Help Thérèse Beat Cancer!
She was first diagnosed in May of last year and has been undergoing full time cancer treatment since. She has had 16 initial rounds of chemotherapy, followed by a mastectomy and removal of lymph nodes in late December.
She is now CANCER FREE. However, tests have revealed that she is HER 2 positive, meaning that her cancer was particularly aggressive.
In order to be even more certain about preventing its return, she is now undergoing daily radiation treatment for the next 7 weeks as well as 17 more rounds of another type of chemotherapy.
Thérèse is a fighter! And she will beat this. But, she has been unable to design/work (which probably bugs her more than the actual cancer!).
The best way we can help Thérèse is by relieving her of the enormous stress of worrying about money during this very challenging time.
Donations will be used to help her with her mortgage, living, medical and growing health insurance expenses until she can (eagerly!) return to doing what she loves.
We’ll keep everyone updated here on her incredible progress.
PLEASE send love, good vibes, and whatever your can…
And SPREAD THE WORD!
Derrick, Rafy & Suzanne
It's now been 19 months since Thérèse was first diagnosed with cancer.. 19 months of hard-fought war against this terrible thing.
We thought she'd been through the worst of it and we were all hoping she'd be healthy and able to work again by now.
Unfortunately, the side effects from her ongoing treatment have become serious and debilitating. Among these side effects are severe vertigo, distorted vision, unrelenting headaches, and physical pain.
Her doctors say these are the cumulative effects of cancer hormone and chemo therapy. They’ve done numerous tests, MRIs, PETscans, etc.. she now regularly sees a neurologist, ophthalmologist, and other head specialists in addition to her oncologist. She continues to receive - under close supervision - her chemo and hormone therapy, and she attends a neurology/cognitive/physical therapy program 3 days a week.
Thérèse's battle has gone on much longer than expected.. as a result, the enormous stress of worrying about finances has reared its ugly head again. The ongoing cost of hospitalization, treatment, maintaining insurance.. the cost of new specialists.. potentially losing her home.. all of this stress is quite bad for her health and recovery.
But we can relieve this stress. We all need Thérèse to focus on just one thing, the most important thing: Fighting cancer and getting better!
Thérèse is more than a friend to me. She is more than the world to me. I wouldn't be the artist I am today if it weren't for her. I wouldn't be the man I am. She is everything to me. I know I speak for so many when I say that.
I don't like to ask again, but ask again I must:
Please.. give what you can. Please spread the word.
The night is darkest before dawn, and I believe it. The night is pretty dark right now.
But Thérèse IS going to make it. And the dawn will be beautiful.
Lets rally again and get her there!
We reached our goal of 30K in just 3 days!
This is INCREDIBLE!
In response - we've raised the goal to dream-level! So that everyone who wants to help, can.
Lets see what we can do! Thérèse can definitely use ALL the help we can give.
She started her daily radiation treatments this week, which aren't easy.. so all of this LOVE and SUPPORT could not have come at a better time. She is overwhelmed (in the best way possible!) by it.
Again -- THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! !!!!