Help Laurie's fight against AML
Years ago she was treated with chemotherapy for colon cancer and made an incredible recovery. Laurie has been extremely active right up until a few weeks ago living a normal life. She works a full time job which it does not look like she will be able to return to anytime soon (if at all). She also teaches art and jewelry classes and was President of the Sarasota Surface Design Guild, an artistic group in Sarasota.
After just over a week she is responding well to chemo but is only in the induction stage. Today her doctor informed us that if everything goes well she will still probably need two more rounds of chemotherapy and advised that we should try to plan for a bone marrow transplant. This is a very expensive procedure but it is her best chance to survive the cancer. During this time she will have to be treated out of town, and recovery after the transpant is long and any infection could be life threatening. Currently she has developed painful ulcers all over her mouth during chemo which make it nearly impossible for her to eat along with her neutropenic diet.
This fundraiser is to support her medical care, housing, and recovery costs-- and hopefully get her to stop trying to rush back to work to pay off these bills. Money is the last thing that should be on her mind while she fights for her life, and she mentioned today she really wants to see the Redwood National Forest in her lifetime so I hope for a small portion of funding to help her travel there as well once this is all in the past. I will post updates as we learn more for those interested in following her fight against cancer. Any amount as a donation or even just sharing this post would be a huge help to her and the family. Laurie is selfless and always trying to help others in any way she can and I know she will be so grateful and surprised to have the help and support from her community. Thankyou!
She just finished her third round of chemo at Sarasota Memorial over the weekend and is home now beginning her second treatment of Rydapt as an outpatient to follow up the chemo. Right now it doesn't look like the bone marrow transplant is an option because of costs but she is scheduled to get two spinal taps done after she finishes her current medications to keep the cancer from spreading to her brain.
She does have her phone and is doing well enough to receive calls and have visitors, but her immune system is still very weak.
In other news Laurie has been making jewelry (earrings and pendants) and is selling them to raise extra money since she can't return to work (she has literally so many made and never stops making them it's cute). For those who are interested you can email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she also has more artwork on display at Spider Lily Finery on Siesta.
Thanks again for all of the sweet cards and messages; it really means the world to her and is keeping her spirits up.
Laurie was released to come home from the hospital on Mothers Day although she felt very weak. Her counts were all at a healthy level and she appeared to be in remission. On May 20th she was throwing up at night and suspected food poisoning. She slept most of yesterday and woke up feeling worse than she was the previous night, was still vomiting and could barely stand. We took her to the E.R. last night and she has been readmitted to the hospital. Everyone who knows my mother personally, please refrain from calling her cell number as she has been in intense pain every time she wakes up. We are trying to let her sleep as much as possible. The doctors believe she may need gallbladder surgery and she currently has an infection and a fever. Gallbladder complications are common in patients with AML according to her doctor. We will hopefully know by tonight whether the surgery is necessary.
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Thanks so much to everyone so far who has shown support, sent little encouraging messages, and shared my mothers story. After just a couple of days we have already raised over $1,000! That's so amazing. She is getting more tests done this Friday and we're crossing our fingers hoping for the best.
Laurie was relieved when she learned about the gofundme page and she has the link now. She's excited to track the progress of the fundraiser and to get to read all of your kind words. Let's keep spreading the word! Thanks again everybody!!!