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On Oct 27th  2018, we received test results confirming Charlotte has Metastatic Lung Cancer. As devastating as this news is, we know she is a fighter and cancer may have met its match. Please join us to climb this mountain to watch the sun rise once more. Give what you can to help the ultimate giver conquer the odds. Any amount is so appreciated. As we all know, out of pocket costs can seem insurmountable, but together we can push back against this deadly disease and prove that love, laughter, and life prevail in the end. We want to recognize and thank all of you who have already showed up for Charlotte in  the most profound ways.  Your notes, phone calls, texts and helping hands have deeply touched our hearts. This outpouring of love and support is truly a reflection of the immense love and support Charlotte has put out into the universe over the years. With gratitude and love, thank you. Tim, Tom, Robert and Leslie
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Hello to all,
As we have entered 2019, I wanted to provide an update on Mom’s condition. We were fortunate enough to have her released from Cedars Sinai on December 23rd after 29 days in the hospital. This did not come without some concerning situations including Charlotte having severe neutropenia after her first round of chemo. Some level of neutropenia (low levels of white blood cells) takes place in about half of people with cancer who are receiving chemotherapy. In Charlottes case she was struck with a high fever and severe headache and dangerously low levels of white blood cells creating a life threating situation which landed her back in the ER until she was stabilized. Those days were tenuous and scary as there was nothing to do except lean on the fact that Charlotte’s fierce fighting spirit would prevail and it did, again.
Her release was a special Christmas present for sure, made possible from the hard work Charlotte put into her physical therapy, and the unwavering care of hospital staff and incredible physicians. The kids and Leslie and I came down to Los Angeles thinking that we would be visiting Mom in the hospital and to our surprise we were able to bring her home for Christmas. While Wyatt and I were checking mom out of the hospital, Leslie and Elsa filled her apartment with holiday cheer and we were able to surprise her with a Christmas dinner and true holiday homecoming. A far cry from the sterile walls and beeping monitors which had been the norm for the last month. It was true Christmas joy, and we shall always treasure the moment considering we did not know what Christmas 2018 would look like.
Today Charlotte has endured three rounds of aggressive chemotherapy and miraculously her energy and strength have improved dramatically. She has even kept her hair for now, perhaps from the strong will and powerful spirit who fights for life showing cancer she will not roll over. She is able to make it in and out of her apartment and do some light duty cleaning and activities to help build her strength. Visits from friends and family are good medicine with extra doses of laughter and hope. Now going to the Oncology clinic ( http://www.theangelesclinic.org/) rather than the hospital for her treatments, she can go home after scheduled appointments. Dr. Wentzel (oncologist) confirms that the tumors in her liver have shrunk dramatically, and her reaction to the chemo is working well. The tumors cannot be eliminated but merely kept in check and the growth slowed down to prolong and benefit quality of life. He continues to report that Charlotte is exceeding expectations, and nothing would surprise him at this point! Those of us that know my Mom aren’t surprised…
The road continues into an unknown land and the strength of love is our greatest weapon. We do not know with certainty what will transpire, and we will continue to honor each day with positive energy and appreciation for life. We value each and every one of you who has contributed in so many ways to help Mom as she fights for her life. Without your contributions, she would not have had a home to return to when she was released at Christmas. Until she can work full time, the necessity of funding is still a reality, and any donation of any amount is so very appreciated.
We love Charlotte as a mom, grandma/glamma, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, your support means more to her than you know. Thank you so much for taking the time to read her story and share/post to spread the word. -Tim-
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UPDATE: Cedars Sinai Hospital 11/28/18
We wanted to give you an update on Charlotte as we enter the next phase of her journey. Our original post at the end of October stated an initial diagnosis of Metastatic Lung Cancer - now after a plethora of tests including bloods, CT scans, Ultrasound scans, liver biopsy (Ki67 5+) and a PET scan Neuroendocrine Cancer (unknown primary) with metastases to the liver and some bone was confirmed. Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are a relatively rare cancer and affect the hormone-producing cells in the endocrine system. Although detecting micrometastases is nearly impossible Dr. Wentzel (Charlotte's oncologist) can conclusively determine the location of tumors in her liver and some small spots on her spine. Charlotte has agreed to the recommended treatment of aggressive chemotherapy and will begin her first cycle today. Charlotte will remain in the hospital (Cedar Sinai) during treatment to better monitor her and make her as comfortable as possible. Dr.W is confident that a good response to this chemo can significantly alleviate many of the adverse NET symptoms and shrink the tumors.
Please know that your outpouring of support is so appreciated. Every text, note, donation, and hug is felt and goes a long way. That said Charlotte needs to conserve all of her energy and strength during the next few days of treatment and we would appreciate if instead of a phone call or visit you reach out through text or cards. We will keep the updates coming and pass along all of the love and support that is out there to her. As you would expect Charlotte has everyone in here on their toes and doubled over with laughter from her ferocious wit and one line zingers. Her attitude is positive, and her spirit is strong.
If you have any questions or need more info, please feel free to msg me or call, I will try and get back to you as soon as I can.
I wanted to post a pic of Charlotte on Thanksgiving, surrounded by family in Huntington Beach. To me, this Thanksgiving was indeed a reflection of gratitude and love. We hope you all were surrounded by the same and continue to make space in your lives to appreciate each present moment with those you love. xo Leslie and Tim
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UPDATE: Charlotte was released from the hospital yesterday after stabilizing a bout of acute pancreatitis and she was finally able to go to her first oncology appointment at Angeles Cancer clinic. Biopsies are now scheduled for November 16th. We will continue to update you as we learn more. Thank you all for your generosity and love. Charlotte feels every one of your positive vibes. Onward and Upward!
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