Thanks for visiting and welcome to my Go Fund Me page.
This isn't about me. It's about a dear friend.
Meet Laronde 43, Mick (her hubby) and 2 boys, Ethan 6, and Dylan 2. Laronde is fighting to survive, not just for herself, but for her family and to raise awareness for all breastfeeding mothers.
In a nutshell.... Laronde found a lump in her breast while breastfeeding her youngest child Dylan and the doctor's missed it.
It had another year to grow before the cancer was detected. Four months ago she was officially diagnosed with an aggressive grade three Breast Cancer.
Her news really shook my world. Unfortunately this aggressive cancer has spread to her Lymph nodes.
Obviously, we are all devastated by the news and hope to help her overcome her battle with this horrible disease.
In detail.... Breastfeeding increases breast density and sadly caused Laronde’s breast cancer to initially be missed by treating doctors.
Laronde was told by four diferent doctors that the lumps would not be cancer. She was young, she was healthy, she had breastfeed for several years and there was no family history.
This caused a treatment delayed of a year and allowed the cancer to grow and spread further.
The Ultrasound was inconclusive showing cysts. The mammogram showed a complicated Galactocele, which is just a fancy word for a blocked milk duct, with questionable rear margins and cysts in the lymp nodes.
The 'blocked duct' in the breast measured 3.5cm and the cysts in the lymp nodes measured 3cm in size. The breast lump was easily felt and the lymph nodes could not be felt.
Biopsies confirmed the worst: high grade, super-aggressive Cancer (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma stage 3, grade 3).
This was the confirmed result for both the breast and lymph nodes. How could the tests be so wrong.
As she processed the initial shock and began discussing options for treatment, she was required to emergency wean Dylan.
Laronde underwent extensive testing. Initially she was recommended to undergo what every woman and especially breastfeeding mothers don't want to consider: immediate Radical bilateral mastectomy and total Axillary clearance, Chemotherapy, reconstruction surgery and radiation treatments to stop this aggressive disease from spreading any further.
A crazy amount of doctor’s appointments decided that Laronde’s best chance for survival was surgery, Port a Cath insertion and two types of aggressive Chemo that will take months to complete.
Followed by breast surgery including mastectomy and lymphatic surgery, radiation therapy, breast reconstruction and an Oophorectomy...I can't even say that word!... (removal of ovaries which feed the cancer with hormones).
Laronde was told this was her best option for treatment because the breast milk was making it impossible to clearly view the breast tissue....even with an MRI.
Meaning that there could be more cancer present that could be missed.
Due to the intense treatment process Laronde wasn't allowed to pick-up or hold her boys because she was radioactive from tests and then for nearly two months after surgery.
It's a rough journey, both physically and emotionally for all of the family. The journey forward is unsure and scary for Laronde.
The treatment plan needs to be incredibly specific and individualized in order to prevent the cancer from spreading even further or simply coming back in a few years.
Laronde has already been through so much and has inspired so many of us throughout her life. We would love to help her and her beautiful family through their difficult time.
Unfortunately, many cancer treatments are extremely expensive, even before factoring in everyday living costs.
These treatments are not always available in the public system here in Australia, and they come at a great cost. Laronde is required to have shared care in public and private health.
We want to support Laronde and her family as much as possible to help ease their financial stress and get care for Laronde without worrying of how to pay for it. I really want to help take their pain away by coming together for them at this desperate time of need.
The company that Mick worked for went into liquidation a week before Larondes diagnosis. He has sence had to become a full time carer for both laronde and the children.
Laronde continues to amaze those closest to her with her strength and determination to put her young children and others first.
Laronde was reluctant to start this page and we continue to see Laronde be humbled by the love and kindness, which has been shown to her throughout this journey. We love and are grateful for you all!
With humble and hopeful hearts, we lovingly ask that you donate anything you can. Any amount that you are able to contribute will mean so much to us.
THANK YOU GORGEOUS PEOPLE!!!
Laronde and Dylan enjoying life just before her diagnosis.
Larondes first chemo.... yes she is wearing sunnies (they help with the migraines that the chemo cause).
The boys on a Ethans 6th birthday.
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