Through its Funds for Friends event, the Greene Turtle in Aberdeen recently supported the Barnes family of Bel Air in raising $1,650 for Dyanne Barnes' medical expenses.
Pink ribbons are all over her clothes. It's what Barnes wears to work. She also lets "hope" dangle from her wrist. Those four letters capture her fight.
"You think you've done everything you can to make it not come back and you realize it's out of your control and that's kind of a lost place to be," Barnes said.
The mother of three was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Multiple treatments put the cancer in remission for two-and-a-half years, until she noticed a lump in her neck.
"I'm not necessarily one to be speechless, but I was speechless, and I was in tears," Barnes said.
With stage four breast cancer in her lymph nodes, Barnes started another fight with the help of her husband and daughters, who don't let cancer get in the way of enjoying their childhood.
"They still don't listen. They still don't clean their rooms. They still talk back," Barnes says laughing.
"Out of pocket our bills have come to just shy of $8,000. That's our medical bills and Dyanne missing work," Matt Barnes, Dyanne's husband, said. The Barnes' family friend, Becky Maloy, helps in coordinating fundraisers for their family.
"It is what I was always brought up to do, and it's just what comes natural, to step in and fight when there's a need to fight," Maloy said.
Dyanne Barnes is a oncology nurse at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health in Bel Air. She got her degree when she was cancer free and made the choice to treat other cancer patients. So when Barnes is not going through chemotherapy, she's helping her patients who are.
"I know what these people are going through, and I just want to be able to help them. I think that's why God put me here. So I continue to do his work by taking care of his people," Barnes said.
Barnes said she found the first lump in her breast and the second lump in her neck; it's important to do self-exams. Also, she asked doctors for an ultrasound, since the mammogram did not find the cancer.
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