In late June 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In July, I had a lumpectomy, and at the end of August, I started chemotherapy. While my family has generously helped with medical bills, diagnosis and treatment meant a lot of unpaid time off work. See, I’m working on a contract job, so I don’t have paid sick days. And unfortunately, I realized I was unable to work through chemo and have been on disability since September.
This had to come right after I used a chunk of savings for the big France trip, ugh, so I’ve been raising funds to make things a little easier. I am selling off costumes, fabrics, and anything else I can find here in a virtual garage sale, but I’m also putting out the proverbial tip jar. I’m extremely grateful if anyone wishes to donate a little something to help in these tight times.
I have a PayPal “donate” button setup on the right menu bar so you can send whatever you can. Please note that PayPal fees take approximately 3% out of your donation. If you’d like to donate more directly, please email me for other options. I’m also totally open to gift cards for things like groceries, gas, restaurants, or whatever.
If you sew & would like to make a hat or cap for me to wear after I lose my hair from chemo, I’d be very grateful — here’s a bunch of pattens & tips for styles I’m considering (22″ head size, dark gothy colors!). Or if you’re in Silicon Valley and want to drop off a casserole or plate of cookies, let me know 🙂
Thank you so much!
If you’re interested in ways to help or how to deal with me or other friends with cancer or a serious disease, here’s some useful resources I’ve found…
- Offbeat Home: How can I help my friend who’s been diagnosed with cancer? — Tons of great advice in the comments.
- LA Times: How not to say the wrong thing — Explains the rather brilliant ‘Ring Theory’ of kvetching.
- Cleaning for a Reason — A housekeeping service for those with breast cancer? Awesome!
- Breastcancer.org: What Does It Mean to Be a Caregiver? — Don’t forget about the spouses and family members taking care of those with the disease.
- Caroline’s Breast Cancer Blog: Putting Cancer in Its Place — Good perspective on how to not let the thing take over.