Esther Rodgers (JazzTurtle) Cancer Recovery Fundraiser

For: Esther Rodgers
Mebane, NC
Organizer: Ashley Martineau
Esther Rodgers (JazzTurtle) Cancer Recovery Fundraiser (Esther Rodgers)
of $35,000 goal.
Raised by 406 donors
60% Complete

The Story

Esther Rodgers is a legend in the fiber art world. She has classes on Craftsy, has been published in multiple books, and has been invited around the world to inspire creativity in spinners around the globe. And now she is a cancer survivor.

Let's come together and help lift Esther's financial burden while she heals so that she can have a mental & emotionally peaceful recovery and get back to what she loves most - teaching and inspiring creativity in the fiber art community. Cards can be mailed to the following address: Esther Rodgers, 603 Hunters Run, Mebane, NC 27302

All donations on this website go directly into her paypal account to pay for medical expenses. You can read Esther's cancer story in the Fundraiser Update below.

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 27, 2017

Posted on April 27, 2017

So we're at 6.5 months post surgery...weeks from 7 months.

  • My colon is still leaking.. and it varies from a constant drip to more significant fluid.  Other than the 2 openings, the rest of the surgical wound is finally healed, so that's huge progress.  
  • I had an appointment with my oncologist a couple of weeks ago. He ordered a colonoscopy that found a few pollops, but they came back from pathology clear.  He is now concerned that the colon will not heal the leak on it's own due to the way the scar tissue has formed.  He is giving me until Aug 2.. which at that time I will have another CT scan.
  • If the scan shows the leak is still there he will schedule a bowl rescetion for November.  He referred to this as a "difficult" surgery for me, since it can't be laparoscopic, but involves an abdominal incision, another week stay in the hospital, 4 weeks off my feet, and many months until I feel like I didn't have someone's hands inside of my abdomen.
  • If he does need to do the surgery, it is a chance for him to take the lymph nodes closest to the appendix to make sure that the cancer didn't metastasize.    If my colon DOES stop leaking on it's own, then he's not sure it's worth the bit of extra information that getting the lymph nodes will provide to put me through the surgery and recovery. 
So for now I'm just trying to get as strong as possible, so that if the surgery does happen, I can do what I can to make my recovery easier.  I have started to pick up massage clients, though my stamina is half of what it was, so it's slow getting back, but progress is progress.   My creative mojo has returned, so that makes me happy.  I am finding peace again in spinning and weaving.
I'm still working with Blue Cross on the hospital bill. We have an attorney and if the hospital continues to be unhelpful we will go to the attorney general if we have too.   I'm not letting the stress of the money impact my healing.  Visualizing to actualizing positive healing is the most important right now.

The worst things now are constant dull pain in my abdomen, the leaky drip, and the itching from the constant tape..  but perspective is everything-.. and I am constantly reminding myself how far I have come. I really appreciate everyone's messages and emails of support and encouragement, prayers and well wishes.  I can't tell you how much they mean to me.

- Esther

Posted on January 21, 2017

Posted on January 21, 2017

Things are progressing alright. There’s still pain, which is frustrating, but my surgeon says it’s normal for the trauma I went through. I got my PICC line out a week before Christmas. I felt great, and then not so great.  The not so great worried my infectious disease doctors, so they asked me to go back to the ER (all the clinics were closed for the holidays) and get evaluated.  I was admitted for 24 hours and it was determined that my insides were working more, which is what increased the pain, and that my infection had not returned.  So they had me make a follow up with my surgeon for 2 weeks and sent me home on Christmas Eve. They did take me off the narcotic pain killer and put me on non narcotic pain management, so that is fantastic.  My appitite as returned, as well as my desire to create.

The recent appointment with my surgeon went very well. She said she was thrilled with my progress and determined my colon had stopped leaking the icky fluid. She said the incision was healing nicely and the fluid draining from it was now looking like it was just leftover from the trauma, rather than new.  At the next  appointment my Oncologist will join my  Surgeon to determine the plan of action for the next surgery and recovery. We are hoping it will be in March. 

So that’s what’s happening.  I’m slowly feeling like progress is happening..  slowly, but it’s happening.  Thank you everyone for your continued messages of support. It makes my days brighter. 


Posted on December 6, 2016

Posted on December 6, 2016

Update from Esther!

I’m so grateful to be a recipient of one of the #youcaringgives scholarships!!Today is 2 months since I had the surgery. My home health nurse told me that when he first visited, 6 weeks ago, my surgical wound was 16.5 cm long and 3.5 cm wide.  Today when he measured it was 5.5 cm long, and .5 cm wide.  So healing is happening, though slow. I’ve started taking a “wound care” supplement that will hopefully speed up the process and address my excessive weight loss. I have an appointment with my surgeon on Wed to get a progress check.  I had a CT scan Friday, and a blood drawn today, so I imagine I’ll get a good idea of how things have progressed.  I have started to be able to manage my pain with Advil and less with painkillers, which feels amazing. I still have a ways to go, but I’ve come a long way since I was almost dead, 8 weeks ago.

I can’t believe that YouCaringGives thing happened! It’s amazing!! I reread that email 5 times to bryan on the phone this afternoon!!

I will totally grab some things for the Facebook auction, and I’m sure I have some fiber.  I will share it around.

Now that I’m off the painkillers (or almost off them)  I am far more lucid and will be online and just awake more..  the oxy was really just sapping everything out of me.


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