HELP CARRIE BATTLE BREAST CANCER
UVM Medical Center looked at the same mammogram that Carrie had in October that was supposedly “normal” and they reported three masses that were highly concerning for invasive cancer, along with an enlarged lymph node that was of concern. They also performed an MRI to confirm what they saw on the mammogram.
With all this information before her, Carrie made the choice to undergo a double mastectomy on January 16th. During the surgery, additional lymph nodes were removed to see if the cancer had spread. On January 23, 2016, Carrie received the pathology results from her surgery and was officially diagnosed with Stage 2 cancer, meaning the cancer had moved into at least one lymph node. Carrie was also told she needed to undergo immediate additional surgery because some of the skin from her previous surgery had been necrotic and had to be removed before infection spread. They would also make a decision about removing additional lymph nodes. Carrie’s full treatment plan will involve undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, as well as taking medicine long term, followed by reconstructive surgery at a later point in time.
It has been devastating for Carrie, her family, friends and everyone that knows her. With the treatment beginning quickly, hopes are high. We are all crossing our fingers that everything will be OK, but Carrie is in need of help. She is on leave from her employer with no disability insurance, and only a limited amount of time off, after which she will be without pay. Though she plans to work if and when she can, we simply have no way of knowing how her body will handle the stress the chemo and radiation. And the doctors say that this treatment will probably dominate the next couple of years.
So while she is battling this horrible disease, she doesn’t need to have the worry about how bills are going to get paid, groceries bought, or gas put in the tank for the next trip to the doctor’s office. I want her to rest and focus on getting better so she can beat the cancer. So here I am, my name is James, someone who cares deeply for Carrie. I am asking you to donate whatever you can afford to help her. It is going to be a long road to recovery for Carrie, so no amount is too small. And your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated too!
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I also started back to work on a part-time basis, but with all of my appointments I have only able to work 2-3 days a week. And when chemo starts, it’s anybody’s guess how much I will be able to work.
Thank you to everyone that has offered assistance in any way! I really appreciate everyone keeping me in their thoughts and prayers.
You’ll see I’m sporting a new, shorter hairstyle courtesy of Diane Estes. Thank you to everyone for their prayers and donations, including my coworkers who have donated their CTO hours and/or assisted in other ways. I am truly appreciative of it all!