MIDDLETOWN, Ind-- Farrah Engle has become a champion of hiding pain.
For nearly two years now, Engle has been fighting a battle against cancer. In 2015, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, doctors say it has moved into her bones.
“I’m not able to walk. I have to stay in a wheelchair and can’t have weight bearing on my leg,” she said.
Because of the pain her cancer causes and the effects of chemotherapy on her body, Engle has to constantly take a cocktail of powerful pain and anti-nausea medications. She says she’s required to take those medications every few hour just to make it through a single day.
On Wednesday, Engle didn’t take any medication, not because she wanted to, but because she couldn’t.
While out receiving chemotherapy last night, Engle and her husband say someone broke into their home and stole her medication. The thieves also stole a few thousand dollars that had been donated from the community and the students of the school Engle taught at.
The money and the medicine were inside a small digital safe sitting inside the couple’s bedroom. It was the only thing the couple says was taken from their home.
“Nothing else was taken, not the TV the computers, anything else,” Engle's husband Nathan said.
According to the couple, Middletown police say it looks like the thief may have been someone they know; someone who knew the medication and money was there inside the safe.
The Engles say that fact is especially hard to comprehend.
“You feel violated in so many ways that someone you probably knew, or has been watching your story on Facebook came to our house and violated us,” Engle said.
For now, Farrah says doctors have approved refills of her medications, but that it may take some time before she’s able to get them. Until then, she’s trying to cope with the pain with basic medications like Tylenol.
“We would just really like our medicines returned.”
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