Hi I'm Elana I love life, a quiet evening with my hubby, fresh home made bread straight from the oven, and snuggling with my precious children. I also love to write and encourage others. God has deepened my faith through many difficulties and for that I am grateful. Today I am facing the greatest challenge ever. I am fighting for my life -but more about that later.
I married my sweetheart on December 29, 1990. Kevin and I were excited to start our lives together and looked forward to starting our family. We wanted a big one. But God had a different plan. Tests showed that my fallopian tubes were solid from birth. I would never have my own biological children. This was a heavy blow. Why had God given me such a strong mothering instinct? Slowly I began to see God’s plan as one by one, young single ladies came to me seeking advice and counsel. I loved pouring my life into them and encouraging them to focus on seeking God's best in all they do and help them to avoid destructive teenage distractions.
Eight years later I came down with a mysterious case of nausea. Nine months later our first miracle was born! The Doctors couldn’t explain what had happened, but we knew. The Lord chose to bless us with four more healthy pregnancies! We were living our dreams! Some time after the first child I started Blooming at Home, a small newsletter designed to encourage mothers to love their husbands and overcome the challenges of motherhood. I suppose you can say I was a blogger before it was cool. It soon grew to serve 100's of families all over the US, Alaska, and even as far as Europe.
Why I need your help
In January of 2012 stomach issues drove me to seek some answers. Finally in July, after numerous failed attempts at finding a solution, the Doctors discovered the culprit- gall stones. They removed my gall bladder and sent me home. I thought the long trial of sickness was over, but God had another plan. Just two weeks post op my hands and legs began to tingle. It was the oddest style of tingling I'd ever experienced. It moved! It began to move from my right hand up my arm then down my left arm ending in my fingers. It was baffling. I was having difficulty using my hands. Little tasks like brushing my hair or writing became difficult: then impossible. Before I could get back to the Doctor to figure out what was happening, the odd tingling began in my legs. It started in my right foot then up my leg then traveled down to my left foot. After numerous tests and scans I was given the shocking news.
I have stage 4 cancer in the liver, breast, and bones. With only a few weeks until Christmas my dear husband packed our suitcases and checked me into a hospital in Mexico to begin three weeks of alternative and conventional treatments that included radiation, and intravenous vitamin C. Kevin is such a trooper! He hasn't left my side. I am blessed.
The treatments are costly but hold promise. They reduced the bone spurs in my spine giving me some relief from the excruciating pain. I also have regained some use in my hands, and have renewed hope. Although the long term prognosis according to conventional medicine still doesn't look good, we are praying for a miracle. These treatments may give me my life again. I went home for the holidays but with your help I hope to return again soon for more treatments.
What We Need
- $7500 for each three week treatment in Mexico.
-Any extra funds will be used to supplement our income since Kevin is self employed.
-A laptop would be a huge blessing. Mine crashed just before we left for Mexico and my wheelchair won't fit under the desktop.
-If we don't reach our goals the funds will be used to help Kevin with the household expenses of feeding and rearing our children.
Other Ways You Can Help
I know some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help:
- Pray! I know my God is able. My most immediate need is that my back gets stronger so I can walk again.
- Get the word out and make some noise about our need.
- Please use the Indiegogo share tools!