This is my daughter Rashel, 28. Married to a wonderful Irish man, and living in Dublin for several years now. Last spring Rashel was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Doctors in Ireland surgically removed what they hoped was all of the cancer through a radical hysterectomy. Several weeks passed, and things appeared to be moving in the right direction.
After a couple months, Rashel started having pain which the doctors in Dublin addressed. I felt they moved a little slow however, I gave the doctors the benefit of the doubt that they were going about further treatment in the right way.
She began chemo therapy in November 2015, which had a positive effect on the tumor. Good News! It began to shrink significantly according to the scans.
In late December, Rashel got an infection, resulting in more hospital time, tests and treatment.
She has been between St. Luke's and St. Vincent's hospitals in Dublin for the past 3 weeks with tubes in both kidneys to help them to stay "clean" and to get her body to a point where she can handle the upcoming radiation scheduled for the end of March, continuing for 5 weeks.
Her oncologist words to me last week were straight and sharp, "Eric, it doesn't look good".
Those words prompted me to take this action. After much thought, knowing we do not have savings or resources to help with obvious travel expenses, alternative treatment expenses, etc..to the degree needed.
It is with great appreciation and gratitude that we raise these funds as soon as possible to help us with the matter and to surround Rashel with her immediate family and very high optimism with the alternatives about to be introduced to her.
I know many of you reading this know the difficulty going through seeing your sick child suffering. We are not giving up hope with Rashel, on the contrary, regardless of what a doctor says. The funding we are looking for I strongly believe will help get her well, not only mentally, but more importantly, physically, with the hopes that the alternative methods bring.
The celebration of her life we had here in Dublin on Sunday was nothing short of Beautiful and everything that Rashel would've wanted. The entire day and deep into the night, her friends and family gathered at her "home", The Fumbally. We cried. We laughed. We danced and sang..we ate well and had plenty of coffee..
I will travel back home with her this week, (to the states) and have another celebration of her life at our home in Michigan this Sunday, from 2-6. All of her friends and family are welcomed to join us in celebrating. Please come, she would like that.
The funds all of you have donated helped make it possible for me (for us) to have spent her final weeks together, side by side. I thank you again with all of my heart.
Remember Rashel if you will, with a smile on your face, joy in your heart, and bravery in your soul...exactly the way she lived each day.
All our love,
Eric (& Rashel)
Here is the latest update on Rashel, as we continue down the rocky road. It has been a week of one step forward, one step back.
She was moved from St. Vincent's to St. Luke's Hospital a few days ago, and she is now under the watchful eye of a new group of doctors & nurses that are giving her wonderful attention and care.
There have been advances in her pain relief, only to be short lived with the extreme pain returning. I can't tell you how strong this beautiful woman is!
Rashel is maintaining a positive attitude and has set up her barista equipment a few times throughout the week and made us her special coffee...incredible!
On the positive side (if there is one this week) the radiotherapy treatments began on Friday, she was just wheeled down for her third treatment of 15, with the hope of after those are finished, she will be strong enough to travel to Chicago to continue down the road to recovery. That is our hope, however we still live day to day.
She has been eating very well this week, and her "insides" are working well.
Her conversations and sense of humor have been good during all of this, with the occasional "confused" words she speaks, due to the assortment of drugs being pumped into her.
Again, her strength and will to get over this is nothing short of inspiring and powerful to all of us around her. We can all learn something from this.
Your continued support, thoughts and prayers are helpful, so let's keep those coming. She feels the love from all of you!
Have a blessed day, everyone, be thankful for it.
Rashel & Eric
This update comes after I've been by Rashel's side for a week now. It has been a week long roller coaster ride to say the least. That being said, I will update only the good side of the ride...
She has been steadily improving on recovery from the bowel surgery 9 days ago, though at a tortoise pace. Her distended stomach is slowly but surely getting smaller and softer with each new day. Added to the removal of all the tubes (except her drug/nutritional IV's) which are in her arm.
The blood transfusion she had 2 nights ago has helped bring a glow back to her complexion along with added strength. She walks the long block of corridors a couple time per day which is a good sight to see her up and walking, even with the assistance of a walker.
She has also been able to eat a little bit of food, bringing a big smile to her face, though the food isn't what she may have preferred...a juicy steak with baked potato and some chocolate cake for desert! A little soup and some baby foods are the best she can do for now.
Things are "moving" and healing in regard to the bowel. A good sign!
We want to thank everyone for your continued support and prayers and the local companies here in Dublin that had their own fundraisers, 3FE..The Fumbally..Love Supreme..The Woolen Mills..Established..(Belfast)..CloudPicker Roasters..Coffee Angel..Java Republic..Dublin Barista School..Marco Bev. Systems..Clement & Pekoe..Eventhaus..The Lo-Cal Kitchen..UCC Coffee..Black Chapel..World Aeropress Competition..Sprudge..Two Beans Coffee..Proper Order..Perfect Daily Grind..Design Goat..The Art of Coffee..Sasha House Petite..Ground Esspresso Bars..La Marzocco..The Coffee Woman..Has Bean Coffee..Bailies Coffee. Your love and support bring much needed strength!
It is a continued day to day progress.
Rashel & Eric
It is looking like she will be in St. Vincent's until maybe the end of this week, then released to come home only momentarily before we come "home" to the states and further treatments, friends and family.
We know this will be a rather long road, one that we will travel together with great hope and anticipation of getting back to a normal life with a few adjustments from the old. A new diet is one adjustment, and will probably be the most difficult for Rashel. I know it would be hard for me to change my eating habits and what I do enjoy most in my diet!
I would like to bring to everyone's attention that, it is my opinion, had Rashel recieved the HPV vaccine when she was younger, we would not be going through this, though it was a relatively new vaccine 10-15 years ago. The research since then has proven the vaccine helps tremendously to reduce the risk of families going through this and prevents our girls from getting cervical cancer. I ask that every single one of you reading this, if you have teenage daughters especially, to get this vaccine. Do not let those who say there are risks and side affects, scare you from doing it. (there are risks with every vaccine, even a flu shot...) Just do it, without fear or at least have a protocol that your child can follow in order to prevent this. I'm sure the doctors can advise what that would be.
I am also repeating our gratitude and Thanks to each and every one of you for your support and for those who shared and will share this campaign. To those of you who held fundraisers in Dublin, the awareness you have brought is absolutely incredible.
More updates to come...
Rashel & Eric
I am happy to hear of Rashel's progress and am glad our donations are helping in her recovery. My daughter is also recovering from a terrible disease. and while we have only received 150.00 through go fund me - we are grateful for every cent and it was used to help her heal. She is doing much better even though she still has a ways to go. Blessings to you and your family. All lives matter!!!
I am speechless. The immediate outpouring of love and support from friends, family and those we don't even know to the special communities of coffee aficionados all over the world who want to help is remarkable. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and the deepest part of our soul. We are all in this together now. Let's move heaven and earth. We are doing this.