Help Rach as she strong-arms stage IV Cancer
It's been just over 3 years since our Rach was diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
The disease had metastasized to her liver, lungs, and most recently, to the brain.
Despite the insurmountable obstacles, Rachel's resilient spirit shines brighter than ever. She is wholeheartedly committed to surviving this journey, discovering health, letting her soul shine even more brightly than before and then helping the world do the same.
Anyone who has had the privilege of knowing Rachel, will know what we are talking about. You will most likely have been the recipient of her beaming smile and infectious laugh. She is smart, vivacious, and comes with a wicked (largely inappropriate) sense of humor. While never one to defer to the formalities of decorum, her ability to laugh at the worst of situations makes her impossible not to love.
It's been a rough road for Rach, and until recently she's held things to her self, in an attempt to keep those who deeply care for her from the pain it would cause them to see her endure these battles. But we're currently at a critical junction in this journey and she can not do it alone. She now understands that sharing this story and allowing us to help her will be a healing act in and of itself.
In October 2015, Rach was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer that had metastasized to the liver and lungs. She underwent 11 months of Chemo, followed by radiation and a massive colon and liver resection in 2016 (two weeks after her wedding).
Recovering from this event was intense and long and painful but filled her with a sense of wonder and pride about what her body could do to heal itself. For the next year she underwent additional rounds of chemo to keep the other spots "stable" or shrinking. During this time she continued to work full time and tried to live the most normal life she could and would rejoice in some of those moments or days where she could completely forget about this diagnosis.
Towards the end of 2017 the regular chemo therapies stopped doing their job and Rach entered the new/exciting/anxiety-inducing world of clinical trials. As a patient of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Rach is in the absolute best place to be for these types of trials. MSKCC is one of the cutting-edge research hospitals in the world. https://www.mskcc.org/
In November, as Rach was undergoing her first treatment with one of the new early drug development protocols she started noticing headaches the following two days post treatment. The ever-vigilant docs at MSKCC told her to get in for a scan immediately, during which they discovered some pesky little spots in the brain.
This news has obviously been devastating but has also re-ignited a raging fire within Rach to put this journey behind her so she can get on with changing and healing the world. So many people have reached out wanting to know how to help and there are a thousand ways of doing so. Rach's first request is to send love, a request for healing and white light. After that, if you still think you want to contribute money, the funds donated here would go to the following:
* Medical bills (obvs)
* Transportation costs. Rach is unable to ride the subway to/from the hospital and round trip uber rides are between $60-$100/day, sometimes double trips are made
* Healthy/organic groceries -she's on a big juicing and veggie kick!
* Transportation/airline tickets back to see family and for those to come out and see her. Her and her family have also taken a step back work-wise which has increased financial strain
* Alternative therapies (massage therapy, reiki, acupuncture)
As life-long/elementary school friends of Rachel's we can attest to her ever-giving/generous spirit. Always a tremendous ally for the underdog. Standing up for those who are unable to stand up for themselves. Now it’s our turn to stand take a stand for her!
No donation is to big or too small, every dollar counts and we are SO grateful. If you are unable to make a donation please show your love and support by liking and sharing this post and sending her wishes for healing. As always keep Rachel and her family in your prayers as they are needed more than ever.
Rach has also started an update blog in keeping with her new mission of being a little more transparent with this journey. Find your daily dose of Rach here: https://rachelsremarkableride.blogspot.com/
- Elizabeth Waggoner
- Erin Law
- Derek Drizin
- Courtney Davis
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