It was nearly exactly two years ago today that I sat in the surgeon's office wondering how a flat chested runner chick could possibly have two kinds of breast cancer. Within weeks of my diagnosis, my failing marriage breathed it's last breath, and my soon to be ex-husband lost his job. So summing it up, I had a drastically reduced income and no insurance to keep the two kinds of cancer company.
I continued to homeschool my kids -- there are six of them, reviewed my expenses and pared down everything I could think of. With help from friends, I got insurance though the healthcare marketplace -- even at a discount this was no bargain-- and started up treatment again. May 16 dawned, but I didn't see it. I was in the hospital for the double mastectomy. Let's be honest, after 6 kids, this was not a huge loss. But it was terrifying none the less.
And I kept plugging along. Someone told me of GoJenGo, and I applied for help. Right from the start, I had love and support, ears willing to listen, and belief. Belief in me. Then came the call -- "we're going to send you a check." It was stunning really. Much more than I ever hoped for. And I breathed a sigh of relief. I would be able to pay the bills that month. I got the house ready to sell, put the kids in public school, found a job, sold the house, moved. I was making less than half of what I needed to survive at the most basic level.
Christmas approached and I gathered the kids in the living room. I told them that I loved them very much but that I was not making enough money to buy them Christmas presents -- not even one. I was focused on keeping a roof over their heads. Instead of presents, this year, we would be writing thank you notes to people who had blessed us this year. They took it amazingly and started writing.
Two days later, I got a call from GoJenGo -- they wanted to sponsor my amazing children and buy them Christmas presents. It was the most unforgettable Christmas ever. I went to pick up the gifts one day after work and they filled my trunk. But more than the actual presents, my kids, the unwitting victims of it all, learned that they were not forgotten and forsaken. They mattered. This was the greatest gift of all to me.
GoJenGo was born of devastation and loss. And GodJenGo steps into devastation and loss and brings light where it feels like light will not shine again. It brings love and support to lives that desperately need it. Thank you so much for your support!!!