Help Ceci fight cancer & chubby up!

$28,900 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 128 people in 39 months
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OUR STORY:

We just found out that someone we love has cancer...

She is Ceci, Mami, Chela or Tita: a daughter, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend.  To us, she is the nucleus at the center of our big family, our rock, and our glue!  A selfless caretaker, she is reluctant to put herself first even as she faces stage 3 lung cancer (Update: stage 4) (AKA "the gremlin") So we need your help….

It’s her turn to get some love.  And as it turns out, cancer is expensive!  There are the obvious medical bills but also the less obvious costs such as eating super healthy and going to a cancer center far from home.  And it’s time for this should-be bikini model to CHUBBY up!  DOCTORS’ ORDERS!  Did you know that this flaca has survived 6 brain aneurysms?  SHE FIGHTS like a real woman– WATCH OUT!  Help us to show "the gremlin" what a real fight is all about.

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HER DIAGNOSIS:

Stage 3a Non-Small Cell Adenocarcinoma, surgical candidate.
Update: Stage 4 and not a surgical candidate but absolutely ready for anything!

 THE DETAILS:

We have set up two savings accounts for our distinct financial challenges:
1) Medical Expenses
2) Miscellaneous Costs: includes additional expenses related to defeating cancer, such as paying for organic super foods and filling the tank to drive an hour away for treatment.

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HOW ELSE CAN YOU HELP:

We would greatly appreciate any yummy, healthy, calorie dense recipes that you have to share. 

We also strongly believe in the power of the mind and of prayer.  Please include Caecilia, her loved ones, and her doctors/nurses in your prayers. 

Keep on her cheerful and loving spirit! 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking a moment to read our story and for your help!

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First of all, thank you. Thank you from every part of this family and from deep in our souls, THANK YOU. For the prayers: God hears them. For the contributions: they pay the bills and gives us peace of mind. For the good vibes and positivity sent: you honor Mami’s flower-child spirit. Meals have nourished both mind and body. And for the many big gifts and small gifts alike to bring a smile to Mami’s face during treatment: thank you.

Next, congratulations! We have made it three years. Three years. Congratulations to Mami, and congratulations to every person who has battled alongside her. Mami has survived to see two new grandsons born: her namesake, Caesar in 2015, and Ricardo in 2016.

Now, for the hard part (please do not stop reading till the end):
Last week, we prepared for surgery. As you may know, Mami suffered a femur fracture less than a year ago, which has complicated her recovery. The wound has not healed despite a rod and screws placed during surgery. A “re-do” surgery became our great hope to end her interminable pain. However, 2.5 hours before surgery, the orthopedic surgeon cancelled plans to operate, citing her weak state. Imagine our surprise, considering her condition had not changed for days! “Give her two weeks to gain weight and strength,” he said. The once emboldened surgeon later reneged on the two weeks option as well. With surgery off the table, we waited to hear from her oncologist.

In a head-spinning turn of events, Mami’s treating oncologist of three years TERMINATED HER TREATMENT, cancelled her IV nutrients and MRI orders. The oncologist made this mystifying decision based on her appearance just that day! He took the easy way out of this and not the RIGHT way. He didn’t consult us, he just gave up. He couldn’t give us a reason why.

Since Mami’s diagnosis, as a family, we refer to ourselves as the Warriors. Well, these Warriors scrambled in order to rally a team to our side. After six hellish days and with the help of the hospitalist and many doctors who gave opinions, we achieved a successful ambulance transfer to Moffit Cancer Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Moffit, ranked 9 in the country, may just be our Hail Mary. She’s been there for 1 day and surgery is scheduled. All doctors, nurses and staff seem to be more involved and are giving her a chance to keep fighting!

