Angels on Earth ... who truly are Warriors. I am writing this in memorium of my dear friend and pink sister, Melody Tolar. Melody ... fought "the monster" which is breast cancer with all of her might. She earned her angel wings in November of 2016. I will NEVER say she lost her battle..to do so would be an injustice to how hard Melody fought. Jen Reynolds, Melody and I knew each other, as fellow breast cancer Survivors. Melody and Jen were fellow BFF's (young breast cancer survivors). I reached out to Jen and Pink Warrior Angels when Melody and her family contacted me as they were in need of assistance with legal documents such as Medical POA. They needed Legal Advice and a lawyer. I contacted Jen and Pink Warrior Angels to see if she could recommend the services of someone. I also explained to Jen that Melody's cancer had advanced and that she was in need of some extra special TLC from her Pink Sister Community. Jen Reynolds and PWA worked with Melody's family and found proper legal representation so that all the proper paper work could be executed. I was a witness to Melody signing those papers ... one of the most bittersweet moments of my life. Jen Reynolds "rallied the survivor sister troups" around Melody and made sure that the last months of her life were filled with love...support and most importantly prayer. The most beautiful "gift" given to Melody was a day of pampering for she and her mom, Charlotte. PWA helped to arrange this with the help of the beautiful Ms. Jovannah with Beauty on The Bus . Jen, Dez and I spent the day with our beautiful Melody and her mom, her caregiver. This is the last time I "saw" my dear friend Melody. She was happy and laughing as her makeup and nails were being done. She was treated like the beautiful, brave Princess she was. We listened to her favorite Japanese music as she enjoyed her Japanese soda and candy. We gathered for a photo.. making sure her fiery red wig was on just right.. as our Melody was very "Melticulous '. I will never forget that day as her loving father carried her to and from the bus. We... Warriors did all we could to be strong for Melody that day and fought back tears. We wanted that day to be joyful for her, and it was as her photo is proof of that. We never imagined that Melody would pass away just a week later. Jen and many of the Angels were there for Melody those final days, gathering to show their love and support and praying, which gave Mel great comfort. Thank you PWA for all you did for our sweet pink sister Melody (HnM's ELSA). Thank you for embracing all women who fight "the monster" .
Pink Warrior Angel's have been a true Blessing. I instantly felt the love, the connection and how they care about each and every cancer patient. They are survivors and they know how hard it is to fight everyday. This group keeps us all motivated, smiling, and helps us fight even on our worse day. I am forever great full to them and will definitely be helping by paying it forward as they have to be.
As a breast cancer patient/survivor/warrior/angel, sometimes we need to be given a good kick in the butt to keep focused on living life to the fullest. This is what PWA has been for me. From encouragement to advocate for myself, to having a place to vent war stories and still be told that I'm "normal", a place to play "show and tell" of our scars and our foobs, PWA has been a safe place because we understand one another like no one else can. PWA has been the median that I believe saved my life by continuously connecting me to resources within the breast cancer community.
PWA is an outstanding organization of dedicated, caring, and hard working women. They are committed to helping others and ensuring that no one has to travel their journey alone. Truly inspiring to watch the things that take place. the amount of hours worked, just to give back to others, is admirable. PWA has my support and they should have yours too.
Pink Warrior Angels has been a saving grace in my life, giving me the opportunity to pay it forward to other survivors and warriors. No one should have to endure cancer treatment alone the way that I did and I am so thankful that Pink Warrior Angels has now given me the opportunity to make sure no woman has to go through it the way I did. Knowing that they care for, not only the emotional side of a diagnosis, but will also assist financially is truly incredible. I have built life long relationships with the warriors that I have adopted. I am forever bonded to them and they have inspired me in ways I could not have imagined. This organization does so much to help other women and it has truly been a blessing in my life.
Pink Warrior Angels is an organization that is one of a kind. If they don't have it they will find it. It has been a humbling experience since day 1
...and what a ride it has been ever since
Helping warriors navigate this cumbersome journey truly is the passion of Pink Warrior Angels, led out by founders Jen & Julie. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in Nov 2014, I had no idea what to expect. Thankfully my oncologist introduced me to Jen at my first chemo treatment, and she became a huge part of my story. Jen joined me at my treatments & offered support all along the way (advice, what to expect, a mastectomy kit, etc.). It's an amazing organization that supports so many women during what is normally a scary & overwhelming time in our lives.
