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On December 23rd 2016, the lives of the De Souza family were turned upside down. Two days before Christmas, Mel was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. For over a year, Mel was showing symptoms but, because she is so young, doctors were telling her it was nothing. Now Melanie, wife and mother of 2 young children, has to deal with this devastating news.
In the last month, Mel has learned she has stage three breast cancer that has spread to her lymph nodes. She is now going for more tests to see if it has spread anywhere else. In the coming weeks, she will be starting chemotherapy followed by surgery, a double mastectomy and then radiation.
The De Souza family will suffer many emotional and financial strains during this time of treatment and recovery. But, rest assured, Mel will battle through this and conquer it! She will fight for herself, for her husband and her children.
To all that read this, thank you for your support, love and well wishes for Mel, Rich and their family.
- Jackie OConnor
Update from Mel - June 28, 2017Update posted by Jackie OConnor at 06:20 pm
I just wanted to give everyone a update after surgery. I had surgery on June 12th. Yesterday I met with my oncologist and we went over the next steps. Unfortunately when they removed my lymph nodes 9 out of 9 of them tested positive for cancer. So what does that. . . . .
Update from Melanie - April 5Update posted by Jackie OConnor at 01:32 pm
So here I am waiting for round 4 of chemo. Today I start a new type of chemo and I am scared shitless (pardon my language). When i heard the words "you have cancer" a few things rang through my mind. Will my kids grow up without a mom? Will. . . . .
Mel update - March 3Update posted by Jackie OConnor at 11:40 pm
Its been a while since I have sent out a update and to be honest it is because I haven't had anything positive to update with. However today is a new day and I am finally feeling “normalish”. This second treatment was really hard on my body. Since I was. . . . .
Update from Mel : Feb 2Update posted by Jackie OConnor at 02:46 am
Hi everyone, here's another update Mel wanted to share with you : So yesterday was my first treatment. 1 down 5 more to go! I went to the mall before treatment because I needed to get a new backpack to carry all my papers and meds. I had a pill. . . . .
Update from Mel - Jan 28Update posted by Jackie OConnor at 01:36 am
Hi Everyone, Here' s a quick update from Mel that she wanted to share with everyone. On behalf of the De Souza family, thank you to everyone for your overwhelming generosity, prayers and support. ______________________________________________________________________________________This last week has had a lot of ups and downs. I met pretty much my. . . . .