Love&Light - Elenor's cancer fight
Love Light courage- Elenor's cancer fight.
Elenor is my dear beautiful friend; and this fundraiser is for her and her family.
Have you ever met someone that is both beautiful on the inside as well on the outside?
Elenor is one of these amazing human beings; a beautiful soul; a big heart, a loving nature, respect for everyone, compassion, generosity, courage, amazing spirit, her gift to share laughs with people; in particular at herself. She makes people feel at ease as she loves to chitchat and take an interest in people in every walk of life. El has always been there for anyone in need as she goes above and beyond to help.
I know this well as I have experienced it first-hand… it is the reason she is my best friend. My name is Annika and I am setting this fund up for her and her family.
Sadly, my gorgeous Elenor is facing tough times ahead as she recently was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Wonderfully, Elenor, and her partner Simon, is carrying a very longed-after sibling for their son Charlie which is a blessing and a light to look forward to at this challenging time. However, their little precious baby needs to be delivered prematurely due to the immediacy of the cancer treatment; making their journey even more challenging.
In a very near timeframe she will undergo surgery, chemotherapy and potentially radiation over the next couple of months, in addition to a newborn to look after - a moment in their life which is bittersweet. More tests along the way will required and we can only wait for each step and take one day at the time to see what treatment is needed.
Now we all know El and for those who don’t – she is a determined lady who will ‘knock the socks off’ this cancer stuff. Watch her go!!!
Little bit of a background; Elenor, Simon & three-year-old Charlie moved down to Albury/Wodonga last year from Sydney for a fresh start and absolutely love life down on the border and over 18 months have met some absolutely amazing people and it now feels like their home town as people have open their hearts to them.
They also have wonderful support of friends across the world which will keep them strong and determined.
Many people have asked how they can help them along this challenging journey and this is our chance to make their life just a bit easier during the cancer treatment.
The aim of this fund for this lovely family of three, soon to be four, is to reduce the burden of costs regarding therapies, travel, accommodation while getting treatment at different location, medicine, herbs, alternative treatments and time off work at times in particular for Simon so he can look after their family in this time of need. Basically, costs that will occur while getting treatment.
We don’t know how Elenor is going to respond the treatments but I know she will need our support in any shape or form.
If you can help out with a donation; even if it seems to be little; I know that it will make a big difference to them. They would never ask for help so I am doing this for them humble as they are.
I know you all care for Elenor, so surround her with love and strength so she can focus on beating this thing; stress free; while becoming a mum once more.
Please spread the word and help me support them.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Today is that day for my beautiful dear friend.
Intense emotion of all kind is of course to be expected and even though we know it is for the best by getting rid of the sick part of our body and boost our chances to live it is still a very tough day.
Today Elenor had a double mastectomy in addition to removal of lymph nodes. The operation went well. She is recovering in hospital and will stay there for the rest of the week.
The last three months have involved, in addition to giving birth to young Eli in December, four sessions of chemo (tick V) and today's operation (tick V) – so what is next?
Tests will now take place and it is to see how well they chemo has worked.
Please keep your fingers and toes crossed that they get a great result back in a few weeks.
Pending the outcome there will be radiation treatment, but hopefully no more chemo (but will be 6 rounds of the chemo blocker Herseptan)
What amazes me with this wonderful lady that I call my best friend is her incredible spirit and her courage in this hard situation, She really glows and looks amazing ( she even looks like a million bucks with no hair!!!!) and furthermore she manages to inspire lots of other people in all walks of life along the way.
Her spirit has gone from strengths to strengths and it is wonderful to see that even though facing cancer she keeps smiling and enjoying life. What a woman!!!! I am so proud of her.
Thanks to her rock Simon and her wonderful mum Marianne the help with getting healthy, resting, going appointments etc while doing all of this has been crucial and not to mention all the brilliant friends that has helped. I know she is forever grateful for all words and support from across the world.
Little Eli is now 3 months old and big brother Charlie love him to bits.
So THANK YOU all for the support so far...in any shape or form. Keep those well wishes alive and yet again this beautiful family need all our support in whatever way you can help.
Annika, with love.
Elenor is out of hospital but staying at Ronald McDonald House in Albury. Young Eli will still need to stay on for a while longer.
Next week the dreaded cancer treatment will start and we are going on full throttle to beat this off.
We now know a bit more about what is going on with the cancer and the upcoming treatment.
Elenor has two types of breast cancer; simply explained; one is in the breast itself and it has been given a grade 2. The second one is confined to the lymph’s and is a grade 3; this one is an aggressive type which means it grows quickly.
Her doctor; Dr Chau; wants her to go on a drug called Prejeta and it is not on the Australian PBS scheme list so the family will need to buy this them self.
This particular drug will help Elenor with the aggressive type breast cancer and will limit reoccurrence chances and easier to operate on.
This life saving drug cost $10,000.
I am so grateful for all this amazing technology and hopefully this will mean Elenor can get fit, healthy and cancer free as soon as possible.
Current plan is that Elenor will receive chemotherapy for a year and in 3 months’ time getting a lumpectomy of one breast.
CT scan has shown no spreading to other tissues and the Bone Scan we are waiting for the results.
All this love and support you all have given these guys I cannot thank you enough. Please share so we can reach the goal and help the family to buy the drug for this lovely lady and other things that she might need ahead.
Eli was born this morning by very proud parents Elenor and Simon. Big brother Charlie loves him already.
Eli was a healthy 3.37kg which was perfect but he had a little trouble breathing and is being looked after by the hospital team until his is doing a bit better. Eli got some special cuddle with mummy this afternoon and he started to respond to mummy’s singing and skin to skin contact.
Big congratulations guys!! Eli is beautiful. Such blessing!!!
Raising awareness is a key element for Elenor while fighting this cancer. I could not agree more.
It is real and it is hard.
As Elenor says; If there's a will - there is a way - get your breasts checked.