Funeral For Holly Batchelor-Levy

33626232_1539231074288147_r.jpegHi. My name is Stuart Levy. I am the guy with his head cropped :) This gofundme is about my helping my wife, Holly Batchelor-Levy.  She is an incredible and loving person.  Holly was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. But she really has had cancer since October of 2015. Our story begins with an attempt to bring more love into our world. We were going to a fertility treatment center in an attempt to have another child. It was difficult for us to have our first child. But she was able to get pregnant in 2010. In December of 2010, we had our only very much loved child. But Holly wanted so much to have another child. We had been trying for 3 years to have another child. It seemed it just wasn't going to happen for us. But Holly wanted this so bad, even when I wasn't sure I wanted another child. But I love my wife and I gave in to attempt invetro fertilization. So we went in hoping for the best. But what really happened was the worst case scenario. These treatments started in August of 2015, Holly received estrogen shots and her eggs were harvested. After numerous attempts to get her with child, the process wasn't working. We didn't understand how or why the attempts were failing. But they did keep failing. In October of 2015, she noticed a lump on her breast. She had thought the lump was a cyst because cysts were one of the possible side effects of the estrogen treatments. But in actuality, it was a tumor. She had sadly let it go too far. By the time she was worried enough about the lump and got it diagnosed, she had stage 3 breast cancer. She started treatment in March of '16. She got the usual treatment of chemo and radiation. She also received a double mastectomy and had numerous lymph nodes removed. Within that first year she received a "cancer free" diagnosis. We were estatic. But a month or so later she was having pains on the side of her body. She went back in to her oncologist. We then found out that her cancer had metastisized into her liver. She has tried numerous treatments to help this. All of them have failed. And now Holly is in hospice care and sadly is dying. We are near the end of this tough journey. 

 Holly has been best mother to our son I could've ever hoped and dreamed of. She did whatever she needed to do for our son. She is also the best wife and friend to me. She is a very beloved daughter and family member to many.  To me she is the best person I have truly ever known. She is my world. Holly is a pysch nurse practitioner. She is a respected member in her work circles. Holly was also our household earner. Before we got married, we established parameters in our family dynamic. Holly was far more educated than myself. Also, I have no qualms with a woman making more money than a man. It simply made sense that Holly would be the breadwinner in our relationship. I then became a stay-at home father. Holly entrusted me to raise our child. And it has made such a difference in my life. I got to see such amazing firsts in our child's life. Holly sacrificed seeing these amazing things to make sure our family would be cared for. She truly is an amazing person. 

Now, as we prepare for this wonderful mother, wife, daughter, friend, and colleague prepare for her next journey in being with Jesus. Our life has changed in so many ways. But Holly has prepared us for a life without her. She had worked through all the treatments over the past 2 1/2 years. Holly was always trying to find alternative methods to help treat the cancer in her liver in attempt to prolong her life to see our son grow up. We knew the odds were not in her favor. But my feeling were that it was worth every cent to have her try these alternative methods.  Treatments like going to Mexico to try treatments not done in the United States. All of these methods she has tried have sadly failed. So now that we have gotten things in order, we find that we are going to struggle to give her the resting place she desires. We are looking at a cremation and internment at a local cemetary. Also Holly wanted to have an open casket funeral at her church. After, she is going to be cremated and interned at a local cemetery where her step father also is buried. You see and hear stories how cancer just affects the person. But it also changes the lives of the people dealing with our loved one's illness. No child should have to deal with this. Also no parent wants to see their child suffer. My mother in law is an amazing person who has helped us out in so many ways. She is suffering with this as much as me. When Holly has passed on, she wants to have a place to visit her passed on husband and her only daughter. She also wants a place for my son to see his momma at. Our bodies are just vessels that hold our loving spirits. But to have this place to reflect and still share our lives with Holly is something very special to us and her. We're asking for help from anyone who would be wanting to help us achieve this goal. There isn't much time. Perhaps a week. Maybe days. I am humbily asking for help to raise the amount to give Holly the ending she wants. I have come up with this gofundme in a attempt to hope to raise anything that could help us give Holly the peace she longs for. If we go over the target number, EVERY cent is going to the Susan G Komen breast cancer foundation. We're not in this for profit. We're in this to provide for Holly like she provided for all of us. 

If you'd like to read more about Holly's story, please copy and paste the link or click the link and read Holly's Caring Bridge blog. It's free to sign up and you don't have to make a contribution. Just please read about her strength, courage and love of life and her family: 

 https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/hollybatchelorlevy/journal/view/id/5744b0498b5cd3af51665820#comment-container
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Stuart Levy 
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Chandler, AZ
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