I guess now this blog should be called Tales of a Tattoo Mom with an extremely aggressive, invasive breast cancer. A biopsy came back the other day, and it says that it's aggressive invasive ductal breast cancer poorly differentiated. I'll post the pathology for you to see. (two people were concerned that someone would steal my identity so I took it down)
I'll share this with every one. I can't do this alone.
My lactating is coming to an end. As I type I have cabbage leaves on my engorged breasts in hopes to slow the milk production. Unfortunately the hormones that cause breast feeding might feed the cancer. I didn't believe that at first. I wanted to breast feed my little girl until she was old enough to lift my shirt and suckle on her own if she wished to do so. I wanted her to self wean when she was ready, but everything has changed. Now I can only hope to be around when she's that age.
I'm reaching out to lactating mom's out there to acquire donor milk, and so far it's working. South Jersey/Philadelphia has an amazing network of breast feeding women. Social media has helped ia greatly especially in the birthing, breast feeding, and babies Facebook group. Thank you, wholeheartedly.
We now have our own Facebook page called, Human Milk for Joslyn. Please add if you want to help even if it isn't donating milk. We are looking for people who can be couriers, supply sterile bags, or even bake oatmeal cookies for gals to build up their supply.
We also have a group on www.lotsahelpinghands.com and Team Tegan. Soon enough we'll be putting duties up there you can sign up for. We'll need sitters, drivers for rides, people to cook meals, clean, do errands, walk our dogs. If anyone does healing services and wants to donate time, there's a massage table at the house already. Prayer chains are welcomed with open hands.
We're also accepting monetary donations. I'm unsure how much I'll be able to work through this time, and we depend highly on my income for our bills and rent. Because I'm self
employed, I'm not eligible for any government assistance. There will be benefits held in MA, NJ and possibly Fl and Philly. Also we're accepting Paypal donations via my website, www.teganink.com. In addition to that you can join our human tribe. It's a necklace with a 'T' on it.