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The Epitome of Bravery: Meet Heidi

Kelley McElreath anxiety Breastcancer Cancer Cancersurvivor Chemo depression PTSD suicidal Suicide

“Scared is what you're feeling. Brave is what you're doing.”
~Emma Donoghue

Sometimes in life, the universe collides and puts someone in your life or you in theirs at the exact time it is needed. When I was living in Georgia, my then husband at the time introduced me to someone who had been diagnosed with cancer. She lives in California. 
It seems as though since the day of her diagnosis that she has struggled with her health. No one deserves this. No one should ever have to make choices like you have to make when you have cancer. Her name is Heidi and she is no longer able to work and has no income or anyone of knowing from day to day how she will make it. 
You would be shocked if you knew how many people are out there in Heidi's position. The saying used to be, "You're just a paycheck away from being destitute." Nowadays, it's, "Your just a diagnosis away." So many of us are living without any health insurance just crossing our fingers that we will be okay, me included. 
Heidi is the epitome of brave. Here is how Heidi has had to live life in the past almost long and grueling at times, I am sure, in her own words.
"In December 2011 I was diagnosed with 2 different cancers. Invasive ductal carcinoma and invasive lobular carcinoma. This resulted in a double mastectomy, 6 rounds of chemo and 30 radiations treatments. The doctor took all of my lymph nodes from my left side and 7 from the right side. The right side was positive for cancer also. A yeat later, cancer returned in my knee and hip. This was very painful. I took chemo orally for that.
Then, cancer appeared in my colon. So the doctor took part of my colon. I had radiation for that spot. Now, I am struggling with all of the side effects and issues that have been created. This includes liver damage, peripheral neuropathy, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes etc..... Day by day and hour by hour is the only way I can cope.

"I will never quit or give up. I will stay strong and hold my head high."

In the last week, I have been in contact with 2 old friends who I have not spoken to in many years. They both are in bad shape both mentally and physically. After being influenced by The Survivor Coach, I had the strength to support and help these friends verbally. I feel that with my interaction with Kelley, I was able to do this. Helping others as she does has given me the strength to help others and therefore able to be strong myself. Thank you, Kelley. I appreciate all you are and all you do."
~Heidi Tripp
If you could possibly help Heidi in any way regardless of the amount, please check out her Go Fund Me Page here. http://bit.ly/2a9HNLQ


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  • Heidi on

    Kelley has fixed the link and reposted the article. Thank you for noticing that.

  • Danielle on

    Thanks for sharing Heidi’s story Kelley! Just FYI, the link you posted is not sending you to her Go Fund Me page???


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