Help Us Help Our Lou
On 8th March 2019 our beloved Lou will undergo her fourteenth surgery in four years, in her continuing battle against a progressive cancerous condition.
The surgery, anaesthetist, and post-surgery care will cost more than $10,000.
On top of this expense, Lou will be in recovery for three months post-surgery which means she'll be unable to work at all.
We've lost count of the number of times Lou has organised fundraisers for charitable causes: for Huntington's Disease and Men's cancer and homelessness and Melanoma and animal shelters... the list goes on.
We want to give everyone who has been touched by Lou's kindness the opportunity to return the favour.
100% of the money raised will go to Lou's surgeon's fees, anaesthetist's fees, and post-operative care and treatment.
THE STORY OF OUR LOVELY LOU
Imagine yourself on a beautiful beach in Greece, enjoying the view of a perfect amber sunset after a hard day's work. You feel a weird pain in your abdomen, but you don't think anything of it. You were sick in your early twenties and ever since then, you've been diligently having regular health checks and at your last check, all was well.
A few months later, you’re back in Australia, sitting in front of a doctor after demanding further testing. For the second time in your life, you are being told you are seriously ill and your life is in danger.
You are to start treatment immediately.
You have your first surgery and then you have your second surgery. And then you have your third and then your fourth and then your fifth and then your sixth and then your seventh and then your eighth and then your ninth and then your tenth and then your eleventh and then your twelfth and then your thirteenth surgery.
Three years and $50,000 of debt later, and again, you’re sitting in front of a doctor. You're being told that not only are you still seriously ill, but your only treatment option is to undergo a full hysterectomy and say goodbye to your dream of starting a family.
The procedure will cost more than $10,000.
This is the story of our Lou.
The committed healer.
The loyal friend.
The dependable cousin.
The kind and generous soul.
The caring, patient daughter.
The birthday cake maker.
The surprise party planner.
The hug giver.
The card writer.
The loving wife.
The compassionate friend.
The one-in-a-million human being.
Anyone who's met Lou will attest to the fact she's exceptional; endlessly generous, kind and empathetic and ever-so-strong; a real fighter. She's never one to ask for help, but now more than ever she needs it and we love her too much to let her go at this alone.
Please donate as much as you can, to help Lou pay for this surgery and ease her burden.
Thank you in advance from the bottom of our Lou-loving hearts, Kim, Victoria, Nettie & April
[And to all the generous souls who've donated in the past, we thank you endlessly for your generosity. We can never thank you enough for help and support you've offered Lou. We know she is grateful in ways she'll never be able to express.]
This is a message to all I know. It long but please please read. Recently my friends took it upon themselves to put together a fundraiser to help amir and myself out of a very hard situation, in which we have tried to support ourselves in for so long over the past 4 years and 13 surgeries, as well as trying to maintain a life.
I however had experienced some negative feedback in regards to asking for money from people, this had left quite a big depth of sorrow in my heart.
Recently I expressed feelings to a friend for the gratitude I had that people would want to be able to help in such a way of unconditional love was overwhelming however some what embarrassing and uncomfortable.
He hit the nail on the head.
I realized that I help, feel and love anyway in all I do.
I try not to put expectations or conditions and defiantly don't attach money or a $ to the love I give.
So to have the girls ask this for me, made me feel very uncomfortable.
This journey has been long, hard and I think will take a very long time mentally and emotionally to recover.
It has been one thing after another for my whole family.
I know many of you have supported myself and amir over many years considering my first chemo was @21 yrs old.
Illness can come for many people in many forms.
As a therapist of 21 years this I know.
Help and love and support can also come in many forms. Not just money. In the way of a phone call, a letter, flowers, food,treatments, car pooling or vouchers ( the best gift was a box of toilet paper) seriously its expensive and anyone who has had what I have it's needed!! ⛵️
All of these have been received with much love and gratitude.
The girls have made the point that every year on my birthday I guess I use it to raise money for others and now more than ever I guess we are in need.
With that being said please know this message is to thank all those who have donated and for all those who are not in a position to however had send messages of love and helped in other ways. All are accepted with much much much love and light from the deepest parts of our hearts.❤️
So many of my friends are unwell so this must be a time for purging and healing so my heart goes to all of you to have the courage and love to get through what ever it is your dealing with.
I am brought to tears as I type this with many mixed emotions but may this be my platform to say from me, amir and my family thankyou.
To the friends who gather ( my tribe) may blessing of thanks come your way too.
Amir and Lou Ox