Things continued on like this for several months up until this past November, though her condition had not been improving at the rate we were hoping. The time came where she needed a double mastectomy. The surgery, along with the ongoing chemotherapy treatments, meant she needed a lot of time to recover, and as a result would be unable to work at all. It also meant paying a lot for her surgery, which left a huge dent in both our wallets. From then on until now, I have been responsible for taking care of much of my mother's bills, as well as my own. But now it's reached the point where it's becoming a struggle for the both of us.