Wishing Healing to Sarah Neubert

$10,310 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 211 people in 6 months
Created November 24, 2018

Sarah Neubert has been inspiring weaving community through her personal art making and The Weaving Kind  (which she founded in 2015) by her practice of inclusion, love, honesty and compassion. Her passion has lead people from all walks of life to connect through the craft of weaving, a gift that many people cherish on a daily basis. She has taught us all how to appreciate the nuances of natural fibers, the healing powers and the meditative nature of the loom, and the joy in sharing what we've made with others. She is a tremendous encouragement to all of us, a continual inspiration, and she currently needs the help of her community. 

After months of pain, doctors discovered that Sarah has a large cluster of tumors in her right kidney. Since September Sarah has been put through a multitude of tests and scans, and been in and out of many doctors offices. As we all know the MRIs and the CT scans, with or without insurance, are extremely expensive -- not to mention emotionally and physically exhausting. She is preparing for surgery to remove the growths, which will most likely result in the loss of her kidney. Sarah is a recently single mom of two little ones who is supporting herself and her children through her art, which was already challenging before her diagnosis. She will be paying at least $6,000 out of pocket, and will also be missing many income opportunities due to her current physical pain and recovery from surgery. 

Through all of this, Sarah has been transparent in her feelings, profoundly soft yet resilient in her resolve. She has shared with us her triumphs and struggles, always with light, wisdom and love. 

This campaign will hopefully help ease the financial burden that her recent medical expenses have created in her life. Any donations exceeding the fundraising goal will help Sarah with groceries, bills, childcare and subsequent medical expenses as she recovers. She has touched the lives of so many people, and this is an opportunity for us to show her how much she is appreciated and cared for. 

We love you, Sarah! We're here for you, and we're so thankful to have you in our lives.

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*Friends! We've reached our original funding goal of $6,000 in one day because of all your beautiful souls! We've decided to raised our funding goal to $10,000, which will not only help Sarah cover the cost of her medical bills, but also help her with groceries, gas, and caring for her two little ones. Thank you!!*
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Hi friends, Sarah here. I just wanted to post a more in-depth update than what I’m able to share on Instagram!

I’m still in complete awe of the generosity of this community. Still without words. The closest I can come to describing this feeling is to compare it to standing in the ocean. You can try to fully experience each individual wave, but they just keep coming. And eventually all you can do is surrender to the vastness and allow yourself to be held in speechless, grateful oneness. Maybe that makes sense, maybe it doesn’t. But this feeling is a big one.

So, my awesome news is that, on a recommendation from another kidney cancer survivor, I got a second opinion on my surgery from a doctor at Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora (about an hour from Fort Collins). My sister works at Anschutz and was able to help me get in contact with the surgeons there. Long story short, I will be seeing Dr. Paul Maroni, who’s the clinical director of urologic oncology there. The first urologist I saw only gave me a 20% chance of saving the kidney. Dr. Maroni, on the other hand, believes he will be able to save most if not all of it! Since my brave little kidney is still fully operational despite the tennis-ball-size cluster of growths, I am excited to give her the best possible chance of staying at home in my body.

There won’t be any biopsies of the growths because of the risk of cancerous material spilling out into my abdomen. MRI and CT scans are inconclusive, so right now, the exact type of growth is unknown. We do know that the growths are cysts (because there is fluid in them) but they are also tumors (because there is solid, suspicious-looking matter in them).

Having mysterious, menacing things growing in my body is not my favorite. Unfortunately, my official consultation with Dr. Maroni isn’t until January 17, and I have no idea how soon after that the actual surgery will be scheduled. Some days I’m okay with that, but other days I get very anxious. I’ve learned a lot about being patient with discomfort and ambiguity over the past few years, but it still isn’t easy. The thing that’s helping me most is talking about it with people who love me. And resting as much as I can.

The surgery will be done with robots! This is weird to me. Robots are less invasive, which makes recovery better. But I wonder if my guts will be weirded out by them poking around in there. Because don’t we all prefer human touch? I don’t know. Just a bizarre thing I’ve been thinking about.

Pain-wise, I’m at about a constant 3 or 4, which is down from a 6 or 7 since I started taking CBD oil every day. I’m really thankful for a natural medicine that can help me feel better while I’m waiting for surgery. I made my own oil from some lovely organic, locally grown hemp. It works wonders for the pain and helps my anxiety too. I’m still not able to work as often or as long as I’d like, but I think that’s really for the best right now.

So that’s it. Nothing dramatic. I’ve learned from others with major diagnoses that the waiting part can be the hardest. And so here I am. Waiting, breathing, having it out with my feelings when necessary.

Love to you all in this holiday season, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for being in this waiting space with me.

Love, Sarah
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$10,310 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 211 people in 6 months
Created November 24, 2018
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