29 Gifts Volunteer, Elly Rose, needs your help to kick cancer. Elly Rose was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in May. While her medical needs are covered for the moment, this illness has been a financial strain on the family's budget. Elly Rose has been working on the 29Gifts.org site full-time since the beginning in 2008. She has spent countless volunteer hours every month serving as our Technical Support Manager. We would like to provide Elly Rose a housing fund of $1,500, so her family does not need to worry about how the rent will be paid when Elly begins chemo. I can't help Elly Rose alone, so I am asking for your help. Please Chip In any amount you can spare. Every dollar adds up.
I asked Elly Rose to share about this journey in her own words,
please take time to read her story.
My Healing Journey by Elly Rose
I have always had fragile health. Looking back over my life I have always been dealing with one crisis or another. I look for humor and good in every situation. I find peace in moving forward no matter the circumstances. When I found 29 Day Gift Challenge in September of 2008 I felt it would help me to continue to look outside of myself. I have learned many lessons by completing the rounds of giving. It seems like I have one more to learn. I am learning that the flip side of giving is receiving. I like being independent and taking charge, making the changes that I can make.
Everything here in our little neck of the woods was going fine. Paul gets money for going to school and we live modestly and are able to meet all of our financial needs. Paul will graduate in December. While things are tight, we are happy.
Then late in April Paul found out he has too many credits. This meant he couldn’t go full time this summer. He will be able to go full time Fall Term. This was a financial disaster. We both decided to find part time jobs and just muscle through. You know the saying about best laid plans, they never work.
I became ill and was admitted to the hospital on May 1st. They were concerned that I had a hernia and it was causing my symptoms. When they operated on the hernia they found cancer. I got to go home and spent 3 days at home before they were going to start more tests. I had an adverse reaction the preparation for the test and when I went to the outpatient admitting the doctor admitted me to the hospital. The nurses prepared me that night for the test. The next day after the test I was told that I had several tumors in my colon that needed to be removed. I was going home to wait for surgery. Then I started to have a fever that spiked as high as 104. Day after day I was told; maybe tomorrow you can go home. Paul stayed with me at the hospital just going home to eat and sleep. Tom, Sandy and Kathy came up every day. I had friends dropping in all week. The nurses were wonderful, even came to see me when I wasn’t on the list of patients. Finally on Friday I was told, after many tests, that I was staying in the hospital until surgery. They put a pic line in my arm because they couldn’t draw blood anymore from my poor battered veins. After that decision was made my fever broke. During the weekend there were four patients on my floor. It was like a ghost town. Saturday Paul and I walked as much as we could. We were directed to the Nutrition Center. There the refrigerator was stocked with pudding, jello, juice and pop. The freezer had all kinds of frozen treats.
Sunday was Mother’s Day and I was still in the hospital. Paul came in Sunday morning with his guitar. His gift to me that day was a private concert of all of our favorite love songs. It was really special to me and all of the nurses standing outside my door enjoyed it too.
The nurses unhooked my IV and let me take a shower and get dressed for the day. My daughter, Trina, three grandson, one great granddaughter were coming to stay until after the surgery. Tom and Sandy brought Kathy to visit with everyone. We went to the Nutrition Center and had a party.
To soon the nurses had everyone leave as they prepped me for surgery the next day. Trina coaxed Paul into going home. They would all be back in the early morning before surgery.
I saw everyone before surgery and then I was whisked off to the operating room. I had been able to stay positive during this time but for a fleeting second I thought, oh, I might not wake up here. Then I woke up. I had a bowel resection and was fitted for a colostomy. But I was awake.
My daughter had decorated the room with streamers and balloons and she brought pictures of family to set around. When the nurse wheeled me into the room she asked, what is this. I said this is a celebration, I woke up.
I was able to go home 4 days after surgery. I was released into Home Care. I was a little upset, I can take care of myself. But after the nurses had to be there daily, sometimes twice a day I had to admit that it had been a good idea to have home care. I was just recently released from home care and now am able to go for walks.
I am looking at this as my Healing Journey. I have been released from my surgeon and will start chem next week with my oncologist.
Allowing this chip in campaign was a very hard decision to make for me. I know that the flip side of giving is receiving, but I didn’t want need to be receiving. Then the words of my Grandmother rang in my ear.
Grandma taught me to be gracious when receiving a gift. On my birthday, toward the end of Grandma’s life she gave me money. Now I didn’t need the money. She did though, so I tried to not take the gift. She told me that she had been saving up for this moment, and I was not to ruin it with my pride. She asked me to let her have the dignity to give what she knew she could give. She told me she needed the blessing that came from giving and asked that I would not be a part in withholding the blessing from her. She asked me always to remember that when we are receiving a gift, our attitude in acceptance was a gift itself. Just how did she know so many years ago I would need to know those things for this challenge?
All in all this personal challenge of dealing with cancer came at the perfect time. Paul didn’t have school, so he was there in the hospital and here at home when I needed him. We are in a town close to the Air Base and medical care there and in our local community. We have access to some of the best doctors. I have prayer warriors that keep me covered in Angel Wings with their daily prayers. I have an angel Landlady who is giving us time to find the money to pay the rent. Because of her I don’t have to move on the first. I have family that loves and cares for me and I have the opportunity to heal.
Dear Elly Rose,
Hope you are doing good. May be you can give this a try too!
I just came across this in another forum and wanted to share it with you.
In divine light, love and gratitude,
The surprising benefits of lemon!
>>>>>>>Lemon (Citrus)is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.
>>>>>>>Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits. You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy. How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial multimillionaires large corporations? As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes. You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc... It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors. This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say itis very useful in all variants of cancer. It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum against
bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high and an antidepressant,combats stress and nervous disorders.
>>>>>>>The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that: It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas ...The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells. And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells.
Wow, thank you. I will add lemon juice to my diet starting today. The miracle of food continues to amaze me.
Hello Elly Rose, I haven't been to the 29gifts for a while and I only found out today that you have been through some challenging times. I wish you all the best in your recovery, may you get better soon and keep on shinning your beautiful light around you. Love and Light and Endless Blessings, Ana Miller
Ana, what a delight to see you again. Thank you for your help and your kind words.
Keeping you and your family in my prayers for healing and good health.
Thank you Thia, I love all the prayers and feel everyone of them.
I came here today to see how you are doing and let you know I'm thinking of you
Thank you for all of your support. We have paid June and July rent because of your generosity. I love all of the help and prayers and support. You have all held me up during this time. I love all of you.
We LOVE you so much!
Yeah... we paid the rent June, July and august for elly and paul so they could focus on her healing. 29 Gifters ROCK!!!"
We all rock! WhoopWhoop!
God bless you all, 29Gifts members and community for your help in raising these funds for the family.. Without all of you it would not have been possible..