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Corey Emerick

$12,925 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 131 people in 6 months
Created May 16, 2018
Corey's Tribe
on behalf of Corey Emerick
Hi everyone! Thank you for considering donating to Corey’s Go Fund Me Campaign. Corey was diagnosed about a month ago with a very aggressive breast cancer and 2 nodules in her right axila that came back positive for cancer. Corey is a young, vivacious, dedicated, big hearted, and kind person. As she was getting tests and meeting with doctors, she was also finishing her dissertation and preparing to graduate with her doctorate, which she did May 5th. Unfortunately, she had to move promptly into treatment (right after graduation), given how quickly and unexpectedly the cancer had grown.

Corey is approaching this process with faith, trust, gratitude, and love. To her, the cancer is a teacher and she’s more determined than ever to deeply learn self-love and to live it daily. She is most definitely keeping her spirits up, yet she will need your continued encouragement and support. 

We also need your help to raise money for Corey, as quickly as possible, since she has had to immediately reduce her work hours to 8 hrs/week max. 

Corey received her first round of chemotherapy on May 10th, and she will receive 15 more rounds over the next 20 weeks. The end of chemotherapy will be followed by 4 weeks of restoration to prepare her for surgery, which may vary between a lumpectomy to a double mastectomy with reconstruction.  Once the surgery takes place, Corey will require a 4-8 week post-op recovery period depending on the surgery, then 5-6 weeks of radiation therapy, and up to 10 years of integrative hormone treatments that started along with the chemo. We hope she will be able to return to her work fully after radiation.

During these 8-12 months of treatment and significantly reduced work hours, Corey will need financial assistance to pay her: mortgage, home/car insurance, private practice rent, health insurance policy, any medical and medicine bills not covered by insurance, phone bill, food, gasoline, utilities, credit card payments, etc. You can also help by donating airline miles to her mom, Claudia, as it’s getting expensive to fly regularly between CT and TN. Other ways to contribute can include: Kroeger, Publix, Walmart, Walgreens, or Whole Foods gift cards. Also, taking over some of her monthly payments, can be very helpful. A big and grateful shout out goes to her Aunt Linda for taking over her car payments!

Corey is an entrepreneur in the field of mental health counseling, especially: eating disorders, personality disorders, trauma, yoga therapy, and clinician supervision. She has given so much to help her clients, colleagues, and the mental health profession.  Additionally, her post-PhD plan was to begin volunteering in the arenas of public policy and advocacy, to help foster better access, greater compassion, and more effective treatment for those with mental health challenges. 

The funds you contribute to Corey’s healing process will be of great benefit and will allow Corey to fully concentrate on her recovery, and return next year to the path she was on before this life changing detour. Any and all help you can contribute is greatly welcomed. You can help in many ways...contributing financially, sharing this GOFUNDME campaign with people you know, or even contacting us to see if there is anything else she needs. 

Your time, donations, and re-posts are deeply appreciated. Thank you for loving Corey and supporting her through her healing journey! If you’d like to stay connected, up to date on her progress, or leave her a message, please visit Corey's Go Fund Me campaign as many time as you'd like, we will be sure to keep it current.


Deepest Gratitudes,

Corey’s Tribe (and Corey)
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Hi Tribe! Here’s the next video with a brief medical update, a potentially soulful uplift, and a few personal insights and experiences with fear that I wanted to share as part of my vulnerability practice, and keeping it real all the way ! And...I opted to rock the bald head in this video too, and kind of loved it .

I also am soooo thankful to all of you for your support on all levels, which has been instrumental for my healing: unconditional love, presence, loving words and gestures, financial, medical, practical, and spiritual support, etc. Furthermore, I plan to have a thorough medical video update for you all next week, when I will have more surgical information.

These previous two weeks have offered me a nice taste of independence, however the nausea has increased over the last week, while the fatigue comes and goes. Still, I’ve greatly appreciated being more “active” than before. I have so much gratitude in my heart for every little healing that has taken root and continues to do so, as well as, big gratitude for my heart that helps me explore obstacles with as much faith and a sense of humor as possible (because let’s be real, I don’t always handle things perfectly or even well, and a sense of humor helps me chuckle at myself and not stay too serious). Finally, it’s my amazing tribe that I turn to when I get stuck emotionally or mentally, or can’t seem to find my footing. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Lots of love and gratitude ♥️

Corey

Ps: I’d love to invite you to subscribe to my you tube channel so you can be notified when a video posts,
https://www.youtube.com/user/corkyify
...no worries if you prefer not to .
For anyone who is looking for the go fund me link, it is in the description of each of the videos and below:

Go Fund Me Link:
https://www.gofundme.com/corey-emerick
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Hi everyone,

The very good news is chemo, prayers, healings, etc., are working!!! My body is truly working miracles and miracles are being worked on me. Being able to heal so well has come at the cost of being very sensitive to treatments, which has made this process a lot more challenging. This 3rd AC round has not been without complications, which seems to be the pattern (AND...it’s working, so we keep going).

