There have been so many people in my life recently that are battling cancer. I want to share two different stories with you, in hopes that perhaps you can join me in supporting them. They’re very different people, from different social spheres of mine, and yet they are both in very difficult times right now. I would like to do whatever I can to help, so I’m hoping to use my little platform here to try and get a few of you to do the same.
My dear friend Tegan has been breastfeeding her new baby girl Joslyn when she noticed a lump in her breast. She went through wrong diagnoses (clogged milk duct, mastitis, etc.) before she was given the sudden, devastating news that she has breast cancer. Tests showed that she had a very rare (only 1% of the breast cancer population is diagnosed while pregnant or breastfeeding) cancer and would have to wean Joslyn immediately.
Can you imagine the sudden shock this news would have on a young family? To deal with a cancer diagnosis is hard enough, then add in the stress of emergency weaning an infant. To make matters tougher for Tegan, she is self-employed (she’s a really amazing tattoo artist) which makes her ineligible for disability benefits. So now she, her husband Josh and their two little ones are faced with more expenses than usual, on half the income as usual.
Tegan just had a double mastectomy and is going to undergo months of chemo and radiation treatments. You can read more of her story on her personal blog, Tales of a Tattoo Mom. If you would consider donating any amount of money to help them during this time, I know it would be a blessing to an amazing woman and mother. There is a link to her Paypal account here.
The second story I wanted to share with you is about a little boy (he’s only a few months older than baby Marc) named Tyler. Tyler was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma (eye cancer) at only a couple months old. He has completed months of chemo and other treatments to reduce the cancer in his eyes. Just this last week, his parents had to make the decision to have his left eye removed.
After he recovers from the surgery, Tyler can be fitted with a prosthetic eye. Since this is not completely covered by insurance, a fund has been started to help his family raise the money needed. You can donate to this fund here.
I am donating to both of these people, and naturally I am hoping that by me spreading the word, some of you will too. If you do not have any spare money to donate (and I am a firm believer in “no donation is too small!”) please, please keep them in your prayers.
Thank you so much!!