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Christine Long is such an amazing woman and so strong. Please help this young mom of 3 in her fight against cancer!

I am running this fundraiser to help my best friend, Christine Long, who is fighting a very serious form of cancer. All the donations will go to her to use for all her medical expenses; expenses for her 3 children, etc. She has been like an angel in my life and just a beautiful person I am lucky to know.

Here is her amazing story of victory and struggle against cancer below:
"In April of 2010, I went to the doctor to have a small bump in my right breast checked. I wasn't worried about it since I had none of the risk factors for breast cancer (I was 38 years old and didn't have a family history of cancer at that age) and thought it would be a benign cyst like 85% of lumps turn out to be. Instead, I was diagnosed with a malignant tumor. After several tests and a double mastectomy, it was determined that the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes, and more than half of them were cancerous. At that time, my cancer was staged at 3B.
I went through 5 months of chemo and 33 rounds of radiation, after which my cancer was deemed in remission. I told the doctor that I didn't quite feel back to my old self, but he said that was a normal feeling for someone who had just gone through what I did. I returned to work and my family and I rejoiced at knowing that I beat the 17% survival rate for my stage of cancer!!
Just about a year later, I began feeling fatigued and out of sorts. Odd pains would flash around my body at different times and I started to panic. The Oncologist said it was normal to be concerned but he felt confident it wasn't the cancer returning. After some labs were done, he said he thought it was just because my anemia was low- down to three. So he suggested treating the anemia and seeing if the pain and fatigue would go away. I received one Dextran infusion and two weeks later landed in the ER with acute right sided pain. I didn't have a gall bladder or appendix, so the pain didn't make sense. I also told the doctor that my back hurt in various places. He referred me to a specialist for follow up.
After about two months of testing and everything coming back relatively normal, I demanded a PET scan - something that should have been done a few months after chemo, but in my case, it never happened. I had told my employer that I may have cancer again (they had completely stood by me during the first go around) but would need to wait for the results of the PET scan. Two weeks later I was fired and my health insurance was immediately terminated. The results of the PET scan showed that the cancer had indeed returned and metastasized to several places including my liver and my spine.The Oncologist looked at me squarely and stated that with treatment, statistics gave me 2-3 years to live.
Currently unemployed and now insured through a special Medicaid program for breast cancer patients, I am facing very grim circumstances. My daughters are 5 and 9 years old and my Autistic son is 18 and I can't bring myself to tell them that I may not be here for them. That I will miss their firsts - first boyfriends, first cars, graduations, college, heartbreaks and successes... I understand that all of us have a limited amount of time here - and I am very grateful for everything that I have been able to experience. I want to fight to stay here as long as I can for my children but I can't pay for some of the treatments I need and honestly, I don't have enough money to even bury myself. If I can't be here for them, I certainly don't want to be a burden to them either. Anything helps."
If you could give anything, we would be so grateful. Currently, we need help to pay for Vitamin C Infusions thats aren't covered. Also, Christine has a ton of medical bills from her previous breast cancer battle. In the last 10 years she has become one of my best friends and 10 years older than me, she became the sister I never had. She has always loved music and been singing since she was 4 years old. Music was her first love and music has gotten her through so many rough spots in her life. I named part of this fundraiser (the web address) after her current band, an all female trio +1 (with her 18 yr old son as the drummer, how awesome is that!) called Sugar Tits, based in Portland Oregon.
I could go on and on about her but I will stop there.There isn't much to say except that I want to give back to this woman who has done so much for me. She taught me about my love for songwriting, my music, helped me be a great mother, was always there for me, was willing to give me her last $10 if I needed gas, helped me through Post-Partumn Depression, all my heartbreaks and all of my ups and down in my 20's. She has done more for me than I will ever be able to repay her for. So, thank you so much everyone! We appreciate your support, thoughts, prayers, positive vibes and gifts!
Also, If you'd like to check out Christine's band, look them up on Facebook or Reverbnation, the link is also posted here.
I am also starting a blog site for those who want to post pictures and stories. I know everyone who comes across this woman has a story to share about how she made them laugh by telling some inappropriate joke (haha), made them feel hopeful by telling a story of how she has overcome struggle in her life or just made them smile with her sweetness. If you'd like to guest author on the blog, email me at meeschygirl@gmail.com and I will pass along the information to get set up!
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