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Help a Teacher Facing Cancer

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Raised by 30 people in 5 months
Lisa Evans has spent over 35 years as a teacher for thousands of young people, giving of herself to future generations.

Over her career she has taught in schools in:

Ohio
Seoul South Korea
Benson, Arizona
Desert Hot Springs, California
Quito, Ecuador
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Las Vegas, Nevada

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But years of deteriorating health has physically torn her down. Diabetes, kidney, eye and bladder diseases and developing complications have left her permanently in a wheel chair. Her problems were complicated by issues with her health insurance. Because she spent eight years teaching outside of the USA she was not eligible for disability or subsidized health insurance in the US, so when her last employment’s health coverage expired, Lisa and her husband Richard were forced to cash in their retirement funds to cover three years of her expensive health treatments.

She is now covered by Medicare and Medicaid, but this does not cover all needs or expenses. Lisa’s and Richard’s retirement and savings are gone and their medical bills have put them tens of thousands of dollars in debt.

Now the latest blow has hit. A cancerous mass the size of a softball has been found near her cervix. She faces weeks of daily radiation sessions and chemotherapy just as a starting point. Her Medicare and Medicaid does not cover all of her expenses, and family resources to cover the extra costs are exhausted.

In particular transportation is an issue as she cannot be transported in normal vehicles – her present condition requires special powered wheelchair capable medical transport - for at least six weeks of daily radiation therapy and is only partially covered by insurance. Additionally, copays for medications will mount up during the course of chemotherapy as well as months of follow up treatment.

We are reaching out to our thousands of family, friends and the many souls that Lisa has touched during the course of her teaching career. We have an initial goal of $12,400 to help pay for her uncovered transportation, treatments and medicine costs for the course of her radiation treatments.

If you can help – please do.

We are asking for a standard donation of $20. More is fantastic, but anything helps. $10, $5, even just $1.

Please send what you can – well wishes, prayers and money, whatever is in your heart to spare. Literally anything will help to keep her up physically as well as spiritually.

And please share this plea.

God bless you, and God bless Lisa.
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A Call For Help...
The medical bills have reached a crisis - and this morning the power company shut off our electricity. ANY help is appreciated.
Richard
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One more radiation treatment to go, then the wait to see if it did its job and killed Lisa's cancer.

Meanwhile the bills are rolling in. Not counting the second phase of Lisa's radiation, and only through June of this year, Lisa's treatment has cost $222,483.49 of which our share has been $9,724.90. That is not including prescription co-pays or the home medical supplies we've needed as part of her care. At times the medical supplies were running an additional $200 a week. It also doesn't include the costs for Lisa's failed surgery or three days in hospital which is going to add tens of thousands more.

After Friday's final radiation session, Lisa will have a brief follow up a month later. Two months after that, they say, we can run tests and see what is happening with the cancer. If it continues to shrink, great news. If it starts growing again, grim days ahead...

Thank you for all the good wishes and prayers, it really does make a difference every day. Please share our GoFundMe campaign if you will, and if it is in your heart to help us out with the medical costs, thank you so much.

With the coming Labor Day Holiday, everybody enjoy and stay safe.

God Bless You All and God Bless Lisa

Richard
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Still waiting as the Doctors try to figure out what we do next.

Lisa talked to some of the radiological staff yesterday. Her radiologist and oncologist evidently have the beginnings of a plan on how to proceed. Evidently they are looking at five days of high dose radiation, but they have not ironed out the details enough to be able to present it to us. Wednesday...maybe?

So we continue to sit and stew and enjoy our time together... but the longer it drags on, the harder it is to stay positive and hopeful. As hard as it has been to find a way to kill this cancer, at what point are we likely to have the grim moment when the medicos say we have reached the point of trying to keep Lisa's last days as comfortable as possible...

I know it is a doubt that is creeping in to both our thoughts, although we haven't discussed it. I can only concentrate on supporting Lisa, and do what I can to keep her spirits up.

Thank to all who have sent well wishes to Lisa. Believe me it does help... every time she hears from an old friend, an ex-student, or a family member who she hasn't heard from in forever it really brightens her life.

God Bless you all, and God Bless Lisa
Richard
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So we are still waiting to see what our next step is, after Lisa's surgery to set up her second round of radiation therapy was a failure.

Last week she went in for another scan, so the doctors are checking - checking the size of the cancerous mass versus what it was before treatment started - checking its location snuggled its little corner between bladder, rectum and kidneys.

It kind of reminds me of an old scene from an early episode from Gray's Anatomy - Dr Neurosurgeon McDreamy is puzzling long and hard at a view of a massive and complicated brain aneurysm. His ex-wife comes in, looks at the scan and says... "wow.... you thinking of doing surgery?'

He softly replies "thinking about it."

At once in stunned awe of the massive problem, but unable to look away while the mind whirled in trying to find a solution. The problem is I can't remember from the episode if they ever operated, and whether the patient survived. Maybe I don't want to know.

So we were supposed to hear from the Radiologists and Surgeons and Oncologists on Friday but they weren't ready. So hopefully on Monday we will get some news on where we go from here.

One of my co-workers today suggested Lisa drink Cinnamon tea brewed with ginger and lemon. We're about ready to try anything at this point.
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