How I Beat Cancer: Mother-of-Five Describes Rebuilding Her Life After Horror Diagnosis in the Wake of Divorce & Financial Ruin

The first thought Molly MacDonald had when she was diagnosed with breast cancer was that her children would be better off if she died. A routine mammogram in 2005 revealed signs of breast cancer at a very early stage but she still would need surgery and radiation. The mother-of-five, now 66, had gone through a divorce, was in a financial hole and didn't know how she would afford treatment and pay the bills. Trying to find some financial assistance, MacDonald vowed that if she could prevent at least one woman from going through what she was, her diagnosis would be worth it.

The Financial Side Effects of Cancer

Financial Toxicity


130% increase in financial difficulties for patients in active treatment

Job Loss

Breast Cancer Stats

Between 20-30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer will lose their jobs



10M will be unable to pay for rent, food & utilities because of medical bills

Impact on Savings

Impact on Savings

76% of full time workers nationwide live paycheck to paycheck

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