Traci's Fight With Rare Cancer

In August of 2016, my mom went to the hospital with a very large ulcerating tumor on her breast.  At that time, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer as it had metasticized to her right lung and some of her lymph nodes .  She immediately began an incredibly potent form of chemo which reeked havoc on her body.  Unfortunately, the chemo was not as successful as the doctors had hoped so she went in for a masectomy/lympectomy and then continued with a second round of a different type of chemo. 

Only six weeks after her surgery, 5 new tumors appeared on her breast and the tumor on her lung was the size of a tennis ball. Around this same time, we were told by her oncologist that after testing the cancer cells they removed from her breast, they learned that my mom has metaplastic breast cancer.  Metaplastic cancer is an extremely rare and extremely aggressive form of cancer affecting only <1% of breast cancer patients.  Because of its rarity treatment is experimental and has proven to be unsuccessful this time.  

In December, she was again admitted to the hospital for difficulty breathing and was consequently put on a breathing machine. Remaining optimistic, my mom began a third type of chemo with plans to begin radiation shortly thereafter.  Despite three doses of the new chemo, her tumors continued to grow rapidly and her ability to move around was almost non-existant. 

Within the last couple of weeks, her decline has been devasting and her cancer was deemed terminal.  We were advised by her oncologist to discontinue treatment. With the help of hospice, she is set up in her own home and our goal is to make mom as comfortable as possible throughout the rest of her time here with us.

As many of you know, our dad is self-employed and mom has been unable to work since earlier this year.  Our parents have been raising 2 of their grandchildren for the last ten years and moving forward, dad will be raising them on his own.  Dad has been mom's primary care taker since this began as all of the treatments, surgery, and aggressive cancer really made it difficult for my mom to care for herself.  That being said, he hasn't had much time to dedicate to his business in the last five months.  Between the lack of work and the countless medical expenses, finances are a bit stressed.  

Throughout her fight with this cancer, my mom has been so worried about my dad (they've been married for 31 years) and so worried about who would take care of her grandkids. Your donations would help my father catch up financially and allow him to continue providing for their grandchildren until he can get his business back up and running.  You would also be helping us provide my mom with the best treatment and comforts available to us.

Thank you so much for reading my mom's story and thank you for considering her and our family.  It has been a painful and heartbreaking road for us and we are eternally grateful for all of the love we have received thus far.  Please feel free to share our story with your friends and family as well.  

Here are some pictures of Momma and our family.

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Tara Black 
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