Join Renee in Her Fight Against Breast Cancer
$900 raised
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14 contributors
4 Years running
As some of you may know, Renee Allen was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer about a year ago. Since then she has bravely and courageously endured a double mastectomy, a full round of chemotherapy and radiation and a full hysterectomy (unrelated ...
As some of you may know, Renee Allen was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer about a year ago. Since then she has bravely and courageously endured a double mastectomy, a full round of chemotherapy and radiation and a full hysterectomy (unrelated to the cancer) to top it off most recently. Her chemotherapy treatments are soon to discontinue as Renee enters a perhaps even more frightening period of waiting...with breast cancer a woman is not considered to be in remission until 5 years following treatment.

I wanted to start this site on Renee's behalf for several reasons: 1) There have certainly been a huge amount of medical bills that have piled up over the last year and any contribution would help offset those costs;

2) Renee hopes to join a clinical trial in the near future involving a vaccine that helps support remission in the 5 years following treatment - this would involve repeated trips (approx 10-20) out of state in order to receive successive treatments over the course of the study. Your contribution would help make that travel a real possibility and give Renee another tool to help fight off the cancer;

3) Renee also hopes to start a process of breast reconstruction this fall which again would involve numerous trips to New Orleans to see a doctor who specializes in complicated cases such as hers. I know this procedure would help restore a lot of hope for Renee in addition to creating a sense of being slowly returned to whole again after spending a year being taken apart - even the excitement of looking forward to it can have a truly positive effect on her state of being and you can help make this a reality for her; and

4) as a mental health therapist myself, one of my biggest areas of concern is regarding the importance of having a strong and healthy mental outlook through this soon approaching waiting/healing period that Renee will soon find herself. Continuing to have hope and find joy in every day are huge contributing factors to healing, especially in the midst of the intensity of "not knowing" for such an extensive period of time. Finding a really good therapist who can help guide one through such an uncertain time sometimes means going out of one's insurance network and paying a provider out of pocket (I will not bore you here with the details of why this is, but its a reality of the mental health system that I am passionate about helping people understand). Renee has already tried several providers in her network and has not yet found the help that she needs. It is my personal mission to help her find the RIGHT counselor/therapist to really give Renee the tools she needs to endure this time of intense anticipation and to fully live each day to its fullest in spite of the unknown. Your contributions will ensure that Renee will have this kind of guide to healing on the journey ahead.

Finally, it is my hope that by spreading the word and by your contributions be it big or small or in non-monetary form, that Renee will find hope in seeing how many people love and support her and who are behind her all the way. Loving and healing thoughts, energy, and prayers are also welcomed and thoroughly appreciated as well.

Thank you all and God Bless,
Halina
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