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Please support Monica Nuckols in her battle against breast cancer. She needs our support to get her through the fight of her life!

On June 3rd 2011 Monica was on her way to work when the phone rang and the Dr. on the line gave her the horrific news; “it’s bad… really bad, I’m sorry, you have cancer”. This news came on the heals of three years of misdiagnosis, and very serious pain in her left breast where doctors have been telling her “it’s not cancer, cancer does not hurt”.

And so started the battle; Monica was diagnosed with grade three, invasive ductile carcinoma. To make matters worse it was quickly discovered that her cancer was “Triple Negative”, a rare form of cancer that does not respond to the treatment that women are given to fight recurrence after the chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are over.

As it turns out there was a study on triple negative breast cancer being conducted at Stanford Medical Center, and after some testing, thankfully Monica is qualified and admitted to the study. During testing it was further discovered that she has a rare genetic mutation of the BRCA gene that is the cause of the breast cancer, but would also ensure a high chance of recurrence. For this reason a more aggressive approach to treatment was needed.

The treatment has been physically, emotionally, and financially draining, but Monica has tried to keep her spirits high, despite the many challenges. She has been hospitalized several times for complications brought on by the treatment and she continues to fight to regain her health.

Prior to the diagnosis Monica was laid off from a job of 18 years as a photographer. Since I had a business in the gourmet food trade, and Monica was unable to find work due to the declining economy, we decided she would take over my business, while I went out seeking employment as a chef. Once the treatment for her cancer started she was unable to return to work. Because of this we had to shut down our business, depriving us of the much needed income.

Without health insurance or a job, survival presents a daily challenge, even the little things like gas to get to treatments, or food for the day are hard to come up with. I have been paying for everything that I can with the pay from my job, but supporting a family of four on a single income is hard enough without the added challenges and costs this horrific disease has brought to us.

Monica will be undergoing a massive 10-15 hour surgery and recovery will be several weeks before she can get mobile again, and several months before she can start to rebuild her life. We are all praying that she will recover quickly and that there will be no recurrence of this rare and aggressive cancer that she is fighting.
We ask that you please help Monica win her battle with breast cancer by donating what you can. Besides living expenses she will need medication, medical devices, and items to help her through the surgery, continued treatment and rehabilitation.
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