Were a very close family of 3, Mum, my brother and me. Mum has been the sole breadwinner for most of our lives, she has dedicated her life to giving us the best life she could. Always putting her friends and family first and going out her way to help others in need.
1 October 2013, mum was diagnosed with breast Cancer. Reeling from the diagnosis, and sadly was not afforded the time to further investigate all her options. She was rushed into a treatment plan which included a skin sparing double mastectomy, 6 months of chemotherapy and 30 radiation sessions followed by 5 years of Hormone blockers. Decided on her behalf by a Specialist.
And in true fighting spirit ........ she is determined to navigate her final speed bump.......
on what has been a tough 3yr journey over very rocky road.
It has been very tough as a single mum, who continued to work full time throughout her treatment. Not only emotionally and physically, but financially too. Between the shortfalls and added expenses one has when undergoing Chemo, Radiation, OT, counselling, Wound Care, finances are officially exhausted.
Immediately after the surgery she noticed a large hard lump in the affected breast. Over the next 12 months, the lump grew more painful, swelling and retaining fluids to the point where she was living on S5 pain killers just to get through the day.
In Desperation, we approached new doctors, additional tests were done and a biopsy was done in March 2015, the lump consisted of fat necrosis(dead Tissue) and had draining gaping sinuses. It was confirmed that the initial reconstruction had been unsuccessful, with radiation adding further damage and scar tissue.
Mum developed a series of complications which radically affected her health and recovery including additional hospitalizations. Finally we got medical aid approved the surgery to repair the damage in January 2016. A complete mastectomy, a latissimus dorsi flap (muscle taken from the back to replace the chest muscle and tissue) and the reconstruction.
However, hope was short-lived, she woke up in ICU, to hear that the damage was too severe and the decision was made to delay the reconstruction. 1st Priority was to ensure the flap surgery was successful.
But......... she has fought and beaten CANCER!!!!!
It has become very obvious that we need to take matters into our own hands to help raise the funds
SAVE MUM’s HOOTERS
Medical aid only covers standard medical aid rate and have made it and despite the original operation being on both, medical aid has made it very clear they will only pay for the one side.
Fees not covered by medical aid
- Surgeon Fee Anaesthetist Assistant Prosthesis Theatre Time Wound Care Surgical Bra
- OT Therapy Thank you for your compassion and support in helping us help our mum. If you would prefer not to use paypal please email [email protected] Doug and Hailey