Carol's Cancer Recovery Fund
Nobody ever wants to write this kind of letter.
Though we have all seen them in our lives.
My name is Carol Alvarez, my husband is Lil Rev and my dauther is Mariela Rose.
I am a Yoga instructor, Massage Therapist and Cranial Sacral Therapist of 25 years serving the Milwaukee, WI area.
In the recent months I have been struggling to figure out why i was coughing so much and had many tests, most of which were inconclusive...until i had one that told me that i have Cancer in my left lung. In the intervening weeks of waiting, It has now spread to the lymph and possibly one other place.
We are shocked beyond belief, yet must remain optomistic like anyone in my position.
It has been a long road to this point of diagnosis, with mounting bills, loss of work (for myself and Rev) and efforts to maintain the status quo as the end begin to fray.
Looking forward we are going to do everything in our power to fight this, but desparetely need the financial resources do so.
While i now have direction with regards to my treatment, i need to supplement and support this with
the kind of whole body wellness therapies that will complement the conventional drug/chemo based protocols my doctor and I have put in place.
I ask for your support in this fight, and request your prayers and well wishes.
Thank you and God Bless,
Carol Jeanette Alvarez
PS: Feel free to leave a message thru go fund me's message board if you feel you have any innovative ideas and or experience in dealing with lung cancer. Carol is also on Facebook as Carol Alvarez
On Wednesday December 16th, at 6:39am, my sweet Carol took her last breath.
After 10 months of fighting lung cancer, her body was tired and no longer willing to press onwards
She put up one heck of fight and true to the end....as her mother said, "She died on her own terms."
Carol was the kind of gal who could go to the dentist and not need novacaine when getting a tooth filled, and likewise, she resisted the hard drugs that where there to ease her transition...her comfort, she only allowed the bare minimum. She was a tough little cookie. Much tougher than i.
Carol had non-small cell carcinoma and the percentage of women who beat this every year is frighteningly low.
We tried everything they could throw at us approved and not approved and still the cancer marched onward.
We prayed 10,000 prayers with an army of worshippers, and still God was determined to call his yoga queen home....for she was an angel right here on earth.
Mariela is the living gift Carol left us, a little tender hearted soul who knows only that her mom is done suffering and is now singing with the angel band.
She knows she was loved (like her daddy) incredibly well for 7 years. She will always know this. She knows she has a ring of friends, classmates, and family who are going to help raise her. She knows she can look to her daddy for comfort and understanding as she struggles in her own little way to make sense of what it really means when a small girl looses her mom.
She'll learn to keep her mom in her heart,
She'll learn she can always talk to her mom whenever she wants.
She'll learn that the memory is long and life can sometimes be short.
She'll learn that her momma served others with grace, heart and intention.
As for her daddy, he too will learn.
That his morning coffee tastes different when one drinks alone
That his morning meditation, while it's very much a personal experience, will not feel the same as he opens his eyes and realizes that his wife is not there physically anymore.
He'll learn that perhaps, none of this matters, for he can't change what is done and fortunately for him, he can say that at least once in his life, he was loved well. really well, extremely well.
My friends, this is our last Go Fund Me message.
Our intention is to put closure on this campaign and thank all of you for your help.
You lifted my wife's spirit and gave her hope.
She did the best she could.
Thank you for helping us out when we needed you most.
I will never forget as long as i shall live, how y'all were there for us. It was beautiful and touching, and we are externally grateful.
Lil Rev & Mariela
This morning i posted an important update on my Facebook page (Marc Revenson) I am also copying it to the Carol Alvarez Facebook page as well.
Lil Rev on behalf of Carol Alvarez.
Since our last writing, much has happened on our healing journey.
We wanted to take this opportunity to update all of you.
I recently had a CT and PET scan to see if the chemo was working. These scans revealed that the tumor in the lung shrank in one place by 3 cm, but that the metastatic cancer traveled to another bone.
In essence, this means the chemo isn't working.
I was moved to an immune based therapy and I am continuing to engage in a number of holistic treatments
which I am hopeful will yield great results.
The immune therapy works to unmask the cloaking mechanism of the cancer, so my immune system
can recognize it and start to attack the cancer.
This approach is fairly new and is showing great promise in helping folks like me beat Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. We are quite hopeful, this is going do the trick!
Given all of this....
We are a family of great faith and strength and this, coupled with all of your love is keeping us going.
I am no longer working, nor teaching yoga at this time and Rev is winding down his out of state travels to be closer to home and care for me and Mariela.
Rev is carrying all of the weight as i need ample time to rest and repair, as my body fights the cancer.
Please know that your generous support is appreciated during this difficult passage in our life.
With Love, Hope and Renewal,
We would like to take this moment to send out a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has continued to donate to the recovery fund, far beyond our goal.
We are amazed, humbled, and full of gratitude.
As we go along, in our treatment plan, it is a comfort to know that there so much love and support available for us to draw strength from.
Presently, i have received my 1st chemo treatment.
After a couple of rough days of much nausea and vomiting, i got my fluids replenished and began to slowly rebuild my strength.
The next Chemo is Aug. 26th.
I can feel 10,000 people praying for us!
It is a blessing to be held in this light.
We ask you to please keep us in your prayers.
It is working!
I am also supplementing the chemo with acupuncture,
aromatherapy, nutritional counseling, mediation, and energy work.
The Good News:
I am sleeping well, appetite is good (eating very healthy) and I'm trying to exercise a as much as i am able.
For now, this is the plan.
Our Doctor (Dr. Maul), says he has a plan A, B, C, and D.
We are focusing on not needing those other plans, though contingencies will be in place if God forbid they are warranted.
Moving forward, With one foot in front of the other,
surrounded by your love,
Carol, Rev, Mariela
Many of you know Lil Rev and his wife Carol. They've had some pretty devastating news recently. Carol will have to undergo some pretty aggressive therapy to beat this thing. Please, if you can, make a donation. They have had an amazing turn out in only one day and they are bound to make they're goal with your help. No one should have to worry about money when they are trying to get well.
My deepest sympathy to you and your daughter. We will heel in time but we never forget. I sometimes feel my parents are watching and they are always there for me. Carol is watching and will always be there for you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers this holiday season. Hang in there Little Rev! Lois Cissell
will pray for your family health and happiness..
Thanks for the update...it reminds me to keep sending healing thoughts your way. It also allows me to send virtual hugs to all of you! You might not feel strong every moment, but just keep moving towards healing...with love
Your body needs the best nutrition it can possibly get to help you fight this. Meat and dairy proteins promote cancer growth. I recommend switching to a whole food plant based diet: legumes, grains, vegetables including starchy vegetables, fruit, berries... Reference Dr T Colin Campbell (nutritionstudies.org), Dr John McDougall (drmcdougall.com, Dr Michael Greger (nutritionfacts.org) Sending healing thoughts your way, g