In September of 2014, I was diagnosed with an aggressive, hormone receptive breast cancer. It came as quite a shock because I had no history of breast cancer in my family and I was only 38! I fought through multiple lumpectomies, node removal, six rounds of four chemotherapy drugs and 35 rounds of radiation. We thought it was gone.
Now, with 2017 the cancer has returned this time even stronger than before. I have stage IV breast cancer that has metastasized to my liver. It's been a long road over the past three years and I can add a hysterectomy, double mastectomy and the start of reconstruction to my list of surgeries since December 2016. I've just completed 3 rounds of chemotherapy again and the results show it's not working-the cancer is growing on my liver. We begin a new chemotherapy drug tomorrow. As long as its working, I will continue with the infusions every three weeks for the rest of my life. My oncologist has placed a timeline to this type of aggressive cancer, but we remain hopeful that I outlast the four year sentence and get to see my children go to college, get married and have children of their own! I want that and will continue to fight for it!
In the meantime, the side effects to these drugs have made working difficult. I have had every other week of feeling well enough to put effort into making money in my real estate career in order to pay our monthly bills let alone insurance deductibles or saving for my children's immediate future-like cars as I'm about to have 2 drivers in the home! In real estate, you don't receive a paycheck until a home or property closes. Memory loss, driving issues and low energy levels make walking up and down stairs physically exhausting, so working with buyers is too much of a stress on my body. I've had to stop. My physical limitations coupled with the stress of managing all the health issues have caused me to recognize I need help.
I state all this not for pity as it's all just the facts of our life. I do not feel sorry for myself nor am I broken. Remember, I'm stubborn! It's been our life, our roller coaster ride and we've taken it in stride. I've had a tremendous support system of prayers, food delivery and encouragement to keep up the fight! For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Each day is new and precious. Each moment of being present, I am reminded why I continue to fight. It is the moments of love, laughter and learning with my friends and family that truly allow me to really live. I am undeservingly blessed with two absolutely precious and mature teenage children that deserve more than I am able to financially provide them now and future. It's been a struggle facing a death sentence, continuing to fight knowing that physical limitations prevent me from providing a stable home life now and the future life I want for them. The future I planned to provide them by changing into a real estate career in the first place! They have been the troopers through all of this. They have been my caretakers. They have chosen to fight along side me, so I ask this for them and could use your help. I thank you in advance for any contribution you make towards that life and please know I will always be eternally grateful! With continued love and prayers, your contribution will help us now to be able to focus on fighting this incurable cancer instead of creditors and to secure them a well deserved future.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Much love, Megan
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