A fund for Beth Owl's Daughter
After about 18 months of respite, she is now facing a new surgery and cancer diagnosis, this time in her GI tract. This is a difficult setback, although we are hopeful for the outcome.
Beth has been a friend to so many, and a metaphysical teacher and guide in the Triangle for decades, supporting her colleagues and providing spiritual sustenance to her clients with love and care.
Perhaps you haven't had the opportunity to know Beth personally, but have gotten to know her through her blog where she shares bits of magic and wisdom nearly every day.
Beth has given selflessly to our community for years - and she would be so grateful if you are able to give back. She is fortunate to be covered by Medicare, but as many of you may know, it will pay only a portion of her medical expenses, and there are co-pays and deductibles and other ancillary expenses that mount up. In addition, she will be unable to work for awhile and, frankly, we are struggling at times with basic living expenses.
Please help as you can and share this widely with your friends.
A million thanks.
- John Rottet
While we are hopeful that removal will be simple and the end of further intervention, there is no guarantee, and the GI oncologist has told her that new rounds of chemotherapy and/or radiation cannot be ruled out.
Because this is already impacting her ability to have a full work schedule, and will definitely put her income at a total halt for some time, we have decided to pull this donation site out of mothballs.
Thank you to everyone who has been so incredibly generous in the past.
Although we continue to struggle financially (as well as emotionally at times), we are hopeful that we can recover from this setback quickly and easily. Blessings to all.
ps: We want to especially thank Lynn for starting this fundraiser in the first place, when Beth first got her diagnosis. We offer our deepest gratitude for her faithful stewardship during some of the hardest times of our lives.
I thought you would like to get an update on how Beth is doing and thankfully there is a lot of good news. Next month, it will be a year since Beth got her diagnosis.
She has now completed all of the crisis interventions: Four months of chemotherapy - done. Double mastectomy surgery - done. Six weeks of radiation treatments, including five “booster” blasts at the end - done.
Plus, she has at last had her cataract surgeries, and is seeing the sparkling world again for the first time in years. Thanks to YOUR help for making this happen.
Now, she begins what will probably be many years of AI - aromatase inhibitor therapy, with adjunct treatments and more tests. There is so much that is not covered by insurance and your contributions continue to help her to get through this difficult time.
Most exciting is that she is slowly regaining her energy and equilibrium. She is starting to drive again, and, starting next month, is planning to return to doing readings on a limited basis at the Dancing Moon.
And this is all thanks, in great measure, to your generosity. By helping with the financial pressures, you have enabled her and John to focus on surviving cancer and avoid the financial ruin suffered by so many people in this same situation. Beth is so grateful for your support and continued prayers.
It's been a while since I posted an update. Beth had finished her chemotherapy and took a break before radiation and started feeling better.
She's now in the middle of her radiation regimen with only two more weeks to go. At that point they will do an MRI to be sure that there are no lingering spots (hopefully not!!) and that she is clear.
She had to meet her new 2017 deductible so finances are tight again, and the cataracts that had been forming have "blossomed" and the cataract surgery along with astigmatism correction will be in the neighborhood of $2000 per eye that is not covered by insurance.
So I am making another push for donations to help her to navigate through this financial hurdle. She is still of course unable to work with the effects of the radiation treatment and it is your kind and sweet assistance that has enabled her to navigate through this trauma with far less stress than she would otherwise have had.
As you know if you are following her CaringBridge site ( https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bethowl/), she is so endlessly grateful for the support of all of you who have been there for her.
peace and blessings,
what a beautiful day yesterday was at Dancing Moon, gathering with lovingkindness, seeing friends who were drawn into community around Beth, and feeling together the light we find in her eyes. Such a joy to think how blessed we are to help her. Grateful for the opportunity to feel the love of community.