Momma's Breast Cancer Treatments

$8,278 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 81 people in 16 months
Sarah Rodewald
on behalf of Martha Williams
 SAINT CHARLES, MO
Hello Friends and Family,
   I wanted to tell you about my mom. She is one of the strongest women I know. My mom grew up in Michigan and made her way to St. Louis via Texas. She has raised three kids, by herself (if you have met my brothers and me, you know this is no easy feat).  My mom somehow managed to put us through private school, provide a home, always kept us fed and clothed, put up with our trouble making, put her dreams of going back to school on hold, worked at jobs she hated in order to go on vacations and visit our family across the U.S. and even into BC, Canada. My mom held me to a higher standard while always telling me I would go to college and most definitely she supported me and my dreams, even when I didn't believe in myself. She never stopped fighting to give my brothers and I a better life.
    Somehow, she took us to sports games, piano lessons and still made dinner and helped us with homework-when I would let her :). My mom worked nights  and 3-11pm shifts as a psyche nurse for years and functioned on very little sleep in order to take care of me and my brothers. Honestly, I don't know how she did it. I marvel at the fact that she didn't kill me and my brothers and in fact, we turned out pretty well.
    I'm working in a career that I love and living in a beautiful city, while my brothers are married and persuing fulfilling careers as a firefighter and a soldier. Already a grandmother to a beautiful little grandaughter, my mom looks forward to the next addition to the family in April, Harrison, her first grandson.
    All of these blessings would not be possible if my mom had not sacrificed and gave us the gifts that we have now. However, today, my amazing and beautiful mom just informed me that the rest of her hair is falling out from the chemo. Luckily she caught the breast cancer early, but is still experiencing all the fun side effects of cancer treatments that will lead to surgery and then on to Radiation. My mom will never tell you this, but insurance is not covering a lot of her treatments and we could use your support to help her get through this trying time. Anything is appreciated as it's difficult to work while going through the treatment and it takes a long time with 12 treatments of chemo every three weeks even before we get to the surgery phase.
    Please help me be there for her and show her how much she is loved and that we can care for her just as much as she has and does care for us all.
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Hello Friends and Family,
My mom lost the fight to breast and lung cancer today at 1:10pm. My family really appreciates all the love and support as we move into this phase of grieving and healing. We will update you about the memorial service as soon as the plans are finalized. All of your donations have been instrumental in helping to treat her and supporting her as she transitioned to the next part of her journey. My mom was a bright spot in many people's lives and kept her sense of humor to the end. Much love to you all.
Love,
Sarah, Dylan, Evan and Family
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A little mid-week update:
My mom's Bronchoscopy results have come back as positive for cancer. She also has lesions on her liver. Ultimately, the breast cancer has spread and we are now in stage four cancer. She is probably not septic any longer, but we are determining what to do next.
There is chemo we can do, but it's a 50/50 chance it will do anything. It will not cure, but only prolong her life. How it will affect her quality of life is still up in the air. Within the next few days, we are going to make a plan to keep her comfortable and happy for however long we have. Thank you again for all your love and prayers. My brother Evan, is coming home from Iraq tomorrow night via a Red Cross emergency message. We are sad, but glad we get to be together and spend this time together.
Much love,
Sarah, Dylan, Evan and family
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A little update: my mom's breathing improved this morning and the ventilator was removed. Her breathing, after several hours, became labored and shallow again. We almost had to intubate again, but luckily had success with a bi-pap machine instead. She has woken up and is trying to talk a bit. :) Labs from yesterday's test will be back later this week. Again, thank you for all the love and support. Looks like we are moving in the right direction.
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Hell friend's and family, a little update: my mom is still in the ICU and thankfully I am now here in St. Louis, her breathing is a little better, but still on the ventilator and at 3pm today they are going to do the brochoscopy with biopsy. She is awake sometimes and my brother FaceTime'd in from the Middle East and my sis-in-law FaceTime'd in with her son Harrison. So, my mom got to "hang out" with all of us for a couple of hours. Thank you for all of the love and prayers. We are going to go back this afternoon to see how the procedure goes.
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Raised by 81 people in 16 months
Created February 1, 2017
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$200
Anonymous
8 months ago
GS
$40
Greg Steed
9 months ago

...condolences...

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Kate Greene
9 months ago

Sending love and prayers from the Greene family to yours <3

$250
Anonymous
9 months ago
MC
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Mario De Caro
9 months ago

Good luck to your mom, Sarah!

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Anonymous
9 months ago
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