Help Cover Medical Expenses for Laura's Surgery

For: Laura Shea
Chatham, NY
Organizer: David
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The Story

Recently diagnosed with Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma (a garden-variety breast cancer), Laura has been poked, prodded, tested, imaged, xrayed, and biopsied quite a bit over the past month. She is meeting with an excellent surgeon at NYU on June 1st, but just found out that her insurance is not accepted by any of the surgeons who specialize in this area.  She is trying to get new and improved insurance, but the out-of-pocket expense for that will immediately exceed her ability to cover it. We are looking for any help at all to reduce the stress that financial insufficiency brings with it and to help make her surgery possible.

To follow Laura's progress, visit her CaringBridge page.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 14, 2016

Posted on June 14, 2016

Every time we try to figure out how to express our gratitude for all the love and support we've been receiving, it seems like folks go and do even more lovely, supportive things. We are touched, beyond words, at how lifted up we have been since this whole thing started.

The really hard part is just ahead, but your donations, emails, texts, and phone calls have helped make it clear that we are surrounded by a community of love--that is going to carry us both (but especially Laura) through the grizzly bits and beyond.

Thanks to everyone who has driven our kids around, helped with the dogs and chickens, and found other small (and large) ways to let us know we aren't going through this alone.  We love you guys and we couldn't be more grateful.

We have reached our financial goal and this has provided more stress relief than you might imagine. Having cancer to fight is one thing, not being able to pay your cancer bills is another one altogether. You have made this situation FAR less stressful and there really aren't words to express what that means to us. You have helped make this an easier road to travel.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. We love you. An awful lot.

Dave and Laura (and Sophie and Tatum)

Posted on June 8, 2016

Posted on June 8, 2016

After a SUPER long wait, Laura finally got the news that she is BRCA Negative! This is unexpected and wonderful news and the implications are far-reaching.

Being BRCA Negative means that she doesn't have the genetic mutation that would make her (and Sophie and Tatum) prone to MORE breast cancer and/or ovarian cancer down the road. This is just another blast of good news in a string of good news blasts.

If you're gonna have cancer, this is really the kind to have.*

*But, seriously, don't get cancer, okay?

Posted on June 4, 2016

Posted on June 4, 2016

Laura got her surgery date today - looks like it's all happening on Friday, June 24th. It's a little longer of a wait than we'd expected, but that just gives us a little more time. Laura is grateful for the time to get all her ducks in a row at work, make it to a memorial for my mom who passed in November, and not have to give away her ticket to see Dolly Parton at Tanglewood! 

There is much to do to prepare for the surgery itself and for being out of commission for so long, but that will all work itself out. 

Thanks again (and again and again) to all of you who have helped ease the stress of this medical financial burden--the relief that comes with having a leg up on paying the bills as they come is profound.

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