Lisa Ann Chichester

Life as my family knew it changed on March 16, 2006 when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer.  I was 32 years old, had been married for 6 years, a mother to a 4-year-old-daughter, a sister, and an aunt. I was also a daughter who hoped to take care of her parents as they aged. Over the past seven years, I have undergone a complete mastectomy, multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, clinical trials, hormone therapy, and 2 recurrences of the cancer; one in 2008 to the bone, and most recently, in 2012 to my liver and bones throughout my body for which I am currently undergoing treatment. While the first two rounds with breast cancer were challenging, this round has taken its toll on us physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Side effects from the treatments for this most recent recurrence have left me and my family needing to rely on others much more than ever before.  Our lives are filled with countless medical appointments, health complications, constant stress, and deep emotional struggles.  This has been especially hard because I take pride in being the primary caregiver to my family, and always seek opportunities to take care of others.  Losing the ability to do this, coupled with having to allow others to care for me and my family, has been an added emotional drain.   I have the most amazing family in the world and consider myself extremely blessed!  Being able to adopt our youngest daughter in 2008 has been an especially bright point during this tough time. My husband and children have weathered the challenges of breast cancer for the past 7 years with a never ending amount of grace, love, sacrifice, and hope. We would be extremely grateful for the opportunity to take a family vacation.  It would provide us with a chance to temporarily escape and reboot while enjoying each other and having fun for the first time in a long time.