During the pandemic, many learned to live the day at once. No one knows it’s better than 31-year-old Kelly Young Blood.
Just as last spring and months after her 31st birthday began, Latrobe’s mother learned she had breast cancer.
“One day I felt a random lump because the area hurt. I immediately called the doctor and told about my family history of breast cancer, so they rushed me for all the right tests. He took me. To my surprise, it was cancer.”
Unfortunately, cancer is a familiar topic for Kelly. Not only did her mother, grandmother and aunt suffer from cancer, but her fiancé Doug Wilson battled cancer when the couple met eight years ago.
“When I was 23, I met my fiancé Doug. At the time, I was fighting cancer myself,” Kelly said. “But he’s doing well now and he’s been in reconciliation for six years. We just chose a very short straw in our lives.”
What she didn’t know was how rare the type of cancer she had was. This is called triple negative breast cancer and accounts for only 10-20% of women with breast cancer and only 5% of women over the age of 31.
“It is considered one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer because it is often not accepted for treatment because it is not fueled by hormones,” Kelly said. “Typical drugs and treatments for hormone-driven cancers do not work in this type. The only treatment available is chemotherapy.”
According to Kelly, 66% of patients with this type of breast cancer survive more than 5 years after treatment, but 4 in 10 women have a rapid recurrence of the disease. It usually returns to the lungs, liver, brain, or bones. Kelly is due to have a double mastectomy in about 4 months. Kelly, a Florida transplant, said the couple moved from Port St. Lucie to Fort Lauderdale after her husband completed all treatments, which allowed her to approach her mother who also relieved her breast cancer. rice field. Her mother inspires Kelly, who was raised alone by her.
“She fought like a warrior and is now in reconciliation,” added Kelly.
The cost of living was so high in Fort Lauderdale that Kelly and her family decided to join Doug’s family here in Latrobe.
“Dag’s siblings and mother lived here in Latrobe, so we decided to take a big step and try out Western Pennsylvania,” Kelly said. “We’ve been here for two and a half years now and we really like it.”
My heart is a beach girl, but Kelly said she loves the seasons and still loves snow for now. Kelly is the mother of two children: 15-year-old Christina and 2-year-old Olivia from a previous relationship. Her girl is a major reason she has so many hopes and dreams for the future.
“I can’t wait for Christina to graduate and go to college,” Kelly said. “If I overcome this – and I’ll be positive – we’ll finally want to buy a house here and get married. We really like Latrobe and here we have kids that I want to keep growing, but for now (we) only do things one day at a time. “
Kelly calls Olivia her “miracle baby.”
“Dag was told he was very unlikely to have children because of the type of cancer he had, testicular cancer,” Kelly said. “After seven years together, I got pregnant and it was a very happy moment for all of us.”
Olivia was born in Latrobe. Kelly was eager to get back to work, about six weeks after welcoming her.
Her fiancé worked during the day, so she needed work in the evenings, so she became the server at Sharky’s Café. She worked there for two years. And then a pandemic happened.
“As we all know, the restaurant has been hit hard. But we were in control. Just as things were starting to pick up, I was diagnosed.”
Kelly is financially honest. They struggle to pay for all of her chemotherapy treatments, not just the typical bills every family has to pay.
“Raising a family of four is not easy on one income. (Day) does a really great job, but we’re used to getting two incomes. The pandemic has already made things stop working for me, and now this has pushed us further back. “
So, to try and help, Kelly started her own GoFundMe page.
She has set a $5,000 goal for basic needs, living expenses, uninsured medical expenses, and childcare on treatment days.
“I need a little financial help so that I can complete my treatment and surgery in the coming months and hopefully be able to live a normal life again.”
Her page can be found at https://gofund.me/228eb19e.. She seeks their support from the community, but she understands that so many people are struggling right now.
“It’s okay if you can’t donate. Send good vibes and prayer to our path,” she said.