Mom of 4 fighting Cancer

$1,790 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 28 months
Sheryl Thayer
on behalf of Erika Chrystal

Meet my beautiful daughter Erika.
Erika was just diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer which has most likely travelled to her lymph nodes.
Erika has to undergo surgery early December to remove her entire thyroid and affected lymph nodes. 
Following the surgery in December, Erika will have to be hospitalized to recieve radioactive iodine treatments that will require her to remain in the hospital in isolation for the duration of the treatment as well as a few more days after discharge to limit the exposure to  her children. Erika is at a relative risk that the cancer has spread to other parts of her body. Although we would like to say she caught it early, due to her nodule size, she has had it for not months, but years. After surgery and RAI, they will proceed with testing to see if it has indeed spread and a treatment plan will be devised then.

Erika is a very active mom of 4 beautiful kids , age 13, 9,4 and 1 1/2.
In addition to  being a very busy mom, Erika is finishing up her last year of college and due to graduate with high honors this spring.

She also is the  preferred photographer  at labor and delivery at Baystate's Wesson Womens Center in Springfield Ma,  plus she has her own photography business that she runs in addition she works for Center For Martial Arts & Fitness in Chicopee.
 Erika and her husband will have no choice but to miss an enormous amount of work. Erika to recover and her husband to care for her.

We humbly ask for any donations to help assist Erika and her family in her dire time of need , to help offset any  living expenses , food, auto expenses and Christmas for her children while she is going through her surgery,RAI treatment,body scans and blood tests. she will not be able to work for several number of weeks.

Thank you all so much in advance for your donations, your support and kindness. Your donations will be used to help her and her family with daily/monthly living expenses and help her provide Christmas for her 4 children
May God Bless you 
May God Bless my daughter with a successful surgery/treatment and kick cancer's butt!
As Erika likes to say "Fight Like A Girl!" 

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Erika's RAI has been moved from Feb 24th to March 2nd
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Sorry for the late update! Erika's pathology report came back. Her tumor that was removed was 2.5cm. Confirmed Papillary Carcinoma. They also found out she is B-RAF positive. B-RAF positive means that Erika's form of cancer tends to be more aggressive, requiring more aggressive treatments and monitoring.
Erika will be having Radioactive Iodine Ablation (I-131) Feb 24th. Feb 23rd and 24th she will recieve thyrogen shots to get her TSH levels to an acceptable range to do RAI. This is will require her to stay 3 days in the hospital isolation (this is all insurance will cover) She will remain in isolation from her children,husband and work for an additional 4 days at my house, as required by the doctor. She will have a full body scan done March 2nd to see where the radioactive iodine uptake is, and if the cancer has spread to other parts of her body. This is going to require Erika to miss work, as well as her husband. We cannot thank everyone enough for all their support, emails, text and messages and donations. Your support emotionally means so much to her.
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Erika's surgery was completely successful !! After a difficult night she is home resting comfortably. Now on to phase 2 of her treatment ( Radioactive iodine)
This family is still in dire need of donations to help them through this difficult time while Erika completes her treatment and recovers. Thanks to all that have donated, sent prayers and shared this link.
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Surgery is next Monday. Thank you and God bless to all of those who have donated. It is deeply appreciated.Please keep my daughter in your prayers for a successful surgery, recovery and complete remission. Merry Christmas everyone!
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$1,790 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 28 months
Created November 6, 2015
Sheryl Thayer
on behalf of Erika Chrystal
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Kimberly Radcliffe-loor
27 months ago

Many prayers to you and your family....

Heather Remy
27 months ago

Hi, I don't know you, but I love people who know you, and if they want to help you, I do too. Cheers from down south, kick this thing's butt

Lauren D'Andrea
27 months ago

Our thoughts are with you, your husband, and your 4 children.

Nicole Gravel-Blaney
27 months ago

On behalf of the Franklin Ave PTO , we wish you and your family the best.

Karen Guglielmo
27 months ago

Fight like a girl!!!!!

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