#HelpMelanieCervantes Fight Cancer

For: Melanie Cervantes
San Leandro, CA
Organizer: Gina Acebo & Morning Star Gali
#HelpMelanieCervantes Fight Cancer (Melanie Cervantes)
$52,200
of $70,000 goal.
Raised by 736 donors
74% Complete

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 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

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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.

Posted on August 15, 2017

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Posted on August 15, 2017

Getting Well 

The past couple of months I’ve focused my energy on changing my lifestyle, parallel treatments and medicine, eating well and de-stressing.

We have spent a lot of time cooking nutritious meals and learning new recipes. Our friends have accompanied us in the journey coming over to act as guest chefs and sharing a meal. This time was one of the prescribed lifestyle changes. Spending time preparing all our meals and then making sure that we are sharing them in a beautiful environment like the park or in front of the Bay, in a forest or at a lake. The food, the environment and the connection to our friends provide me with a medicine in recent years I hadn’t really taken into my life. I busied myself with too much work and stretched myself thin. I am learning how to reprioritize my time and attention.

Water has become a place of meditation for me. Thanks to the love of good friends, who taught me how to swim, I now swim dozens of laps every day. Nearly ten years ago a medicine person in Guatemala told me I would find my equilibrium again in the water. At the time I couldn’t accept that anything was out of balance and now it is all so clear to me how I needed to regain stability. Submerging myself calmly in the water I feel serene and connected to everything in the universe.

Even as I shift these things in my life I still ride a roller coaster of emotions. I have days when I sink into deep depressive states and the loneliness envelopes me. Ugly and old pains throb inside my chest and I cry with great desperation. Each time it feels like I will never stop feeling the sorrow I am plunged into and each time it passes and I find calmness and peace again.

As the countdown to surgery shortens I continue to use visioning exercise to see myself healing well and doing the things I love. I imagine myself as an elder celebrating a full and healthy life. I imagine these things so that my body and mind can manifest them and move them from my imagination into reality. 

-Melanie

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