Nicole Cotton's Battle Begins Now!

Dear Family & Friends,

Please allow me to share my story with you!

August 2010
Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Stage III

September 2010  to February 2011
Chemotherapy Every Twenty-One Days 

February 2011
Radical Mastectomy

March 2011 to June 2011
Daily Radiation Treatments

April 2012 
D.I.E.P. Reconstruction with Right Breast Reduction

May 27, 2012 - Happy Birthday to Me!
Beginning a new chapter in my life I began celebrating daily the fact that I had beaten this disease and never looked back!


 July 2014
Carried heavy luggage.
Visited oncologist and bloodwork was "perfect".

August 2014
Pain started in my chest.
Visited two doctors who diagnosed me with Costochondritis.

September 2014
CT Scan with contrast.
Showed no abnormalities!

October 2014
Emergency room visit for extreme chest pain.
Diagnosed again with Costochondritis.

October 2014
Multiple rounds of pain medicine injections into the Costochondral joints.

November 2014
Two series of chest xrays.
Showed no abnormalities!

December 2014
Lower back pain started.

February 9,  2015
GP suggested I see a chiropractor for my back.

February 12, 2015
Six month follow up with my oncologist.
Bloodwork looked good but discussed my overall pain.
Recommended a MRI & Bone Scan.

February 15, 2015
Woke up with debilitating pain and off to the ER again.
After a MRI & CT with contrast I was told I had a crushed lumbar vertebrae from the lesions in my spine and pelvis. I was admitted to the hospital immediately.

February 16, 2015
The "C" word was used and I had multiple surgeries Monday afternoon.
My back was fixed, a port was installed and bone biopsies were performed.

February 17, 2015
Released from the hospital.

February 20, 2015
PET Scan was performed and more lesions were found in my bones.

February 21, 2015
Back to Baptist South  for xrays to determine if my left femur was strong enough to withstand Chemotherapy.

February 23, 2015
Great rod needed in my femur.
Ready to move forward with Chemotherapy.
The bone pain is still excruiating and I am so thankful for morphine.

February 27, 2015
My first Chemo treatment will begin this Friday.
It is going to be tricky because the oncologist believes my receptors have changed from estrogen positive to triple negative.  So I am scheduled for an aggressive Chemo plan.  Chemo - 2 Fridays on , 1 Friday off.

February 27, 2015 - Chemo
March 6, 2015 - Chemo

March 20, 2015 - Chemo  
March 27, 2015 -  Chemo  

April 10, 2015 - Chemo
April 17, 2015 - Chemo 

May 1, 2015 - Chemo
May 8, 2015 - Chemo

May 22, 2015 - Chemo Cancelled

May 26, 2015 - Emergency Spinal Fusion Back Surgery
May 26 - June 1, 2015  Hospital Stay

May 27, 2015 - My Birthday

June 1 - June 8, 2015 - Brooks Rehabilitation Center
June 8, 2015 - Return home! Thank God:)

July 10, 2015 - Chemo
July 17, 2015 - Chemo

July 31, 2015 - Chemo
August 7, 2015 - Chemo



This new chapter of my life poses immeasurable physical, emotional and financial pressures for myself and my husband.

The first time around with this disease I remained private and heavily guarded. We chose to carry the entire finacial burden on our own and are still paying off the debt.


We have decided to be open and share our story. Sadly, I am unable to  return to work at this time, so we are calling on you, our family & friends, to help donate no matter how small or large to help cover medical bills, hospital stays, chemotherapy, as well as  everyday costs that we encounter as we go through this journey. 

THANK YOU in advance for your donation through this GoFundMe website.

We understand that not everybody can or wants to donate in this fashion nor is it expected.  We are grateful to be in your thoughts & prayers.

When all is said and done, there will be tears & laughter. But most importantly I will have the support of God, my amazing husband, family and friends every step of every day.

All my love,


Dear Students,

I miss all of you so very much and I wanted to let you know how grateful I have been to be your teacher this school year. 

Let's remember many of those fun times we have had in class...

You have amazed  me with your kindness, brilliance and your individual personality traits that make each and every one of you so special to me.

Please promise me that you will keep reading, keep writing and keep doing the right thing!

I can't wait to hear in a few months when I am feeling better all the fantastic accomplishments you have achieved. You are an incredible group of students that have changed my life forever.

Please feel free to write me or email me just ask Mrs. Smith or Ms. Bensi and they may set this up!

Mrs. Cotton




  • Mick & Suzanne Lafata 
    • 50 $ 
    • 82 mos
  • Kelly Condon 
    • 50 $ 
    • 82 mos
  • Charleen McCarthy 
    • 50 $ 
    • 82 mos
  • Sheila Ledford 
    • 75 $ 
    • 83 mos
  • Julie Tournour 
    • 250 $ 
    • 83 mos
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Nicole Cotton 
St. Augustine, FL