I woke up this past Thursday with a slight fever and ended up going into the clinic in the evening for fluids and a thorough check up. My white blood cells we’re dangerously low, expected but not good with a potential infection, so I’m on a few extra meds for the next five days to protect my immune system. On Sunday, we will draw labs and make a game plan on Monday regarding round 4 of the AC chemo.

It floored me to notice how vulnerable and frail not having my white blood cells made my body actually feel...I had to practice a lot of praying, breathing, and letting the tears flow because I was very scared. I realized how much I have taken for granted living in this day and age, in the USA, with access to great medicine and healing. I’ve never feared a fever, or flossing my teeth (potential for infection), I never worried about dying in the middle of the night from weakness, or that the common cold could be deadly for me. So many have feared this for their newborns, for themselves, or for their loved ones. It was petrifying. Going to bed with a fear that I might not wake up was incredibly scary.

My tribe, some great healing, lots of prayers, trust in a great medical team...that is how I got through this last experience, through last night. When I woke up today, I felt it...I felt like Popeye after spinach...(slight exaggeration lol)...but I really did feel strength. Not fully restored yet, but I can feel strength returning to my body...my white blood cells growing in numbers. Thank you Body, Thank you Tribe, Thank you God!

It is incredible how quickly things can change, how much control is really an illusion, and that, as wonderfully resilient as we are, we are also mightily delicate. What were big situations seem so little right now to me and what were little seem so big.

I’m able to do and be because of my tribe, my village, you are my How. When my life is on the line, or when I need someone to drop what they’re doing and come rescue me from a dog bite, take me to the hospital, or spend the night with me last minute...it’s you, one or several of you, amazing ones, coordinating and showing up, that make it possible. Somewhere along the way I got of course and put my energy primarily toward fierce independence. I’m grateful for the ability to re-prioritize, to get back on course, to have such an incredible support system. Thank you for being there, and thank you for loving me. I love you ❤️.

C
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Hi Tribe! Here’s another update. The updates may have some time between them, but they are heart felt and filled with gratitude. I hope that each and every one of you who donated money and time, please accept a very deep thank you from me. You have helped me make it through these first two months and have provided funding and in person assistance for the next two months (whether through go fund me, meal train, or personal arrangements).

As I deepen into the chemo path, I can tell you things got tougher much quicker than expected. Partially from being only a little mobile on crutches due to the accidental dog bite, and partially from the chemo itself. For this reason, I need to ask a favor, I need to ask for more help, primarily in the form of sharing this go fund me campaign with as many people as possible, as often as possible, especially if you’ve already donated. Asking for help is still a challenge for me, but given the road ahead, I’m going to put myself out there and ask anyways. I’m slowly learning that there isn’t a bottom for me per se, instead it’s more of a willingness to completely surrender, and surrender, and surrender, until for that moment, I’ve surrendered all the way.

Until this last round of chemo, even with the dog bite, I was holding strong, faithful, encouraged, taking it one day at a time, but today I broke, today I really cried, and today I realized that breaking down was the strongest thing I could’ve done.

The headshaving party was so beautiful to me, so much love embraced me l couldn’t help but fall in love with myself and my very beautifully shaved head. Today, I let my boyfriend see my patchy head, because my hair has been falling off without any patterning on its way to bald, and I let him witness my tears, as they flowed down my cheeks during our FaceTime...I let him see my fear, my embarrassment, my self-judgment. He offered me love without judgment, compassion, compliments that rang true, and reminded me that there are no rules, no rights and wrongs, no doing well or not doing well, when we are dealing with what he calls the “unthinkable”... Just for today, he healed me, he saw me, he reminded me that I’m doing great even when the nausea won’t stop, when my skin continually cracks, when I have a hard time looking in the mirror, and even when my faith and positive attitude take a time out. Thank you baby for bringing self-love back to me today. Also, I offer a giant thank you to my mom...who is having to tend to my almost every need day and night, given my limited mobility and chemo side effects. Finally, thank you Tribe, near and far, for help however you can offer, for prayers, for patience, for kindness, for Love. #LoveWins
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Update:

Hi everyone! Thank you for the ongoing prayers, love, support, offerings, donations, and all other amazing ways you all have shown up for me. I know this will be a long road, so my wish is you take care of you too, and if you need a break, take it, before returning to support land ☺️✨. The dog bite is slowly getting better, the dressing change twice a day has gone from excruciating to tolerable...for which I’m so incredibly grateful.

Upcoming: I will meet w infectious disease doc on June 7th for follow up and go in for chemo cycle 3 on Wed June 13 if e writhing stays on track. Chemo yesterday was pretty easy, I was conked out for most of it bc of meds. Last night the nausea was pretty intense, thankfully, this morning it had subsided a lot.

In summary, I get to practice deep patience, focusing on one moment at a time, open up to all the incoming prayers, love, support, and the most thoughtful/helpful gifts. Then, on my end, I continue to choose to jump fully into faith, trust, acceptance, and the practice of receiving (which includes the amazing gifts I continue to be gifted from my amazing friends and loved ones).

Deepest love and gratitude to all of you ❤️❤️

Big giant hugs!

C
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