Help Shauna's Cancer Recovery

$3,010 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 9 months
Shauna Gunderson  SANTA CRUZ, CA
I am a local writer and poet and raised my children in Santa Cruz, and also cared for my wonderful mother who had cancer. A large lump appeared in my groin, which turned out to be melanoma. Two surgeries later, after a lymph node dissection, I am ready for the clinical trials, which are 90 miles away, every 3 weeks, for a year. I have lymphedema in my right leg, which requires swimming for compression of swelling.

I need money for gas/parking when I go for infusions, alternative healing treatments, vitamins & supplements, organic food, and manual lymph drainage massage. I could also use help to pay bills as I am not working. I would be grateful for whatever amounts you could contribute.

I start treatment next week. It would mean a lot to me to not have to worry while I am recovering.


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Update 8
Posted by Shauna Gunderson
7 days ago
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Ladies and Gentlemen,
I haven't checked in for several months, so here is the latest: my last scans 4/6/17, showed blood clots in my lungs. My doctor at UCSF has prescribed injectable blood thinners 2x daily, for 2-6 months. She said we can argue about this after 2 months, for now I am a reluctant pin cushion. Seven more infusions to go! Rejoice! My disability ran out the end of January, I have applied for Social Security Disability, and am waiting for this to kick in. Any help filling in the gap while this is in process, would be manna from heaven. On the glass half full side of things, I have finished rough draft of novel, conjuring up a story that is not exotic but commonplace. The real star of the story is YOU.
XOXO
Shauna
Before cancer....
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Update 7
Posted by Shauna Gunderson
3 months ago
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I would like to thank my dear friends, whose love has been a lifesaver. I am now halfway through treatment! I am endlessly grateful to my relatives in Washington for their heart-felt, reliable support during this time.
I would like to remember the dear departed who served as an inspiration for me, those who survive: witnesses, the heroes.
I recently became a grandmother, and am filled with joy for Abigail, the little dumpling.
My disability benefits need to be extended and there will be a gap, which I hope that some donations could fill.
Muchas gracias, thank you, merci beaucoup!
XOXOX
Shauna
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Update 6
Posted by Shauna Gunderson
4 months ago
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Hello friends,
Finished treatment # 6 yesterday! yay! I also got new thigh high stockings with boxers and new Solidea tights, all a size smaller. At night time now wearing quilted compression boxers/leg sleeve with jackets. The lymphedema therapist added deep water exercise at least once a week (burrrr) but the reward is not having to pump later. My dear friend, John, drove me to UCSF yesterday, so had a great chat all the way up and back.
I said to my cancer support group Tuesday, we need to heal and recover in time to save the planet. In time to make it to North Dakota, in time to participate with YOU.
Big love, big hopes & dreams,
Shauna
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Update 5
Posted by Shauna Gunderson
5 months ago
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Hi dear ones,
I went for the 5th treatment today, already breaking out in rash, so it is working! The mole that appeared after the last treatment disappeared. Thirteen more to go! I don't know what I would do without the support from WomenCare, a resource center for women with cancer.
I continue with the aquatic lymphedema decongestion program, without which I would be unable reduce fibrosis and volume of my right leg, which still is several inches bigger than the left.
Thank you all for your support, prayers, good wishes, and beautiful thoughts.
In Gratitude,
Shauna
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$3,010 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 9 months
Created July 20, 2016
Shauna Gunderson  
$100
Anonymous
7 days ago
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$20
Magdalena Montagne
7 days ago

I've been thinking about you ever since I saw you at the Muse...and have been meaning to check in. Sending wishes for steadily improving health and recovery my friend.

$20
Randy Peyser
7 days ago

Dear Shauna, I remember when people donated to help me and how grateful every dollar meant to me. I wish you complete wellness and healing. Much Love, Randy Peyser

$25
Anonymous
7 days ago
$50
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3 months ago
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$25
Keith Emmons
3 months ago

Glad you're recovering Shauna

$200
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5 months ago
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Mara Dworsky
5 months ago
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Stuart Sarnoff
5 months ago
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6 months ago
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