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The Fight For Connie

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Raised by 168 people in 12 months
For those of you who don't know me, my name is Michele Belush, and as many of you may not even know much about me or my family, I honestly appreciate you taking the time to read this.

My family has always had horrible luck when it comes to this thing called life... especially during the month of May (Mayhem Month), but this last May has topped them all.

My mother, Connie, had an eye infection that would not go away and after going to the emergency walk-in, she was sent to the hospital due to odd results found in her blood tests.

Fast forward to two weeks in the hospital, two missed flights, a six hour road trip and a lot of inconclusive tests. The University of New Mexico confirmed a diagnosis that we weren't expecting...

Connie was diagnosed with Atypical Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (aCML), which is an extremely rare form of Leukemia that has no current standard of care and with a historically low survival rate, my mother has already started treatment hoping to fight this horrible diagnosis.

With Connie finishing her first week of chemotherapy, we felt empowered for the long battle ahead of us. But like I said before we have horrible luck...

Just so you know, my mother is the hardest working person I know. While raising two kids on her own, there were times my mother worked three jobs just to support us and after searching for a suitable job with her relocation to Florida, Connie landed a dream job as the controller of a homeowner's association.

Starting her new job this past April, the preceding diagnosis worried her, but as I continually reassured her that they would see beyond her diagnosis, our worst fears came true.

My mother was fired from her job for no reason... when she questioned their decision, she was given only a reply of "don't ask". They were not too happy with the prior week of half days that consisted of driving 30 minutes to get to her job, and leaving around lunchtime to attend her treatment for the remainder of the day. Connie, going through the scariest week of her life, was even working during her treatment and sometimes into the evening.

Long story short... I need your help. As my mother, being the proud woman she is, did not want me to create this campaign but we have no where else to turn at this point.

Conveniently being fired two days before her insurance became effective, while enduring the necessary weekly blood transfusions, chemotherapy, and last but not least, in need of a bone marrow transplant... the bills have already begun to pile up.

Again, I truly appreciate you taking the time to read this and hope to have your support. Whether you donate or just share this campaign, anything will help us through the hard and long battle ahead of us.
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Wishing everyone a Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! From my family to yours, thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and to everyone who has helped us through this journey so far.

Yesterday, Connie completed her bone marrow transplant but had to undergo emergency surgery the night before. It’s been a rough few days but we are keeping our heads up and running for that light at the end of the tunnel.

Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and share our campaign. Even though this journey started in May, the real battle has just begun.

We love you all and can not thank you enough for all your support!!
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Our beautiful friend Connie Pontillo Belush is preparing for the fight of her life and needs our continued help!! Connie will undergo a Bone Marrow transplant at the Moffitt Cancer Center with the help of her brother Paul who is currently being tested as a Donor. She will be hospitalized for several months and is in need of our help now and lets continue to help her!! Do the right thing. #fightforconnie
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We just wanted to take the time to thank everyone again for all the support we've been shown. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and sharing our campaign! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
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I want to thank everyone who has shown support to my family and myself. We appreciate all of you so much!

My family has gone through alot this past year with my grandmother's cancer, my cancer and rare heart condition, and now my mother's diagnosis.

We know that not everyone can help us (we understand completely) but even the post sharing and kind words have helped more than I can explain
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