Help Mikael Beat Cancer

$47,142 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 331 people in 39 months
HELP 23 YR OLD MIKAEL MYGGEN BEAT CANCER:

Mikael is a bright, funny, creative, sensitive young man who was close to completing a college degree in computer animation before his whole life changed.

February 17, 2015. Mikael’s mom Magi planned to drive him to a doctor’s appointment to check out some flu-like symptoms that just wouldn’t go away. Instead she got an early morning call saying that his right leg was ‘paralyzed’ and he couldn’t walk. They rushed to the local emergency room where doctors declared Mikael ‘lucky to be alive.’ He was in fact suffering from acute T-cell leukemia. He was immediately taken to the ICU to spend the next 10 days fighting for his life. With a white blood cell count 100 times normal, Mik’s brain had started to bleed, causing his right arm to become paralyzed along with his leg. The hemorrhage was expanding, the prognosis grim.

Somehow, through the grace of God and the prayers of many, Mikael managed to come back to us. He got started right away with a long-term chemotherapy treatment. After about a month in the hospital regaining medical stability, he was then moved into a rehabilitation hospital to work on his physical mobility. Finally, after 3 months, Mikael was allowed to continue his recovery from home with regular visits to the hospital and rehab center. The doctors say that with a supportive environment and unrelenting treatment, at his young age, Mikael has an excellent chance of a full recovery. But it will be a long road (3+ years), and so much is needed to help him achieve his goals.

Calling all angels. Any and all help, particularly financially, would be a huge saving grace at this time. This first year is currently most crucial as we, the family, are trying to get our footing in a new routine, with so many critical responsibilities. On top of managing the medical side, there are basic living costs and round-the-clock care that is required. If you are able to donate, please give whatever is comfortable for you. You could be an ‘angel’ and give a monthly donation, or you could give whenever it’s feasible for you, anytime. The contributions we have gratefully been receiving not only help us make it through another day, but they empower Mikael to know that others are rooting for him. Every little bit makes such a difference.

Thank you for lending your love and support to this worthy young man. May your generosity and compassion come back to you in ways that light your heart’s desire.

With deep appreciation,

Magi, Bent, and all the family and friends of Mikael Sten Myggen.
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Happy Birthday Mikael!

Today is August 3rd, and we are celebrating Mikael’s 26th birthday. Feels like such a significant occasion, marking his life, and just how far he’s come since he landed in ICU with a brain hemorrhage and Leukemia diagnosis at 23 years old. Over the past 2 years, we’ve shared with you some of the challenges, as well as the love and encouragement our family has felt moving through this, thanks to all of you who have helped Mikael make it this far.

It’s always so hard to put into words just how grateful we are, how indebted we feel (for every dollar, prayer, offering of support) and yet we continue to search for ways to let you know how deeply thankful we are for your helping hand along this very LONG journey.

It feels like a sign that things are looking up, because on the brink of his 26th birthday, Mikael felt inspired (and energized) to put this video together to share his thanks more directly with you. It gives you a taste of his witty personality, and that feels like a sign that things are headed in a good direction.

Of course there is still a year to go, and we are still striving to reach our original fundraising goal (we have just about 25% to go!) but we also wanted you to get a feel for the progress that your support has been making. This past year Mikael was able to slowly reintegrate back into college, and so who knows what this next/last year of treatment will bring as he keeps pushing, and working hard to keep his chin up and press on, trying to stay positive, creative, and strong every day.

To all our GoFundMe supporters: Thank You for giving us today to celebrate the LIFE of Mikael Myggen. He's getting there thanks to YOU!

Happy birthday Mikael. We love you.


ps: Here's a link to Mik's 3D animation show reel that he mentions in the video: https://vimeo.com/226679090
A message from Mikael to his supporters
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AN UPDATE FROM MIKAEL'S MOM:

Last month I celebrated Mother’s Day with my son Mikael. Today it is Father’s Day, and we’ll visit his dad. How quickly forgotten are the painful events of February 17, 2015. It’s been almost 2 ½ years since I drove Mik to the E.R. where we were told he was ‘lucky to be alive,’ before being rushed to the ICU. The following days and weeks were a living nightmare, and yet today we have high hopes for his future.

