Beat Breast Cancer with Christine

Beat Breast Cancer with Christine

From Rebecca Lynn

I am raising funds for my mother-in-law, Christine Furman, a well-known local realtor of Pensacola, FL. Donations will go to medical costs such as Hospital Visits, Surgery, Radiation, and Medications.

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Update #1

about 1 month ago

I hate that my first update is not good news, but Ms. Christine is in the hospital right now. She started feeling very weak, was visibly shaking, and a rash developed on both of her lower legs and along with swelling in her limbs. We called an ambulance, but they said they could not take her to Sacred Heart due to the recent pandemic spike overcrowding the hospitals to the point the paramedics had orders to not transfer anyone to two of the four main hospitals in the county. She decided to wait until the next day since she had an appointment with her doctor. When she arrived for the appointment, they immediately admitted her for severe cellulitis (a complication from chemo side effects). Since then, she has had a blood transfusion, and was put on Vancomycin. I have not been able to add a more recent picture of her or polish my page because of the circumstances. So, I apologize if it's a bit lacking in content, but I will have more information, pictures, and updates coming as soon as possible. Thank You.

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Full Disclosure: My name is Rebecca Lynn, and I have never been good at asking for help even when I DESPERATELY need it. I don't like crying in front of anyone or getting emotional. I'm that person that my world could be crashing down around me, but if anyone asks me how I'm doing or if I'm okay they get an "I'm doing good!" or "I'm fine". However, not only I, but my loved ones around me have been through so much this past year. I wouldn't even know where to start with the amount of misfortune and loss we have experienced, but Christine's breast cancer treatment, care, well-being, and living expenses while she cannot work is the most urgent priority right now. So, I come humbly before you for help through donations and any support you can offer to Christine and our family. Christine was diagnosed last year only three days before Christmas with Stage 3C Breast Cancer. There are three lumps in her right breast, one of which had already spread to the lymph nodes making it inoperable. Thankfully, she has an amazing doctor at Sacred Heart immediately formulated a treatment plan that involved several rounds of chemo to shrink the two that could be removed, surgery to remove them, and radiation to target the third lump to keep from spreading and reducing the cancerous cells significantly. Since then, our household which consists of myself, my partner Ryan (Christine's son), and Christine's partner Gene have worked together to care for her day to day needs such as cooking her meals, making sure she has her medications and remembers to take them on schedule, keeping her comfortable as possible, paying bills the best we can, running any errands for her or taking her to doctor appointments/treatment, and so much more. We each have even changed our diets, so she doesn't see us eating things like fried chicken or ice cream when she is so limited on the foods she can eat (chemo patients often need a nutritionist approved approved Unfortunately, three working together in shifts for her care went to two when complications from Gene's knee surgery resulted in a stroke. Thankfully, he was treated before any severe damage occurred, but he does need physical therapy twice a week, and some home help and care. Christine completed chemo round four of six last week with excellent results so far. She may only have one instead of two more rounds since the chemo has been so effective, but we won't find out for a few more weeks. After chemo she will hopefully have surgery before summer ends!  We do fight to keep our spirits high, but WE NEED HELP. Any act of support is immensely appreciated! Times are hard for so many people right now so if you want to help, but unable to donate, you can still be a huge blessing to Christine and our family by sharing this page or sending positivity through an email. If you have ever had cancer or cared for loved one that did, and you have some helpful advice or tips about resourceful websites, tricks to manage symptoms, or keeping together normal life necessities while going through this as a patient or caregiver that would be wonderful help. E-mail: helpchristinefurman@gmail.com

Note on Donor Gifts: Before Christine was diagnosed, I started a hobby crafting doorknob wreath/hanger. I had seen Christmas doorknob wreaths/hangers for the first time at the dollar store and thought they were so cool except there were so few options and poorly made. So, I decided I'd try making some myself with much more detail and better-quality materials. I've made a few that I gave to friends who LOVE them. Therefore, I decided I will make Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon themed ones for donations of $100 or more as Donor Thank You Gifts. Donors who donate $500 or more will have the option of the pink Ribbon theme or customized theme of their choice such as any holiday design, a different type of cancer awareness theme, or choose one to three main colors (no theme). Photos examples coming soon!

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Rebecca Lynn posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #1

I hate that my first update is not good news, but Ms. Christine is in the hospital right now. She started feeling very weak, was visibly shaking, and a rash developed on both of her lower legs and along with swelling in her limbs. We called an ambulance, but they said they could not take her to Sacred Heart due to the recent pandemic spike overcrowding the hospitals to the point the paramedics had orders to not transfer anyone to two of the four main hospitals in the county. She decided to wait until the next day since she had an appointment with her doctor. When she arrived for the appointment, they immediately admitted her for severe cellulitis (a complication from chemo side effects). Since then, she has had a blood transfusion, and was put on Vancomycin. I have not been able to add a more recent picture of her or polish my page because of the circumstances. So, I apologize if it's a bit lacking in content, but I will have more information, pictures, and updates coming as soon as possible. Thank You.

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