My name is Audrey, affectionately known as Honey , and I have Breast Cancer.
On July 3rd 2019 I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. Of course it was hard news to process, as a woman it's the last thing you want to hear - and as a dancer and model, it's absolutely terrifying. I support myself 100%, so the reality of losing income and freedom of movement, even for a short while is not just financially crippling, but emotionally devastating.
It's been a very challenging diagnosis to accept and navigate, a lot of decisions had to be made very quickly, but thankfully I caught it very early and I have a very good prognosis.
So what's the plan?
- A final MRI is scheduled on July 24th to make sure there aren't any more tumors hiding around.
- Then I am scheduled to have a Lumpectomy on August 13th at Parkland Hospital - for which I need a $4,000 down payment to go toward my surgery which is estimated at about $74,000
- After recovering from surgery, I'll need 4 weeks of radiation, 5 days a week - which has still not been priced, due to the fact that Parkland Hospital does not have a Radiation department (I'll post updates on that as they come in )
Unfortunately, it's all very expensive to treat, and thanks to the comedy of errors that is my life, I'm uninsured.
That's where you come in with Operation Honey Fund!
I have some financial assistance through Parkland Hospital, but not all services can be covered, so I'll need help covering the cost of surgery, radiation treatments, medication, follow up appointments, lost income, etc.
The percentage of women diagnosed with Breast Cancer under the age of 45 is about 5% (I'm 37) - being diagnosed at a young age comes with additional challenges, makes the treatment plan slightly more complicated, and puts me at a higher risk for cancer to come back. Due to my age and the fact that there is a history of breast cancer in my family, I had genetic testing done to determine the likelihood of cancer coming back, and if I am predisposed to different types of cancer.
Depending on those results, they might recommend a double mastectomy.
But because POSITIVE thinking is the name of the game here, I'm going to focus on the GOOD news, which is that it's very early, I live a healthy lifestyle, and I have an incredible group of friends & loving community that has made me feel invincible.
Any little bit helps! All funds collected here will go to my recovery, which I'll post updates on regularly.
If you'd like to help in other ways, I'll soon set up a sign up sheet so we can schedule a time for meal deliveries, hang outs, puppet & circus shows at home, and any other shenanigans to help keep us all entertained throughout this <3
Thank you for all the loving messages and thoughts you've sent my way. I am eternally grateful, and will never forget your role in my recovery.
- Jeff Swindle
- Staci Waggoner
- Todd Blalock
- Jeff Swindle
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