From a very young age, my beautiful daughter Elise has been the rescuer...saving baby birds and every creature that needed her help, watching with eagle eyes from the lifeguard stand, and now saving lives as a critical care nurse in the ICU. After earning a bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences, she decided to use her knowledge and talents to care for the human species. She went on to get her R.N. and BSN degrees in nursing.
She and her fiance are single-handedly developing a 10 acre plot of land so that they can raise organic fruits and vegetables and have an abundance of the animals she loves so much.
A few months ago, they were super excited to learn that they woud be welcoming their first child in December. Within a week of announcing this great news to the family, Elise received acceptance into a doctoral program for nursing anesthesia. She thought her life couldn't be better.
However, shortly after, she received the devastating news that she had medullary thyroid cancer. A rare form of cancer that according to her doctors, "isn't the best one of the thyroid cancers to have". Also, the doctors say it has already spread to her lymph nodes.
Now she faces surgery to remove the thyroid and lymph nodes in her neck...a procedure that can be safely performed when the baby is 20 weeks. At this point, doctors are unable to determine the extent of metastasis since body scans are not safe for the baby.
Other than surgery, there are no medical precedures that can be done until after the baby is born. Elise is pursuing wholistic, natural interventions using foods that will support her immune system.
The purpose of this Gofundme account is to assist with the medical costs beyond the amounts covered by health insurance, the natural interventions, and lost wages due to the period of surgery and recovery and at the time of the birth.
Any amount that you can contribute would be greatly appreciated and would do much to relieve the stress on the family as they concentrate on Elise's recovery and on the health of the baby.
Thanks so much and please put Elise's name on every prayer list that you can! She is such a wonderful person and at 29, has so much life ahead of her to serve others as a talented medical provider, as a wife, and as a mother.
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