I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer not even a month after turning 40 and boy did my confidence take a hit. My breast cancer is hereditary…my mother lost her battle to Stage 4 five days after her 50th birthday. She turned 50 in the ICU so I always made sure to keep up with mammograms and monthly self exams. I discovered a knot in my right breast in September and immediately notified my Gynecologist. I then put off the care of myself due to working and taking care of everyone else. I was not diagnosed until June due to my own negligence. I am now going through Reconstruction, and dealing with depression. I feel like I am being born again similar to the phoenix rising from ashes. I have some medical debt and other financial debt as a result of not working since July. I am requesting any amount of assistance to help me pay down my medical debt ($6000) and other debt ($5000). I have had to make a lifestyle change. Healthier eating, hormone therapy, and physical fitness. This has added up to additional financial obligations and I work in an industry where I am underpaid (foster care system). I still have goals like becoming a first time homeowner. I am in the process of getting back up and walking my path. If you are reading this, thank you for taking the time to read my story. Be blessed.