When I was blindsided by my cancer diagnosis, I was petrified.

I live alone with no family near to hold my hand. All of a sudden I had a slew of new specialty doctors (Radiologist, Oncologist, three surgeons, plus more!) It all started to happen so fast. Lost my hair first, and then gradually lost all my teeth during chemotherapy.

I had to stop and take a deep breath and give my problems to God. Once I did that (and believe me, it’s hard for me to ‘let go’), doors began to open for me when so many other doors had closed. I was in a financial pickle, as I dog-sit for extra money, but couldn’t because I was too sick and weak. A friend of mine contacted Tricia’s Hope and they were absolutely wonderful! Angels! They put through a grant to assist me in my financial crisis! It came through quickly. I was so very grateful and thank God for putting Tricia’s Hope in my life!

After I completed radiation, two surgeries and extensive chemotherapy, other health issues occurred (back surgery, loss of hair and teeth, bowel resection, and more back procedures. Most recently, I had e. coli in my gallbladder that nearly took my life, but a friend called 911, and once again God helped me through!

Having faith has helped me through each and every step. I never gave up. I fight every day to stay strong and help others. Currently, I am making gift totes for patients undergoing chemo. Guess who gave me a slew of items including the totes? Tricia’s Hope! They are helping me to help others.