A Helping Hand for Brenda Johima : Kick Breast Cancer Out!

This is a blog post I never imagined myself writing.

In April of 2014 I received a diagnosis of an invasive 3/3 breast cancer. Since that time I have had a lumpectomy (breast conserving surgery) and also a sentinel node biopsy.

Next, I head to Victoria for consultations with the Medical Oncologist and Radiation Oncologist on June 25th and July 8th (2014). The BC Cancer Agency has me down for chemotherapy, radiation and hormonal therapy at this time. I will find out my options and make decisions on which treatments to accept and/or decline. I will do radiation for sure, and this will commence as soon as possible. I anticipate July.

Friends just set up a crowdsourced fund-raising campaign for me online, and we are off to a good start, in just two days, they raised $690.00 for me. Thank you!

Off in the right column, you will see the widget for my YouCaring page, please grab the code and add it to your own website or blog if you have one. Can you help spread the word? Every dollar helps. I’ve been a solo, home based entrepreneur since 2002, and as an artist/designer/creative, am lacking extra funds for upcoming added expenses.

As I live rural, the closest centre to receive radiation treatment is a 3-4 hour drive from my home (depending on traffic and the number of stops made of course). I’ll be making that commute twice weekly, there and back, as the cancer agency lodge is closed on weekends in Victoria. It sounds exhausting already. The BC cancer lodging costs $45.00 per day, which adds up to $900.00 per month or $1260.00 per month if I transfer my file to Kelowna, which is open 7 days per week. Kelowna is a possibility as I was supposed to be moving to the Okanagan (pre-cancer diagnosis) to move to a drier climate for chronic pain.

Please know that every little bit helps. It all adds up. No amount is too small. Really. A few dollars helps.

And you can do this too … as one of my friends said, “if you can’t send cash, please send her courage, love, positive vibes and prayers.”

Thank you very much,

With love,
Brenda Johima

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