Cheri's Shero fund to beat cancer

$5,550 of $5,500 goal

Raised by 109 people in 15 months
Lyena Strelkoff  GRANADA HILLS, CA
Sometimes life throws you a circumstance that levels your whole world… and then sometimes, it gets worse from there.

This page is dedicated to my client, Cheri. She’s a mother and grandmother, a loving heart and a gifted intuitive. Two months ago, she was diagnosed with cancer but, really, that’s only the cherry on top.

THE BACKSTORY

Cheri’s world initially crashed when she discovered her husband of 20 years was living a secret life.

“He was using false names, having affairs, picking up strangers, and constantly lying.”

As evidence emerged, Cheri was devastated. But she was also trapped. Like so many women in fraudulent/abusive relationships, Cheri had no income, no money of her own, nowhere else to go. Over the years, her husband had isolated her and now, he controlled everything.

Then, a mutual friend introduced her to my work with the “shero’s journey,” and she was inspired.

“Lyena had come back from such devastating loss, and she was thriving and helping others. Maybe this was my shero’s journey and I could do the same.

"Something stirred in me. I didn’t know how I was going to do it, but I became determined to rise.”

So Cheri put herself in a risky position and begged and borrowed money to work with me. Together, we helped her make a new start. She took responsibility for her life; did the deep healing work required; made a plan; and reclaimed her power.

“I felt like a totally different person when we were done.”


THE CURRENT STORY

But a few short weeks later, as Cheri began the challenge of integrating her transformation, her body suddenly stopped working and she collapsed on the floor.

“They told me I had leukemia and only two years to live…. Betrayal had frozen my blood.”

Now the fight for her life had turned literal.

She entered the “dark night of the soul,” as she calls it, and discovered she wasn’t afraid of dying. She was afraid of living... And it was time to choose.

“I knew there was a reason to stay. I still have a lot to teach my kids and my grandkids to change the family lineage of addiction and abuse. And I thought about Lyena and how I could help others with my journey.

"I chose to live.”

To her enormous credit, Cheri’s diagnosis and prognosis both changed in the following weeks. It’s still not clear exactly what kind of cancer she’s dealing with, but the fluidity of the diagnosis is leaving lots of room for miracles. Cheri has already shown measurable signs of spontaneous healing.

But she needs a lot of support to keep the momentum going. She’s still extricating from her marriage, still without independent resources. And the effort to remove toxic people from her life has left her largely alone during this fight.

When I work with Lyena, I’m able to stay rooted in my power. The path before me becomes clear and I can do what has to be done. It energizes me and gives me strength. Without that support, I am literally alone. And I fall into old ways of thinking -- fear and self-doubt. I start spinning in circles.

“Lyena is my angel. When I wanted to give up on myself, I had her voice inside my head. She is such a beautiful gift.”

OUR DEEPEST DESIRE

Cheri and I are hoping to raise $5500 to continue our work together. That amount, after reducing my fees as much as I can shoulder, will empower me to serve Cheri for nearly six months. In that time, we can position her for the greatest chance of recovery and continue rebuilding her foundation. If Cheri can beat this cancer and get the support she needs, I know she can fly.

“I’m not ashamed to tell my story, but I am afraid to accept help. I’ve always been a lone ranger, never felt deserving of love and support. That’s changing… Sometimes, it takes a village to pull yourself up, and to surrender and accept help even when you’ve lost all trust.

“If I can get through this, I can be someone’s Shero, someone who’s been in my shoes, so they don’t have to almost lose their life like I have.

"The journey can’t be over. This isn’t how my story ends.”


Thank you for helping me help Cheri live, and make the difference only she can.

There are no words to express our gratitude.
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Update 9
Posted by Lyena Strelkoff
11 months ago
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Dear Friends,

Just wanted to take a moment to share a bit about Cheri’s progress over the last three months.

First off, Cheri’s cancer remains in remission. Not only is it “official” now, but doctor’s have reduced the frequency of testing and follow up. Her numbers look great and are steadily improving.

On the work front, Cheri is on track for gaining her independence. She is in the process of renewing her real estate license and has taken many steps towards launching a real estate staging business, including getting her staging certificate and landing her first paid staging gig! She is also fulfilling a life long dream of studying design. She’s currently enrolled in a design certificate program.

Talking to her today, I was profoundly moved by the growth in her confidence and command. There has been some family drama in the last few months, but what used to derail her for weeks, now slows her only for a few days. She is no longer available for the “crazy,” and no longer hitching her dreams to someone else’s star.

Cheri has this to say:

“Because of all the support, I’ve been able to move into my life. A lot has happened in a very short time. Before, I couldn’t make it a day without going flat. Now, I’m staying in action, following through, and creating the life I want.”

Cheri’s energy is still compromised, so the next three months will be focused on strengthening her health and vitality, while she continues to move forward on the work front. It’s also an opportunity to keep practicing meeting life’s demands from a truly empowered place. Every decision, every encounter, every moment offers itself as a training ground.

I am so pleased to see Cheri’s hard work really taking root in her life. She’s extremely well positioned to enjoy continuing solid ground when our work comes to a close at the end of July.

So thank you again, from the depth of our hearts, for your support of Cheri. This work is making a huge difference in her life. And we absolutely could not have done it without you.
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Update 8
Posted by Lyena Strelkoff
13 months ago
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Dear friends,

I don't even know where to begin to express my feelings to you. I've been wanting to reach out, to let you know how thankful I am, how floored I've been by your kind words and donations, but I'm speechless. In truth, it's been difficult to receive. Such love and support is totally opposite what I've always believed about myself... That I'm not worthy, not deserving. But I see Spirit calling through all of you.

