Dear Family, Friends, & Friends I haven't met yet,
September 19th will mark five months since I first heard the words “you have cancer”.
I was diagnosed in April with early stage breast cancer. It was a day I wouldn't wish on anyone. I’m happy to say that five months in, things are looking good; I had a lumpectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy in June and my body continues to heal well from that surgery. Unfortunately, one of the three biopsied lymph nodes showed signs of cancer as well, so this flipped me from Stage 1 into the Stage 2 club. A full-body scan in July showed only one “indeterminate” spot in the lymph node area which could have been inflammation from surgery, so there will be another scan in October to see what's what. In the meantime I'm doing several holistic and alternative treatments, following a rigorous anti-cancer diet, and monitoring my progress with bloodwork. While I'm not out of the woods, what I'm doing so far seems to be on the right track and I need to continue my current regimen of treatment.
Some have asked me for guidance on how they can best support me, and it was suggested that I share with my community some specific actions y’all can take (or keep on taking). So here goes:
In addition to supportive calls, texts, hugs, prayers, walks in the park, good vibes & mojo (which are SO appreciated), the plain truth is that cancer treatment is expensive and lengthy. I used savings and credit cards for the first few months but now it's clear that that's unsustainable; I'm out of money and in debt. I need financial support to get through this.
The money raised here will help me afford the treatments I need, diet & supplements, and supportive therapies such as counseling and yoga. These costs add up to $2,500-3,000 per month on top of my general living expenses, so this fundraiser will ensure that I have everything I need to continue my healing for the next couple of years.
Strange thing about cancer - it’s made me feel more vulnerable than ever before, and also more loved and supported than ever before. I’ve always prided myself on being stubbornly self-reliant but in my humble opinion, no one should go through a cancer journey alone. I’m not sure it can be done, and because of you, I don't have to try.
Thank you all, from the bottom of my humbled heart, for your love and support.
With love & gratitude, Maggie