HELP CARRIE BATTLE BREAST CANCER

$3,740 of $12k goal

Raised by 65 people in 3 months
James Cummings
on behalf of Carrie Morway Carpenter
 MONTPELIER, VT
This Go Fund me has been started on behalf of Carrie's family, friends,  This campaign is for a lady who is kind, caring, compassionate and giving.  Those who know her know she loves animals, crocheting, arts and crafts, AND she makes the best beef jerky in the world! She has done much to help others even when she hasn’t had a lot to give, whether donating to the food shelf or the humane society, helping her partner through past surgeries to get back on his feet and spending every single night by her daughter’s side in the hospital for nearly a month while she healed from surgery and pneumonia.  Now it is Carrie who needs help.  She has been diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 44 years old.  In October 2016 she saw her OB/GYN about an unusual secretion coming from her right breast.  Her OB/GYN referred her for a mammogram, ultrasound and consult with a general surgeon.  She was told the mammogram and ultrasound looked normal, but based on the abnormal discharge Carrie had surgery to have a mammary duct removed on November 15th– everyone assumed there was nothing to worry about and that it was just a benign growth.  It’s also worth mentioning that Carrie wound up back at the ER that very same evening because she had a blood vessel rupture – they had to go back into surgery, reopen the incision, stop the source of the bleeding and suction out as much of the hematoma as they could.   About a week later the general surgeon called to give Carrie some very unexpected and devastating news – what they thought was a benign polyp was actually ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).  She was told it wasn’t too concerning, as it was Stage 0 and hadn’t become invasive.  She was then referred to the Breast Care Center at UVM Medical Center for follow up care.

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!

Thank you for being so kind.  Please like and share this with your friends on any social media accounts.  But if you can't afford a donation that's OK, please still like and share.  Any and all help is very much appreciated!   Thank you!
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Update 7
Posted by Carrie Morway Carpenter
22 days ago
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3 chemo infusions down -- 13 to go. My nausea is under control, but I am really tired. After my next infusion, my weekly infusions will start and they will take much longer. And I lost my hair right after my last infusion . Now I'm wearing hats . But I don't have to shave my legs! Lol
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Update 6
Posted by Carrie Morway Carpenter
1 month ago
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First chemo down; 15 to go! Chemo went OK and was quicker than expected. I did feel some nausea for a few days, but it was relatively mild. Sunday and Monday were the worst days -- I basically felt like I was coming down with something and had the mild nausea. I definitely notice a decrease in appetite and sweets don't taste good to me. After the chemo infusion they put on this Neulasta OnPro which automatically gives me an injection the next day to boost my blood cell count. After the medicine injects I just peel it off -- it saves me another trip to the hospital!
Neulasta On-Pro
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Update 5
Posted by Carrie Morway Carpenter
1 month ago
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Chemo starts next week . I went for an appointment yesterday and learned more about the chemo. It turns out it will be a little different than I thought. For 8 weeks I have to go every other week; then they change the medicine and I have to go EVERY week for 12 weeks. I get the port put in on Wednesday and get my first infusion on Thursday. In the meantime, I also have to start physical therapy for lymphedema – more appointments added to my already busy schedule.

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.
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Update 4
Posted by Carrie Morway Carpenter
2 months ago
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I got the rest of my drains out yesterday! Hooray for that. I am still pretty sore and still can’t sleep in my own bed (the recliner is most comfortable right now), but having the drains out is a big deal. I have a ton of things to do over the next couple of week before I start chemo – bone scan, cat scans, echocardiogram, physical therapy for lymphedema, having a port put in for the chemo, and learning more about the chemo.

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!
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Esther Combs
3 months ago
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Carrie think positive . I made it through and so can you! I talk with your Mom all the time so she will keep me informed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Good luck!

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$3,740 of $12k goal

Raised by 65 people in 3 months
Created January 25, 2017
James Cummings  
on behalf of Carrie Morway Carpenter
$50
Pam Kelly-Kinniburgh
22 days ago

Thinking of you Carrie and sending love and energy.

SW
$50
Sue Walker
22 days ago
JE
$25
Judy Eastman-Bushey
22 days ago
$20
April Garfield
22 days ago

sending prayers. You got this.

SW
$50
Shari White
22 days ago
$30
Anonymous
23 days ago
AM
$10
Anna Marandi
29 days ago
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MM
$25
Mia Moore
29 days ago
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$100
Lynda Benoit
29 days ago
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Thinking and praying for you. You are not alone we are here fighting with you.

$20
Yana Luchkovsky
1 month ago
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Esther Combs
3 months ago
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Carrie think positive . I made it through and so can you! I talk with your Mom all the time so she will keep me informed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Good luck!

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