Breast Cancer Survivor

Thank you everyone for your thoughts, prayers, messages, understanding It has meant a lot to me.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. You can read about my journey and see some of my videos here.

Luckily, it was was caught early but the surgeries and chemo had a negative effect of my body. I’m still dealing with long term side effects.

Also, the doctors visits and scans continue regularly. I still have checkups with my oncologists, gynecological oncologist, rheumatologist, breast surgeon, and family doctor. A hysterectomy is in my near future because I am BRCA1+.

Even with insurance the bills add up. Yes, we were able to take advantage of the Affordable Care Act and get insurance, but I have high deductibles. In network is $6000 per person and out of network is the same. Most likely we will come close to, or even surpass the decuctibles this year.

My goal is to raise $12,000 to cover my medical costs this year. Anything over that amount will be donated to local non-profits here in Austin that have helped us along the way.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and maybe even donate.

– Rachel


If you would like to be updated on my progress and find out more information about cancer and cancer treatments continue to check here for the latest posts about cancer.

Want to talk? Skype with me,  a Young Breast Cancer Survivor in Austin, Texas.

Even with insurance it’s amazing how much everything ending up costing from doctor’s visits to medicine. We had additional expenses for help from babysitters to housecleaning since many days I was not able to do everything.

Breast Cancer Medical Bills – GoFundMe Page for Rachel

I’m a young adult, mom, breast cancer survivor living in Austin, Texas.  Here are some of my breast cancer updates and videos.

  • 9/25/2014 – My 5 Year Cancerversary – 5 Year Breast Cancer Survivor
  • 9/30/10 – My Cancerversary (1 Year after diagnosis) Video and Giveaway
  • 7/1/10 – Breast Cancer Update – 6 Months Later (pic)
  • 4/26/10 – Breast Cancer Reconstruction after Double Mastectomy (video)
  • 4/7/10 – Breast Cancer Update April 2010 w/ pics
  • 2/26/10 – Light at the End of the Tunnel w/ pics
  • 2/15/10 – Breast Cancer Update (video) – Done with Chemo, Now What?
  • 1/23/10 – Dallas Doctors
  • 1/7/10 – Appointment with the Oncologist
  • 12/31/09 Last Chemo and Video
  • 12/30/09 – Getting Ready for Chemo #4
  • 12/27/09 – Still Recovering from Chemo and Video
  • 12/10/09 Chemo #3 and Video
  • 12/1/09 – Sleep… Finally and Video
  • 11/19/09 – Chemo #2 and Video
  •  11/17/09 – Wigs and Makeup
  •  11/10/09 – Video Update – My Breast Cancer Story – Diagnosis to Chemo
  •  10/30/09 – The Beginning of Chemo
  •  10/15/09 – Good News After Surgery
  •  10/10/09 – Post Surgery

For those of you that don’t know what’s going on read here… otherwise skip to the next section.

A few weeks ago I noticed a lump. A few different doctors all thought it was just a cyst. My ob/gyn said to wait a few weeks and see if it went away. Since breast cancer runs in the family, my parents insisted I get it checked out sooner. I went to have the cyst aspirated (drained), but when it wouldn’t drain a biopsy was done. Even then, the surgeon said not to worry, it was probably just tissue that needed to be removed. To everyone’s surprise, I got the dreaded news on Friday, September 25. All they knew at that point was that the lump was cancerous. Other test results were still pending.

We were able to get an appointment with a top breast surgeon at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas on Thursday 10/1. So, we all made the trip to Dallas for what we thought would just be a consultation. We had a very long day that Thursday. We met with various doctors. I had a lot of tests done. We were very impressed with everything and decided to go ahead and have surgery in Dallas.

The cancer was only on one side, but we (and the doctors) decided the best thing in my case was to have a double mastectomy. I most likely have the BRCA1 gene mutation which gives me a 50% chance of getting cancer again on the other side. Since I’m young (31) they said just going ahead with that surgery (rather than just a lumpectomy) would give me peace of mind for the future.

They were able to quickly fit me in for surgery on Monday (10/5). So, 10 days after getting the bad news I was at the hospital having the surgery. I am glad we got things moving so quickly.


If you have any questions, want to talk, or know someone in my similar situation please leave a comment or email me.


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