Aria’s Healing Journey Support Fund

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Our family embarks on a journey in which we could use your support. Aria Cheyenne, 16, has been diagnosed with bone cancer.
Even as we begin our first steps in this new reality we noticed the variety of unexpected expenses occurring daily.

We are grateful for your support.
Please keep Aria Cheyenne in your thoughts.
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Dear friends,

The past week was supposed to be a resting week in between chemo rounds. We ended up spending three nights at the hospital due to neutropenic fever, which is quite common.

Aria felt great in the couple of days leading to this treatment and even gained a couple of pounds, which is excellent.

This round consists of five days in the hospital with three different chemo medicines and the biological treatment. The rounds will alternate each month, one of two days and the other, five days.

Eli and I will alternate days at the hospital due to the length of stay. The ongoing support is so appreciated. Let’s hope that this treatment will go smoothly and efficiently. Please send some good energy her way.

Much love to all of you.
Aria, Eli & Lee
Aria yesterday
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Dear friends,

We got back home last Thursday afternoon after the first round of chemo and biological therapies. The first couple of days consisted of lots of naps and working slowly to regain appetite.

Aria Cheyenne recovered well and started feeling more energized. The only side effect she experienced was pain in her jaw, especially when starting a meal, something like one feels when biting on a lemon. It has to do with how one of the chemo medicines affects the Nervous System.

We have been using a few alternative medicines for the side effects and general physical and mental wellbeing: Rick Simpson Oil, C60, Stamets7 Mushrooms extract, Essential oils such as frankincense and citrus, and CBD. Their effectiveness may be anecdotal but are approved by our doctor.

There are days with more energy and days with less energy. In days of higher energy Aria enjoys going outside, doing schoolwork, and seeing friends. On the low energy days she takes naps and watches movies and series. Going with the flow.

Yesterday was her follow up doctor's appointment, and it looks like everything is going as planned. Dr. Cooper emphasized watching the weight and recommend eating more. We are now counting calories and trying to bulk up.

We will be back at the hospital for the second round Tuesday or Wednesday. Meantime, Aria Cheyenne plans on attending a local music concert, and meeting with friends.

There is a wave of Aikido fundraiser seminars that are held during this month by our amazing Aikido community near and far. We are grateful for your strong support. Also, thanks to those who helped with meal deliveries, those who emailed and mailed well wishes, and those of you who check in via phone and text. Please be patient with us, as we try to respond as best as we can. We are also supported by two amazing organizations, Chai LifeLine, and Stand By Me.

Sending power, light and love,
Aria Cheyenne, Eli & Lee

In the photo: Aria in Lake Tahoe, 2008
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Dear friends,

Last Friday there was a fundraiser music concert held by some of Aria’s friends who are playing in local bands. Eight bands were performing in front of almost two hundred teens who came and showed their support.
The event raised over $1,350, and Aria Cheyenne was so happy.

That same morning the egg retrieval was successfully completed.

During the weekend Aria cut all her hair and was fitted with a wig (see picture). so far she rather go around with her buzz cut.

Yesterday we arrived the hospital for the first round of treatments. Last night three chemo medicines were administered and this morning the biological medicine was given. Tonight one of the medicines will be given as second dose, and that will be it for this time.
If Aria feels better tomorrow, we will go home.

We are planned to be doing this every two weeks. After 13 weeks from yesterday there will be an evaluation.

We are humbled by the number of upcoming fundraising events that our friends are organizing, especially those from the Aikido community. It fills our hearts.

We are sending you all some strong energy and much love.

Aria Cheyenne, Eli & Lee
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Dear friends,

Another intense week is almost behind us.

This past weekend Aria and Eli traveled to Las Vegas and enjoyed one of the most exciting music and art festivals, Life is Beautiful.

On Monday we met with Dr. Mascarenhas, the head of the Hematology & Oncology department at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, for second opinion. He agreed with the original diagnosis and treatment plan that was offered to us at Kaiser Permanente, where Aria is treated.

On Tuesday, a bone marrow biopsy was taken, as well as an Echocardiogram.

Throughout the week the egg retrieval process came to is final days, and tomorrow the procedure will take place in the morning, for the egg preservation. This process was demanding, and Aria is happy to see its completion.

Tomorrow more CT scans will be done.
Then, she will be attending a fundraiser concert with eight local bands. The concert's benefits will be donated towards her healing journey. It is organized by her friends who play in some of these bands.

This week, Aria Cheyenne updated on Instagram, and ended with this:
"the chemo will cause my hair to fall out which is why i’ve opted to instead create a wig out of my own hair. i’ll be cutting it all off this weekend (like a buzz cut kinda thing). i’ll also have another wig in the meantime though before the one from my hair comes back.

all in all, my life has been really crazy. i’m scared to start chemo which is most likely happening october 2-3 or close to then. i’m scared of the side effects. i’m scared for people to only see my cancer when they look at me. i’m scared chemo is gonna suck the life out of me. but i also know that i’m going to get through this. i’m not going to die. this is just a really shitty challenge, but i WILL beat it. f**k cancer."

We will be posting more tasks this upcoming week, once we know when chemo starts. We are still in awe in face of all the support we get.
Thank you, all. We feel your hearts.

Much love,
Aria Cheyenne, Eli & Lee

In the picture: Aria and Sheena, 2014
Aria and Sheena, 2014
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