A blog and podcast series for African-American Women
and Their Families Experiencing Breast Cancer

*According to the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), Black women are more likely to receive a diagnosis
of metastatic breast cancer, be younger at diagnosis, and have more fatal outcomes than white women.

Hi, I'm Mallory Young: A while ago I asked a former co-worker, Jeffery Menendez for help, writing my story asking for help to raise money for treatment of my breast cancer. I call him “Mr. Jeff”. He said yes. Mr. Jeff has a media consulting service and told me to submit my request to his “pro bono” page on his website Menendez Media.

I did. He contacted me and asked if I wanted to tell my story, about how I was dealing with my breast cancer, telling me, African American women are more likely to die during treatment of their breast cancer. He said he had done some research. He said it would be a service to not just help women, this experience would especially help black women, since we are more likely to die. So, he said he would develop a web/blog and podcasts for me to tell my story. I called my cancer a monster. Mr. Jeff said that would be a good name to call this website/blog and podcasts. Welcome to Mallory’s Monster I/We hope to give black women answers, information, tools and referrals to help them fight this monster.

Please below is our Youtube channel subscriber's button, you'll be able to listen to the podcast when they start in mid May 2022.  The podcast like our web/blog will have news and information to help Black women and our families  to survive breast cancer. Thanks everybody for your support.

I have to be honest, sometimes I just feel like giving up, but I can't because I have six beautiful (glam) children.

They are going to need me to be present in their lives. Besides, I love to help people, especially older people they have changed the way I think.

But unfortunately, this monster keeps coming back and it's trying to take my life. After doing some research back in 2018, I came across MD Anderson, so I relocated here in Houston, October 17, 2018.
MD Anderson have provided different treatments like Ibrance and Zoladex medications. If I'm not mistaking this medicine has stopped my body from producing some hormones. I was initially on Taxol. The Taxol therapy was for six years. It was working great until this monster found a way around that medication therapy.

If you know me, you will know this is extremely hard for me to ask for help this way, but right now, it's now or never.
In 2014 (eight years ago) I was diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer and at that time, I didn't understand the fight I was headed for regarding this thing called cancer.
But now that I have been fighting this horrible disease for almost eight years, I see just how hard it is to keep this monster away.

 

I just feel like God is giving me information so I can also help others on this long journey.

MD Anderson suggested even more treatments, but chemo therapy can mess up your memory. So now, I'm on two new medicines one is called Everlorimus 10mg. Its side effects are supposed to cause mouth sores and weight loss. I experienced weight loss since taking the medication and I’ve lost nearly twenty pounds. This has been in the last three months.
I'm still losing weight, but thanks to mouth wash and my father in heaven, I’ve not had any mouth sores. The weight loss is becoming a concern for my doctor.
I'm also on Exemestane (25mg). I take both once a day.
So, you see I have been on different treatments for years, but this monster seems to keep getting around them.
When I was diagnosed on September 19, 2014, my cousin Rhonda came to see me in the hospital. Rhonda would always tell me, “I got you, we’re going to get through this together.”

Rhonda would provide me with information from her doctors. She would always share it with me, and it would make me feel encouraged. Rhonda would accompany me on some appointments to make sure I had all of the information. She would help by asking the questions I could not think of at that time.
It was on September 19, 2019, Rhonda lost her battle with the “monster”. This scared me, but my faith kept me going with this battle.

 

Rhonda’s last words to me were, “we’ll get through this together.” I know she kept her
word, because of what happened next.
That same day in September of 2019, Houston was experiencing Tropical Storm Imelda. It was heavy rainfall shutting down streets. I learned later watching the news, hundreds of calls for help invited comparisons to Hurricane Harvey of 2017, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, declared a state of emergency for portions of the state.
I almost drowned in a flooded area. I had no idea it was a flood zone I moved into. It all happened so fast. I’m driving home when water began coming into my car. I opened the door, but quickly closed it. I thought I was allowing the water in but realized that it was coming from the car vents.
I tried to open the car door again, but it just wouldn't open, because at this point it was the water making it hard to open the car door. It was on the third try the door opened.
As I thought of Rhonda, she took her last breath then. Rhonda knew I needed her, and she was so unselfish, so her spirit was with me. Just like she told me, “I will always be there for you.” So, you see she kept her word.

I just love and miss her so much, because I know without any doubt, she would be here with me helping me figure out my next steps. How to get this all done. So, thank you my beautiful cousin. I will always love and miss you. Please keep watching over me and my family. So, with all of this being said, I know now that I have to keep fighting for me and all of the others out there. Especially those who need me to be here for them and my father in heaven.

My father has guided me while fighting this monster, but I have to continue to do my part and fight this beast from hell. It’s not my cancer it's just cancer.
I want all women, especially African American women to not give up. It’s why, (with some help) I have created this blog and weekly podcasts to give them hope and encouragement with my story in fighting this monster.
I want us collectively using these bible verses, “Where Two Or More Are Gathered” from the King James Version (KJV) by Relevance - Sort By Book Order Matthew 18:20 – “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
So, let's get this going we have been trying to do this all on our own, but without him, we are all going to fail.
I just feel like God is giving me information so I can also help others on this long journey.
But like I said before, my father brought me to this point of sharing with other African American women information they will need. This is why I ask for your help.

Besides, I have been doing some much-needed soul searching so this is why I'm being so transparent. I love and need my Glam children. I'm sure some may not understand why I call them my Glam children. Well, the truth is I'm too young to be called grandma. (LOL) They . d me just as much as I need them.
May God continue to bless each and every one of you.

Mallory Young

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