Rachel's Endo Surgery at the CEC

$23,968 of $18,000 goal

Raised by 143 people in 58 months
PLEASE HELP MY CHILDREN GET THEIR MOMMY BACK!!!

My name is Rachel Cohen and I am a 30 year old mother of two from New York. Before I was diagnosed with the debilitating and trauamatic disease of ENDOMETRIOSIS I would have called myself a pretty wonderful wife and mother. I was upbeat, energetic, and loving, with unending patience and an indomitable passion for being a mother. Playing with my kids was second nature, along with going to work daily, keeping the house clean and neat, cooking, and supporting my husband in every way I could while he made his way through psychology school.

Looking back at the mother, wife, and all around person that I was back then fills me with sadness as I compare her with the person I am now. Endometriosis has taken away every positive part of that woman. Due to the pain, fatigue and nausea I experience daily, along with a multitude of other symptoms, I have a fraction of the energy I once had. I can barely cook anymore, cleaning the house has become an insurmountable task, and I had to quit my job almost two years ago because I could not work while dealing with the effects of endometriosis.  And while I will always love my husband and children with every ounce of my being, I can no longer be the wife and mother that they deserve. Instead of playing with them, the best I can do now is to watch them play. If they are lucky, I am able to play a game with them while sitting on the couch. I don't remember the last time I played ball or tag with them. 

It breaks my heart that my children have memorized a sentence that comes out of my mouth constantly: "please just wait until my medicine kicks in, then I might be able to..." What is a normal about a mother whose children know that she is dependent on medication in order to perform normal, everyday activities? The other day my daughter unkowingly made me cry when she  began wobbling around on a stick she found on the ground while she said, "look, I'm Mommy and I have a cane!"

While other children have mothers that take them to doctors, and make sure they feel well, my children have been with me to many doctors, visited me in many hospitals, and have even tried to take care of me by bringing me water and pillows. It just doesn't seem right.

And yet, despite all this sadness, there is a light in my future. The doctors at the Center for Endometriosis Care (CEC) have agreed that despite the numerous doctors who have told me that I no longer have endometriosis and cannot be helped, they believe I still have it growing in my body and are willing to remove it. The doctors at the CEC are the best of the best when it comes to endometriosis, and although there is no cure for endometriosis, their success rate for removal of the endometriosis is extremely high. Their decision to take me on as a patient is a beacon of hope that I had given up on seeing again.

But I need all of your help to get me there. The surgery is in Atlanta, Georgia, and my insurance does not cover any of it. I need to raise an enormous amount of money in a very short amount of time or they will cancel the surgery. I ask of you to please help me raise this money by donating ANY amount that you can. Every single dollar is appreciated. Please help me get my life back. Please help my children get their mommy back!!
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To all of you wonderful people who have followed my campaign and generously donated,
When I initially received the phone call from the Center for Endometriosis Care telling me that they thought they could help me, I cried with relief. You see, life can get very dark and difficult when you are told by doctor after doctor that you will most probably be in terrible pain for the rest of your life. Although I am incredibly fortunate to have a wonderful family and very special friends, it had begun to seem like my quality of life would never be anything more than dismal. Getting the call telling me of the chance my health could improve put a flutter of hope in my heart that had been hidden for too long.
Ecstatic as I was, reality sank in soon enough when I realized how much money I needed to raise in order to have the surgery. Still, I refused to allow my newly found hope to diminish. I told everyone who asked me about the money that I could not believe Hashem would dangle a carrot in front of my face only to take it away before I could bite. I maintained my faith that somehow He would help me raise the money.
It is thanks to every single one of you that my faith in Hashem never wavered. Each one of you messengers from G-d heard of my need and answered generously, catapulting me towards my goal. Hours after I put up this Go Fund Me account money came rushing in, not stopping until two weeks later when I raised an amount thousands above my original request.
I don’t know for sure this surgery will be successful. I wish I did. But I do know this: Every single one of you has given me a gift along with your donations, one whose value far surpasses any sum of money. That gift, my friends, is the gift of hope.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Rachel
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What happens when a vocabulary consisting of 30 years' worth of words is insufficient to express the gratitude that I feel right now?

How do I begin to tackle the insurmountable task of showing my appreciation when I can't think of a single word that describes how my heart feels at this very moment?

When I created this page six days ago I never imagined that 72 angels sent from G-d would raise almost 10,000 dollars before the week was up. How could I have ever predicted that within a week in which the majority of the days were holidays I would be almost at my goal?

I don't know where to begin, my friends, in finding the appropriate words to let you know how you have changed my entire life around in one, solitary week.

Thirty years' worth of language and I can think of not one word to let you know the depth of my gratitude.

So I won't even try.

Because even I know that no one can ever measure an infinite quantity.
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Hello all!

Two quick notes:

1- I am literally speechless at the amount of money you have helped me raise in such a small amount of time. It is more than I could ever have imagined!! I pray that there are other incredible people like you all out there who will help me raise the rest. Thank you notes are still being worked on, so please don't think I've, G-d forbid, forgotten about any of you spectacular people.

2- For all who wish to gain another mitzvah along with the amazing mitzvah you have already done, my name in hebrew to daven for is: Rachel Ayelet bat Shoshana Raizel. If you can, please say my name when you daven, say tehillim or speak to Hashem in any way, and please give my name to anyone you know.

Heartfelt thanks to you all again.
Rachel
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To all of you incredible people who donated to my cause:

I am beyond overwhelmed by the generosity that you have displayed. You all deserve a personalized thank you email from me, as each and every dollar that you have donated will bring me closer to becoming healthy again. There are no words to describe how grateful I am for that.

I am both thrilled and embarrassed that because so many people donated, I cannot keep up with the thank you emails. I am going to try very hard to continue writing the thank you emails, but since everything I do takes a toll on me and my body, I know it will take a while to get to everyone. Please do not think that I have forgotten about you or I do not recognize what an amazing thing you did.

I am therefore sending out this "interim thank you email" so that you all know how much my family and I appreciates the incredible act of kindness that you have done.

I am honestly floored by the amount of money you have all helped me raise in such a small amount of time! I can only hope this continues so that I can reach my goal within the month that I have.

So, once again, let me just say thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my and my family's hearts for being so generous and kind. You will forever be in our minds, as we will never forget what you have done for us.

As those who have received my thank you emails have seen, I have three blessings for all of you: May G-d grant you and your family a year of health, happiness and prosperity, may He answer all of your prayers for the good, and may you always be able to give to those in need and never be in need yourselves.

Forever grateful and inspired,
Rachel, Elie, Shalvy and Roni
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Raised by 143 people in 58 months
Created October 13, 2014
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Amy Heller
54 months ago
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Kara and Judah Gomberb
56 months ago
$100
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56 months ago
$36
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56 months ago
$36
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57 months ago
$36
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57 months ago
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$1,000
Josh Salmon
57 months ago

Dearest Rachel and Ellie, May you have the strength to carry on and continue to be a role model for everyone. Love, Josh Salmon

$54
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