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Fighting for Francheska

$8,490 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 135 people in 7 months
Created July 1, 2017
Francheska is my dearest friend and fellow autism mom. She's no stranger to the word "warrior"--fighting for all that severe autism has taken from her sweet boy Christian has shown her that. Now, she has to also be a warrior for herself, while also continuing to be a warrior for her child.

In June 2017, a lump was found on her right breast and after a mammogram and biopsy were performed she was diagnosed with a very aggressive type of breast cancer (invasive ductal carcinoma). She is scheduled to see an oncologist, and has applied for the caring bridge program as well, but may not qualify.  As the cancer is fast growing and aggressive, she and her family urgently need assistance in order to pursue treatment for her now... as she truly cannot afford to wait.  I will post updates as she gets them. 

Francheska is a Licensed Vocational Nurse "LVN" and had to leave her career to care for Christian full-time, as he has severe autism. This year she started back to school to pursue her RN and eventually become a Nurse Practitioner. Her husband Matt works very hard to provide for his family, but unfortunately his job does not offer insurance benefits. As Christian has a 6 day per week  therapy schedule, medical needs in addition to his autism needs, continuing school, let alone working while undergoing the recommended intensive, aggressive treatment will be impossible for Francheska.

I hope to raise enough funds to assist her in her battle with cancer and the associated ongoing expenses.
This would include costs incurred for possibly seeing a Naturopathic doctor for supplements that could help maintain her immune system while the chemotherapy worked at eradicating the cancer.  She is also researching the benefits of massage therapy, cranial sacral therapy, Reiki, and acupuncture to help with side effects and overall healing.  

The mind and body work together not separately and health is defined as being whole. For Francheska, that means balancing all of the systems: mind, body and spirit,  in order to heal properly.

All donation withdrawals, and delivery of funds from this campaign, to Francheska, will be managed by Francheska's Mom, Maria Medina.

Please consider supporting Francheska's fight with breast cancer.

**A letter from Francheska's dad**:




My first born of only two children: Francheska. 

As a very young child she accepted the responsibility of taking care of her brother while I, her father, completed my education and her mother provided the most basic of income. She was a latch-key child with adult responsibilities.

On January 19, 2011, she gave birth to our only  grandchild.  Christian was born premature and is such a joy.  Sometime after, around 18-months , he became autistic.  Non- verbal to this date.  He requires 25/7 care which she has acccepted. She is however, unemployed and has not the resources for insurance coverage. She has continued her education and is close to completing her RN.

Additionally, she has dedicated her free time (when Christian is in therapy ) to the Organization of Ausome Moms.  The organization provides hope and support to parents of children with Autism.

On June 28, 2017, Francheska was advised that she has invasive duct carcinoma (aggressive breast cancer).  The doctor who saw her remarked that it needs immediate and aggressive treatment and she has made an appointment with an oncologist.

I know that there are many persons suffering from this type of disease and my prayers go out to them.  Be assured that this is not an easy request but I throw myself at your mercy.  I do not request specific amount for any amount of generousity is greatly appreciated.

In gratitude,
Francheska's Dad
Gilbert Medina
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Francheska just learned some potentially hard news that the cancer may have spread or that she may now be dealing with ovarian cancer as well.

Although she does not know for sure yet and will know more at end of month.., it doesn't look good....

PLEASE pray for a miracle right now for our beautiful friend and fellow autism mama. We desperately need for this to be NOTHING for her... we need this to disappear.

She is feeling so broken and is just not in a good place right now mentally or emotionally and worst of all, spiritually....

Fran needs to be here for her beautiful boy Christian, and any one of us with a child with special needs understands that dire gravity of that need. PLEASE pray for her, offer your kindness, share her page... lift her up.

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Last week Francheska had her first round of chemo.

You saw her pictures...

Her brave smile

Her kickass socks

Her warrior attitude.

As I sat there with her, I saw all of that too.

I also saw her cringe as the needle was inserted into the chemo port in her chest.

I watched as her nurse brought out a large binder crammed full of all of the rules she would need to follow;

And I watched--as she continued to tuck additional papers, full of highlighted side-effects, with even more rules to follow...

I saw the tears well-up in her eyes, as she took deep breaths--doing her best to not just fall apart.

I listened to her talk about her son's intensive therapy schedule... and I saw the anxiety wash over her face, as she longed to be the one picking him up; not the one tethered to an I.V.

I watched as the nurse hung bag, after bag--
after bag... of medication...

For nearly nine hours.

That she knew would soon make her feel incredibly sick...

That would eventually take her hair...

As she silently prayed it was taking her cancer...

And still...

I saw her brave smile

Her kickass socks

Her warrior attitude.

And as Francheska would say: Cancer picked the wrong bitch"--indeed, it did.

The road ahead is going to be dark in the days to come; more than anything, Francheska needs for the people that love and care for her to continue circling her with their love, light and prayer.

If you would like to do something for her and her family, please check-out the following link made by her friend and fellow autism mom Vanessa, and sign-up to bring her a meal or have one delivered after her chemo treatments (the hardest days).

www.TakeThemAMeal.com/AWKZ876

In gratitude,

Tiffany
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Update from Fran:

First day of chemo! Hey Cancer, You picked the wrong Bitch! So blessed have these two wonderful amazing friends with me! ❤️ (PS: I'll probably be the first patient to have her guest kicked out of the unit cause if you know any of us---we are LOUD!!) Take no shit! Give no fucks! #makingcancermybitch #Ihatecancer #takenoshitgivenofucks #blessed #besties #cancer #ausomemoms #ausomefriends #chemosucks #chemoday1
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From Francheska:

Update:

I am getting my chemotherapy port placed this Thursday morning. I am scheduled to start chemotherapy next week. I'm glad things are finally moving and I'm ready to fight but as things progress my anxiety/stress levels sky rocket! I'm so terrified of this fight and the unknown....praying that once I start a calm will settle in and I'll be more at peace. Thank you all for your continued prayers. Love you all!
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