When I made the decision to live, I told God he'd have to show up for me. If it wasn't my time to go, then I needed help. That's when Lyena reached out with the offer to fundraise and I knew He was acting through her. Then seeing the money come in, reading the kind words of support, the advice, suddenly having a circle of cheerleaders... I knew this was God in action.

You are my angels. Heaven sent. In meditation, you look like little stars, lighting me up, guiding me back to myself. I am owning who I am, tuning back into my intuition, finding my voice in a more assertive way. I want to live, to make it all the way and not give up. You are part of the circle breathing life into me.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Love,

Cheri
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Update 7
Posted by Lyena Strelkoff
14 months ago
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We did it!!!!

Together, we did it!!

In the last two weeks, every last dollar we needed has come in. Cheri's fund is now 100% complete!!

What an extraordinary experience this has been. And what an extraordinary community. More than 100 people gave. More than 200 shared!! The generosity and support has been truly magnificent. And Cheri and I are deeply humbled. Cheri logged on yesterday and wept when she saw what had happened. And I... well, I am just speechless. To be in the company of this much love, this much support... I don't know what to say...

Except, THANK YOU!!!! Thank you for giving. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for listening and hearing and caring. Thank you for standing with and for us both. Thank you for your big, fat, juicy hearts. THANK YOU!!!

Stay tuned for words from Cheri coming soon. And beyond this day, over the coming months, I promise we'll keep you posted. We're in this together now, every step of the way. Be there challenges or celebrations, Cheri and I rejoice in this shared journey.

So, thank you thank you, one and all. From the depth of our hearts, thank you!
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Update 6
Posted by Lyena Strelkoff
14 months ago
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Ok now, it's just $200! I know it looks like we need more, but we have a matching grant in place and just $200 FULLY FUNDS this campaign. We can do that right? I dreamed this morning we raised $385,000!!! We can do $200!! We need it before March 1 to get the match. Please, will you help me?

THANK YOU for all you've already done... and all you're about to do. THANK YOU!!! xoxox
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Paith MacQueen Gruszynski
15 months ago
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Dear Cheri, I don't know you personally, but I KNOW you can heal. I know. And Lyena is the perfect midwife for this for you. I am in full support and hope you feel held and guided at all moments now and forward. Will you watch a special video about a woman who healed from cancer after a near death experience? She explains why she got cancer and how her awakening during her near death healed her. She wrote a book called 'Dying to Be Me' and you can google that and look for live interviews with her. It upends all our beliefs about illness and healing, and I believe her story can be an ally for you. With utmost love to you.

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Kate Murphy Hugh-Jones
15 months ago
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Cheri - I am a breast cancer survivor. I finished treatment last April. Our situation is not the same but I do know how it feels to be dealt a devastating blow like this and to endure the pain, uncertainty, fear and anger that comes with it. I got through it with the help of a strong will to live and the support of my loved ones and I know you will too. Sometimes it helps to talk to someone who has been through a similar situation and if you'd like to talk, contact Lyena for my info. I utilized so many resources in the Los Angeles area and maybe can help you do the same. Or I can just listen. Either way, I wish you well and I will be thinking of you. -- Kate

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Amalia Logunova
14 months ago

Cheri! You already ARE a Shero for being able to reclaim your life and start over! Now beat this stupid cancer and enjoy the heck out of your new life!!!! I believe that cancer as many of other diseases comes from a blow to our spirit - so by strengthening your spirit you will strengthen your body - and no one can help you better than the one and only Lyena!! You are on the right path! Lots of love and healing energy to you dear!! Rock on!!

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$5,550 of $5,500 goal

Raised by 109 people in 15 months
Created January 18, 2016
LD
$40
Lisa David
12 months ago
$10
Anonymous
14 months ago (Offline Donation)
NB
$450
natasha brock
14 months ago

Love, love, love!

$25
Anonymous
14 months ago
$25
Anonymous
14 months ago (Offline Donation)
$125
Anonymous
14 months ago
GG
$35
Granada Hills Grubfest
14 months ago

All the best to you....

MG
$100
Marilyn Graves
14 months ago
$60
Anonymous
14 months ago
CJ
$100
Cynthia Juno
14 months ago
Paith MacQueen Gruszynski
15 months ago
2
2

Dear Cheri, I don't know you personally, but I KNOW you can heal. I know. And Lyena is the perfect midwife for this for you. I am in full support and hope you feel held and guided at all moments now and forward. Will you watch a special video about a woman who healed from cancer after a near death experience? She explains why she got cancer and how her awakening during her near death healed her. She wrote a book called 'Dying to Be Me' and you can google that and look for live interviews with her. It upends all our beliefs about illness and healing, and I believe her story can be an ally for you. With utmost love to you.

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Kate Murphy Hugh-Jones
15 months ago
1
1

Cheri - I am a breast cancer survivor. I finished treatment last April. Our situation is not the same but I do know how it feels to be dealt a devastating blow like this and to endure the pain, uncertainty, fear and anger that comes with it. I got through it with the help of a strong will to live and the support of my loved ones and I know you will too. Sometimes it helps to talk to someone who has been through a similar situation and if you'd like to talk, contact Lyena for my info. I utilized so many resources in the Los Angeles area and maybe can help you do the same. Or I can just listen. Either way, I wish you well and I will be thinking of you. -- Kate

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Amalia Logunova
14 months ago

Cheri! You already ARE a Shero for being able to reclaim your life and start over! Now beat this stupid cancer and enjoy the heck out of your new life!!!! I believe that cancer as many of other diseases comes from a blow to our spirit - so by strengthening your spirit you will strengthen your body - and no one can help you better than the one and only Lyena!! You are on the right path! Lots of love and healing energy to you dear!! Rock on!!

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