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The family and friends of Carrie are uniting to raise funds to help with medical costs as she battles Stage 4 cancer.

My niece, Carrie is 31 years old and was diagnosed with Cervical cancer in 2010 and then with Ovarian cancer in October of 2011 and now more recently in August of 2012, Carrie received news that her cancer has metastasized into Stage 4 and was found in her lymph nodes and liver.

She is a loving mother with two small children, Rylee (7) and Ryan (5). Her devoted fiancé, Steve, has been by her side throughout her chemo and radiation treatments and has helped significantly with the care of the children. Carrie says he’s been a true God send to her and without his help she doesn’t know what she would have done. Her ex-husband, Chris, stepped in and took over care of the kids during chemo treatments and has also stood by her and shielded the children from the reality of her condition.

Her ordeal has been long and arduous. It began when she was diagnosed with Cervical cancer back in 2010, but it was small and the doctor said they caught it early so they were able to cut it out and they thought that was the end of it. Then in October of 2011 she began having more female issues and went back to the doctor and found out there was another mass on her cervix and one on her ovaries. It was cancer again. During her scans the doctor also found a mass on her right kidney and she was advised to go to her Urologist. Her Urologist told her it was a cyst and to get through the cancer treatment before they tackled the kidney issue. So Carrie began oral chemotherapy and then had a full hysterectomy to remove the cancer, followed by another round of chemo. It was the worst time of her life. The hardest decision she ever had to make was handing over the care of her children to their father, Chris, since they were the only thing that could bring a smile to her face but she knew it was best for them.

After her surgery and chemo the doctors were sure they had gotten all the cancer. She felt life was getting better and even though she was in and out of the hospital with infections and other complications she thought she was out of the woods. But for anyone who has had ever had cancer or a loved one with cancer, the worry of it returning never goes away. Throughout Carrie’s ordeal she has remained positive and upbeat and very thankful to be here. She got her children back and Steve proposed to her and she felt so blessed. She could laugh again, even at her lack of hair, but she was feeling happy that it was growing back “albeit a little darker and a bit curly.”

During all of her trials it has been difficult for her to do her job as a 911 Dispatcher. Before Carrie’s cancer she put herself through Firefighter/ Paramedic training and was unable to find employment in her profession, but was fortunate to land a job as a 911 Dispatcher. Her employer has been very supportive and when her personal time-off was used up everyone pitched in to donate their own vacation days for Carrie and they were also able to get her insurance reinstated to help with the medical bills that are piling up.

She has had the love and support of her family and her fiancé, Steve, (who she deems an angel sent from heaven), as well as, his family who have helped immensely with the children, but as the medical bills keep coming in, the two of them cannot handle the financial burden of astronomical medical expenses and as much as the family wants to help we can’t do it alone.

Recently Carrie and Steve were featured on the local Fox News evening news. The segment was entitled: Love story sparks community to rally around mom battling cancer. You can watch it by copying and pasting this link into your browser:

Carrie has a very difficult road ahead of her and this new diagnosis has really hit her hard and she is struggling to stay hopeful and positive. She is only 31 years old and often struggles with the “why me” thoughts, but then she says, “I am reminded that things can always be worse and I look on the bright side and try to be thankful for what I do have.”

There are no words to express what a good woman Carrie Newman is. She is the kind of woman whose thoughts constantly turn to others, even as she battles this devastating disease. It is a testament to her character that we, her family and friends, have rallied around her in order to attempt to get as much support for her in what is the fight of her life.

So we are asking humbly for donations to aid Carrie in diverting the cost of her treatments and help with the support of her two children. Even the smallest amount will help.

Thank you so much for your support!
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