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Makunda's stormy weather

Organized by: Makunda Edwards

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Hello my name is Makunda Newton and I am 38 years old. This year in April I was diagnosed with cancer. I have a Timor on my spine that turned cancerous. After months of different testing and doctors being unsure or not really saying. I was sent to a specialist who has been nothing but amazing to me. She was so amazing she had me get 2 other opinions just so I could weigh my options and see who I felt would be a good fit. I went back to her of course. In this time it has been very overwhelming to me. I have 4 young children who depend on ME. I am currently separated from their father who chooses the days he wants to be supportive so with that being said I have to keep it going. My medical team has decided to do chemo along with injections to the tumor in hopes to shrink the tumor. I have done 2rounds of chemo and 2injections thus far. It's has not been pretty. I think mostly I feel like a train wreck and i fight through all the sickness and side effects because I have to. My family and I was living in a homeless shelter off and on for the past 3 years and I made a promise to do right by them and not put them into that environment again so I have chosen to keep working against my doctors wishes, only part time but it's not helping the cost of medical bills and I have only Medicaid which has become more of a hindrance than help because I have to get preapproval and lately they haven't been approving things or medications. I have inquired about disability but I have not heard back yet. I am worried I will not be able to keep working because the pain has gotten worse and the side effects are unbearable. My children and the look in their eyes is what makes this a must for me to fight this cancer and to keep working regardless. I have been making arrangements with medical Nils and utility bills and my landlord but I have to say its God that is making this work because I and my income definitely isn't what is keeping this going. Thank you for your time.

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