We are honored to have met you at the right time!
The cofounders of Pink Warrior Angels mean so much to me. Their support for Breast Cancer Survivors like myself is unique and it's heartfelt. Warriors need support for healing during our journey and pink warrior angels do a great job at filling our needs, no matter what they are.
We are honored to have you!
Three and half years ago my daughter, Jen was diagnosed with breast cancer. i rushed to be with her and help her thru this difficult challenge, but there was only so much i could do as her mom. she had no one to turn to to help her with the ...what is chemo like... how long will it take to recover....what will it feel like to have a mastectomy...what will i look like after... l am only only 33 will my life ever be the same.. only a few of thousands of questions i am sure that ran thru her brain on a daily basis with no one to reach out to that was her age that had been thru this horrible ordeal.
after going thru the process and becoming cancer free, Jen and Julie have vowed that there will be a place for young women to get these answers and help. i see it at each function i attend, women gathering around sharing their stories, helping each other out, making each other strong and confident that they can get to the other side of treatment.
Genius! paring up someone who has been thru it with someone now going thru it .. their own true angel.
Jen is my daughter so i have not only seen what the organization does for those in treatment but also those that are the angels. It gives them a sense of purpose, makes them stronger and when they themselves have a bad day, someone else to reach out to that really understands that cancer does not end with the medical treatment, it is something that they live with and have to over come on a daily basis.
Pink Warrior Angels is truly a gift for these young woman
Thank you for your support!!
In January of 2016, I found a golf-ball sized lump, under my arm. In the process of scans and biopsies, I was diagnosed with a mixed autoimmune disease. The previous 6 months, I had been running constant fevers, ached from head to toe, and had inexplicable rashes on my face and arms. Circulation to my extremities had become so limited and painful, that I avoided the refrigerated section at the grocery store and wore gloves at work on a daily basis.
Three days after being diagnosed with MCTD, pathology of 3 lymphatic tumors came back positive for cancer. However, doctors were unsure of where the cancer was coming from. All we knew was that it was aggressively spreading through the lymph system, it was feeding off estrogen and it was 90% squaumous cell carcinoma. My journey with MD Anderson and the hunt for a primary tumor began. After much deliberation and multiple opinions, I began a regimen for Breast Cancer Chemotherapy first. The theory was that my overactive immune system attacked the cancer cells in the breast before it could form a tumor, but not before it metastasized into my lympyh system. Once it spread, it differentiated into squamous cell carcinoma.
After 20 rounds of A/C and taxol, I had a bilateral mastectomy (where no tumor was found, but precancerous cells were identified) and 6 weeks of daily radiation after work. The 2nd degree burns took a turn for the worse in the end, and I had a topical infection that we treated with antibiotics. However, the infection was more aggressive than expected and MRSA rooted behind my right expander. Two emergency surgeries later, packing a cavity, learning to administer my own pic line and beginning new Tamoxifen side effects, my right tissue began to heal but was not able to seal...not even with a wound vac. A 3rd surgery was required to stitch up the tissue after 2 months. Even as recent as last week's follow up, signs of infection are back. Since I'm closely monitored, I think we caught it early and I'm back on antibiotics. Next week I'll undergo a surgery to remove my ovaries followed by Arimidex. Follow up scans will watch nodes around my supraclavicle that began to grow last summer, but seemingly responded to Breast Cancer chemo. Still holding high hopes that additional chemo for squamous cell carcinoma will not be necessary.
During this last year, I faced severe financial hardships as I had to miss so much work. PWA awarded me with enough money to catch up on my rent and utilities. I truly don't know what I would've done without the help. It was a scary place, to be too sick to work and behind on everything. But more than that, knowing that my Angel and others Angels in PWA were emotionally there for me, allowed me to always have hope and stay positive,
You are such an inspiration!!