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    Other Care: I am now scheduled to have surgery for breast expander in mid July, fighting UI am asking for a hearing with the Judge, but then until mid August, I wont be able to work due to needing weeks off after surgery. I dont know how anyone is supposed to survive ie pay rent, utilities, child support, phone, gas, etc. when going through all this. I think too often about the un-thinkable because I don't know what to do. I am completely alone in all this, Oh joy, after surgery I will be homeless. This is just unreal.

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      theresarae

      Oh I am so sorry for all you are going through. I agree with you, Cancer should be the worst of everything, but then to deal with no employment and income. I know this won't make you feel better, but there is a reason you are still here. I truly believe that. I pray that things will change for the better for you. Please just hang in there.

      about 4 years ago
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    Loss (My mind/Sense of Humor): I lost my breast (so now am half man), my hair fell out or broke off alot more than they said, my short term memory disappeared to where I could make a list, go to store, forget half of what I needed because I forgot I had made a list, etc. It still has not come back. I lost my job- they say I failed to show up for a shift that I was unaware I was scheduled for so I have had no employment since March 1st, it is now end of June and I have been denied Unemployment Insurance due to my employer stating I failed to come in for shift that was not scheduled. I have no income, no food have not used any resources offered because I cant remember where to apply and now I wonder why I even fought this stupid cancer when I had a way out.

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    Radiation: I told radiation doc to go radiate himself, I was not interested at all in hearing a word from his mouth.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I began chemo on Dec. 6th 2011 and it was to last through May, 2012. Every three week treatment for minimal hair loss. Doc told me I could continue working as they had great nausea meds. Well, nausea was not the problem- I had lesions in throat and down esophogus that made swallowing saliva feel like I was drinking sharded glass and acid. I was unable to eat or drink from Dec. 12-28th. I continually had to go into ER for fluids intraveniously. Because Doc said I would be able to work (my XXX), I had to withdraw my app for short term disability. I am divorced, I have 4 kids, youngest are 3 and 5 yrs old, have absolutely no family or friends in Wa. except my kids ,who cannot offer financial support and I could not make shifts as NAC that I signed up for. My fingers were constantly split on either sides of nail beds, and I had to use superglue to cover over splits, just to be able to touch anything without screamin out in pain. Thew bottom of my feet split open so bad that I would come off a shift, take off socks and had to throw them away due to being soaked in blood, not to mention I had to walk on said feet for over 8 hours at work. My eyes never stopped leaking due to tear ducts being blocked so no matter where I went, for 6 months, people thought I was crying.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): On october 28, 2011, after biopsy of (r) breast- I was told I had a 5 cm tumor and the biopsy was positive for cancer. Before I could wrap my brain around the idea they scheduled me for a complete mastectomy for Nov. 5th 2011. After removing my breast, it was found that my 5cm tumor was only a 2 cm with a .06 and .08 tumors next to it. After 2 weeks they pulled out drain tubes. Then my chest began filling up with fluid, so for a week I had to go into office every two days so they could stick a needle into chest cavity to pull out fluid accumulation. I was then re-scheduled to re-open my chest and clean(or debreed) chest wall from the inside. 2 drain tubes were then placed into chest cavity for another 2 weeks. Entire month of November I had bulbus bulbs hanging off me.