Thank you for reading about my sister, Judy. I hope you'll help her. Most of the photos here show our family in happier times. Cancer has not been kind. I dearly hope to be able to post photos of her recovery. That is why I'm here, to ask for your support in her treatment and recovery.
Judy was disabled by a relatively mild type of muscular dystrophy almost twenty years ago. Since then she and our mother, a widow of over 30 years, have lived together, providing much needed support for each other. In August of 2010, Judy was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was preparing to be the maid of honor for my wedding that October in Ireland, my husband's home. She was already the primary caregiver for our mother who had recently had to have a triple bypass. So she put off most of her own cancer treatment until they returned home in October.
Judy continued with her cancer treatment, and to live with and care for Mom to the best of her ability. But as time passed, Mom required more support and Judy slowly began neglecting her own health until finally Mom suffered a stroke. At that point Mom lost almost all use of her legs, and combined with complications of Diabetes as well as other serious health issues, Mom had to go into a nursing home. This was extremely difficult on Judy and she spent hours every day at the nursing home, helping with Mom's recovery and acclimation.
Judy's cancer has spread to her bones and she can no longer care for herself at all. If it were not for a very good friend she would have no one. She is in constant pain from multiple fractures and can barely walk. And if the stress of cancer was not enough, the home she shared with Mom is in forclosure due to the cost of Mom's care. On her limited income Judy has to make choices every day between medicines, food, and utilities - all with the shadow of homelessness looming over her.
Considering the advanced nature of her cancer, Judy wants to use Intergrated Medicine which offers her a much greater possibility for remission and better quality of life. Unfortunately the costs of some treatments are not covered by any insurance.
It has been very difficult for me to help her from here in Ireland, and it will take a little longer for us to afford my trip back to be with her. Judy has spent so much time caring for others, will you please help her now with her biggest fight, the fight for her own life?