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Help Julie, a new mom, fight breast cancer.

$23,746 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 194 people in 6 months
Created February 8, 2019
36913648_1549647555508492_r.jpegThis January, just a few months after her 40th birthday, Julie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. The cancer is quite advanced and has spread to her lymph nodes, which means she has a gruelling 6 months of chemotherapy and surgery ahead of her.

With her beautiful daughter, Cicely, just about to turn 2, Julie’s biggest anxiety is not being able to be the mom that her little girl needs. Nick and Julie need some financial help. This will allow Julie to stop working and Nick can reduce his long hours as a chef in order to care for both Julie and Cicely during and after her treatments. Julie's goal throughout her treatment process is to keep a positive healthy environment for her family and to make life as normal as it was for Cicely before her diagnosis. 

We know that Nick and Julie have a big worldwide network and there are lots of people wondering what they can do to help from many miles away. Here is what you can do. The money we raise here will enable the family to spend more time together during this fight. It will help with childcare, cover lost wages and allow Julie to focus her energy into beating cancer and being the amazing mother and wife that she has always been.

It has taken some time to convince our dear friends that it’s ok to ask for help and sometimes all you need to do is put it out there and let the world show you its kindness. 

Thank you x

Jess and Bianca
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Tuesday. Such and unsuspecting day. Everyone hates Monday. Wednesday gets the honor of being “hump” day. You’re so very flirty Wednesday. Thursday is Friday Eve and otherwise known as ‘if I’m hungover at work no one cares cause it’s basically it’s the weekend’. Saturdays is wine day and Sunday is no pants day but Tuesday is the dry toast of the weekdays. It’s never appealed to me.
Until today.
A little backstory for you...
Last Monday I had my breast removed along with all of the lymph nodes on my left side. This has meant the last week has left me in a cycle of sleep, nap, repeat with a little peppering of Tylenol3. The day of the week has been of very little consequence to me but today on the most unsuspecting of days my oncologist called and asked if anyone had given me the results of my pathology from the surgery. I sheepishly said “um no”.
She said “ok so I will”

Here is a summary of our conversation in easy terms to understand:

Where there once was disease there is no more and from what they see there’s is also no evidence to support the chance of it coming back.
Yup bub-bye cancer. See you again, NEVER.

I really thought hearing news like that I would cry but in that moment I just wanted to smile (and drink good bubbles). Tuesday you just got awesome status.
I sent my Dad to the store to get some bubbly and I furiously called as many people as I could to spread the good news. The first question I got was unanimous:
“so will you still need radiation then?”

I’m afraid the answer is yes. It’s like the boot in the ass of cancer on the way out the door. It’s the extra reassurance it’s won’t return. So in a few weeks/months time I will be heading down to Vancouver five days a week for five weeks in total. Barring any complications, come the new year, or possibly earlier I should be back up and running ready to start a regular routine again.....a routine that includes celebrating Tuesdays.

You’re all invited.
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Four months ago I remember walking into the chemotherapy unit at the BC Cancer Agency feeling like a high school kid with a fake ID trying to get into a bar. I felt like everyone knew it was my first time. Like I didn’t belong there. I was awkward and scared.

Then you are asked questions (sometimes in front of a five person audience) like “so any diarrhea since your last visit?”

Being vulnerable is sort of non- optional at this point. Brene Brown take the wheel…

After eight rounds of chemo over twelve weeks you would think I would have jumped for joy walking out that door but to be truthful I had mixed feelings. I remember saying out loud at least four times through my treatment “I can’t do this anymore” and here I am done! I’m just not DONE….done. I still have surgery and then radiation so I have decided to wait on the champagne and opt for sparkling wine instead.

I spoke with my surgeon and we agreed that once the cancer is removed and we find clear margins with no cancer remaining we will, in her words, “be high-fiving each other in celebration” So that is the next milestone. July 22nd I need all your good vibes. At that point we bust out the bottles and start popping!

We are about one quarter of the way through my treatment and there have been so many times either Nick or I have looked at each other and said “I don’t know how we would have done this without help?” The chapter in the story of our life that included being evicted, getting cancer and raising a two year old is one that can have a happier ending thanks to you.

Thank you to our friends, family, strangers, dog sitters, house cleaners, babysitters, soup makers, and movers. Thank you for the lasagnas, the flowers, the wine, the care packages, and the messages. You don’t know what it means to us.

All our love,
Jules Nick and Cicely.
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I wanted to let everyone know that the BC hospitality foundation will be matching funds raised at the fundraising event at Alta Bistro on May 6th up to $5000
I hope to see you there!
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A quick update:

I am now officially past the halfway mark of my chemotherapy, cue Naughty By Nature and put both hands up…
“Hip Hop Hooray, Ho, Hey”

I am happy to report that so far the new drugs have had far less side effect by comparison and my fingers are crossed it will remain that way. My one fear in taking the new chemotherapy is that there could be an allergic reaction and unfortunately I did have a reaction. The first five minutes seemed fine and them WHAMO! My skin and eyes turned red, I had stabbing pain in my back, and I couldn’t breathe. Thanks to the team at the BC Cancer Agency it was sorted out very quickly. I can honestly say it was the scariest experience of my life thus far and if it hadn’t been for the nurses I don’t know that I could have carried on. While I was crying and asking “when is this going to stop?” my nurse Jason looked at me, held my hand and said, “we got you girl, we got you.” I got so hot that I kicked off my shoes, flung my hat off and half took my bra off all the while looking like patient zero from the movie “Outbreak.” For a nurse to be able to handle that situation knowing how scared he also must have been is something to admire.

After giving me enough Benadryl to put an elephant to sleep I had to get up and go to the bathroom but my legs felt about as sturdy as al dente pasta. I spent a good ten minutes rallying to make it five feet but I made it and then returned to my chair and fell asleep for two hours. I have three more treatments left but the next time they will be prepared with a lower dose and more Benadryl.

As I mentioned the side effects are not nearly as bad as the last chemo and I am enjoying more time with friends and family. I am also happy to report that we have resumed dance parties at the Cassettari household and one of Cicely’s favorite things to do at the moment is to brush my “hair” or my “bald” in this case. On a regular basis she also demands that “you take you hat off” and when I do she slaps the top of my chrome dome and says “good boy”. :)

Jules xo
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