The mother of four was first diagnosed just prior to Thanksgiving 2010 with stomach cancer. She had surgery in December 2010, then started chemo in January 2011. By April 2011, she was in remission. But, in June 2012, her cancer had returned, so she started her second round of chemo. She was again cleared, until this March, when she was told the cancer had returned — unsettling news all on its own. But, to compound the situation, Regina Meadows’ husband Mark was laid off work in December 2012, making finances tight.
Meadows, however, through it all continues to focus on the positives in her life, drawing on her faith and support of family and friends to help her through it.
“I have so much to fight for! I am so aware of God’s everlasting love, despite the cancer, despite the chemo, and despite the sickness following the chemo. I am so very blessed. I have four beautiful daughters, and three precious grandchildren,” Meadows wrote on www.helpregina.com, a website established to let friends and community members know about her battle and help if they so choose.
“It has been very evident to me that throughout this battle, that I have never fought alone. My faith, family and friends have been my rock and support through all of this,” she added.
Meadows firmly believes and draws strength from Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
She stated, on the website, she find the scripture to be true, because God has been there to lend strength and help. She said makes her story God’s story, one He hasn’t finished writing yet. She offers her prayers that others will draw courage in “whatever storm that you may be faced with” from the knowledge they are not alone.
Some of Meadows’ friends and family established www.helpRegina.com as a means for Meadows to share her story and give friends and community members a way to help her and her family out with expenses. T-shirts are being sold for $20 each to help raise funds for the family. Printed on the front of the T-shirt is a blue ribbon with the “faith hope & love” on it and the Regina’s name and Isaiah 41:10 under it, while the full verse is printed in the same blue on the back. “These t-shirts were designed by friends and family to speak large volumes about Regina and her family,” the website notes. Mail orders will include an additional $5 charge for shipping.
Meadows’ friends and family are also holding a “Potato Lunch Day” Friday, May 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Buford Park. They are offering a baked potato with fixings and a dessert for $7. Lunches can be pre-ordered online at the website (www.helpRegina.com) or by calling 903-885-7621, ext. 3431. Deliveries are available within Sulphur Springs city limits for minimum of five meals ($28+ for five potatoes and fixings) per location. Orders may also be picked up at city park, along with pre-ordered T-shirts; be sure to bring paid receipts when picking up shirts.
T-shirts may also be ordered the day of the fundraiser. A $2 discount is available for anyone ordering both a T-shirt and potato. The cost will be only $25 for both, either online or at the event, or by contacting the number above and paying at the event.
People who don’t want a potato or shirt but do want to financially, may may make a donation on the website through paypal using a debit or credit card for a one time donation of any amount or a monthly donation of $25.
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