When I heard the following story on NPR it utterly broke my heart. But it also reminded me of how very blessed we are, to have our beautiful boy alive and well, and on the road to a full recovery. He still has over a year of chemo to go, spinal taps every few months, a semi-paralyzed foot and occasional epileptic seizures. But he’s here. He’s strong. He’s a survivor.

Thank you…..thank you thank you! –for being a part of our survival story. Your thoughts and prayers, dreams and dollars have been instrumental in Mikael’s healing. There are no words to express how grateful I am for your support on every level. More importantly, I want never to take for granted the gift of life that we’ve been given- that each one of us is given- with every passing day.

The following story is about a young man the same age as Mikael, also with leukemia, who was not so lucky. It is sad, but it is beautiful. A reminder of those early days, through the warrior spirit of a precious soul named Nate- who broke my heart open all over again, and reminded me to ‘never forget’ the grace of this existence.

(Copy+Paste this link into your browser for the story):
http://www.npr.org/2017/06/16/533255537/heartbeat-music-parents-remember-their-son-through-his-song-of-life

With much love,
From Mik’s Mom, Magi
Mikael, Magi, and Mai (2017)
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A MESSAGE FROM MIK’S MOM:

Today is Thanksgiving- a day when some of us may actually slow down, maybe even ‘stop.’ Stop the busy brain and the constant loop of mindless activities that keep us far removed from the timeless, present moment. If you are lucky enough to find yourself in this natural paradise, either today or any other day- I hope you will use it to the fullest.

After almost 2 years of unprecedented emotional turmoil, caring for my dear son Mikael as he walks through a cancer diagnosis that will not kill him, God-willing, but will give him life as never before… I have now unwittingly joined that journey- and find myself facing a personal healing crisis that I choose to think of as opportunity. Life happens. It’s what we do with it that makes all the difference, right?

Mikael is sooooo much better today, 21 months after a sudden and shocking leukemia diagnosis that brought with it epileptic seizures and paralysis of the right side. He still has a couple of years of chemo to go to insure a full ‘cure,’ still hobbles with a cane, still suffers the drugs with nausea and fatigue.

But am I thankful?..... beyond words, beyond any emotion I can share with you. Loving this deeply is a mother’s cross to bear, and also her light. Gratitude is too tame a word for the fierce beauty of ‘mother-love.’ I am grateful beyond words, beyond boundaries, beyond reason- to be the mother of Mikael Sten, of Mai Sunshine, and by proxy, of Rosie Bloom.

I thought we were coming to the end of this travelogue, but now must tell you that I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer myself- quite a shocking turn of events. The happy news is that therapies have evolved greatly and prognosis is good- but apparently ‘the healing journey’ continues for both of us now- we must have more ‘growing’ to do!

Your constant, continued love and support have been a true miracle for our whole family. I just want to send a big hug out to anyone listening, who was kind enough to share your heart with us, your dollars, and your wise words. Your piece of the puzzle has made all the difference!.... every piece does. Together, we are Love personified. Together, we will raise the light frequency of human existence to the embodiment of a new world- a world of ‘unity consciousness’ that will feel like heaven on earth- because it will be just that.

“The time is now, and we are the Ones…” (Hopi prophesy)

On this day of universal gratitude, I want to say THANK YOU for being there!

With all my love,
Magi/M.O.M., ‘Mother of Mikael + Mai’
Magi / M.O.M.M. (Mother Of Mik + Mai)
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A MESSAGE FROM MIK’S MOM:

Today is Thanksgiving- a day when some of us may actually slow down, maybe even ‘stop.’ Stop the busy brain and the constant loop of mindless activities that keep us far removed from the timeless, present moment. If you are lucky enough to find yourself in this natural paradise, either today or any other day- I hope you will use it to the fullest.

