Lexi Zelin's Cancer Treatment Fund
My name is Heather Crawford, I am 28 years old and I have a 6 year old daughter named Astrid. For the past 5 years I have worked through Second Life making 3D clothing for the game through my brand AngelRED Couture. In Second Life I am known as Lexi Zelin. Second Life changed my real life for the better in so many ways. I have had great success and happiness doing what I do. I currently have a returning customer rate of over 7,500 people. That is AMAZING! I am extremely thankful to all of my customers and people who have helped and supported me and my brand over the years.
On June 23rd I went through surgery to have an enlarged lymph node removed from the right side of my neck and biopsied.
On June 30th I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma (cancer).
Here is some info on the illness http://tinyurl.com/Hodgkins-Lymphoma
Since then I have gone through several tests and procedures including a bone marrow biopsy. As of right now scans show this is present in my neck, chest and spleen which makes it a stage 3. But, scans show it is highly likely that this has spread to my bone marrow and could be a stage 4. I should find out the results of the bone marrow biopsy July 20th.
Either way, July 22nd I will go back into surgery to have a port put in my chest for chemo. My oncologist plans to begin chemotherapy later that week.
This has been in incredibly hard time for me and my loved ones both emotionally and financially. I never expected this to happen at such a young age. The survival rate on this particular type of lymphoma is very high. But, we are starting to run out of money. I have not been able to get work done in my store due to pain from surgeries and tests, severe nausea, and just being completely exhausted mentally, emotionally, and physically from everything going on.
I am not one to seek pity, that's why I have taken so long to say these things publicly. Through my years as a 3D mesh creator I have been that designer who rarely asks for help and wants to figure out how to do everything on my own. That's why I am completely self taught. But, during this time I have to set that mind set aside and ask for everyone's help.
I have already used up all of my savings for these surgeries, tests, scans, doctor's appointments. We do have insurance but the co payments are insane and we have not met the deductible yet. So, we have been paying high amounts every time I have to go have something done out of pocket. I don't know how I am going to pay for chemotherapy and feed my child at the same time right now.
I am at a loss. So, anyone. Customers, Friends, Family, Business Associates. Anyone who can help at all, it would truly mean everything to me.
If you would like to help you may donate here or you may donate lindens to Lexi Zelin in Second Life. My inworld store is currently closed for renovation but I hope to have it open sometime this weekend and you will be able to donate there aswell.
If you are a customer who is donating through this fund or donating lindens at the store or directly to Lexi Zelin please send me a notecard in world with your name and the amount you have donated. All my customers who donate will be given an exclusive full permission mesh kit as a thank you once I get through chemotheorpy and am able to begin working again.
Everyone's donations, prayers and thoughts mean the world to me and I thank you all for being here for me through this scary time.
Thank You All,
Heather Crawford // Lexi Zelin
My beautiful little girl. She is what keeps me fighting.
Most days I feel like a human pin cushion..
Pet Scan Results I got July 14th (Page 2)
Pet Scan Results I got July 14th (Page 1)
Posted by Heather Crawford
I now have 2 chemo treatments left to do. I went in last Wednesday to get my second to the last one and ended up having to go have my port checked by two different doctors and I had to have an xray done on the part aswell. Turns out my port has flipped completely upside down inside my chest.... It had been hurting for the past few weeks, I guess now I know why. -.-
Tomorrow I go get a pet scan to see if the cancer is still present in my body. Around the first of the year I noticed an enlarged lymphnode had popped back up inside my neck where I had the first surgery and biopsy done. Last week I had an ultra sound done on that area. That showed that there are several small but enlarged lymphnodes in my neck again.
Thursday I go in to have surgery done. I will be getting my port removed completely and replaced with a new one. I will also be getting a few of the enlarged lymphnodes removed from my neck and biopsied.
I'm terrified. Nothing scares me more through all of this hell then the surgeries. Not to mention I have no clue how we will pay for all of this. I spent the last 6 months thinking the chemo would kill the cancer and I would move on with my life. I've been able to pay off most of the doctors and hospital bills from all the tests and surgeries before and the chemo treatments I've had so far. Now it seems I may have to do more chemo with different chemo meds or possibly high dose chemo. I'm trying my very best not to freak out and just take all of this one day at a time but, honestly, that's hard for me to do.
Any help and/or prayers and thoughts would be very appreciated during this time as we find out what my near future is going to hold. I will continue fighting this as hard as I can for my little girl.
My little girl will be turning 7 years old on the 25th. :) Asking for help was not an easy thing for me to do whats so ever. But, sometimes you have to set your pride aside and for my daughter, I can be okay with that. I love and appreciate all of you, please know I mean that from the bottom of my heart.
