First of all, thank you for visiting the site! I’m Amanda Sains and I started this blog to share my mom’s story for loved ones, mothers, daughters, sons & fathers who can empathize & sympathize the difficult time we are going through– we’re trying to make the best of it and staying positive through this journey! We certainly need all the positive energy out there, so if you have time please keep us in your prayers and good vibes. If you’re feeling particularly generous, please consider donating and sharing our fundraising campaign as well http://www.gofundme.com/HelpNancySainsBeatCancer. Thank you a million times over to those have had already done so! You have no idea how much it means to us. Finding out your mother has lung cancer sends all kinds of horrible thoughts through your mind, especially when I found out via phone, as I live away from home. However, I know my mom and I know that she is a fighter. She is the strongest woman I know, and has been through so many battles throughout her life. We never thought cancer would be one of them! Here is an excerpt my brother, Michael, wrote for the campaign:
My mom has stage 3B lung cancer. Adenocarconoma in both lungs, to be exact. Nancy Sains is a mother of two children. Michael, 29 and Amanda, 25. She is also the matriarch of 4 cats – Radford, Benny, Simone, and Oliver – and 2 dogs – a boxer, Morgan and a Boston terrier, Jackson. She is also the operations manager for Destiny’s Tree Service, based in Fairfax, Virginia. In early 2014 my mom, Nancy, had started to complain of a growing pain in her shoulder. For years she had worked in DC as a Chief Secretary for a law firm, has worked for an inside sales firm for the last 4 years, and continues to manage a local tree removal company from her home in Northern Virginia. She has been top salesperson in her office for the last 3 years running. But all of those jobs are just enough to keep us going.
She is also takes care of my grandparents every weekend, who lost the ability to drive due to old age and a fender bender. She is one tough cookie– but like Michael said, she’s worked her BUTT off for years to keep us going. She is the rock to our family and has always been there for us. Now it’s our turn! I’m coming home when I can and Michael is with her to take her to appointments. Let’s DO this!
This is going to be a tough journey and hopefully not a long one.