My dear friend Elena Kravchenko is a new immigrant who moved from Poltava region of Ukraine to the United States with her husband Igor about a year an a half ago . As difficult as it is to adjust in a new country , the exciting journey began and the happy couple was doing very well , enjoying New York as their new home .
Devastating news shocked Elena in February of 2017 when she was taken to Emergency Room and had to have a surgery that revealed that she had stage 3C ovarian cancer. Two more surgeries followed after the initial one and now Elena is going through chemotherapy of Taxol and Carboplatin which knocks her off her feet for 6-7 days after each treatment . With her husband being the only bread winner in the family , they are facing extremely difficult financial times .
They are too new to this country to enjoy the government help ,they were refused food stamps and Elena was found not eligible for any kind of a disability program. So trying to survive and help her husband to obtain some extra income this brave lady is studying now to become a home attendant and is constantly looking for the part time job opportunities every time she is back on her feet for 2-3 days between her chemo sessions .
I know, she has the brightest personality and a very positive mind and as soon as she finishes her treatment the family will be able to handle the situation on their own . For now, I am asking you all to help them to go through the tough time and make her recovery a bit easier without the dire necessity for her to work through the extreme post chemotherapy fatigue and nausea .
Please help me to share her story and we will be grateful for every penny donated, so no donation is small , when given with a kind generous heart !
Thank you !
- Anastasia Chebotareva
- Dilobar Tadjibaeva
- Brenda Maxwell
- NIna Teterchev
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