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Lucy A.

California, United States

Ready for a New Chapter in this Journey

My wife, Lucy, received frightening news with the diagnosis of breast cancer on August 15, 2019. She started a new journey that day and continues to discover the road is long and challenging with cruel twists and turns. She had a successful breast cancer lumpectomy on October 30, 2019; her scar is a painful reminder she was lucky to catch it early. One month to the day from her lumpectomy, she awoke with intense abdominal pain and was diagnosed with appendicitis. Being Thanksgiving weekend, the hospital operating room was heavily impacted, so she spent 17+ hours in intense pain waiting for a simple appendectomy. During that time her appendix ultimately burst, complicating her surgery and extending recovery.


This past January Lucy began taking hormonal therapy to reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence. The medicine comes with a variety of side effects, including fatigue, muscle soreness, joint/hip pain, and weight gain that continues to impact her physical activity. In February 2020, we visited Lucy’s hometown of New Orleans to see her ailing father. This would be the last time we would see her father, Tom. The pandemic hit and restricted all travel, especially for people like Lucy with compromised health.


On July 15, 2020, Lucy proceeded with a bilateral mastectomy and began the breast reconstruction journey. She managed weeks of severe pain and fluid drains. During this time, her father’s health continued to deteriorate, and she was unable to visit him during his final hours. Tom Bailey passed away on August 4th.


Lucy continues to impress me with her mental fortitude, resiliency, and positive outlook. Through all these challenges, she remains the center of our family and continues to be an outstanding mother and loving wife. The scars, mastectomy, hormonal therapy, and loss of her father all remain. The gift of a Peloton bike would be a huge benefit to address the mental and physical challenges she is facing and support her ongoing journey of healing.

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