care off. My sister and I owe our strength and go getter attitude to this spirit which she has instilled in us.
Recently, my mom was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, after finding a large lump (3.7 cm) in her breast.  Most common type of treatable breast cancers have either postive estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors, and/or  HER2 receptors.  This type of cancer is unique in that it is negative in all three of these receptors (making the root of it hard to target) and is also extremely aggressive. 
To treat this type of cancer, is a four-step process. First chemotherapy of atleast 6 sessions, then lumpectomy to remove the breast, and then radiation  followed by reconstructive surgery. 
Her main concern during this arduous process is not the pain from chemo and multiple surgeries, but, it is missing time from work. My mom works with kids at a daycare, and since kids are more prone to illness/infections, the surgeon has advised it will be best during her chemo, to not be in this environment. As she is the sole provider, this has been an extremely hard fact for her to accept.

This news also came at a very bad time. I have been in the process of helping my mom purchase her very first home. Currently, we have had to put the purchase at a standstill, till we can better anticipate future costs.  

I would like to help my mom focus on getting better without having to worry about missing work and other financial burdens for once in her life.  I am estimating she will need atleast 30k to be comfortable for the year, of which, 15k I can contribute. Thank you for reading my story and keeping us in your prayers. Ofcourse anything helps!

-Ankitha
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Ankitha Gadag 
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Chicago, IL
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