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!!
I've had the privilege of knowing one of the founders of PWA for most of my adult life and have seen her as she went through her own cancer diagnosis and moving forward with the idea of Pink Warrior Angels. Pink Warrior Angels has touched the lives of many and gives those with a cancer diagnosis hope and a hand to hold during treatment and beyond. I'm excited for the growth and possibilities that lie ahead for PWA and those whose lives it will touch in the Texas area and beyond!
We are honored to have you apart of our team!
Pink Warrior Angels has helped me in sooo many ways!! my name is Reagan Wade. I was diagnosed at the young age of 22 years old and while 11 weeks pregnant! When diagnosed with Cancer you have no idea where to turn or if you are making the right decisions. Pink warrior angels was right by my side during all my treatments and even there to meet our warrior baby Jude!! They let you know you are not alone, provide you will all the answers & supplies that worked for them. I'm
Blessed for the friendships pink warrior angels has brought To my life!! Thank you!!
You are an inspiration to all of us!!
I was diagnosed on April 21, 2016, at 39 years old with Stage 2, Invasive Ductak Carcinoma. I was a single mother of a 4 year old. I was devastated. My biggest fear was my son growing up without me and not being around to see all the amazing milestones in his precious life. My son is my entires world! So I scheduled a double mastectomy as soon as my family could arrive to help after surgery. I had a double mastectomy on June 8, 2016. It was confirmed my cancer had matastised to a lymph node. I began chemo August 1, 2016 and completed October 3, 2016. My son gave me the strength to keep fighting. I have gotten married and my husband is my rock. He has helped get my son to school and played many roles assisting and making sure my son was the least affected by my illness. We are an amazing team. I've been cancer free since Feb 3, 2017. And I'm anxiously waiting for my 1 year cancer free anniversary... Pink Warrior Angels was absolutely amazing during my journey from sending mastectomy bags, pillows, activity books, head wraps, to anything I needed. They are a wealth of knowledge and support. They do amazing things for women who need the support of others who have been through this journey themselves. Having someone that's been through this and there to cry, talk or answer questions is such an amazing feeling as a warrior and going through the most challenging time of your life!
Your smile proves we can and will get through this!
Pink Warrior Angels has touched my heart from volunteering for the nonprofit and seeing all the wonderful things that we get to do for so many woman. To learning so much about breast cancer and that it hits all ages not 40+. To be able to part of this nonprofit is truly honorable. The co founders are amazingly strong women that get to show other woman that can make it through. The are always just a call away, a chemo buddy , a smiling face for dinner or lunch date but most important always a source of knowledge, recourses and love!
You are such an asset to PWA!
This amazing group helped me. I was a wreck when I got told and my friend got me in contact with Julie Goodwin Moser and within a week got a call and was told how things would or may go. I have received care package and also just a card to have have a great day. Love this support group.
We are honored to have been referred to you at the perfect time!