My name is Sadaf and I was born and raised in Santa Fe. In the past 38 years of living on and off in my hometown, I have been blessed with true angels who have been there through it all. My beloved doctor, midwife, and friend Lenya Reese has been one of those angels. At 15 I found myself pregnant and lost. Lenya sought me out and offered to be my midwife for free. I will never forget the depth of her generosity at time when I needed it the most. Lenya has given countless hours of love and care for our community over so many years. Now Lenya needs our help. Below you will find a letter from Lenya’s daughter Risa about Lenya’s condition and how we can all help this woman we all cherish.
I am organizing this fundraising campaign on behalf of the family. As Risa (her daughter) is about to have her second child and Lenya is focused on healing and health, the family have respectfully asked that public inquiries or letters of support be directed through this campaign. I will be checking emails regularly. In the meantime, I will be posting updates on Lenya’s condition as information becomes available on this site.
Here is Risa’s letter to all of you...
As many of you have already heard my sweet mama Lenya was recently diagnosed with high grade uterine cancer. For those of you that don’t know who my mama is: Lenya is a women’s health provider, homeopath, and midwife practicing a unique blend of Alternative and traditional Western medicine. Lenya has been serving women and their families in Northern New Mexico for over 40 years.
As a healer/ practitioner and someone who has committed her life to tending to the uterus, women's bodies and well-being, the irony of this diagnosis is astounding and has left our family and community reeling. She was originally diagnosed with two strains of aggressive, non-hormone related cancer. On November 27, Lenya underwent a radical hysterectomy in which her uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, omentum and 32 lymphs were removed. The surgery was successful in removing the entirety of the tumor, which amazingly, had not spread beyond her uterus. This was a small miracle and one we gratefully received. The other marvel that we have since discovered is that the rarer and more aggressive strain originally diagnosed was no longer present in the pathology report.
The course of therapy has yet to be clearly determined and will require several opinions both Western and Alternative. We will be seeking these opinions at facilities such as MD Anderson, Hope for Cancer and private specialists out of state.
My mother being the warrior that she is, will be seeking alternative therapy from holistic oncologist's and cancer specialists. Needless to say all of the above informed opinions are not contracted with Medicare and their (very steep) fees will be paid entirely out of pocket.
Many of you have asked how you can help and give back to the many years of service Lenya has given. Our family's hearts are so full of gratitude for all the offerings of food, prayers, flowers and well wishes already received and we thank you so much for everything you have already contributed!
If you would like to offer a gift, our family humbly and graciously asks for contributions to her Gofundme campaign in the hopes that she can receive the care and expertise that she has so selflessly given to the Northern New Mexico community for the last 40 years.
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