A fund for Beth Owl's Daughter
Beth has been a metaphysical teacher in the Triangle for many years, 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 - now it's our opportunity to give back to her. She is fortunate to carry insurance through the ACA, but it will pay only a portion of her medical expenses and she recently had to cough up the steep deductible. In addition, she will be unable to work for awhile and she and John could use help with basic living expenses.
I am fortunate to be a close friend of Beth and am happy to have this opportunity to share her story. Please help as you can and share this widely with your friends.
A million thanks and many blessings to you.
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,
Thank you so much for all of your support for Beth as she navigates this difficult road.
Beth's chemotherapy has now concluded, and she is slowly recovering in preparation for her bi-lateral mastectomy, scheduled for Feb. 7. This will be a complete mastectomy on both sides, as well as lymph node(s) removal at least on the right. After another period of recovery, she will begin daily radiation therapy for a yet unknown number of weeks/months.
With the new year, her Affordable Care Act insurer changed, and she is having to meet a new deductible and out-of-pocket maximum. If not for the helping hands and hearts here, this would have been extremely stressful and difficult.
If you have the ability and desire to continue to help her through this next phase it would be supremely helpful. Aside from the deductible costs there are so many out of pocket expenses as well as her and John's daily living expenses.
As Beth prepares for the next stage of this difficult experience, she has asked me to tell you how profoundly grateful she is for all your kindness, your good wishes, and the powerful support you have given her. Your generosity is a truly a gift of healing.
Earlier in the campaign for Beth Owl someone raised a misconception that because Beth has insurance she was covered once she reached her out of pocket maximum and why was I trying to raise so much money for her.
I was able to see Beth yesterday, and was so inspired by her wisdom and grace in facing this powerful experience, and we talked a bit about this. She was mortified that anyone would think that she would try to use this fund for anything but medical bills, and I'm sure that this is not the case for most of you but I thought you might like to see what's going on behind the scenes and how your funds are being used.
Once 2017 rolls around Beth will be faced once again with her high deductible which is even higher now because in order to be treated at Duke, she had to change insurance companies. And while there is an out of pocket maximum, there are many other expenses and equipment and treatments that are not covered.
On top of that, Beth is unable to work while this is going on, and John's pension after retiring from the N&O is not enough to cover all of their expenses.
As we know, stress is a major problem in disease and healing, and financial stress puts a great burden on the patient. Your help has made it possible for John and Beth to be able to focus on her healing and she is so grateful for that.
Setting up this GoFundMe site has inspired me to be more active in other campaigns as well. There are so many people in need, and being able to give back to our community is a great gift.
Thanks from the bottom of my heart, and Beth's, for your love and continued assistance as she navigates this journey.
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.