Tricia's Cancer Relief Fund
Tricia is an elementary school teacher who was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer in July of this past year. She has consistently worked in the classroom with her students as much as she could throughout her various cancer treatments. And this morning, she returned to the classroom with the intention of continuing to work through her final phase of treatment, her radiation therapy.
Tricia's journey with cancer began when she found an abnormal lump under her right breast. Before chemo could even be started, the pea-sized tumor grew to goose egg proportions, and the fight to save her life was on...
Tricia was immediatley scheduled to begin chemo treatments. What that entailed, and how it would affect her physically and mentally, we were not prepared for. Tricia's energy often bottomed out, and she leaned on me, her husband, for so many things. Thankfully, she has wonderful and supportive school administrators and co-workers who volunteered to help when and where they could. They raised money and even did a bake sale for her to help with expenses, but it wasn't nearly enough to pay the bills.
After Tricia's chemo shrank her tumors (other tumors were discovered in her left breast), Tricia's doctors recommended a bilateral (double) mastectomy to be followed by radiation therapy. As you can imagine, the cost of these procedures is astronomical. So, Tricia had both breasts removed on the 19th of December. With all of her hair gone and both breasts gone, I have to tell you that she is still the beautiful vision of loveliness I married over 12 years ago, and this is why I am asking for your help; I want to keep her that way.
My biggest and best Christmas present this year was bringing my bride home, knowing that she was going to be with me for many more years to come.
Tricia still has to heal from the surgery, and then she has to go through radiation therapy, and we have to pay for it all. The costs are in the thousands of dollars, so we need your help to pay these bills. Please, won't you join us on this incredible journey? And remember, EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS! No donation is too small. Give whatever amount you are able. With that, we say, "From the depth of our hearts, thank you!"
Neil & Tricia Massey
Please keep her in your prayers, and I'll promise to try to keep more current on the updates. Oh, and would you do us one more favor? Pass Tricia's GoFundMe page along to anyone and everyone you possibly can. We REALLY need to raise the money to pay off her surgery, and we're not even halfway there yet, so ANY help would be most appreciated.
For those who have already shared or given, we offer you our utmost and heartfelt gratitude. Keep it up, folks. Without your help, her reconstruction surgery wouldn't be possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! And God bless.
After Tricia finished with her radiation therapy - something the likes of which no husband should ever have to watch his bride go through - she took all summer to properly heal. Now, the blistered skin has gone, healed, though the doctors say that she may likely never be the same again on her right side. When I look at her, it looks like she's got a permanent tan on one part of her body. It's weird, but it is what it is.
Summer was spent resting and relaxing as much as possible. Hanging out with Lucy and Oz, our two mutts we adopted from Jennifer's Pet Rescue years ago, was a daily occurrence. With my baby unavailable to help, I spent my time rebuilding our front porch. It doesn't sound like much, but it took me all summer long to complete it (with the exception of one small handrail that I have yet to finish).
Now, we're into the new school year, and people have asked how it's going. Well, I attended a county-wide teacher's job fair and handed out 10 packets to 10 administrators. I got one callback and no job. Right before the school year began, I went on three interviews - none of them panned out. So, once again, I am without a contract this school year. So, what did I do, I went to Tricia's school and helped her prep her classroom for this school year. I hung out with my baby and helped her in any and every way she needed me, so she was fully prepared to begin again with all new students.
The new year has gone off without a hitch, except for one thing: Tricia is still tired and runs out of energy pretty quickly, especially when traversing a stair landing or two. So, if you would all keep her in your prayers, she and I would be so very appreciative.
And can I ask you to do one more thing for us? Would you consider promoting Tricia's gofundme page on your own personal blog, vlog, Facebook page, Twitter page, etc.? At this point, we haven't quite raised the money we needed to pay for Tricia's surgeries, and the hospitals aren't very forgiving when it comes to paying your bills - they give three months grace, then they begin reporting it negatively on your credit record if you don't pay them off completely or agree to their payment terms, which are quite high. Needless to say, we have exhausted all of our financial resources in order to pay the $4000 we knew it would cost for her chemo treatments, radiation, and bilateral mastectomy; we have nothing left with which to pay for her reconstruction surgery. So, if you are at all inclined, if you can help us out once more, and no gift is too small, we'd be ever so grateful. I can't offer you a pink bracelet or a trinket of any kind in return, just know that whatever you give (from $1 to $1M), you will be storing up treasures in heaven, and no one will ever be able to take that from you! God bless all of you for what you have already done, as well as whatever God lays on your heart to do next. Until next time...
So, I was at home when I got her text, telling me to meet her at the school with her cycling clothes, which she forgot to take. No problem. I grabbed her things and was in the car and on my way to meet her when I heard this loud BOOM... Next thing I know, her bike is lying in the road, and my bike, along with the bike rack, is dangling off the car bumper; both straps holding our Thule bike rack onto the trunk snapped simultaneously.
As a result, Tricia's front fender snapped in two, her handlebar tape was shredded, and her seat was ripped open. There were some other dings and bangs, but the bike is salvageable (it may just need some new parts).
Yesterday, we had to have our A/C repaired (it cost $414 to fix), and now this??? SMH. At least my bike didn't take any damage. But honestly, I'd have rather my bike been damaged than hers. After getting through stage 3 breast cancer, she's just got back on the bike, and now this. As if the cancer wasn't enough. Sometimes life throws us curves, but we keep swinging for the fences anyway.
If you've a mind to help us repair or even replace Tricia's damaged bike, we'd be oh so grateful for any help you can give. Along with the cancer bills, which we're still paying off, these new costs are murder on the pocketbook! God bless every one of you for what you can do. And if you can't help financially, please keep us in your prayers!