Some of the family will relocate and travel back and forth to support Mami during her treatment at Moffit (private message for details). In a way, the choice to take her to Moffit presents our greatest challenge in her recovery thus far: separating the family. Pray for us please. Keep sending those good vibes. If those in the Tampa area can offer support of any kind, please let us know. And please, any contribution you can spare, we humbly ask for your financial help. I assure you, the Warriors will pay it forward in the future.
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Mami keeps fighting, has been going through so much lately..she has been hospitalized 4 times in the past 2 months. She had to spend Christmas in the ICU this year. Sang Kareoke with us for New Years then had to go back, this time to he Cleveland Clinic. She’s been in the hospital now since Jan 2nd with agonizing pain, nothing is working. We’ve decided that her best bet at living with less pain is surgery to correct her previous femur surgery. Risky but we want her to be pain free. We are asking all of you for extra prayers, extra positive vibes, extra love. She deserves heaven on Earth, she’s a strong, happy, optimistic, faithful, intelligent, compassionate woman that has fought huge battles. When you feel weak, think of her...you can do this! Thank you all for the love, support and donations.
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Mami has been in the hospital now for a couple of days. Her back pains returned with a vengeance and she was not able to get any relief with medications and massages. We made the decision that she had to be hospitalized to get IV medications and finally a break from agonizing episodes, mostly at night. Thankfully she’s getting relief and is back to smiling, singing and talking, laughing. She needs morphine and other strong pain relievers but they work!
We’re praying for a solution so she can go enjoy the season, come home and help us decorate the house with all her beautiful bows. We had a very rough year with lots of hospitalizations and surgeries, bad and good news, ups and downs...lots of medical bills, lots of restarts and sudden stops. Our family has been affected by one of the most heart ripping diseases ever but we’ve found our way to heal, cope, grieve, go on and smile, love and forgive. Have a Merry Christmas...hug and love your friends and family...say “I love you” and take pictures...make memories, don’t take your time with your loved ones for granted and don’t take your health for granted!!!
Grandkids
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Lots has happened since my last update. Mami was doing very well for a while, chemo was working and brain had been clear. She started getting severe and more frequent back pains, lots of medications but no relief. Unfortunately chemo failed and had a new metastasis that had to be treated with lots of radiation. She had a very high fever about 2 weeks ago that caused her to have hallucinations, she was in the hospital for a week, it was a terrible experience but she came out as usual...ready to keep up the fight. It’s been very hard to see her in pain, not knowing how to help...she has good days now and bad days. We’re in the middle of good days!!!. She will be starting a new type of treatment tomorrow, please keep her and our family in your prayers. Thank you for your support, for all the financial help and all your prayers and positive energy. I’ve said it before, every penny has helped us not have to worry about the how...every call/text/message has filled her spirit and ours with positive energy, a smile. Thank you
With her boyfriend of 40 years...
Chillin’ with the piggies...
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24 months ago
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Dios te bendiga mi hermanita,mi compinche,mi todo.Esta es una lucha dura pero sé que la vas a ganar,siempre contigo,siempre a mi lado

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Maca Huigen
30 months ago
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Gracias a todos los que nos ayudan con donaciones y oraciones. Hoy con mi hermana en el hospital,vi sus ojos que son el libro de nuestra vida compartida,mi modelo,ejemplo de amor incondicional.Dios con nosotros,puedes con esto y más

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Carolina Gonzalez Fernandez
37 months ago
1
1

MI QUERIDA CECI NO TE IMAGINAS COMO ME CAYO RSTA NOTICIA...COMO UNA BOMBAAAA!!! DONARE ALGO PARA TU SALUD...DIOS TE GUARDE Y TE BENDIGA...LOVE YOU...ESTAMOS CONTIGO Y MUYYY PENDIENTES...REZATEMOS MUCHOOO POR TI ....LOVE YOU!!!

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Myrna Rosalmejias
38 months ago
1
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Mis queridos todos, como sabe Maca al menos no tengo facebook, y por Myrna mi esposa me logro comunicar con TODOS y en nombre de nosotros TODOS, siento un profundo, sincero y entranable amor por la familia Huigen, Carcases, Garcia, los he visto crecer, superarse,,,,,,,, partir y siempre juntos, si algo admiro y me llena en la vida son momentos sencillos, risas, estar en familia, asi he vivido adoptado por bellas familias como la de de mi esposa, la flia Carcases Huigen, mama Matilde consintiendome con las conchitas de naranja,,,,,,, estoy agradecido ya que circunstancias politicas me hicieron huerfano de familia pero Dios me recompenso con grandeza. Sin mayor pretencion que el amor hacia ustedes nos unimos al clamor hacia mis santos mas cercanos, mi amada "Vallita" , nuestro Divino Nino , San Lazaro y un Dios que todo lo puede y todo lo ve. Un abrazo enorme un amor sin condiciones, un carino multiplicado desde el corazon !!! En nombre de Myrna, nuestros hijos Lorena, Angel Guillermo y mio propio del hermano de Maca. ALEXIS

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Núria Carcasés Mayor
38 months ago
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Hola a todo el que lea estos mensajes, yo a diferencia de Francisco, si solicito ayuda ya que se perfectamente lo que se sufre y lo que cuesta esta enfermedad, soy una persona que debo dar gracias a Dios ya que soy de las que puedo decir.... Estoy curada.... Cecilia, es cuñada de mi hermano y por ende, ella es parte tambien de mi familia politica, pido que el que pueda ayudar colabore con cualquier monto, siempre es bien recibido, de antemano muchisimas gracias, Diosito se lo recompensara

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Liana Lecklitner
38 months ago
1
1

This saddens me so much to hear about this although I'm not able to help financially, nor am I able to help physically, You are in my prayers michi was such a wonderful friend and her family just as wonderful. I know I haven't seen you guys in a while but I'm fighting with you!

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Came Dona de Misle
15 months ago

Huigencita querida, mis oraciones te acompañan siempre y estoy segura la buena noticia de la semana pasada te ayudará a recuperarte rápido de tu caida. Has sobrellevado cosas más difíciles y verás como dentro de poco estarás de nuevo en casita y asistiendo a tus clases de yoga. Ánimo querida amiga. Bendiciones !! Te quiero mucho !!!!

