Mary's fight for LIFE

Hello. my name is Mary Jane, I have Pancreas Cancer, and have Been fighting since July 2014, had surgy which removed 70% of my pancreas and a small part of my spleen. Everything was ok for a whole year but then it came back full blown so i am currently on the "last chance" medication. Twice a month I have to travel 60 miles roundtrip to Gulfport where i sit for 6-7 hours of chemo, and then they send me home with a pump I have to wear for 3 days. Along with those two trips I also have Dr. visits and a few other health visits when means all together I drive back and fourth about 5-6 times every month. By the grace of God, I have beaten their "dead line" of 6 months by a whole year now. Unfortunately I do have to receive this medication in order to continue waking up every morning to my beautiful family. My DR is Louis Varner at Gulfport Memorial Hospital and he is great. He makes sure I know how important each visit with him is.
My loving spouse of 18 years had a stroke in 2013 and has endured many problems, and still faces issues daily which has resulted in him unable to work. He has always taken such good care of us, as we r both use to working. We have a 11 year old son, David! He stays on the A and B list in school and is truly such a wonderful son, especially concidering all he has to endure with all our health issues. We are both on SSI, so we went from what we normally made in a week to once a month now. My son was not able to play sports becuase of funds. The coach wanted him to play so bad and so do I. He understands our situation and tells me "its ok mom", which breaks our hearts because I know he really does want to play so bad, but has put himself and his wants on the back burner because of his love for me and his father.
We have moved to MS. from OK because of side effects of medication, the coldness would of gotton me in OK. My brother in law and sister has helped us since we moved here. They are wonderful but we had to get our own place. We have been on our own our whole life. We rent a tralior in Gautier because the schools are high in education which is a big deal to our family. All of our stuff is in storage in OK. and we have been paying on it a whole year now. We just don't have any extra money to get it here after all our expences every month, and the payment to keep it in storage is becoming too much as well. I have tried eveything. Family can only help so much, they have their own families to take care of. If i could just simply get our furniture and all our belongings we worked so hard for, it would be such a blessing for us, and would also remove so much unnecassary stress it keeps on us by eliminating a bill as well as allowing us to feel comfort surrounded by our things that once filled our home. We sleep on air mattresses and only have the basic cooking things. My whole house is in storage.
I am not use to asking for help but things are really getting hard for us. Our old truck which is our only transportation we have, just blew its master clucth. We are tryng to fix it ourself, but of coarse can't afford the part at the time. It's one thing after another, life is funny like that. I keep a positive attitude for my son and loved ones. Everyday is a blessing and I don't take a second for granted, but I am starting to notice my happy go lucky personality being effected with all the stress and worry I do. I fear my husband and even more so my child will start to be effected by it all. I know my family is carrying such worry in their hearts everyday because of how unsure my time here is so the thought of adding any more to their lives just about breaks me down. Any help would be a true blessing to me. I struggle every day to survie and I am a true believer of prayer and our lord. I hope I didn't drag this out, I just don't know how to put myself out there like this asking for help from ANYONE, but like I have mentioned i really have tried everything else.
Thank you for reading my story, please do not feel bad for me if you can not donate, I know EVERYONE has a story. If you would just simply share my story so it will be seen by others, we would greatly appreciate it. My prayers are out there for all mankind.

Mary Jane Garrett


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