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Rhiannon Lindley Leukemia Fund

$4,531 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 89 people in 10 months
Created January 27, 2018
Rhiannon Lindley
I am creating this Gofundme account for a very special friend of mine. She was just diagnosed with Acute b Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Rhiannon Hall Lindley is a mother of 4 ranging in ages from 5 to just a few months. Her and her husband is also caregivers to her brother. This family has endured so much over the past 2 years. They had a house fire, Her husband had lost his job, she was a student in nursing and graduated, all while being pregnant. She has only been back to work for about 2-3 months now and gets hit with this. She does not have ANY insurance. She is also the family's main source of income. As of today 1-27-18, she is being admitted to a hospital is St. Louis MO. She will be there for a several of weeks for chemo. Please help us help this young family in their time of need. Any help would be appreciated.  
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Rhiannon has been in this battle for almost 7 months now. She has been through intense chemotherapy, suffered through several infections and it's still fighting. Finances are dwindling for this family and they need help to stay afloat just a little longer.
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Taken from Rhiannon's FB page. Please continue to support this beautiful family!!!!!

I love that they love me. I love that they need me. No matter how sick or scary looking I have gotten. No matter how tired or how many times they've seen and heard me vomit or spend hours in the bathroom.
It also makes me sad. I cannot imagine life for my children without me in it. I can't imagine the weight for Jon of having to fill both roles.
Yesterday Dani saw me crying and asked why. I told her "I was just thinking how I always want to take care of you." She said "Don't cry Momma, it's okay if you can't take care of me. Daddy and I will take care of you."...
No one should have to explain to their children the fact they might die.
There are no words to adequately describe the hell that has been the past 3 1/2 months of our life. There's no way to make anyone understand how hard I'm trying, how hard we are all trying, or how much this all is hurting.
I told the oncologists at the beginning "do whatever you have to do to me so I can raise my babies." Since then I've agreed to every bone marrow biopsy, skin punch, spinal chemotherapy, IV chemotherapy, daily oral chemotherapy, countless blood and platelet transfusions, daily antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungals, steroids, several EKGs and chest x-rays, MRIs to search for tumors, a d&c, biweekly outpatient labs, daily inpatient labs... I've been stripped of my privacy, forced by nurses less kind than myself to shit in a bucket at my bedside, had fluid overload severe enough to send my family a video of me saying goodbye just in case, experienced transfusion reactions, fevers, uncontrollable shaking, decreased vision, lost all of my hair, etc. I feel like a stranger in my own body. It doesn't feel possible to win a fight against myself.
If I didn't have my family I would stop treatment. I would take what dignity I have remaining and do some of the things I've always dreamed of. But I have them. So I fight. I put my faith in people much smarter than me and take it all in stride a great deal of the time because they need me and I will never willingly abandon them.
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Good news: If all goes as planned I am 1/4 of the way through my IV/IT chemotherapy.

Bad news: In a week I run out of my daily oral chemotherapy medication if my insurance has not finally gone through.

Being as I take it for the rest of my life and it is $727/month paying for it out of pocket is out of the question. Spent the last hour after getting the spinal chemo attempting to get hospital assistance. Finally in the van for the 4 hour journey home.

Exhausted beyond words, tired of crying. Ready to lay in bed surrounded by my babies.
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In 50 minutes I start another type of chemotherapy. So far while here I've done a 24 hour bag of IV chemo. My daily oral chemo. Spinal chemo. Now the one I'm most afraid of which has the side effect of vision changes and vision loss. I take it 4x, every 12 hours for 3 hour stretches. The hope is to go home late tomorrow night again after #4 before returning Monday for more spinal chemo. I haven't been afraid of many side effects. I've laughed through the hair loss. I've accepted nausea, vomiting, diarrhea to the humiliating point of being unable to make it to the bathroom. I've dealt with "sleeping" straight up with oxygen running due to fluid overload, sent my husband videos in the middle of the night saying goodbye to my babies the night I thought I'd die from it. Yet this has me most scared. I don't want to lose my ability to see my beautiful family. I don't want any of this. I want to wake up and have the past 7 weeks be a nightmare. I want to wake up in the big amazing house we were 3 days away from buying to my sweethearts climbing in my bed. I want to nurse my tiny daughter and to get up and cook breakfast with Jonathon Lindley. But that's not happening. Reality is I'm here in the hospital alone again. Reality is I'm scared. Reality is that I have worked so hard for a life that I don't know if I'll ever have with my family. Reality is I'm working so hard to have ANY life with my family, just to be alive... I'm tired. I'm sad. I'm scared. But in 36 minutes now I begin another chapter in this journey and "it is what it is."
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Raised by 89 people in 10 months
Created January 27, 2018
Rhiannon Lindley
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