Today is my friend Julie‘s birthday. She’s one of the sweetest, kindest people I know. Her whole family is just the best! I want nothing but the best for all of them.
Unfortunately, this birthday is different for Julie. This is her first birthday with cancer.
On Aug 1st of this year, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer and their entire lives were flipped upside down. You may have seen the GoFundMe widget on my website here and wondered what it was about. You may have seen me sharing it on social media. I understand that it can be overwhelming seeing request for monetary donations in your feed all the time. I empathize when those who simply don’t have the extra money to donate. I’ve been there. I get it.
But today it is very important to me to share Julie’s story. Today, on the day of her birth, I share her story in the hopes that some of you, my friends and followers, can help ensure she gets to see another birthday after this one.
Julie has STILL been going to work while she fights this beast that takes wonderful women out of this world each and every day. She’s still taking care of her girls and living her life, while battling this disease.
She’s only 38 years old. She’s been working consistently at her Chick-Fil-A job for 12 years. Co-workers and regular employees have nothing but good things to say about her always. I can’t imagine the strength it takes to get up each day and go into a job like that, serving hungry people, while also battling for your life. She does it with a smile.
Sometimes, however, even the strongest among us need help.
New developments mean she will be facing more chemo, a double mastectomy and surgery to remove her ovaries. Genetic testing shows she carries two different mutations that cause cancer – breast cancer, kidney cancer, ovarian cancer and more. After the impending surgeries will be radiation, hormone therapy, rehabilitation.
It’s a long road.
It’s a long road that cancer families often feel they are walking alone. Everyone is there for you when you first get a diagnosis, but often the support dwindles. People move on with their lives, people forget. It happens.
But for today, let’s not forget. Let’s keep Julie in our thoughts and let’s DO SOMETHING.
The upcoming surgeries will also mean missed work and more hits to their finances when all she should be worrying about is getting better. Her husband already works multiple jobs, battling his own health issues, to try to take the pressure off Julie so she can just focus on getting better and spending quality time with the girls.
For her birthday this year, can you make a financial contribution to her health and welfare? Can you donate – no amount is too small – to help her feel loved and supported as she battles what is likely the toughest fight of her life?
If you truly cannot donate even a few dollars, you can share. It doesn’t cost you a thing. Share this far and wide and maybe it will touch someone else who IS in a position to donate. It will also show Julie and her family that she is not forgotten. Every day on the internet, we share jokes and memes, political commentary, cat pictures, and more. You share about your business. You might also share about your family. Why not take a moment today to share something that can help save a life? All you have to do is click.
Let’s show Julie she is not alone.
We are here. We are fighting alongside you and we will see you through this to the end, back to good health. You are not alone in this.
Happy birthday, Julie!