This October 2018 Noel was re-diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, multiple mixed germ cell tumors to be exact. She was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer back in September 2017, four months after giving birth to her daughter, Leia. She celebrated her 30th birthday in the hospital last year; she will celebrate her 31st birthday in the hospital again this year. This time her prognosis is a lot scarier and she needs your help!
After undergoing major surgery (a second time) to remove as many of the mixed Germ Cell tumors as possible in early October 2018, Noel has to move from Chicago to Indianapolis on October 24, 2018 for two months for treatment. She will be doing high dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplants at Indiana University Medical Center under the supervision of Dr. Einhorn and Dr. Adra (Lance Armstrong's doctors).
Noel's treatment involves 20 days of consecutive in-patient HDCT (High Dose Chemotherapy) with a 5 day break, and then 20 days again of HDCT. This will be 10x stronger and more debilitating than her last bought with chemotherapy. The two chemotherapy drugs they plan to give her are Carboplatin and Etopocide. This will be at a very high dosage in hopes of obliterating the cancer that is still in her abdomen and saving her life.
Luckily, her surgery went better than anticipated. She was operated on (for a second time) by Dr. Lurain at Northwestern. Her chances of survival went from 15% to 70% in about a week's time after we met with Dr. Einhorn's team at IU.
All that said, her family is extremely optimistic. Noel is extremely optimistic and strong. Everyone is geared up for the tough journey ahead with all of the faith in the world that Noel will overcome this and be cured from this terrible disease. But they need help...
THE FINANCIAL REALITY
Aside from this cancer recurrence being extraordinarily scary, Noel and her husband, Rob, are running into financial issues as both of them had to quit their jobs. Noel was an assistant store manager for a high end fashion consignment store and Rob worked in television production on the FOX show Empire. Therefore, they decided to launch this GoFundMe in hopes of raising money to help support them during this difficult time over the next three months. Rob will not return to work until the end of January 2019.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
The whole family will have to move to Indianapolis, but their landlords in Chicago (CA Urban Living) will not let them out of their lease. The cost of their current apartment is $3,175/month. They are all paid up through October but need help by November 1, 2018.
This is their biggest cost. They were not expecting their landlords to not let them out of their lease during a life and death emergency. The lease goes until April 1, 2018.
Furthermore, Noel's mother and sister are moving to Indianapolis with Leia to be close by. The cost per month is $3,000.
Total = $18,525
(Update 10/19: Thanks to Nate Cooper and Eric Juster, we are likely going to get out of our Chicago lease November 1, 2018!!!)
$200/week for groceries x 12 weeks is $2400. Noel's mother and sister are moving down to Indianapolis with Noel's 17 month old daughter, Leia, so this includes diapers and food for Leia.
Total = $2,400
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois costs $1300/month (until Dec 25, 2018) then it will go up to $1500/month via Cobra.
Total = $4,100
Out of pocket medical costs not covered by insurance will be at least $7,000.
Total = $7,000
Their car payment is $259/month and insurance is $93/month.
Total = $1,056
Grand Total = $33,081
*We decided to bump our goal to $50,000 after friends and family suggested we should. We are beyond grateful for all of your donations big and small. Thank you for sharing our story. It is working!*
**11/3/18 Update: we’ve decided to up our goal again to $100,000. Our new trajectory has a 42 week chemotherapy schedule (14 cycles). It’s a long road ahead. Thank you for your continued support!**
***9/10/19 Update: We raised our goal to $150,000 as our medical expenses have jumped and our daughter is now in daycare. Thanks for your continued support!
THE BOTTOM LINE
Noel is a loving mother and wife. She loves fashion, chocolate chip cookies, and all things Bravo. She's caring, intelligent, and gorgeous. Throughout all of this (this time and last) she's been a warrior. What saddens her most about this process is not being able to hold her daughter. Not being able to be 100% "mom" -- a job she was born to be.
Her and her family are confident in this treatment plan and extraordinarily optimistic. Anything you can do to help them is appreciated, whether that be a donation or simply sharing this page on your social media channels.
Please follow and tag @the_fighting_phoenix on Instagram or use the hashtag #thefightingphoenix so we can get the word out. This is Noel's personal IG page documenting her journey through this scary process; please look for updates on her treatment and recovery by clicking here:
Thoughts and prayers welcomed. Donations greatly appreciated.
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