Financial Assistance for my sister

$3,080 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 48 people in 29 months
Colene Hodge
on behalf of Bernadette Wright
 ELMHURST, IL

My sister BB is a vibrant, fun-loving woman who loves life, her family, and her friends. BB has been diagnosed with a very aggressive type of cancer on her left eyelid and will undergo surgery on Tuesday the 21st of February. The cancer has grown rapidly and is protruding out of her eye, affecting her vision and is very painful. Her doctors are hopeful they will be able to get all of the cancer during the surgery which is wonderful. As long as there is no more cancer found, the reconstruction goes well, and she heals as anticipated she should be able to return to work within 3 weeks. 
 
There is never a good time for a medical emergency. Unfortunately, BB just moved to a new place and started a new job and does not yet have medical insurance or vacation time to help out during her time off work. Her leaders at work have been wonderfully supportive and have told her to take all the time she needs, but without financial help this puts her in a bind.

We are hoping to raise enough money to take the burden off of her during her surgery and recovery time. Our hope is that the funds we are able to raise here will help with her living expenses during the time she is off work. Anything raised will help her with groceries, rent, and any small bills she has or incurs.

We are asking for your prayers for her speedy recovery and a good outcome with the surgery and reconstruction. Thank you so much for anything you can do! 

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Ok.... we are 4 days post op and today is a much better day! Praise God!

After the past couple days being horrible with pain, nausea, the inability to eat, drink, walk, etc. Today is glorious!

BB is alert, talking more and with volume, and she's gotten up to walk some! Such huge steps even though they are baby steps.

Please continue praying! This is certainly going to be a long haul!

Thank you for everything!
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BB's surgery is done and she is in recovery. It was almost 8 hours, 9 with prep time. There were no complications.

She will be very swollen. They cut her leg from the hip joint almost to her knee to get tissue and veins, and from the front of her ear around the back and to the front of the neck to remove the lymph nodes and gland on her face. They tested tissue as they were removing to make sure they got all affected areas.

The doctors said the tumor was large and attached to the muscle on the left side of her eye.

Please continue to pray for BB. For her mindset and peace. Although the pain of the cancer will be gone, this will be a hard journey!

Thank you ALL for everything.
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Today is a very difficult day. BB is scheduled for surgery to remove her eye and the surrounding tissue.

I didn't post the findings of her PET Scan earlier, but want to let you know they found some cancer in the lymph nodes in her neck. The doctors will be removing her lymph nodes and glands in her cheek during the surgery today also.

Her surgery is scheduled for approximately 9 hours. We ask that you pray for the doctors working on BB and especially for BB. The past few days have been especially difficult on her.

I will update later today through Facebook and hopefully GoFundMe.
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Hi everyone, it's been a while since I've updated and that's only because we have been doing doctors appointment after doctors appointment without any real moving forward. BB has had 3 to 4 appointments a week since my last update. She has had C Scans, an MRI, a PET Scan and has met with radiology, oncology, and her team of doctors.

With the initial C Scans the doctors believe they found a spot possibly on a lymph node in her neck. To be sure, they scheduled and completed a PET Scan yesterday. We should have the results either today or tomorrow. Though we don't have the full results the doctors have made some decisions.

Yesterday BB received the devastating news that she will lose her eye. They have scheduled her surgery for one week from today. There is a lot involved. It will be a 9 hour surgery and she will be hospitalized for about a week.

Right now the doctors have not really talked about the possibility of a prosthesis. Mom and BB were told that will be something that could be looked at, but getting the cancer and treatment is taking priority.

I can't even begin to tell you how horrible this is. You hear stories of people and you feel bad, but never like when it hits you or your family. I ask that you please pray for BB. She is in horrible pain. They have changed her pain meds 3 times now and she gets nausea and most of the time gets sick from them. I can only imagine what is going through her mind daily as she not only fights through the pain of the cancer, but the thoughts of how she will live with sight in one eye, how she may look, and what she's going to do afterward. This is life changing and difficult. It's so heartbreaking.

I would like to ask that you pray for my mom and youngest sister, Drea also. Mom has been going back and forth between Albuquerque and Chicago for the past few months now. My dad has been in the hospital in Albuquerque since December and having both these things on her plate are taking a toll. Drea came from Oklahoma in December and has been able to there with dad spending most nights with him at the hospital and that also is draining her.

Many of you have asked if you could send cards, letters, etc. Please do! Anything lifts BB's spirits and makes her feel loved. You can send me a private FB message or email me at cococoey@gmail.com and I will send you my address.

Thank you for your continued prayers, thoughts, inquiries, donations....i could go on. I will update again later this week.
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Berna Dette
29 months ago
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Good morning everybody, what can I say? I am deeply humbled and taken to tears when I see your donations. Id like to address everybody individually, but I am not able to at this moment. (Ill get on cos account to do that...) Ive been smiling through it... mom and co and evey, I cant do this with out my family... the scorpions; Drea and Andrew... I want to comfort you and let you know that Im ok! I wish you guys were here! Good days and bad days are all mixed up and my head is spinning... I still sit in disbelief. The process has begun. then it stops. then it goes again. then it stops. The news is getting worse as we go... this cancer, the pain, the disfigurement, the treatment is one of the more fearful things I will have to face. I dont see the end of this process yet... its only just begun. I appreciate all and everything you all have sent to help me through this... my family, friends, people i dont know, anonymous angels, you touch my heart! I know you are thinking about me, I know there are prayers and blessings being sent my way... i feel it!! It helps to change my thinking, the mind is a powerful tool! sending love and blessings back... I am going to embrace this!! It is me! EYE PATCH and RED HAIR

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Andrea Margaret Anderson
29 months ago
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This is Mom (Evelyn) . . . . . "Thank you" Colene for being there for BB & for being so very thoughtful to set-up this "gofundme" for your sister BB. I know she appreciates your thoughtfulness. "Thank you" also to the kindness of those who have already given & to those who will give. On behalf of Andy, Andrew (her son), Colene, Evey, Andrea & I, we love you forever for all your Prayers & your monetary assistance. Thank you --Thank you!!!!

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Good morning everybody, what can I say? I am deeply humbled and taken to tears when I see your donations. Id like to address everybody individually, but I am not able to at this moment. (Ill get on cos account to do that...) Ive been smiling through it... mom and co and evey, I cant do this with out my family... the scorpions; Drea and Andrew... I want to comfort you and let you know that Im ok! I wish you guys were here! Good days and bad days are all mixed up and my head is spinning... I still sit in disbelief. The process has begun. then it stops. then it goes again. then it stops. The news is getting worse as we go... this cancer, the pain, the disfigurement, the treatment is one of the more fearful things I will have to face. I dont see the end of this process yet... its only just begun. I appreciate all and everything you all have sent to help me through this... my family, friends, people i dont know, anonymous angels, you touch my heart! I know you are thinking about me, I know there are prayers and blessings being sent my way... i feel it!! It helps to change my thinking, the mind is a powerful tool! sending love and blessings back... I am going to embrace this!! It is me! EYE PATCH and RED HAIR

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Andrea Margaret Anderson
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This is Mom (Evelyn) . . . . . "Thank you" Colene for being there for BB & for being so very thoughtful to set-up this "gofundme" for your sister BB. I know she appreciates your thoughtfulness. "Thank you" also to the kindness of those who have already given & to those who will give. On behalf of Andy, Andrew (her son), Colene, Evey, Andrea & I, we love you forever for all your Prayers & your monetary assistance. Thank you --Thank you!!!!

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