Help Maggie Hollinbeck get cancer-free and stay that way!

For: Maggie Hollinbeck
New York
Organizer: Maggie Hollinbeck
$39,195
of $65,000 goal
60% Complete
Raised by 330 donors

The Story

Dear Family, Friends, & Friends I haven't met yet,

September 19th will mark five months since I first heard the words “you have cancer”. 

I was diagnosed in April with early stage breast cancer. It was a day I wouldn't wish on anyone. I’m happy to say that five months in, things are looking good; I had a lumpectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy in June and my body continues to heal well from that surgery. Unfortunately, one of the three biopsied lymph nodes showed signs of cancer as well, so this flipped me from Stage 1 into the Stage 2 club. A full-body scan in July showed only one “indeterminate” spot in the lymph node area which could have been inflammation from surgery, so there will be another scan in October to see what's what. In the meantime I'm doing several holistic and alternative treatments, following a rigorous anti-cancer diet, and monitoring my progress with bloodwork. While I'm not out of the woods, what I'm doing so far seems to be on the right track and I need to continue my current regimen of treatment.

Some have asked me for guidance on how they can best support me, and it was suggested that I share with my community some specific actions y’all can take (or keep on taking). So here goes:

In addition to supportive calls, texts, hugs, prayers, walks in the park, good vibes & mojo (which are SO appreciated), the plain truth is that cancer treatment is expensive and lengthy. I used savings and credit cards for the first few months but now it's clear that that's unsustainable; I'm out of money and in debt. I need financial support to get through this. 

The money raised here will help me afford the treatments I need, diet & supplements, and supportive therapies such as counseling and yoga. These costs add up to $2,500-3,000 per month on top of my general living expenses, so this fundraiser will ensure that I have everything I need to continue my healing for the next couple of years.

Strange thing about cancer - it’s made me feel more vulnerable than ever before, and also more loved and supported than ever before. I’ve always prided myself on being stubbornly self-reliant but in my humble opinion, no one should go through a cancer journey alone. I’m not sure it can be done, and because of you, I don't have to try. 
Thank you all, from the bottom of my humbled heart, for your love and support.

With love & gratitude, Maggie

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 7, 2018

Posted on February 7, 2018

Dear ones,

Happy February! I wanted to talk to you since it’s been a while, so I made a video update:

https://youtu.be/SfCfjj50k2Y

I hope your holiday season was peaceful and bright. As always, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your love and support, and please feel free to share this as you like.

With love & gratitude,
Maggie

Posted on December 14, 2017

Posted on December 14, 2017

QUICK UPDATE: After conferring with several friends, I've decided not to put an end-date on this campaign. Turns out my main (unconscious) motivation for closing it was so that I wouldn't have to keep asking y'all for help! But right before I got my diagnosis, in a morning prayer I asked to learn how to be more vulnerable and more connected to community, and holy cow has cancer been a strange but perfect answer to that prayer! So I'll keep asking for help and letting it break down my patterning of stubborn self-reliance, so I can keep breaking open to vulnerability and not doing this alone. Thank you so much for all you've done, and for all you continue to do.

With lots of love & gratitude,
Maggie

Posted on December 1, 2017

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Posted on December 1, 2017

Dear ones,

It's been a while since my last update. No news is good news! I've been enjoying this little miracle called steady paying acting work that lets me sleep in my own bed every night - like, seriously, whoa. (A castmate snapped this photo of me getting interviewed after our press unveiling in October!) This gig also allows me to focus my energy on healing and because of your generous support, I have a tiny one-woman cancer clinic set up in my home. All the equipment, food, and supplements I require are available to me, because of the healing fund. On Black Friday I was able to take advantage of a crazy-good sale on one of my supplements - because I had the funds to buy a year's worth at once, I paid $600 less than what I would have paid monthly for the next year. Let me take a moment to point out that just one supplement would have cost me $1500 for a year, but because of this crowdfund I was able to buy in bulk and spend just $900. For one (kickass) supplement.

The last few months have been maintenance time and I've spent them well, throwing everything I have toward getting well. This month, December, will be check-in time. I'll have my second thermogram as well as an ultrasound to check for any signs of new tumors. I've also decided after much research to get the RGCC or Greece Test done. This test monitors the number of circulating tumor cells in my body, and more importantly it tests the cancer I'm dealing with against dozens of healing protocols both conventional and alternative, to see which are most effective in teaching this particular cancer to die. I'm thrilled to have found a doctor to administer the test, and although the cost (approximately $4,000) isn't covered by health insurance, I can afford it thanks to you.

I've decided to end this fundraiser on December 31st; rumor has it that things like this do better when they have an end date. I'll be giving a couple of updates this month to keep up momentum. We've come amazingly far, and yet we're not quite halfway there. There's nothing quite like the season of giving, right? I believe that in the next 31 days we can get across the finish line!

As I may have shared before: the risk of cancer recurrence is highest two years after initial diagnosis. The words "cancer-free" don't get used until at least the five-year mark. Cancer is a long journey, and getting these funds raised will assure that I have access to what I need in order to be healthy in April 2019,  and April 2022, and beyond. Let's do this!

Please share this message with anyone you think might be able to help. Please consider contributing if you haven't, or even if you have. Let's close out 2017 with a miracle!

Sending you so much love,
Maggie

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