Baby on the way and a battle with breast cancer
At 33 years old Ellie was diagnosed with Grade 3 breast cancer and a day later discovered she and Jess were pregnant with their first child.Auckland
2020 has been a blimmin’ tough year for so many people, but Ellie and Jess have been dealt a really difficult hand. At only 33 years old (and during her final months of nursing training) Ellie found a lump in her breast and so went and had it checked. She was diagnosed after the second lock-down with Grade 3 breast cancer and rapidly underwent surgery. Ellie has been incredibly courageous over recent weeks - she graciously juggled having (and healing from) a double mastectomy whilst completing the final weeks of her nursing practicum and exams. But it's been exhausting and a huge challenge.
In the midst of all of this, they found out that Jess was pregnant with their first child. They had hoped Ellie would be stepping out into the workforce over the summer of 2020/21 to save a little nest-egg ahead of their precious baby arriving, but instead are facing months of intensive chemotherapy. Ellie and Jess need help to manage financially over the coming months with Ellie unable to work as she undergoes treatment and the baby being born next year. They are sublimely happy about the impending arrival of their tiny human but are struggling to reconcile having a reduced income; managing the inherent pressures of becoming new parents; and simultaneously battling breast cancer.
We want to make sure they are not starting their child’s life with the burden of a massive debt on their shoulders. I know there are so many of you that want to support these magnificent and kind humans, and giving really is the best way to do that.
Despite the challenges and uncertainties they are facing, Ellie and Jess are determined to keep their silly muscles alive, to laugh often, to stay positive and to give cancer the middle finger. If you have anything to give, we welcome any donations to support Ellie and Jess (and their new baby) get through the challenging months ahead and to live long, happy, loving lives together.
Georgia Bates' involvement (page creator)
Doing everything I can to awhi and hustle for my beautiful family (and their baby) to ensure they are supported through the immense challenges ahead.
Use of funds
Everything will go towards making sure that Ellie and Jess can cover rent and food, prepare for the baby, and keep their lives functioning for the time that Ellie is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.
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This page was created on 10 Nov 2020 and closes on 10 May 2021.