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Med/Living Exp. for Peter Mariades

$28,790 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 176 people in 8 months
Created May 6, 2018

As many of you already know, Peter was diagnosed on April 18th (2018) with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow. This diagnosis was a shock and devastating to Peter, his wife, Helena, family members and friends. 

Peter is the Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care at Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Florida.  He has dedicated his life to serving the spiritual and emotional needs of those who are suffering and facing life and death decisions in their families.  He is beloved by all of the physicians and staff at Jupiter Medical Center.

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This cancer, however, will force him to stop working for six months to a year as he will undergo kyphoplasty to support bones that fractured due to the cancer, 4-6 months of chemotherapy  and a stem cell transplant at a major hospital cancer center.  This is a great loss to the hospital and, naturally, is also resulting in financial stress for Peter, and his wife, Helena.

Helena has and will continue to care for Peter at their home or at the hospital, but this naturally interferes with her ability to work full time as a pastoral counselor. The costs of the illness are beyond their income and savings. 

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This fundraiser has been set up by Peter's sister, Elleni and her husband, Henry, to help offset the stress of living expenses and medical costs not covered by insurance.  His wife, Helena, will also be updating you on this site with the latest news of his recovery process.

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Please help us by sharing this Go Fund Me page on your social media. Thank you!

Thank you for any financial assistance that you are able to give. God Bless you for your love, prayers and generosity! 


"We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God and those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
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Update 41
Posted by Helena Mariades
27 days ago
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Update: 12/25/18 Christmas Greetings!

Today is a special day of remembering the generosity, care and love received throughout the year. It may come as no surprise to you that gratefulness is on our hearts this Christmas day.

We’re grateful for lives that can be renewed after trauma and great loss.

We’re grateful for healing through medical intervention, and especially the practitioners who were and are still dedicated to restoring health to Peter.

How grateful we are for the joys of giving and, most poignantly at this time, the blessings of receiving.

We’re most grateful for beloved family and friends, and those wonderful groups, churches and individuals who were moved by compassion to pray for us.

Our grateful prayer is for multiple blessings to be bestowed upon you and your loved ones. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Love, Peter and Helena
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Posted by Helena Mariades
1 month ago
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Update: 12/11/18 From Peter, A Cause for Celebration!

Last week, I had an appointment for a medical review with the bone marrow transplant specialist in Orlando. The doctor said, “There’s cause for celebration!” The medication protocols and transplant therapy has worked. I am officially in remission! Helena and I are so relieved!!

Now, here are the details without much medical-speak. The category of my remission is VGPR (Very Good Partial Remission), which is the closest you can get to a Complete Remission. There is a 5% or less presence of the cancer in my bone marrow.

The doctor encouraged me to take my life back by making plans for returning to work, moderate exercise, and social activities. The next clinical steps will be 2 low dose medications that will continue to suppress the presence of the cancer cells and another review in 3 months. Complete Remission is the attainable goal.

I’m reminded of the prayers that began in April when I was admitted into the ER. My prognosis was so dire and pain so great that I didn't know how I would survive or how my needs would be met. Eight months later every prayer has been answered above what I had thought or hoped.

I'm grateful for all of you who have encouraged and helped me along this journey to recovery. Thank you for your support, prayers and care. This will be the best Christmas of my life!

Wishing you God's richest blessings of peace, hope and love during this holiday season and a blessed new year!

Blessings and Love, Peter & Helena
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us," Ephesians 3:20
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Posted by Helena Mariades
1 month ago
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Update: 11/30/18 From Peter, Please Pray
We are thankful to be approaching the 90-100 window, which is the protocol to review the effectiveness of the chemo infusion and stem cell transplant. I’ve been focusing on this goal as my patience has been tested during this "waiting" period.

The recovery is slow. Slower than one's perspective of recovery from a flu or surgery, and becomes a mental exercise to accept the minimal sense of improvement in strength and stamina. This aspect of the journey is positive, but one has to adjust their expectations accordingly.

I’ve had my third bone marrow biopsy this week. A final step to go to the source which will prove the level of remission. A little painful, but necessary. We anticipate a good report at the final medical review with the transplant specialist and his team next week. Please pray with us for a confirmation of a full remission.

Gratefully, Peter
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Update 38
Posted by Helena Mariades
2 months ago
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Update: 11/18/18 From Peter, Testing the Limits

I am so thankful to be on this side of the healing process of recovery from multiple myeloma. Gradually, I feel subtle improvements and I’m venturing into activities. Small projects at home, running errands, men's prayer breakfast, lunch with a friend are all evidence that I beginning to return to “normal” life.

I get energized just from the anticipation of a social event! (My wife says, with a knowing grin, that's because I’m a typical sanguine personality. :) ) Sometimes, I add too much to my daily schedule or work longer than I should based on my pre-cancer diagnosis levels of strength and endurance.

My sense of accomplishment is positive as I continue to rest to restore my overtaxed physical resources. Overall, I am encouraged as I continue test the limits.

Adapting to this recovery model is an interesting exercise that requires a rational review of my new reality. I am well, I was rescued, and I'm thankful for every new day and every modest improvement.

My specialists say to expect a new base line of physical stamina, which is still an unknown. That's fine. I'll continue to make the most of it all, remembering the amazing support from those who have brought me this far, with anticipation of a great future, renewed and restored to my great new life.

During this season of Thanksgiving, I will be remembering your generosity, kindness and prayers with gratefulness.
Peter
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