Jill’s Cancer Comes Back With a Vengeance :
Please Help Her Live a Little Longer
Words are nearly failing us.
We've just discovered that Jill’s breast cancer (of 9 years ago) has returned and metastasized to her bones and liver. It’s stage four and terminal. We are absolutely devastated.
For the past 6 months, Jill has dealt with increasing symptoms, and finally in March, as symptoms were getting worse, she was tested and found negative for various diseases, including COVID-19. When she contacted her oncologist in May, he sent her for more extensive testing, from which the diagnosis was made.
We need help.
Jill’s Prognosis and Possible Treatments
If Jill goes untreated, she will die within a year. If she gets treatment, she might live three or four years. Treatment will include radiation and chemo. It’s too late for surgery.
Our Financial Situation
As of July 1, Ron will be retired, with a fixed income at 1/3 less than his pre-retirement income. Ron’s decision to retire was based on the assumption that Jill would be working full-time for another ten years. Without Jill’s income, we may have to liquidate all our assets to keep pace with our expenses.
Ron was able to extend Jill’s Cigna health insurance via Cobra for 18 months at a cost of $600/month. This policy has large copays and deductibles. Over the last three weeks alone, we’ve spent nearly $3,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses (for tests). Once this insurance runs out, we will have to buy a policy for Jill on the open market at a cost of about $1000/month, with even larger co-pays and deductibles.
We’ve also made the very difficult decision to have Ron be Jill’s primary caretaker, allowing her to remain at home so they can spend as much of their now-limited time together as possible. Between this and the hours he spends on the farm, Ron isn’t able to take a part-time job to supplement their income. Jill continues to work from home about 15-20 hours a week. Her oncologist predicts that she will have to quit working within the year.
We believe in facing the inevitable head on, which is why—despite our chagrin at being in a position of having to ask for help—we'll happily accept any and every bit of help we can get. We are hoping you’ll help us fund not only Jill’s extensive medical treatment—with the aim of helping her live another three years or more—but also palliative and in-home hospice care and then final arrangements. Jill has requested that her remains be cremated and that we hold a memorial service at the farm to celebrate her life.
Thank you, dear friends, family, neighbors and colleagues, in advance, for considering a Go Fund Me donation to us. Suffice it to say that we are frightened and heartbroken and hope that you can help support us during this most trying time.
Jill & Ron
If you'd prefer to make a tax-deductible donation to Good Contrivance Farm, we'd happily accept this too. Contact Ron for details.
Please: No gifts. No flowers. No visitors. Jill’s health is fragile (immuno-suppressed) and, especially because of COVID-19, she is unable to see visitors. Talking on the phone is also taxing.
You can reach her via email or snail mail: 2015 Emory Rd., Reisterstown MD 21136.
You can contact Ron any time.
Jill at the state capital lobbying for healthcare for the homeless
Below: some fun with Jill at the Basset Hound Rescue
- Matt Lindeboom
- Anne Marie Purdy
- Jason Easterly