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Elisia's Cancer Fight-Fund

$19,127 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 238 people in 12 months
Created May 20, 2017
Elisia Ware. 34. Freelance artist, talented storyteller, and proud mom of two pets. She’s the woman I love more than anyone else in the world. We’re engaged, and we’ve been together for ten years.


For the last few weeks, Elisia has undergone one mystery illness after another. Back ache, nausea, and finally, intense pain focused in one leg.

We took her to urgent care three times. On the second time, she was supposed to get an ultrasound, but the emergency room they forwarded her just gave her some pills and kicked her out. She didn’t even get to talk to a doctor.

The third visit, we had an x-ray done. It looked like sciatica. As we were about to leave, Elisia and I noticed her leg feeling swollen. We mentioned it to the doctor, who recommended we get an ultrasound. We had already spent $1000 on urgent care visits that didn’t yield any helpful information – just pills. We struggled with a momentary debate. Should we go, possibly putting our finances in even more jeopardy? Should we ignore it, and wait for it to get better, as two previous urgent care visits had told us before? Could we afford to?

We quickly decided to go. We went to the emergency room and Elisia got her ultrasound. The result? An enormous blood clot in her upper abdomen – near her chest.

Understandably, we were shocked. But we finally had a diagnosis. I went home to get some of her things, since she was going to be admitted to the hospital.

An hour later I came back and found my way to her hospital room. There she was talking to some nurses. She had a CT scan done just thirty minutes prior.

The nurses left the room.

She told me to sit down.

“I have cancer on my left kidney.”

The words were walls. I felt stunned. But I didn’t let my composure falter:

I am confident that with her strength, and the help of her fiancée, family, friends, and well-wishers, she can beat this cancer easily. She has no idea I’ve been putting together a gofundme campaign.

As of now, we’ve learned that the tumor may have spread up her renal artery and might be in her liver. There are several nodules on her lungs.

This is a call for help. A call for the smallest assistance, or the largest favor. Elisia is on MediCal but it won’t cover everything. Her extended hospital stay, scans, and a major surgery will add up and she won’t be able to work for at least a month. Help me take care of her so that her only worry and focus can be getting better.


Please consider contributing whatever possible to our fund for beating Elisia’s cancer and returning her to her normal, happy life.
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It's been a while since the last update.

I'm sorry to inform you all that the Torisel chemotherapy did not work. The cancer continued to grow. Day to day, Elisia is in a lot of pain. The good news, however, is that they are switching to Optiva, which is an immunotherapy that may have better results. She started on this new therapy last week, and will be having appointments every two weeks.

I'm supporting us both, along with our roommate Caitlin, who takes care of her while I'm at work. Caitlin can't work besides a bit from home, so we've been in pretty financial dire straits. To make matters worse, we've been struggling with Medical, and since my copay on my insurance is so high, neither Elisia nor I have seen a therapist since she was first diagnosed with cancer. It feels like we're going through all this blind.

Finally, I'm only teaching two courses this semester, and one or both may be canceled due to low enrollment. If that happens, I'll essentially be out of a job. We need all the help we can get. We're overwhelmed here and we both feel like we're drowning.

Sending out our love to all of you who have donated.

- Nikki
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Hi everyone, small update!

Elisia is still on chemotherapy every Thursday.

Tomorrow she and I are going to a local support group to try and get more local support to help us deal with all the issues surrounding her cancer and to generally keep our spirits up.

We're almost at $13,000, and I still can't believe it. Thank you so much for all that you've done!
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Hi everyone, here's an update:

Elisia had her first round of Torisel chemotherapy on Thursday, 6/22. She's going to be having a round each Thursday.

So far, she's had less nausea and felt better this weekend. We're worried that it's just the calm before the storm of chemo side effects, but we're both trying to stay positive and hoping things go miraculously.

Thank you to everyone for all you've done, it means so much to us. We're almost to 70% of the goal!
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Hi everyone, just a quick news update today.

Elisia will be starting her treatment on the 22nd after some deliberation. She's going to be taking Torisel, which is essentially a chemo treatment. I'll keep you all in the loop as that goes forward.
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