Molly O’Neill Healing

$82,735 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 643 people in 10 months
Created November 5, 2017

In july of 2016, I got suddenly and critically ill. I was in liver failure. I needed a liver transplant. 6,000 people a year receive this gift of life in the USA; 16,000 die on the waiting list. I was scheduled to die. Through a series of miracles, I received a liver on Oct 31 2016.

The pathology report on my old liver revealed some cancerous cells. had this been known I would not have been transplanted. Miracle #4567.

Unfortunately, these cells metastisized to my adrenal glands. The masses showed up on a routine scan in late august. I have finished a course of chemo and am scheduled for a bi-lateral adrenlectomy on 15 November.

With the help of family, I was able to sustain the year-long recovery from the transplant including the pricy co-pays for the medications that support my new liver and other essential care.

My family can not support another 6-12 month recovery and the additional medications that I will require to replace the steroids and hormones that the adrenals produce.

I am writing the book of my life and am seeking $100k to support me and my medications for the year I need to heal, and finish the manuscript.

Thank you you and all my love.
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HI everybody
It’s Annie Lamott again, checking in and needing to shake you down again on behalf of our brave and beloved Molly O’Neill. We are well over halfway to our goal of supporting Molly’s living and medical expenses through the fall, and SHE is more than halfway through months of onerous post-surgical treatment for the metastatic Hepatocellular Carcinoma that followed her liver transplant.
She writes:
“Three weeks after my Bi-lateral adrenalectomy on November 15, a scan delivered bad news. The cancer had migrated to my liver. I was given 3-6 months.
“After a few weeks of getting used to that idea one day I heard this voice: This is not your story. The diagnosis is grim. The data supports it. But nobody knows what makes us live or die.
In January, along with an aggressive chemo, I embarked on a super edgy radiology treatment in which a teeny weeny machine gun is inserted into an artery that feeds my liver and blasts each teeny weeny tumor with pellets that are 1/10 the diameter of a strand of human hair.
I was also given a book, “Radical Remission,” and adapted the nine dietary, lifestyle and complimentary modalities that have served thousands who, like me, were sent home to die.
The best medical hope was a 10% reduction in the size of the tumors. Lo and behold: after three months, the cancer was gone. I just had my six month scan. The picture here is of a cancer-free liver. Mine.
I don’t know if I’ve been given a miracle or simply a stay of execution. The various therapies continue, my writing continues and most of all, the love and support that carries me continues.
Love is the most powerful medicine we have.
I’ve never had a smaller life. I’ve never been happier. I’ve never written better. God willing & the creek don’t rise, I should have a draft of Liver: A Love Story by summer’s end.
I’m so grateful for all the love that’s allowing me to make this dream come true.”’

What Molly doesn’t say is that she’s already helping other cancer patients tap into the gratitude, optimism and lifestyle changes that can turn a grim diagnosis into extra innings of purposeful living.
Her memoir of illness and transformation will carry that message to hundreds of thousands others.
Please help us pay for her costly treatments and reach her goal. And please help me by spreading the word by posting on your own Facebook and other social media sites. I am so glad to answer any questions you have. Love and thanks,
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HI Everybody!
WOW! we are over halfway there!
And, five weeks after her massive surgery, Molly is more that halfway there too. She writes:
"The surgery itself was as challenging as transplant. they reopened the same incision, AKA the transcontinental railroad. But after the first week of predicable hell -- and I was barely aware thanks to my trusty pain pump and IV drugs that gave me a deeper understanding of the opioid crisis -- I started healing like a house on fire. the pictures were taken a couple weeks ago, at 21 days post-op. My doctors shake their heads in amazement. They call me bionic. But I know differently. I am being carried through all this by the remarkable outpouring of love, generosity and good will from the GoFundMe campaign you started. Its more than "wind beneath my wings," its a darned Tsunami and I am so grateful."
Molly is able to sit up and write for an hour or so at a time now. she has had several (well-supported) outings in NYC where she spent her first month healing.
She is headed back upstate to continue the various (costly) therapies, treatments and drug calibrating that will, with our continued support, have her back at her desk and writing like an angel in a few more months.
Please remember our brilliant, brave and generous writer friend in your end of the year giving --- and help me spread the word!
With wonder, gratitude and love,
incision:transcontinental railroad
21 days of healing: bionic & loved
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This picture by Penny delosSantos was taken several weeks after my liver transplant, the day when the 55 metal staples were being removed from my abdomen. As is her gift, Penny captured much of what I’ve learned on this journey.
I learned that pain is real, pain is universal and pain is inescapable, but so is its antidote: love.
In the past year, I’ve been saved over and over by many different kinds of love.
This week, as I prepared to be cut in half again by lying in bed with the covers over my head, I’ve been saved by the love of people I know and people I don’t know.
In the past 5 days, 333 people have contributed to the GoFundMe that my friend, Anne Lamott set up to support my second recuperation. We are over thirty percent to our goal!!
Accepting money love is even harder than accepting a vital organ.
Thank you seems insufficient. But today, “thank you” is all I have.
The nickels and dimes are rolling in, along with love letters and accolades. I’ve heard from readers and students, old loves, people I haven’t heard from in decades, people I thought hated me, people I do not even know, someone who says I was her favorite camp counselor forty years ago.
It’s like a virtual memorial service for the pre-dead. I’m bowled over. I’m out of the fetal position. I’ve thrown aside the covers. I have what it takes to talk back to destiny. Again.
It takes a lot of love. Thank you. Thank you. Keep those cards and letters and contributions coming. Thank You.
love, Molly O'Neill
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