Motivate Monica to Beat Cancer

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Hi, My name is Kate and I am campaigning on behalf of my wonderful friend Monica Walter.

Monica was very recently diagnosed with HER2- Positive Breast Cancer.

We have been friends for the past 5 years and I am asking for your help in motivating and inspiring her though this journey to recovery. Not only does she inspire me everyday she encourages me to shine and be the best I can , also reminding me how strong I am and anything is possible. This is exactly the motivation she will need during the upcoming year that it will take to complete her treatment. She is truly is the most caring and wonderful friend and Mother to her 2 beautiful children Kate 14 and Luke 12 and an amazing Wife to her husband of 20 years Jason. I feel abundantly grateful to have her as a friend. We have shared many ups and downs and I want this to just be another hurdle we overcome together.

HER2-positive breast cancer is a breast cancer that tests positive for a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), which promotes the growth of cancer cells. In about 1 of every 5 breast cancers, the cancer cells have a gene mutation that makes an excess of the HER2 protein which is a very aggressive mutant gene that has encouraged her cancer to grow. In only three and half months her has cancer has grown 3cm. She is devastated and as you can imagine her family and friends are shocked and saddened.

Only 3 weeks ago she went to Southampton Hospital for her 1st mammogram after feeling an unusual lump in her left Breast. Of course she was not expecting the news she got that day, from that very afternoon her world has gone from very normal, (looking forward to her 40th Birthday and Christmas), to the realization that on New Year's Eve she will be getting a port surgically implanted in her chest to receive her 1st phase of 16 weeks of Chemotherapy starting January 6th and continuing with surgery and lastly 6 weeks of radiation continued by intravenous steroids lasting a full year. That’s a lots of information for her to absorb in a few weeks.

As if losing her beautiful hair and diminishing her health wasn't bad enough, she found out that her Insurance wasn't going to cover all her expenses.

In June, Monica and her Husband Jason were excited that Jason was about to retire from the US Coast Guard after 20 years of dedicated service. They were happy to start a new life out of the military and have more time to spend together as a family. Jason,( being the caring and responsible husband he is ) believed he was signing up for the same insurance they always had with no out of pocket expenses but already they are quick to realize that with this type of illness comes a lot of tests and services that are not covered. Living at the end of Long Island gives few choices for doctors and the best option was to choose Tricare standard as her insurance. There's now deductibles, co-share payments and other out of pocket expenses she will be responsible for.

The first of many tests it will not cover is the genetic BRCA testing. (BRCA) gene test is a blood test to check for specific changes (mutations) in genes that help control normal cell growth. Finding changes in these genes, called BRCA1 and BRCA2, can help determine your chance of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. It's important for Monica to know the result of this test as to prepare for either a double mastectomy or a lumpectomy (this is determined by the outcome of this test) Of course this would allow peace of mind for her, should she know what surgery she will be facing after her Chemotherapy treatment . But since this is not a covered service, she now has to wait until she's able to afford it . I would love for this to be the first issue we solve and raise the funds and get this test done.

Monica is obviously worried about her family and how they will cope during this time. I know she is trying to be strong and fearless but I can see she is worried and scared.
I would like to allow her to receive the best treatment and be as stress free as possible during her recovery.
Knowing the Healthcare system. I can only imagine this will not be so simple, so please help me help her have a smooth and positive road to recovery.

On behalf of  Monica, her family and Myself  we would like to tell you how grateful we are for any donations and know that your help in her recovery is appreciated from the depths of our hearts.

My goal is to keep Monica motivated and happy and smiling throughout this upcoming year, her laughter is contagious and I intend to keep getting infected by it.

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Monica’s Last Day Of Chemo… Ahhhh such a wonderful feeling to say that. It’s been 18 crazy weeks of not knowing what the day will bring, if it’s going to be a good day or a bad day. This has definitely not been a walk in the park for Monica, everyday has been a real struggle, whether she’s been nauseas, her bones aching, or so tired she can’t get out of bed all day not to mention all the other horrible side effects of the poison running through her veins. But the saddest part of all of this has not been watching Monica grow weaker physically but the mental exhaustion that comes along with it. But she is such an amazingly strong person and hung in there and today the light at the end of the tunnel came into view and she looks forward to the next leg of this journey.
Also other brilliant news, Monica’s hair is growing back and really fast too, everyday there’s something new happening and from now on it’s only going to be getting better. We are all looking forward to the next few months.
Monica and I want to say Thank you to the amazing nurses at North Shore Hematology http://www.nshoa.com/ , They have been so caring and made this so much more bareable. And of course I want to thank everyone for the support and love, your words of encouragement have helped tremendously. And I hope you can continue to keep it up through the months with her upcoming mastectomy surgery.


There are still ongoing expenses that are not covered so please help by donating here.
Thank you.
Keep up the good fight Monica, being that brave isn’t easy, you just make it look like it is <3
LAST CHEMO :D 5-4-2016
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Super exciting day but unfortunately not for Monica, we've just been to the Dr's and while Monica's blood count looks good today she still isn't suppose to be around so many people, so as we suspected all along she will not be able to attend the fundraiser. But on the bright side, she is doing well today and is moved at the kindness, support and love from everyone.
Jason, Luke, Kate and myself look forward to seeing you all tonight.
P.S. The picture is Heather, one of Monica's many nurses that take such good care of her :) <3 https://www.facebook.com/events/484412811745563/
Lovely Heather at the chemo shop today.
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We are super excited for the fundraiser only 2 days to go, Please come out and show your support on Wednesday April 6th 5-8
Inlet Seafood Restaurant, Montauk NY
$40 per Person
Buffett Dinner.
Catered by Inlet Seafood
50/50 prizes
or if your unable to make it you can always support her here.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone there.
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Less than a week to go until the fundraiser. Please come out and show your support. :) April 6th 5-8pm Food, Fun & Fabulous Prizes .
http://patch.com/new-york/southampton/we-got-fundraiser-local-monica-walter-0
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Natasha Guitron White
41 months ago

We are praying for you and your family. Travis and Natasha White Your CG family

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Joseph J. Marchese
42 months ago

Hey Monica. I have those same aches from being old. Glad your doing ok. Love Uncle Joe

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NM
$250
Natalie McDonald
38 months ago

Monica, We wish you all the best and a speedy recovery! Love, Matt, Natalie (Renshaw), Sierra, and Hudson McDonald

WP
$100
Wes & Grace Peterson
38 months ago
MA
$100
Mushie Anderson
39 months ago

xoxoxo!!

MM
$200
Matt Murphy
40 months ago

Wishing you strength as you fight!!! All our love and prayers to you and your beautiful family. Love the Murphy's

$100
Anonymous
40 months ago
HW
$200
Heather Walter
40 months ago

Love you! Keep kicking ass!

LE
$50
Lisa-Jae Eggert
40 months ago
$100
Anonymous
40 months ago
LL
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layla law-gisiko
40 months ago
$250
Anonymous
40 months ago
Natasha Guitron White
41 months ago

We are praying for you and your family. Travis and Natasha White Your CG family

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Joseph J. Marchese
42 months ago

Hey Monica. I have those same aches from being old. Glad your doing ok. Love Uncle Joe

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