Diagnosed with breast cancer in July, this woman, 48, is on disability leave at her job, but short-term disability payments have recently ceased. She has undergone intensive chemotherapy since August and doctors estimate it will be another couple months before she can return to work.
“Since my money ran out, I wonder how I’m going to pay the rent and other utility bills,” she said. “I’m not a beggar — I just pray on it.”
A single mother of three school-age girls, she said she uses her fervent faith to inspire herself to continue.
“Faith is the key,” she said. “You have to have a positive attitude at all times in order to have a positive outcome.”
She has gained respect for cancer patients of all varieties.
“It has made me see life in a different way,” she said. “It’s made me more compassionate. One day I hope to be an advocate for cancer patients.”
She said that her children have been more affected by her situation than she has.
“They were very scared for me because I’m their world,” she said. “I’ve never broken down in front of them, because I think it’s important to show them faith, that there is a God.”
She said she hopes to enjoy the true meaning of Christmas with her children this year.
“We have to remember the reason for the season,” she said. “It’s not about receiving; it’s all about giving.”
She is asking for assistance from Share the Season to help pay her rent and utility bills, to help provide a Christmas for her family.
“I don’t have any money to give them,” she said. “But I can give them myself. It’s going to be a very special Christmas.”