Hi everyone! My name is Arianna but my family and friends call me Ari... You can feel free to do the same! This is something I never thought I would be doing...Posting on a site like this to ask for financial help, so please bear with me in regards to any awkwardness in my post.Thank you!
I want to be as honest with you as I can be so that you can get an idea of who I am and why I am asking for help. So I'm going to start by giving you a little background on me...
I'm 44 and a mother of 2 (1 son and 1 daughter). I am going to be a first time grandma at the beginning of August. My daughter is going to have a boy and his name is Orion.
In 2013 on July 3rd I was diagnosed with either Ductal Carcinoma in Situ or Invasive Carcinoma (different tests said different cancer types so I'm not sure exactly of which type) at stage 2/grade 3 (way to celebrate Independence Day). It was caught very early (the lump was only 9mm big and only detectable with either the mammogram or ultrasound which is no small fete because I am a top heavy lady).
The treatment plan that I went through was a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy). I was confident they got it and moved on with my life...
Until November of 2015... That is when I noticed a lump at the surgery site. It was big enough to actually see. However I didn't feel the need to be concerned because I figured it was just scar tissue, after all it is right at the surgery site and injuries can form scar tissue and there was no pain, so another reason to not be concerned...
Until it kept getting bigger and by March of this year it encompassed almost the whole surgery site and became painful. On March 16th I was rediagnosed with breast cancer. This time it is worse. When I went for the mammogram the tech could not take any images because the lump couldn't take any pressure at all. I had to go for an ultrasound instead. The results that came back are that there is a mass that measures 1.5 inches surrounding the surgery site (and oddly enough looks like a flattened butterfly on the ultrasound image). Four more lumps are in there as well (thankfully no visible without the equipment). One is between 1:30 & 2; one at 12 (close to the chest wall); two at 9 (these ones show lymphovascular infiltration); and a 4mm lump on my right lung that might be metastatic breast cancer (won't be out of the woods with that one for another year and a half).
I was blessed in that I do not need to go through chemo (oncotype test showed that my tumors would not at all benefit from chemo).
Surgery is the course of treatment in my very near future. I'm facing a double mastectomy (July 7th) and either just my ovaries need to come out (or depending on my fibroid) it could be a hysterectomy. And in the future when I'm in better shape I will be going for reconstructive surgery.
So there you go, that is me right now and the reason I am asking for your help is because I need with things I will need after surgery... I do not know what all of those things might be (as I have never gone through mastectomy before) but I can give you an idea... Mastectomy clothes including compression garments and bras; pillows (because for some time after surgery I will not be able to sleep on my side - I am a side sleeper); dressing changes; medications; groceries and transportation. Those are the things that come to mind, there could be more, I just don't know.
I know I am asking a lot and am asking for it in such a little amount of time. For that I apologize. As mentioned before though, I have never done this before (asked for this kind of help or gone through this kind of surgery).
This all has me scared and had taken a mental and emotional till on this one focused, caregiving and independent person. If you do decide to help me by making a donation please make it by July 2nd so I have enough time. Your help will get me through this and will help me move on with my life as I did in 2013. This time though I have more to move forward for... Please help me get through this and move on so I can have a good future with my grandson!
You are truly appreciated, thank you and God bless!