Cathy's Cancer Plight
Organized by: Stasha Geisler
My mom is the best. I know most people would or probably have said that at one time or another, but she is really really something. My mom, Cathy, raised me by herself for the first ten years of my life. She later married and had two more children - two of the brightest and funniest young men you could meet. As a single mother, she persevered. She earned her Bachelors degree and started a career of helping people. She's taken in foster children, helped women in need, worked with mental health patients, served those addicted to Drugs & Alcohol, and raised a healthy and well rounded family. She later earned her Masters when my brothers were entering their teenage years. She values health, equality, education, and happiness above all else and has encouraged the three of us to believe the same. I'm very proud of her. She was diagnosed last year in October, Breast Cancer Awareness month. She was staged as a 3 with positive lymph nodes. Her surgery was the day before Thanksgiving and everyone felt really good about it. She's been undergoing Chemo and is slated to start Radiation in the coming weeks. Currently, my parents are under water and need a little help. They've been generous to their community and I am reaching to you to see if this community can help get them back on track. She is strong, and she will be OK - but my eyes well with tears when I think of how unfair this is. Initially, I found it ironic, but I now know it is just unfair. She's only 50 years old, has lead an incredibly healthy life, has her degree in Holistic Health and she has been struck. She has been handed a new identity. She's a Cancer patient, or I guess I should say survivor. I know her as so much more than that and I really hope she can get back to identifying as so much more. If there is anything you can do to help support my dear mama, I am a lifetimes worth of grateful.