Sharon's Recovery

In 1981, when I was 20 years-old, my brother introduced me to Sharon. She lived in Salmon Creek, a small mountain region in Northern California.  Standing in her cozy living room, our eyes met across her dining room table, and she smiled. Thirty seconds later my brother left the room and she said "don't tell me, you're coming out of the closet!" How could she possibly know this secret, that nobody knew, and that I thought I'd done a great job of hiding? 
 
I learned that she was called Cherie by close friends, and that she lived with her best friend and then partner, Shelley who was returning the following day. I spent six weeks with Cherie and Shelley and returned to visit them over and over again. My life was never the same. We were soulmates.
 
My friendship with Cherie has been one of the great joys of my life for almost forty years.
 
As you all know, Cherie is unique. She has hosted many of us in her home, taking care of our needs, cooking for us, entertaining us, making us meals and making us laugh. She has tortured us, driving us to distraction. But mostly she has listened to us, championed us, and loved us.  
 
Over the past many years some of us (or loved ones we have brought to her) have had the privilege of experiencing her powerful and generous healing capacities.
 
As some of you know, Sharon has recently been diagnosed with Renal Cancer.
 
We are hopeful that it has been discovered early enough for a very good prognosis. She is awaiting surgery, after which we will know more about what next steps are. She has not yet received a date for surgery, and to expedite the process may have to have it in the Bay Area, which means she will live away from home for several weeks. It is a major operation, and recovery away from home will be hard for her, and will require extra help and caregiving.
 
Enter the amazing Rose Andersen, Sharon's step-daughter, who after brilliantly graduating from the writing program at CalArts, got married this past August. On hearing Sharon's news, Rose, without hesitation, committed to staying with her and helping her through the process, living apart from her new husband Josh (who is in LA). For those that don’t know, where Sharon lives is remote which makes it difficult for Rose to work while caring for Sharon. 
 
While Sharon is going through all the tests, the surgery and the recovery process, we can help support her emotionally and financially. It will be several months until Sharon or Rose can really begin generating income, and they need money to live on as well as to cover medical expenses that insurance will not cover. 
 
It's a big goal. If you are able, please be generous.

Please share this information with others whom we may not have reached. 
 
On behalf of Sharon and Rose, I deeply thank you for your generosity. 
 

With love and gratitude, 
 
 Paul Browde
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    • $50 
    • 33 mos
  • Debbie Kurland 
    • $100 
    • 34 mos
  • Jenna Smith 
    • $500 
    • 34 mos
  • Shana Segal  
    • $100 
    • 34 mos
  • Mark Templeton 
    • $200 
    • 34 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Paul Browde 
Organizer
Miranda, CA
Rose Andersen 
Beneficiary
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