After almost 2 years of unprecedented emotional turmoil, caring for my dear son Mikael as he walks through a cancer diagnosis that will not kill him, God-willing, but will give him life as never before… I have now unwittingly joined that journey- and find myself facing a personal healing crisis that I choose to think of as opportunity. Life happens. It’s what we do with it that makes all the difference, right?

Mikael is sooooo much better today, 21 months after a sudden and shocking leukemia diagnosis that brought with it epileptic seizures and paralysis of the right side. He still has a couple of years of chemo to go to insure a full ‘cure,’ still hobbles with a cane, still suffers the drugs with nausea and fatigue.

But am I thankful?..... beyond words, beyond any emotion I can share with you. Loving this deeply is a mother’s cross to bear, and also her light. Gratitude is too tame a word for the fierce beauty of ‘mother-love.’ I am grateful beyond words, beyond boundaries, beyond reason- to be the mother of Mikael Sten, of Mai Sunshine, and by proxy, of Rosie Bloom.

I thought we were coming to the end of this travelogue, but now must tell you that I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer myself- quite a shocking turn of events. The happy news is that therapies have evolved greatly and prognosis is good- but apparently ‘the healing journey’ continues for both of us now- we must have more ‘growing’ to do!

Your constant, continued love and support have been a true miracle for our whole family. I just want to send a big hug out to anyone listening, who was kind enough to share your heart with us, your dollars, and your wise words. Your piece of the puzzle has made all the difference!.... every piece does. Together, we are Love personified. Together, we will raise the light frequency of human existence to the embodiment of a new world- a world of ‘unity consciousness’ that will feel like heaven on earth- because it will be just that.

“The time is now, and we are the Ones…” (Hopi prophesy)

On this day of universal gratitude, I want to say THANK YOU for being there!

With all my love,
Magi/M.O.M., ‘Mother of Mai and Mikael’
Magi/M.O.M ("Mother of Mikael + Mai")
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Pamela Coffman Koller
27 months ago
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I completely understand. Am a sister with another cancer. If I can come up with some funds I will send them your way. Being a single mom of three animators money is tight. I have also been through many similar challenges. A note to you... As difficult as it may seem, and as you know it is, the human body has an incredible capacity for healing. I am so glad you are not fighting but living. Most of the negative things doctors told me would happen didn't . For example, not ever walking without a cane again. Also, treatments are exponentially changing everyday so things never stay the same. I'm glad you keep up with the new options. Your story is your own. I will add you to my morning healing meditation list. You are one of my heros. Keep it up young man it matters. All our love.

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Andrew Reinhart
33 months ago
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Is Mikael a big Nintndo or Mega Man fan? Has he been able to play?

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Bent Myggen
36 months ago
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Noreen contributed $50 and said: It is such a long road to recovery. My heartfelt love goes out to Mikael and all of his support system as he makes the journey back to health and vitality. Love, Trish Palmer contributed $100.00 for Mikael's healing, and Frank Palmer (no relation to Trish), bass player also kicked in $100.00. Thank you so much. Bent

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Pamela Coffman Koller
27 months ago
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I completely understand. Am a sister with another cancer. If I can come up with some funds I will send them your way. Being a single mom of three animators money is tight. I have also been through many similar challenges. A note to you... As difficult as it may seem, and as you know it is, the human body has an incredible capacity for healing. I am so glad you are not fighting but living. Most of the negative things doctors told me would happen didn't . For example, not ever walking without a cane again. Also, treatments are exponentially changing everyday so things never stay the same. I'm glad you keep up with the new options. Your story is your own. I will add you to my morning healing meditation list. You are one of my heros. Keep it up young man it matters. All our love.

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Andrew Reinhart
33 months ago
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Is Mikael a big Nintndo or Mega Man fan? Has he been able to play?

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Bent Myggen
36 months ago
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Noreen contributed $50 and said: It is such a long road to recovery. My heartfelt love goes out to Mikael and all of his support system as he makes the journey back to health and vitality. Love, Trish Palmer contributed $100.00 for Mikael's healing, and Frank Palmer (no relation to Trish), bass player also kicked in $100.00. Thank you so much. Bent

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