Wendy remembers the date she was diagnosed with breast cancer, even though it was almost two years ago. It's a shock for any woman, but especially when you're only 34 years old, with a 7-year-old child. The cancer was so extensive in her left breast that doctors recommended six months of chemotherapy prior to any attempt to remove it surgically. After completing chemotherapy, she underwent a modified radical mastectomy, which also included removal of lymph nodes. Wendy - along with her husband and child - then traveled from their home about 20 minutes outside New Orleans to Houston's MD Anderson, one of the three original comprehensive cancer centers in the United States, where she underwent 44 radiation treatments, two times per day. After she returned to Louisiana, and with only a one month respite, Wendy began an additional round of chemotherapy that lasted four-and-a-half more months.
"The funding from Breastoration has definitely helped make things easier for us to manage our finances for this surgery and to keep up with our other bills. I am thankful that Breastoration made a difference and is opening a new chapter in my life to move forward. I am ready for it. I have been ready for 16 months, but I am just getting the opportunity to have it."