Simply Fight! program recipient, Natalya, shares how her breast cancer diagnosis has impacted her family.On July 17, 2013 I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. The hardest thing to do was to tell my kids because we lost my brother-in-law and sister-in-law within a year to cancer the previous year. After talking and explaining everything to my 10- and 5-year old, they seemed to accept it. We even had a head shaving party. The kids set everything up, but as soon as we started they both lost it crying and saying, “Daddy stop! Don’t shave mommy’s hair again!” We had to explain why we were doing it and show them how much my hair was falling out. After my surgery, my son would go home and cry in the shower, but after talking to them and explaining that everything will be ok they seem to accept it. Overall it was hard for everybody, but I told them I wasn’t going anywhere. Until my last breath we will fight this and win the fight.
I heard about Pink Ribbon Girls from my provider Kim Breneman. The meals and cleaning have been a lifesaver. It is so much help I didn’t know that this was possible. There are days when I come home from work and can barely move. My husband also works and takes care of our kids, so to have a meal ready for us is amazing. I wish there were more companies out there that would help people in their time of need.
I hope Pink Ribbon Girls will grow and people will be able to donate more because it is for a great cause – I’m proof of it. Thank you Pink Ribbon Girls for everything you have done for my family.
Simply Fight! program recipient, Gail, describes her treatment plan and how
Pink Ribbon Girls has helped along the way.
I found a lump in my breast, went to the doctor to get a mammogram and talked to the cancer doctor just in case. They took a biopsy and it was positive for Stage III breast cancer. I chose a single mastectomy and had several positive lymph nodes. I started treatment right away and became very sick and needed a lot of help. I have gone through eight rounds of Chemotherapy and 30 treatments of radiation. I had to stop my treatment for a month because I became too ill to take the treatment.
My social worker at Good Sam North connected my with Pink Ribbon Girls and I have been so grateful ever since that day. I was very sick and there were many days I wouldn't have been able to fix my children a meal without the help of Pink Ribbon Girls. The meals are very delicious and my kids can't wait to go through the box and pick out their favorite.
I have no idea how I would have gotten to treatment without transportation. It is a blessing to know Suzan will always be on time and I didn't have to cancel any of my treatments because the Pink Ribbon Girls will always be there. I just love Suzan. She is always there for me and I truly appreciate our friendship. I will be so sad when I don't see her anymore.
Thank you so much to the Pink Ribbon Girls. I wouldn't have made it through breast cancer without them.