Thank you for taking the time to allow me to share my daughter’s story. My name is Andrea Barton and I’m proud to call Kisha Barton my daughter. In an effort to support her unexpected journey battling breast cancer, I set up a fundraiser to raise awareness and I am inviting others to join me. She does not know that I created a campaign because she is a very proud, private person, who never wants to feel like she is a burden to anyone.
After feeling an unusual bump in her breast in June 2021, Kisha went to see her doctor and after a mammogram and biopsy, she was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. This was a diagnosis that neither Kisha nor her family expected.
She had to endure three biopsies, two lumpectomies. After those treatments did not work, she chose the most aggressive treatment for fear of cancer returning which was a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. She also began fertility treatments to ensure that she can have children in the future. This warrior has endured all of this with grace and strength.
If you know my daughter, you know she always has a smile on her face and an optimistic attitude. After each grueling surgery, her recovery was tough but Kisha is still fighting this battle with that beautiful smile still on her face and continues to maintain her optimistic attitude. As a mother, you know this is hard to watch your child go through such a traumatic experience in life and I gained strength from her positivity.
Most people don’t think how much it cost to get sick? We believe that insurance takes care of everything. But we have found out that cancer treatments is an expensive journey.
Out-of-pocket costs included:
- Fertility treatment expenses
- Specialty doctors’ visits (fertility, surgeons, oncologist)
- Transportation and parking
- Medications (short and long-term)
- Mental health care
- Insurance deductibles
- Lost time from work resulting in lower wages while enduring higher expenses
I am so proud of my baby girl…. this wonderful daughter, sister, and friend is my angel, Kisha Barton. My goal is to help Kisha focus on her recovery instead of the financial burden that fighting cancer is costing her and her loved ones.
I understand that times are rough for everyone right now, but any contribution no matter how small will help to ease the burden.
If you are unable to donate, please share and keep Kisha and other breast cancer survivors in your thoughts and prayers. Now as Kisha would say to her fellow breast cancer survivors, Let’s continue to kick cancer’s ass! #kishabeatcancer