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Gina's Gems are those who help with the battle of breast cancer. You are helping bridge medical and related expenses not paid by insurance.

Gina's Gems is to offset the cost of medical and other expenses related to breast cancer. It was such a shock to family and friends to find that cancer had appeared so quickly. My family is spread out from NY to CA and FL with a few states in between. My father's friend drove Dad who suffers from illnesses himself, the many hours between Ohio and NY so he could be with me for the surgery. Only after the double mastectomy did we realize just how long the road to recovery will be. I am also a diabetic which slows recovery and has changed the options for reconstruction and the type of care given.

Only a few weeks before this diagnosis, I lost my job. I never expected to spend possibly the next year recovering from cancer. My wonderful husband works two jobs for the local school district - Bus Driver for bus #205 during the school year, and he works in grounds maintenance. Both jobs are part time.

We have six grand children ages 5 to 14. The youngest whose name is Jozzie, is still trying to figure out what happened. She and I are best buddies, and she doesn't know "cancer." When she visited me in the hospital, she stopped at the nurses station and said, "Are you the doctors? Will you make my Darlin' better?" Yes, I want to spend many more years with my babies!

There are so many unknowns attached to a cancer diagnosis. We have a 50 mile round trip to the hospitals where treatment is provided. This is a journey I have never traveled. I try to remain positive and to "let go and let God" but I am like the little girl with a broken doll. I want it fixed but I will not let go to let it be fixed. Only by God's grace will I be able to heal without complaint. Thank you, everyone!
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