“You never know how strong you are until being strong becomes the only choice you have.”
Thank you for taking the time to learn about Holly’s story. If you have found this page, you have either (1) been on some crazy, Instagram worthy but never posted, memorable adventure with Holly or (2) you helped raise this crazy human.
We chuckle as we recall that one memory, maybe it’s more than one, where you say: “Yep, that was not how I saw the night going.” And you find yourself wearing a family set of onesis on Christmas Eve. Of course you shrug it off, you’re not too adult for this, right?
Maybe you wouldn’t have worn those Mickey Mouse ears outside Disneyland, but hey, what’s an extra laugh or two?
And please, just smile and nod when you see Holly in her Mickey Mouse slippers—you know the pair—the legit, oversized slippers that she probably stripped off Mickey Mouse himself.
These are only recently memories. The ones twisted where the smile ends and the reality sinks in. As many of you may know, Holly has been faced with the reality that time is precious. Family and friends are precious. Specifically: you.
Brain Tumor. Brain Cancer. Leukemia. Diabetes. Radiation. Chemotherapy. Stem Cell Recipient.
And it’s still spreading.
At times, it is difficult for Holly to confront people daily about her prognosis and progress. Being labeled as a patient with terminal cancer slams the breaks on life real quick.
Isolation seems easier.
Isolation is easier after several rounds of chemotherapy and the doctor says: your immune system will be weak, take care to not go out in public.
you won’t see the sorrow in people’s eyes when they look at you, you won’t see the concerned look of: Will I catch cancer by interacting with this person?
Isolation means you feel guilt less.
Guilt on relying on people for food, housing, money to cover bill expenses and medical needs, a shoulder to cry on, because at the end of the day the label is still the same. At the end of the day, it’s still brain cancer and it’s still terminal and options are running out.
So what’s the point?
Many people have expressed the point. You may have tackled this question, too. You who met Holly on one of those crazy adventures with a lesson to be taught—did you learn something?
Did you learn how to laugh into another day?
Every person who encountered Holly has been taught something. You have been taught how to be resilient, how to be bold, how to be a dreamer beyond dreamers and a believer beyond believers. Who better to teach us how to dream big and love life than this crazy human?
So why not return the favor?
How you can help.
Due to medical expenses and Holly being unable to work, her husband has been trying to make ends meet for the two of them. Recently, as Holly's tumor increases in size, it applies pressure on her brain. Because it is in an inoperable location of her brain, she needs to continue rounds of radiation and chemotherapy to reduce the size. Unfortunately, her insurance will no longer cover the full cost of these procedures or medication. If you are able to contribute, please consider as this will help ease her and her husband's stress and allow for her to continue telling her story and helping others through their journey as well.
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- Katie Campbell
- Dona Hackney
Organizer and beneficiary
Holly Marie Anderson