By Coshandra Dillard
On Oct. 11, Cynthia Davis, 54, learned she had breast cancer. Her insurance will pay for a lumpectomy, but a recommended breast reduction to aid in healing won’t be paid by the company. For the first time, she’s asking for help.
Mounting medical bills from a 2011 car crash, which resulted in 15 surgeries, as well as mental health care for her son, Ty, created a financial strain over the last few years. Her son, Novian, created a GoFundMe page on Wednesday.
“If I can just pay these doctors, we’ll make it,” Davis said. “I’ve swallowed my pride on this one. When I had the accident I wouldn’t let anybody help me. This time, I can’t do that. I have to ask for help and that’s a hard thing.”
Davis said doctors want both procedures done within days apart. The second procedure is estimated to cost more than $6,000.
“I didn’t know it was this expensive,” Davis said. “I didn’t know what people went through.”
After surgery, she’s expected to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
Learning of her diagnosis–believed to be in an early stage–it was difficult to accept.
“It was strange,” Davis said. “I’m kind of at a loss. It’s not something that’s in my family.”
Before getting a mammogram, Davis felt ill but thought it was related to the injuries she sustained in the accident years before. So, she pushed through it.
Davis remembers she felt a lump about seven years ago. She admits she wasn’t making time to schedule regular doctor appointments due to family obligations.
“They warned me seven years ago,” she said. “They wanted to watch that.”
While caring for her son, who had challenges after witnessing the stabbing death of John Tyler High School teacher Todd Henry, her health moved to the background.
“After Mr. Henry was killed, I totally forgot about it,” she said of the warning.
When she finally got screened, Davis said nothing concerning showed up in mammograms until earlier this month.
A teacher with Tyler ISD, the car crash took her out of work for a while. She’d work occasionally as a substitute teacher or by tutoring. She recently returned to the school district to work full-time.
But today, she’s experiencing nausea, fatigue and pain, which limits her mobility.
“It hurts and with the meds I was taking I couldn’t drive” she said. “My daughter has to drive me everywhere. I don’t feel good most of the time.”
Nonetheless, she has faith that everything will work out in the end.
“It’s been a rough two years but we are going to make it,” she said. “God hasn’t forsaken us yet. I don’t believe He will this time.”
TO HELP: Go to Davis’ GoFundMe page here to donate.