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Francisco Garcia
38 months ago

I am really bad at asking for help...In fact, I am so bad at it that I never do. I don't like to inconvenience people. This right here is my precious family, stronger than the bond that holds diamonds together. We stand as one compound organism against a dwindling society. Love is the key, unconditional, unbiased, and wholehearted. Right now one of our core members, my mother, is sick. She is a fighting soldier in the war between health and sickness and needs reinforcements. She is as tough as a bull, yet at fragile as the rose from beauty and the beast. Nothing is impossible, anything helps, and everything is appreciated. If you can help in any form that you know possible, not necessarily financially, then please join us as we defeat the odds by kicking this thing's ass. This is me asking for help, from anyone and everyone who is willing. Whatever God you worship, keep us in your prayers. Thank you !! Peace and Love.

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Maria Marshall
2 months ago

Praying for Cici’s complete healing ❤️

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2 months ago
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patricia valencia
3 months ago
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Espero que salgas con bien de esto y el Universo te llene de abundancia

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3 months ago
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3 months ago
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24 months ago
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Dios te bendiga mi hermanita,mi compinche,mi todo.Esta es una lucha dura pero sé que la vas a ganar,siempre contigo,siempre a mi lado

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Maca Huigen
30 months ago
1
1

Gracias a todos los que nos ayudan con donaciones y oraciones. Hoy con mi hermana en el hospital,vi sus ojos que son el libro de nuestra vida compartida,mi modelo,ejemplo de amor incondicional.Dios con nosotros,puedes con esto y más

+ Read More
Carolina Gonzalez Fernandez
37 months ago
1
1

MI QUERIDA CECI NO TE IMAGINAS COMO ME CAYO RSTA NOTICIA...COMO UNA BOMBAAAA!!! DONARE ALGO PARA TU SALUD...DIOS TE GUARDE Y TE BENDIGA...LOVE YOU...ESTAMOS CONTIGO Y MUYYY PENDIENTES...REZATEMOS MUCHOOO POR TI ....LOVE YOU!!!

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Myrna Rosalmejias
38 months ago
1
1

Mis queridos todos, como sabe Maca al menos no tengo facebook, y por Myrna mi esposa me logro comunicar con TODOS y en nombre de nosotros TODOS, siento un profundo, sincero y entranable amor por la familia Huigen, Carcases, Garcia, los he visto crecer, superarse,,,,,,,, partir y siempre juntos, si algo admiro y me llena en la vida son momentos sencillos, risas, estar en familia, asi he vivido adoptado por bellas familias como la de de mi esposa, la flia Carcases Huigen, mama Matilde consintiendome con las conchitas de naranja,,,,,,, estoy agradecido ya que circunstancias politicas me hicieron huerfano de familia pero Dios me recompenso con grandeza. Sin mayor pretencion que el amor hacia ustedes nos unimos al clamor hacia mis santos mas cercanos, mi amada "Vallita" , nuestro Divino Nino , San Lazaro y un Dios que todo lo puede y todo lo ve. Un abrazo enorme un amor sin condiciones, un carino multiplicado desde el corazon !!! En nombre de Myrna, nuestros hijos Lorena, Angel Guillermo y mio propio del hermano de Maca. ALEXIS

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Núria Carcasés Mayor
38 months ago
1
1

Hola a todo el que lea estos mensajes, yo a diferencia de Francisco, si solicito ayuda ya que se perfectamente lo que se sufre y lo que cuesta esta enfermedad, soy una persona que debo dar gracias a Dios ya que soy de las que puedo decir.... Estoy curada.... Cecilia, es cuñada de mi hermano y por ende, ella es parte tambien de mi familia politica, pido que el que pueda ayudar colabore con cualquier monto, siempre es bien recibido, de antemano muchisimas gracias, Diosito se lo recompensara

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Liana Lecklitner
38 months ago
1
1

This saddens me so much to hear about this although I'm not able to help financially, nor am I able to help physically, You are in my prayers michi was such a wonderful friend and her family just as wonderful. I know I haven't seen you guys in a while but I'm fighting with you!

+ Read More
Came Dona de Misle
15 months ago

Huigencita querida, mis oraciones te acompañan siempre y estoy segura la buena noticia de la semana pasada te ayudará a recuperarte rápido de tu caida. Has sobrellevado cosas más difíciles y verás como dentro de poco estarás de nuevo en casita y asistiendo a tus clases de yoga. Ánimo querida amiga. Bendiciones !! Te quiero mucho !!!!

+ Read More
Francisco Garcia
38 months ago

I am really bad at asking for help...In fact, I am so bad at it that I never do. I don't like to inconvenience people. This right here is my precious family, stronger than the bond that holds diamonds together. We stand as one compound organism against a dwindling society. Love is the key, unconditional, unbiased, and wholehearted. Right now one of our core members, my mother, is sick. She is a fighting soldier in the war between health and sickness and needs reinforcements. She is as tough as a bull, yet at fragile as the rose from beauty and the beast. Nothing is impossible, anything helps, and everything is appreciated. If you can help in any form that you know possible, not necessarily financially, then please join us as we defeat the odds by kicking this thing's ass. This is me asking for help, from anyone and everyone who is willing. Whatever God you worship, keep us in your prayers. Thank you !! Peace and Love.

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