I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time Sept. 17, 2010.

I had multiple surgeries, including a double mastectomy, eight rounds of chemotherapy, 33 rounds of radiation and my ovaries removed.

While I was sick, I was lucky to have family and friends who helped take care of my kids, cooked meals and cleaned my house.

It was hard battling cancer while maintaining a career and caring for my two young children, who were 7 and 4 the first time I was diagnosed.

I relied heavily on my friends and family. I was only 32 when I was diagnosed the first time. I was young, healthy, active and I had no family history of cancer, so my diagnosis was a big shock to our family.

We found out March 17 the cancer had returned, but this time in my lymph nodes.

My husband had just returned from his third deployment to Afghanistan. After surgery, I had some complications and we are still waiting on the incision to heal.

I am currently on chemotherapy again. Thankfully, my kids are a little older this time. But, it is still difficult to keep up with my job and my house while always being sick and tired from the treatments.

I met a fellow Army wife Julie Moser through a mutual friend.

We were introduced after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her husband was in the same unit as my friend’s husband.

She told me about the Cleaning For A Reason service. They provide free house cleaning services for cancer patients going through chemotherapy.

Having a clean house is such a stress reliever. It’s hard to work and take care of my family and home while being so sick from the chemo treatments.

So this service is such a blessing to my whole family.

American Home & Living Solutions out of Harker Heights volunteered their services at my home. They came in and cleaned our house for free.

It is such a great stress reliever to come home to a clean house and so nice to be able to relax after being so tired.

I think this is such an amazing blessing to cancer patients.

Marily Considine is a Herald correspondent.

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