Stella's Terminal Cancer Support
Organized by: Cindy Elizabeth
On the morning of July 18th, it became clear that something was wrong. Stella: loving wife; mother to five children, as well as many others who love her like a mother; "Gran" to 4 grand children; and dear cousin and freind to my husband and I and many many others, simply was not herself. So much so that she and her family made their way to the hospital. After some testing it was determined that Stella's brain was swollen and had a tumor, (GBM) Glioblastoma . The family was later told that the tumor was inoperable and that her life expectancy is less than two years. After the intial shock and devistation the family came together and decided that they had to rally around her in this time, despite their pain and fears. The thought of loosing the back bone to this large family has been a frightening revelation that we are all still trying to comprehend; while working to remain optimistic with hope that we could be among the blessed families who see their loved one live beyond the doctor's intial expectations. The doctors were able to reduce the swelling and form a treatment plan, including chemotherapy and other costly and unpleasant treatments. After spending weeks in the hospital, Stella was able to go home. Finally home and faced with this lifechanging situation, which brings with it a need for help with not only care, but dependable transportation for getting to and from the many doctor appointments, and extra funds to cover the costs associated with the treatments, medications, and care. It has become overwhelming as the family tries to manage all of these changes and still ensure that however many days that are left are the best days they can be. The stress of meeting all of these new needs with a reduced income from taking off of work for care or transport purposes makes it difficult to keep spirits up in a time when so much is already weighing on the family. We want nothing more than for Stella to not have to worry about these things, but they are a concern, and as the backbone of her family, she is aware. We are seeking funds to purchase a relaibe van that can carry her comfortably to and from her appointments and any extra money would be used to cover treatment/ medical expenses and lost wages. We hope to relieve some of the added stress in this already trying time, so that Stella can concentrate on her recovery rather than financial matters. Any amount you see fit to donate will be received gratefully by the family and used to keep Stella comfortable and positive through her upcoming treatments, and then- God willing, her recovery and rehabilitation. Thank you for any consideration given. Please share even if you cannot give; it could be your share that reaches a person that can make a difference.