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

For: Maggie Hollinbeck
New York
Organizer: Maggie Hollinbeck
$39,830
of $65,000 goal
61% Complete
Raised by 334 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 July 15, 2018

Posted on July 15, 2018

Dear friends & family,

YouCaring, the website I used to crowdfund for my cancer treatment, is merging with GoFundMe at the end of July, and my YouCaring fundraiser page will be deleted at that time. I'm now in Year 2 of my healing process and this is a crucial year for me -- most recurrences occur within 2 years of initial diagnosis, so I'm being extra careful to give my body everything it needs to stay healthy.

The first year cost me around $50,000 -- 1/3 of that went on credit cards before I decided to crowdfund, and the other 2/3 was covered by your generous contributions. I have just under $7,000 left of crowdfunding donations, and my medical and health-related expenses continue to cost $1500-2000 per month. Credit cards are no longer an option, so I spend what I have and that's it. I'll be setting up a new GoFundMe page in the next month or two, in the hopes that I can raise enough money to cover those costs for the coming crucial year. 

YouCaring will continue to accept contributions through July 31st. I've gathered all contributor email addresses and will be in touch in August or September with new information about how you can contribute and/or share my GoFundMe fundraiser page with your community. I'll also have an update on my health -- there are lots of monitoring tests this month and I'll know results by the time I reach out again. :)

I continue to be in awe and gratitude for your generosity and loving kindness. You have made the last year so much less stressful for me, and all I can do is bow in thanks and keep healing my body! I'll be in touch soon.

With so much love + gratitude,
Maggie

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

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