On November 20, 2015 at the young age of just 29, my long-time friend Janet was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer.
We first met in high school and we have stayed in contact throughout the years. As long as I’ve known Janet, she has always been a fun, strong and level-headed woman. Since her cancer diagnosis those characteristics haven’t wavered.
In this day and age it’s easy to just share the pleasant ‘news’ on your Facebook and Instagram, but as we all know, life isn’t always sunshine and roses. Janet has shared her diagnosis and feelings online while at the same time keeping a courageous attitude. She has given me permission to share her story here on my blog. She’s made many friends online and gained a community of supporters. I admire Janet for sharing the bad and good, while always being honest and positive.
My 25th birthday dinner with Ashley, Michelle, Janet, myself and Nikki. Calgary 2012.
Janet and her partner Eric have a young family with two sweet little boys, Duncan, age 3 and Camden, age 1. Due to her illness, surgeries, treatments and pain she has had no choice but to stop working for the time being. As we all know, times are tough and living on one income with a family of four to support and extra medical treatment expenses doesn’t make it any easier. There is no financial assistance available to them as Janet doesn’t qualify due to recently finishing maternity leave. Unfortunately, there is no further funding available to cancer patients in Alberta.
So to help her out, our friend Ashley set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for Janet’s family called Janet’s Medical Fund. There has been an outpouring of support, and as of today a grand total of $5,615 has been raised. Her story also caught the attention of local media in her town of Airdrie, Alberta. Janet was interviewed by Airdrie City View newspaper which you can read here: http://www.airdriecityview.com/article/Diagnosis-has-young-Airdrie-mom-confronting-colon-cancer-20160121.
Recently, she underwent colorectal surgery where they removed 1 foot of her colon. After her surgery she met with the surgeon and had the great news of hearing that they successfully removed the tumor in her colon and the not so good news of hearing that the cancer has spread to some of the nearby lymph nodes. Janet will soon be starting chemotherapy treatments.
I recently saw a quote online that says friends don’t let friends fight cancer alone which really resonated with me. As horrible as a cancer diagnosis is, there is hope. Advanced medical treatments, a hopeful attitude, prayer and a strong support system all play a part in getting through this trying time
As Janet’s friends, we are trying to alleviate the stress of paying the bills so she can focus on her health and healing. Please read more and donate to Janet’s Medical Fund here, https://www.gofundme.com/JanetMacDuff,
I am donating all profits made from the sales in my Etsy shop, Belle Raquelle Accessories from today until March 6th. There are many new items in the shop and you will be supporting a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Please keep Janet and her family in your prayers.
Shop Belle Raquelle Accessories here: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/BelleRaquelleSHOP