Angel in need of an Angel
Organized by: Rhonda Langston
Let me tell you a story of an incredible woman named Castonia. An independent person, at 11 years because her mother didn’t have money for her needs, she would make homemade doughnuts and draw pictures in the neighborhood. That is the kind of person she is a, “go getter”. After graduating from high school she joined the Navy.
Over the years she raised three children alone, while helping others in need as well. There were many times she would send money home to help family members, give money to the homeless and help less fortunate children; buying shoes for a young man she didn’t even know. She is a very selfless person. She would take care of the misfortune; provide shelter to those who didn’t have a place to lay their own head. She has a big heart.
Life seemed to be going very good for her and those around her. After serving her country for 14 honorable years, her career came to a halt. She was 1.6 short of promotion and the one person that could have saved her career with one stroke of a pen refused. So, she was forced to leave the Navy. Disappointed that her career had ended, mix emotions arose, depression started to set in, uncertainty of what kind of future was ahead of her and her family. However, Castonia stayed hopeful and decided to enroll in school fulltime to pursue her bachelor’s degree. She would take classes, continue to care for her family, search for employment and continue to help those around her. The market for employment seemed to be very slim, she began feeling as if finding employment was impossible. There were thousands of civilians and now thousands of unemployed people to compete with.
After spending all her resources trying to survive, she found herself homeless. She was forced to give up her apartment and separate her family to live with other family members (one of the hardest things she has had to do). She also had to move in with different family members where the conditions aren’t that great. Castonia was hoping to find employment to bring her children back together. Then her life took another turn.
Calling me one day, I could hear the concern in her voice, “my left breast is swollen and I know something isn’t right”, I said, “Let’s not think the worst”. We began to pray. After her examination, the news was nothing anyone wants to hear, the big “C”. She began to immediately make plans to take action to have surgery. The proceeded with having a lumpectomy and the removal of lymph nodes, this was only the beginning of this journey. Treatment “Chemo!” had to follow for prevention reason. Chemo takes its toll on a person body. Castonia treatment consisted of 4 chemo treatments on a 21 day cycle and then progressing to a 12 week weekly cycle. Castonia already suffers from anemia; the chemo is making things a little worse. She suffers from nausea, weakness and has begun to having blood transfusions in order to keep her hemoglobin normal.
Castonia’s sickness puts another delay in hoping to find work and a home for her and her children. To add pressure to the situation the family member she is residing with doesn’t care for her to really be there anymore. I guess it must be a bit too much to have a sick person around too long. Not sure of the reason. However, Castonia has been good to others and I am praying that the charity had shared to others will be returned to her, in her time of need. Even through it all she continues to have high spirits, keeping her faith. She doesn’t believe God has brought her this far to leave her.
I am asking, I am pleading to anyone and everyone to open up their hearts. Any kind of donation is a blessing. Please help me to help her. Continue in charity, faith and hope.