Love Medicine for Mirka

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Raised by 70 people in 5 months
Mirka, our beautifully strong sister, aunt, daughter, friend, and partner in crime, was diagnosed with Stage 3 esophageal cancer in August. Mirka has had to move forward with treatment very quickly since her diagnosis and is receiving medical care at Kaiser Oakland.

Mirka had surgery to place a feeding tube on September 21 in order to help her maintain her strength during the long journey ahead.  Six days later, on September 27, she started weekly chemotherapy and daily radiation. Mirka’s overall course of treatment is going to be a grueling and expensive marathon of chemo, radiation, and another surgery (Esophagectomy).

We created this GoFundMe page to seek assistance with Mirka’s living and medical expenses during the course of her treatment so she can focus on staying strong, comfortable, and in her own home.  As a member of the Hodur clan, we all know Mirka is stubborn, and we are counting on her tenacity to beat this cancer so that she can continue to enjoy her own life and to grace ours with her love and with
everything that makes Mirka who she is. 

Mirka moved from the Bay Area for four years so she could be closer to her five nieces and nephews in Culver City.  She is now back in the Bay Area spending time with her two beautiful nieces there. Mirka never made a move to Wisconsin, but she also has two nieces and a nephew there, as well as twin baby great-nephews whom she has not yet had a chance to meet.

Mirka co-founded the writer's workshop on Chuck Palahniuk's official site, set up a scholarship fund, as well as her annual best books of the year posted on Valentine's Day.

She also spearheaded two book drives for soldiers serving in Afghanistan.  She has worked with several food justice programs in various capacities including Project Open Hand and No Kid Hungry.  Currently she is involved with Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist-based addiction recovery community. 

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated, be it a donation, a few words of encouragement, or say hello to Mirka on her Instagram: @hodurova_ninja

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Thank you again to everyone who has shown so much support for Mirka as she continues her fight to beat cancer. Our gratitude is immense.

Mirka unfortunately hit a rough spot recently when the cumulative effects of her chemo and radiation hit her all at once, but she is maintaining her positivity and resolve.

Her upcoming Esophagectomy will be a much more involved surgery than initially anticipated. Mirka is working hard to rebuild her strength in preparation for the surgery and recovery period. Her post-surgical recuperation process will be intensive, brutal, and long -estimated to last at least 4-6 months.

Mirka continues to awe us with her positive attitude and response to treatment, despite some recent setbacks. We are so very appreciative of your continued showings of love and support.
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Thank you so much to everyone who has shown Mirka love and support over the past weeks. Every single comment, donation, and share has moved and inspired Mirka and has strengthened her resolve to beat this cancer.

The good news: Mirka had her last chemo session last Thursday and her last radiation session yesterday!

Although the cumulative effects of her treatment and her inability to eat have left her physically drained, Mirka is recovering relatively comfortably at her home, with her dog Cooper ever-present at her side.

In the coming weeks, Mirka will be focusing everything she has on rebuilding her strength in preparation her Esophagectomy (the surgery to remove her malignant tumor) in December.

We are amazed by Mirka’s response to treatment so far and confident that her resolve will help her continue to fight back. We are also awed by all of your love and support.
Last chemo!!
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