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Aug 31st 2015 at the ripe old age of 35, I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.

A mere 2 weeks prior I had quit my job to search for one that was less stressful and more fulfilling. I had taken a part time job at a local pub waiting tables to supplement my savings while I searched. I was uninsured. My oncologist has informed me that a new 9 to 5 job is not conducive with my coming treatment and possibly with working at all. I live with my love and newlywed husband Kyle. He is a veteran in the US Navy. He is wonderful and supportive but, we are not set up to be able to be a single income household. Treatment up to diagnosis has racked up around $6000.Then with my government ACA plan that I had enrolled in, I had a $3500 deductible that I met within a couple appoinments and monthly charge. Thankfully I will be getting new insurance thought Kyle now that we are married that will have a mere $1000 a year out of pocket expense and I get to keep my wonderful doctors.

To add to our financial worries, since chemo will most likely shut my ovaries down, we have opted to utilize the IVF process to harvest my eggs and freeze embryos. We have long discussed starting a family in the near future together and cancer is running the risk of stealing this opportunity from us. This is our only hope to fulfill that dream. This process is not covered under any insurance either of us have. The initial process costs close to $8000 not including the $700 worth of drugs I have charged on a credit card to get thus far. After I banish the cancer from my body and am in remission, each try at implanting the embryos will cost $3000-$4000 each and usually a few to several implantations are needed to result in pregnancy.

Add all the above new expenses that we just didn't plan for, on top of our day to day bills (rent, utilities, vehicle payment, student loans...) that we now have to try and manage potentially with 1 income, 1 and a half if we are lucky and I can continue waiting tables part time though out my treatment, and I feel like we are going to sink and fast.

I worry far more about finances than old lumpy in my right breast and the chemo that is about to make me a walking toxic vessel. So, I am here humbly asking for help. I am looking for hope to stay afloat over the course of my treatment and come out on the other side whole, ready to continue on with our lives together with a new lease on life and not in financial ruin.

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