Christine is a member of our Kemptville Cancer Support Group. At her first meeting, she told me that she had visited a doctor many times because of severe abdominal pains and finally was referred to a specialist. After tests, it was found that she had stage 3b cervical cancer with a 6cm tumour and a left iliac lymph node involvement which was 3 times the normal size. She started chemo, with external radiation and also had additional internal radiation treatments all while trying to continue working. Finally, she had to leave work as the effects of treatment became too much, she is still to date left quite vulnerable from treatment, with most days still spent in bed from the severe pain, fatigue, bowel and blatter problems. She was left with no choice but to start receiving unemployment insurance. Christine is a single mom with three boys. Two of them are living with her and their ages are 15 and 17. Christine had her follow up MRI last week and meets her oncologist again this Friday. Even though she underwent an extreme treatment plan, it did not work as hoped and the cancer though it has shrunk is still present. Meaning more treatment is necessary. The odds of success are unknown. Her unemployment insurance which only gave her a fraction of her salary runs out this week. She is in dire need. She has approached the Salvation Army, the pastor at her church and is waiting to see her doctor to ask him to sign the forms required for Ontario Government Assistance. Although the government programs will not give her enough to live and survive on.
With very little funds left she is behind in her rent and other outstanding bills.
Your help would be greatly appreciated as well as passing the word to family and friends.