#HelpMelanieCervantes Fight Cancer

For: Melanie Cervantes
San Leandro, CA
Organizer: Gina Acebo & Morning Star Gali
#HelpMelanieCervantes Fight Cancer (Melanie Cervantes)
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The Story

As many of you may know, Melanie Cervantes, our friend, movement sister and cultural warrior, recently shared that a nodule has been found in her right lung after experiencing heart palpitations. Despite a battery of tests and a bronchoscopy procedure, she now faces a biopsy to determine if there is evidence of cancer, and if there is no evidence of cancer, there is a possibility of undergoing a lobectomy which would remove one of the three lobes in her right lung.(Update: Melanie has been diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer. She has a carcinoid tumor in her right lung and will need to undergo treatment).

The physical and emotional stress of this health set back has been extremely challenging for Melanie, but more so because she has not had enough strength to continue working as an independent artist, which means zero income generation at this time. With so many extra and hidden costs, Melanie and her partner, Jesus, are confronted with a significant change to their out-of-pocket expenses as they deal with insurance, medical treatments, day-to-day living expenses, and most importantly, time to manage this new reality. When Melanie made the decision to go independent and to devote her life full time to her movement art making, she probably never thought that she would have to stop working for months in order to confront a medical battle.

Here’s where you come in: Melanie needs our help and support now more than ever to help her weather this medical storm, to give her the necessary time to focus her energy on healing, and to not worry about how to live day to day for the next 6 months. We can help her to do this.

This page has been set up to help Melanie not have to worry about generating an income in the midst of this frightening medical challenge. Any amount, large or small, makes a difference. Won’t you join me and chip in to help Melanie?

We know that we are so very grateful to have worked with Melanie and to be moved by her cultural contributions to our shared movements. Let’s show her that we have her back and stand in solidarity with her as she moves towards health and well-being.  It is going to take all of us with prayer, love, strength, and support to help you her through this.

Thank you all for your love and generosity in supporting Melanie. 

Sending you much love, blessings and gratitude,

Gina Acebo and Morning Star Gali

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 5, 2017


Posted on October 5, 2017

I’ve been thinking about writing this update for a while and it’s been challenging to bring my fingers to the keyboard. I know people have been wondering how I have fared after surgery. It’s been so difficult to be ill and to attempt to heal during these das. Every day I found myself crying and feeling so small and powerless. The nearly daily cataclysmic events and the human suffering that follows has devastating. I try to focus on healing for the long term.

Generally, I have been surprised at how well I have recovered from such a major operation. I only spent one night in the hospital and came home to recover the day after surgery. Initially I was prescribed some pretty intense opioids but I quickly worked with my doctors to ween myself off from these drugs. I did have some pain once my nerves started “waking up” at the five points on my body where incisions were made. Managing the nerve pain with cannabanoids, near infrared light therapy and acupuncture were much better options for me. My physical energy has been focused on learning to breath anew as the remaining two lobes of my right lung needed to be exercised as they adjust to filling up the space left by the lobe that had the cancerous tumor in it. The weirdest sensation is the internal adjusting of the lobes that I particularly feel laying down. It’s like I have a crinkled bag in my chest that is inflating and deflating. I’ve found breathing and lungs do best when I do a lot of walking.

The other major element of my process has been the mental and emotional toll of facing my cancer diagnosis. After my surgery the pathology report indicated that they found cancer in one of my lymph nodes which means I am now bumped up to Stage IIA. Both my surgeon and the oncologist have said I have a very good chance of living a long life and that I shouldn’t worry but neither of them have much experience with neuroendocrine tumors nor do they have much knowledge of the disease. When I asked the oncologist how many patients he sees with my disease he said he couldn’t remember the last time he saw someone with a lung NET. This doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.

As I move forward I continue to use the herbal, lifestyle and nutrition protocols as advised by an herbalist who specializes in working with people with cancer. Acupuncture treatments and the time with the amazing healer who provides my weekly treatments are also an anchor for my healing process. My next steps are to see a specialist who works exclusively with patients diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumors. The best and closest specialist is located in Denver so seeing him will require a long road trip from the Bay Area. In the mean time I continue to reside in a deep love for life. Life is precious.

Posted on August 21, 2017

Posted on August 21, 2017

As people may know tomorrow morning I am having surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from from lung. Please think of me early in the morning (6am Oakland time) and send good energy and prayers.

Folks have also asked what else they can do to help. I would love to receive snail mail: cards, drawings, stories, jokes, stickers etc. if you would like to sendnme mail send it to:
Melanie Cervantes

PO Box 666*
1319 Washigton Ave
san Leandro CA 94577 *This is the real number, I know, I know.

Posted on August 20, 2017


Posted on August 20, 2017

Dearest Beloved Community. I write to ask for the most positive of thoughts and deepest and warmest love. I will be undergoing lung surgery at sunrise (PST) on Monday morning.It will take three hours.Please pray and think of me. I want to be surrounded and held by that love like a soft blue blanket as I go into this unknown experience.

I have been terrified, then in denial, then terrified again at the idea of having this surgery but now I finally feel ready. Ready to do what I need to bring balance and wellness in my body. I don't see this as a fight or a battle. I don't see myself as a warrior fighting myself. I see myself in deep need of healing and care and after so many years of not giving myself that I am finally ready. Ready to face what was and what is so I can heal and become whole. To love myself wildly and completely so that I can be everything I am meant to be in this life.

If you would like to help us with meals after I return home from surgery visit https://mealtrain.com/k9d0lz to sign up to bring us a meal.

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