Since the beginning of my Breast Cancer journey I have been extremely fortunate to have people show incredible kindness to me. Take a look for yourself at my 12 Days of Thankfulness blog that is still underway! But as I sit here finishing up my 8th Day of Thankfulness, Mariah Carey’s video prayer began playing and the overwhelming feelings of gratitude took over. Then Brandi’s post (read more here) popped up and reminded me how she thought of others in her last moments. Now it’s MY time to pay it forward!
I didn’t plan to write a separate blog this holiday season but things come up when you live in the cancer world. I follow several women battling cancer; from survivors to thrivers. This past week I’ve been under the weather, chemo does a lot of good but there is a price to pay. Luckily, checking Facebook requires little effort. That’s when I saw a post from a survivor going through her own challenges. She just discovered her mother has entered hospice and only has a few days to live. In the cancer world, many of us are broke and scared out of our minds as we are seeing our insurance jump through the roof for 2018.
I don’t like posting about how broke cancer makes us but it is a reality. Even though funds are extremely tight for me, it’s the holidays! I also can relate, as we all can. If someone I loved was dying, I would hope my community would rally along side of me to help me say goodbye. Or, if it was me in that death bed would there be a generous soul to help fly my loved one to be by my side. No one should die alone. And we should all be able to say goodbye.
So even though I fear facing financial hardship next year, I couldn’t sit back and see her miss her chance to say goodbye to her mother. Martin & I are able to scrounge up enough money to pay for her trip to get out to Phoenix. However, travel prices are extremely high (Tis the Season!) and we are unable to help her get back.
This is her Go Fund Me account. We got her to Phoenix. She can tell her mom how much she loves her, how much she will miss her, and how she will always remember her. She will be able to say her final goodbye. Yet, she has only $10 in her pocket, sadness in her heart, and fear on her mind – will she get home…? Your generosity and support can help her come home and enjoy the little time she has left with her mom. Please donate today.
Metastatically Speaking: Larissa Podermanski