Ellen's Struggle to Survive

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Raised by 47 people in 3 months
Created October 8, 2018
Lee Lofland
on behalf of Ellen Proffitt
Our daughter, Ellen Proffitt, my little girl, has been battling serious cancer for the past year. During this ongoing fight for her life, all while enduring intense pain and sickness, medical bills totaling thousands upon thousands of dollars have depleted all her family's meager resources, and more bills arrive almost daily. 

Then Hurricane Florence hit and Ellen and her family were forced to evacuate. Their community was hit hard and many areas there are still underwater.  Ellen's teenage son's high school is still closed and undergoing reconstruction approximately four weeks later, due to a hard blow from the powerful storm.

Ellen's home  experienced damage from the winds and water and, as a result, they lost what little food they had as well as the loss of major appliances - refrigerator, clothes dryer, etc.  Due to the exposure to water, mold has now formed on interior walls, which is extremely dangerous to those who've received chemo and radiation. Their septic system has now failed.

Ellen's financial and medical situation is dire. The stress of dealing with cancer is devastating, as you know, but add to it the worry over losing a home and your belongings, well, it's more than most people could and should have to endure in a lifetime, yet Ellen faces this daily. They're forced to use a cooler and ice for short-term food storage and their temporary bathroom is a rented port-a-john situated at the end of their driveway.

Immediate assistance is needed; therefore, if you could help in any way with any amount, the family would be deeply grateful. We wouldn't ask, but the need has reached the point of being overwhelming.

Thank you in advance for your donations, well-wishes, kind thoughts, and prayers.
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Posted by Lee Lofland
1 month ago
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No one really understands what having cancer does to a person. I'm not even talking about a person's body. I'm talking about the stress.

It puts a tremendous amount on the cancer patient but also the family of the patient. With GM closing plants it affects John's job. This past week his check wasn't even enough to cover our insurance. Then to top it off a hospital bill arrived today for $10,987 for me, and another in the amount of $3,673 for Tyler.

Thanks, cancer, you have really done a number on my family.
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Update 2
Posted by Lee Lofland
2 months ago
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Cancer is not fun, cancer is painful and lonely. I joined a cancer support group when I was first diagnosed. One of the greatest blessings came from that. I met the person I call my cancer buddy.

I started my treatments a couple of months before her, and we went through this journey together. She now has finished her treatments. She will forever be my cancer buddy, but she has become so much more than that. She is my friend, my rock to lean on when I didn't think I would make it through; I am forever grateful to her.

We said from the very beginning when we were done with all the treatments we were going to sit on the beach together with our feet in the sand, I can't wait for that day to happen.

Thank you Karen Sozio for coming into my life.

Today I go for my first 3-month scan. I'm scared and nervous. Please pray for me.
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Posted by Lee Lofland
3 months ago
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Neuropathy is wreaking havoc on Ellen's body, to the point where she's no longer able to do many things for herself. In fact, even reading is painful since she's unable to hold a book or Kindle for any length of time.

Minor chores and even things she once enjoyed - crafts and art projects - activities that helped occupy her mind, cause intense pain. Household chores are nearly impossible to complete.

It's been a few weeks since Hurricane Florence hit the area where Ellen lives, the direct bulls-eye of the storm. Schools are still unable to open and many areas remain flooded. Many people there are living in tents or campers. Some of her area is still underwater. Thousands of dead and rotting fish, brought far by floodwaters, line the some of the roadways, washed to the ditches by local firefighters.

Ellen, as you may know, had to evacuate her home. The expense of remaining away during the evacuation was costly. And, she and her family lost quite a bit during the storm - food, appliances, walls are now developing mold, ceiling and roof leaks, storage building roof destroyed and, due to the unbelievable amount of rainfall, their septic system has failed. They've installed a Port-a-John outside the home until they're able to afford a new septic system. They're still using a cooler and ice as their only source to keep foods at suitable temperatures. Water lines in the home ruptured during the storm.

Like their neighbors, they did not have flood insurance since they do not live in a flood zone. This storm caused unexpected chaos and destruction.

Now the remaining winds, rains, and threat of tornados are imminent with the approach of Hurricane Michael's powerful march eastward. Shelters in her area are once again open.

Her husband has also been ill recently and, as a result, was forced to stay home from work with fever and chills and other nasty flu-like symptoms, and when he did go back to work he was sent home out of fear that he'd infect his coworkers. He does not receive pay when he's not at work.

Medical bills continue to pile up with no end in sight, yet the treatments linger on. Even with assistance from the hospital, medical debt collectors are relentless.

Ellen needs your help, desperately. So if you can, well, any amount is deeply appreciated.
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Raised by 47 people in 3 months
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Lee Lofland
on behalf of Ellen Proffitt
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