Norfolk woman with cancer has medicine, nebulizer stolen out of car

A Norfolk woman who's fighting two types of cancer is devastated after she says some broke into her car and stole her medicine and her breathing machine

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A Norfolk woman who's fighting two types of cancer is devastated after she said some broke into her car and stole her medicine and breathing machine.

It was about 6 a.m. Wednesday morning when Shannon Hawkins heard her neighbor pounding on her door.

“She told me my car had been broken into. My passenger window was smashed in and there was glass everywhere. The driver's side window was damaged and cracked also,” she said.  

Shannon noticed some cash had been taken from the console, and then her heart dropped.

“My breathing machine and my backpack that had all my medicine and inhalers--all that was missing,” she said.

Tuesday night Shannon said she wasn't feeling well and accidentally left the medicine in her car.

“The one time I forgot to take it in, it gets stolen,” she said.

She said her nebulizer, five inhalers, and at least four bottles were taken.

“One of my inhalers is close to $500” she said.  

In March 2016 Shannon was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and stage 2 lung cancer. She has been receiving radiation treatment and was just released from the hospital about a week ago.  

“I need that medicine to live. I need that breathing machine to stay out of the hospital. I could care less about the money,” she said.

Shannon spent the day making phone calls, trying to get her meds refilled.

“The insurance company that I have through my disability-- they don’t refill within a 30 day time period, so going that route is not possible. Now with the police report number, they may be able to do something, but not all of them are gonna be able to be done that way,” she said.

Shannon said it’s not likely that her breathing machine will be replaced. For the time being a friend is letting her borrow one until she can find the money to buy a new one.

“I don’t know who would take a breathing machine and medicines. It’s very disheartening. I feel so violated,” she said.

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