Team Lisa 2018

$5,600 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 49 people in 16 months
Friends and Family,

We are raising money to cover the medical costs for Lisa to get infusions for her cancer treatments for 2018.

Lisa Engelke, wife, mother of two young children, and business owner, was diagnosed in Feb 2015, at the young age of 35, with Stage II Breast Cancer.  Tests confirmed more specifically that it was Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC), a type that does not respond to surgery, chemotherapy or radiation with very promising statistics.  This type is classified as being very aggressive and having a high recurrence rate in young women. Chemotherapy and radiation were still recommended and are not covered by her insurance.

In April 2015, Lisa had a single mastectomy with 3 lymph nodes removed and an attempted reconstruction. The reconstructive surgery brought too many complications and many more surgeries throughout the year. It was an unsuccessful attempt and rescheduled for almost one year later.  Just before the surgery in Feb 2016, a new lump came back as positive for lymph node recurrence of TNBC.  It was also removed, along with a large mass that had spread into the surrounding muscle tissue, leaving her with chronic pain, lymphedema and many other complications and now Stage IV.

When Lisa was first diagnosed in 2015, she heard about Namaste Health Center in CO from her friend Ivelisse Page. Ivelisse is a young Stage IV colon cancer survivor who also used diet modification, supplementation, mistletoe injections and faith. She was also told she had a very small statistical percentage of success with chemo and radiation.

Ivelisse, who founded the Believe Big Foundation, recommended that Lisa contact Dr Peter Hinderberger (Roscombe Mansion, Baltimore) and Namaste Health Center in CO. Lisa started mistletoe injections under the care of Dr Hinderberger and became a “long-distance patient” with a Naturopathic Oncologist at Namaste. Namaste has an integrative approach to treating the “terrain” of the patient so that the body’s immune system can fight disease.
Mistletoe is very effective when used along side other modalities such as acupuncture, Reiki, coffee enemas, hydrotherapy and a ketogenic diet to help to potentiate the mistletoe therapy. Lisa continues this treatment at home, monitored by her team of doctors and all treatments and therapies continue to be 100% out-of-pocket.

Her latest scan shows that the treatments are slowing down the growth! But is still not 100% clear...

After these last few years of infections, hospitilizations, an autoimmune diagnosis, a very taxed immune system and reconstructive surgery, Lisa has been building back strength.
The next step…more Mistletoe and high dose vitamin C infusions! Namaste has partnered with GW - Center for Integrative Medicine so that local Maryland patients have a place to go for a “boost”. Lisa needs to travel to DC for infusions once a week, however they’ve just lost their family car to unrepairable damages, leaving them with no options for her to get to treatments or out and about for things that they need.

Please continue to donate to help support Lisa and her family on this healing journey! Prayers, notes, organic food, paper goods, childcare...anything helps!

During the 2015-2016 years, the community came together in so many beautiful ways and raised $12,629 towards Lisa’s treatments, medications, supplies, appointments and childcare. This also included the trip to Durango, CO at Namaste Health Center for a two week mistletoe IV intensive treatment after her last hospitalization in July 2016. Lisa was also able to document and share her journey through her Facebook page.

Your love and ANY support for this family is appreciated in every way.

Love,
Friends of the Engelke Family
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Hey friends! Please see the video update!
For April 2018.
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Hello everybody!

We are hanging in there! My car just exploded this weekend leaving us with no options for me to get around or get to treatments. We have put so much work and money into that car. We are sad to say it is officially dead...

Please share this with as many people as you can!
Please help!

Love and light,
The Engelke Family
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Please see the latest update on Lisa’s Facebook page.
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Family and friends,

Bittersweet news.
I was approved for disability....at age 37.....

The silver lining: financially it has carried us through my recent, biggest surgery... having to hire a babysitter/family helper to be here for very long hours, everyday for 6 weeks, helping with the kids and with my recovery. It covered food, supplies and all of my treatments for the 6 weeks and my new at-home treatment equipment.
We hired two young college-aged ladies who are nursing students and they are FABULOUS! (Personal message me if you need a great babysitter and have special needs/recovering and need a nurse too!)

It has already been 6 weeks since my DIEP FLAP reconstructive surgery!!! and recovery has been wicked fast and smooth, thanks to my specialized "clean" diet, REIKI, coffee enemas, treatments at home, and GW. I am still 'up and down' and staying close to home (kind of like bringing a newborn baby home....that's how it feels )
...Definitely a rebirth for sure!

The latest results from Biocept show a very low number of circulating tumor cells. This is great news!
But not zero....the number we're working towards!

My infusions will continue for 3 more months, then we re-evaluate the labs again to make sure the treatment is working and then I can take it down to a "maintenance dose/schedule."
Treatments cost approx $1,000 for the month PLUS the daily cost to commute and park in DC, and pay the babysitter and meals for the day...this all happens twice a week.
Oh I wish we had an infusion center or a wellness center in Frederick!!!.....and more doctors who support integrative care!!! And more insurance to cover it all!!! And Reiki Masters for everyone!!!! IT'S COMING!!!

I have been so blessed to have my dear friends take me to treatments, since our cars have been unsafe to drive.
And just recently, we have also been very blessed to find a friend to repair the car very soon! The approximate cost of the car parts are $1,000. Please also donate to help cover the costs, so I can get back to getting to DC!

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I have to say that lately, SO many people have been reaching out to me for help and advice. So many people are sick! It breaks my heart to feel and see so much suffering. It brings me so much joy that I can help anyone with the knowledge and gifts that I have gained. It means I didn't go through this for nothing!!!

I have spent the past two years researching everything SO fast because of how aggressive the cancer was, and I have a lot of research to share. So many people are in need!! I am trying to figure out a way to help everybody out there, but in the mean time, while I recover from my latest surgery, my time remains in one-on-one consulting/counseling and Reiki.

The fundraiser has come to a complete halt lately.
I am disabled and can not work. This is how I have been getting by. I dedicate all of my time in health & wellness research, specializing in integrative cancer research. I try to balance my time with healing myself and my family and helping as many families as I can. I am open to helping anyone and sharing my knowledge to anyone who needs it, in return for a "blessing from the heart" or donation to help support my research, my treatments and my family.
I work with individuals and families. I have also done group/family sessions and worked with families on a regular basis, local or long-distance.

Thank you to everyone in the community and my close TRIBE who have been so supportive and understanding!!! I am so truly blessed to share this life with you!!!

Please SHARE SHARE SHARE!
And donate SO I can continue these treatments & this research for ALL OF US and write that BOOK!!!

Lisa Engelke
Integrative Cancer Research
Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivor

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$5,600 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 49 people in 16 months
Created March 15, 2017
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