"My grandfather died under there, from a black widow bite", she says, as we suit up in coveralls to pull insulation from under her house. "Under the house?" I ask incredulously. "Well, right here." She points to the space on the porch between us. .. Debbie Owens is a self-employed fisherwoman. She checks 250 crab pots a day on her own. This past week, diesel-tainted storm surge from Hurricane Irene flooded her Wanchese, North Carolina, house. On Wednesday, Debbie's doctor diagnosed her with breast cancer. "I'm usually not a girl for medicine, but I need to be here. My daughter's about to start the second grade; she's the love of my life." In the past year and a half, Debbie has lost three immediate family members. "I'm usually the strong one, but this is too much for me at once. I said, 'Doc, you better give me some medicine.'" .. To make a tax-deductible gift to her, donate to http://portlight.org/ , and tagline it "Debbie."
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