Since meeting Theresa over 20 years ago our friendship has had all the usual things that best friends experience together. Proms, first dates, breakups, laughter, partying then weddings, careers and children (not necessarily in that order;) With Theresa I shared all of those things and so much more that no friendship nor person should have to endure.
Many of you know of Theresa’s battle with childhood cancer throughout her teenage years. What many of you may not know is that the effects of cancer treatment are lifelong. Theresa has already had one open heart surgery just 5 days after her wedding to repair her mitral valve as a result of the chemotherapy treatments needed to save her life when she was 13 years old. These treatments also compromised her ability to have children and after enduring years of IVF treatments her and her husband Andy adopted their son Milo, the light of their lives. With heart surgery and cancer seemingly behind her Theresa, Andy and Milo live and love and tirelessly help their community and children’s charities that they are so proud to be a part of.
A few weeks ago, during a routine ultrasound doctor’s found that Theresa has a cardiac tumor that needs to be removed through another open heart surgery. Through further testing they realized that she will also require a mitral valve replacement and a tricuspid valve repair as a result of the effects of chemotherapy.
This is going to be a major surgery which is scheduled for 3/21/17 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, with at least a 3 month recovery period. During that time Theresa will be on Short Term Disability but this will only pay her a fraction of what she makes working resulting in thousands of dollars less a month. In addition to paying $500 monthly out of pocket for health insurance they have also already incurred $5000 in medical bills from her cardiac testing and appointments that are not covered. These are just the knowns. The unknown bills from the surgery and rehab are yet to come.
I am beseaching your kindness and generosity to help my best friend make ends meet so that she does not have the added stress of figuring out how to make her mortgage payments and begin to pay medical expenses while she recovers from this unexpected and very serious surgery. Her and Andy are doing everything they can to prepare Milo for what will be a very difficult few months. Her energy needs to be spent on her son and her recovery, not on the devastating financial effects this will have on her family.
Please consider giving anything you can. Many of us have faced financial hardship at some time in our lives and know how stressful this is. Not all of us have faced it as a result of and while enduring cancer and multiple open heart surgeries. Thank you so much for your consideration and for your hearts opening up for Theresa’s heart.
Gratefully, and with So Much Love,