Posted by Heather Crawford
Thank you ALL for your support through all of this and to everyone who is apart of The Lexi Project. Love you all <3
Posted by Heather Crawford
I want to thank EVERYONE for your support! The response I have gotten from customers and friends has been overwhelming and given me a new sense of strength and positivity to fight this. I was extremely hesitant to share and open up about this to you all but I am glad now that I did.
Many have asked if there will be a fashion event made for this. Toxxic Rhiannyr, the owner of AlterEgo, is working on getting together an event right now so more info on that soon. Many of you wanted a kiosk to put at your stores aswell and I will work on getting one made today and I will send it through my group, if you are not in my stores group and want one just message me on facebook or in world and I will send you one.
Once again I thank you all for all the support it truly means the world to me! The Second Life designer world can get very dramatic sometimes but everytime I have seen the community pull together for one cause it has always been a beautiful thing. I never thought it would be pulling together for me, but now that it has I am speechless at how many huge hearts I have around me. <3 you all!
I will have more info on if I am stage 3 or 4 and when I start chemo on Tuesday.
@Sandy I know so many are going through terrible ordeals right now. This is why I was hesitant to even ask for help in the first place because honestly I don't feel I am worthy of it compared to so many others. The help I have gotten made it so I could afford to get chemo and I have 3 treatments left. I am not sure I will be able to afford the follow up tests as our insurance will want it's deductibles again come Janurary but we will try. As for other fund me accounts I have donated $300 to Shane's fund me as he and I are both going through this hell together and I wanted to help as much as I could. In the future if I am able to share more with others I most certainly will. But, as of right now I am just trying to fight this and stay alive for my little girl.
I hope with all that people are doing for you this many times that you also give back like if you see a go fund me maybe you might have the heart to pass it around and maybe get help for them too. I am sorry you ae going thorough this but everyone needs a hand from time to time and from what I have seen a friend of yours have had gofund me and no one seems to care about them just saying
I'm so sorry to hear what you are going through right now. I hope you are receiving only the best news and that your chemo treatments are helping. I know how hard meeting medical bills can be especially with cancer. I'm currently going through my own cancer scare and the trips to oncology, tests and surgery bills was a scary situation to face. Even with insurance. I know what helped me was filing for medical financial aid with my hospital and it helped greatly with the costs. I'm not sure if you have or if its available where you are, but look into it if you have not. Positive vibes and prayers from me to you. Keep fighting through. ♥
Lexi, this is Kaylith Zeurra, I've been a long time customer and follower of your work. Keep strong and keep your mind in the will to fight and make sure you get up and move around even just a little each day, you need to keep your physical strength. We are all here to support you, we all love you, and we're all looking forward to the day you're going to exclaim you kicked cancer's ass. ♥
Hi Heather ) many years ago I was where you are...but I wanted to live, believed their doctors and won. The main thing is not to lose optimism and fight. I was treated at the hospital of Jerusalem with Professor Ruven Or advise you to contact him for advice if I can than it is to be useful to treat Not just in case give the phone number of the Professor: 0523376992 professor Or.Today I am healthy and try to help whoever was in trouble...I believe you will win!
Lexi, I don't know you, but I have been to your store in world. I've been fighting cancer for 5 years myself and I do understand how hard it is to deal with that when you have a young child. I will certainly keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers and send positive vibes your way. Hang in there and if you ever need an ear look me up in SL if you're up to it or send me a message on FB.
This is Sugarfairy2, I am so surprised about this, as you have always been a lovely and compassionate young lady with an amazing talent. I wish you all the best and I hope that somehow this results into something positive for you and your family. Love Sugarfairy2.
Heather, my sl name is Petiita, but I speak as Reichel, unfortunately I have lived this way so hard with a loved one, but luckily I also lived a full recovery... is possible! So I want to send you all the encouragement and the full force of the world for your family and especially for you, and above all to live ♥ PD. You have my full cooperation in this event so special. Kisses and huggies.
You might say I'm rude and even heartless but here is the thing you should be on disability they cover all cancer its at the top of the list to be OKd. And yes even where you live, also I see you posted a friend of mines Fund me then took it down?! I'm sorry but I'm guessing there is a little more to you then beats the eye. I mean why did you not get on disability first? They pay for everything and even give you a check every month http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/cpc/general?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=disability%20in%20arkansas&utm_content=2958056104&utm_campaign=SSD+-+Exact+State&__egma[MatchType]=e&__egma[Device]=c&__egma[Creative]=2958056104