Please read through to the end so I may give some very important background information. During Memorial Day weekend 2018, I discovered a lump in my right breast. I received a diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy a couple of days later. On June 5, 2018, I received the official diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer from my then surgical oncologist. The treatment plan at that time was to go through multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation sessions, then surgery to remove whatever was left of the lump. Before that could begin, I had to receive another mammogram, full body scan, MRI, etc. In addition, I had surgery June 2018, to insert a medical pump for the upcoming chemotherapy infusions.
At the time, I was working full-time for a major academic medical center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I was approved for intermittent/continuous FMLA in order to protect my job during treatment. Even though diagnosed with breast cancer, I was denied ADA protections from the employer’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office. I was approved to begin chemotherapy infusions by the medical oncologist, which began August 2018.
Physical Reaction to Chemotherapy:
Unfortunately, I had a very severe reaction to the chemotherapy drugs and take home, anti-nausea medications. For two weeks straight, I suffered with constant nausea, vomiting, weakness and night sweats. My body totally rejected the chemotherapy and anti-nausea medications. It got to the point where I could not eat, sleep nor hold down a simple glass of water. I was finally able to regain my strength, sleep and hold down food and liquids about a week after a visit to the ER for emergency treatment. At that point I made a decision to prioritize quality of life and forgo any further chemotherapy treatments.
Loss of Employment:
Unfortunately, I was laid off from my full-time position in January 2019 of this year. My professional background is in research administration. There have been interviews since the lay off, but no viable offers as of yet. Even though very competent and confident in my field of research administration, being over 50, laid off and dealing with the consequences of a breast cancer diagnosis does not appear to make me the most attractive candidate at this time.
There was no severance pay, but I was approved for unemployment insurance of $507 per week. The unemployment period runs for one year through January 2020, but only approved for 26 weeks of payments. The last payment was received in July. I also requested and received my retirement contributions payout of $24,927, which has been used to pay monthly living expenses. In addition, I have applied for social security disability due to the breast cancer and severe osteoarthritis. The court date for my second appeal for the administrative hearing is currently pending.
I am in critical need of financial assistance in order to avoid losing current housing, becoming homeless and to continue to meet basic monthly living expenses. Several contributions have been received to date for which I am grateful and have used towards living expenses. Your continued support is still necessary in order to reach the campaign’s goal. If your circumstances allow, please contribute and if you feel comfortable doing so, share the link with others you feel appropriate. I am requesting $17,400, which will cover six (6) months of basic monthly living expenses.
I truly appreciate any financial assistance you contribute on my behalf. Thank you ahead of time for your generosity and giving from the heart.
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