Starship Date 12/3/18 One-Week Post-Surgery

Almost a whole week since my VATS Surgery, & 3 Days Home from Hospital!

First of all thanks to new surge of donations while I was in the hospital. Please pardon me if I was not able to thank you individually - I will catch up this week. Also remember that GoFundMe takes fees so I’m not as close to my goal as I thought. Feel free to use PayPal [email redacted] so I get the full amount. Now that the bills are going to be pouring in.

On coming Home.
Definitely a culture-shock coming home to very little home care support after having a team of what appeared to be hundreds at Cedars. I left in a fog and with a bag with pain medication (one important one missing I find out today Monday. Oy!)

Happy to be home with pups and their cuddles are the best. But with the nerve pain meds, every time I moved the wrong way- which was most every move I made.
I am going to use some of the money and the balance I need to raise hiring a PT person to help with the chores, so I can focus on my healing, walking and other activities they want me to begin, but have been difficult to date.

Friday I see the surgeon and find out definitively what the pathology report reveals and any next steps. Keep me in your prayers for the 5 small but “deadly” slits in my chest heal quickly because I miss taking baths and taking long walks in the rain. Oh. Wait I think I’ve confused my profiles.
Anyway, next update on Friday.

Much love.
Mimi & Leo
Starship Date 11/27/16 0500- Post-Surgery

Well I’m still here and on the other side of this scary surgery. My left lobe was removed along with some lymph nodes, which is a newer development that points to malignancy. Should now more within a couple of days along with next steps.

I’m being well cared for at Cedars Sinai and have manageable pain as long as I don’t move left side of upper body.

I want to thank my friends Valeska (for chauffeuring me at the ungodly hour of 4:30 am and did the first shift of waiting), Mary-Ann for being there when I woke up and staying until I was up and coherent which was many hours later, and my beloved son Josh for being there and his beautiful flowers.

The team at Cedars are kind and caring, and make me feel safe. I should be out in a couple of days and will write again when I have more to report.

Lastly, THANK YOU donors for your kindness and generosity that helped me have peace of mind leading up to and including these days post-surgery.

Xo. M

I just found out I have a suspicious nodule in my lung in a place that cannot be biopsied. Therefore, I will need surgery to remove it and confirm its pathology. Unfortunately, where it is located also means they will be removing the upper left lobe of my lung. A new development that makes this entire journey much more complicated regardless of the pathology.

This is so very hard for me to share because asking for help is not one of my strong suits, I’m usually on the giving not the receiving end

But as a solopreneur who’s already been facing financial challenges, I find myself without any savings to pay all my living expenses (including health insurance which I must keep current) before, during and after my hospital stay. I have a high deductible to meet and I have no idea about any kind of aftercare or in-home support while I’m recovering and beyond if I need

I am hoping that if everyone in my community donated a little bit , I can raise enough to face the next few months in preparation for my upcoming surgery, during my hospital stay, aftercare and beyond if needed.

I’ve tentatively set a date two months out in order to try to raise the funds I will need to support me on this journey. I am still trying to work but the faster I can raise funds, the sooner I can have the surgery and get all this behind me.

Thank you in advance for your generous support and any amount is welcome or if you are financially challenged at this time maybe you can share this fundraiser to help me reach my goal.

Of course, I welcome your prayers, love & support and while it is what it is, I’m trying not to overthink or talk too much about this now.

I’ve told you all I know for now but promise to keep you updated.

Again thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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