In Memory of Faye

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Gone too soon

My name is Lori, and I want to tell you about my mom.

In a nutshell my mom was an Army Wife, a wonderful mom, and a dear friend to many. She loved anything that involved crafts, sewing and creating things. She loved taking photos, even if it meant making my dad pull over to the side of the road to take pictures of flowers.

I learned so very much from my mom. What it meant to be a good person, a strong woman, and loving partner. I also took after her in all things crafty, including sewing and a love for photography.  Sewing for me is intrinsically tied to my mom in my head; she taught me how to sew, we made our first corset together, and I would often be sewing on the weekends while on the phone with her.  Anytime I was stuck, I could call Mom and she’d have a solution. And not just on sewing or crafts.

She was my best fiend.

Mom was also a very stubborn woman. Several years ago, she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. This resulted in her undergoing a full hysterectomy to remove the cancer. Then a couple of years ago, she was diagnosed with diverticulitis which put her in constant pain and limited what she could eat. When she suddenly started loosing weight, the doctors first blamed the diverticulitis. They started taking her seriously and stopped blaming the diverticulitis when she saw blood in her urine. She went to a specialist who, when doing abdominal palpitations, felt something next to her bladder.

In September of 2016 she diagnosed with stage 4 endometrial cancer. They had not gotten everything when the hysterectomy was performed and it had metastasized resulting in large tumors on many of her organs, lesions on her lymph-nodes and the cancer getting into her blood. One of the tumors had cut off blood flow to her left kidney and it atrophied, shrunk and failed leaving her with only one viable kidney.

Over the fall and winter of 2016 and into 2017 she endured chemotherapy to combat this cancer. It didn’t get rid of it, but it stopped the tumors from getting worse. We were told she was not curable, but she was manageable and could have many years ahead of her. It seemed her stubbornness and her fighter personality would see her through this. She was recovering amazingly well, and was coming up with my dad and sister for my wedding at the end of May.

Then, in late April 2017, she got a UTI that went septic and she went into spetic shock very quickly. Her body could not fight both the infection while still recovering from chemo; her body shutdown.

She passed away on May 2nd 2017.

Why GoFundMe?

Originally we asked that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Women's Cancer Foundation or the Sepsis Alliance. However many friends and family have said they want the money to go my family. 

Asking for help is not easy for me, but I can ask for help on behalf of my dad (did you see that bus comming, Daddy? ;) ) 

My dad worked to support my mom, and was with her every step of the way through her numerous diagnoses and treatments. This meant time away from work, and much traveling. Because of where they lived, traveling was many hours spent driving across Southern California to the cancer treatment hospital and/or to see the urologist, staying in a hotel, and hours driving back. For every treatment needed. 

The funds from this campaign will help rebuild my dad's  finances from money spent on gas, hotels, plane tickets, and other mounting medical and end of life expenses. 

Organizer and beneficiary

Lori Sunrise 
Barstow, CA
David Crichton 

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