I am very blessed to be involved in a home church with ladies that I absolutely adore. We kinda have a joke within our group that to be allowed to "join" you must either own a blog or have stomach issues. Of course, that is a joke, we open our doors to healthy chics too, but talk about them behind their backs. I kid, I kid ;-)! It seems like many of us have some sort of health issue related to our stomachs - Celiac disease, Crohn's, IBS, Endometriosis etc. Yep I told you we are a bunch of screwed up girls, but the AMAZING thing is, I truly believe God has placed us in this group for a reason. We understand each other, we empathize with each other, we can laugh with each other on our worst of days. But as much as we can laugh with each other, we have been doing A LOT of crying and praying within our group the last few weeks.
You see, our dear friend E (Elizabeth) had been suffering from some stomach issues since November and the Doctor was confident it was IBS. But mid January at one of our Home Church meetings, you could definitely tell E was very uncomfortable. After asking her what was wrong, she mentioned how bloated she had been for about a week and mentioned that nothing seemed to help. All of us being empathetic, highly encouraged her to go back to the doctor immediately and get checked out one more time. If you want to read the story from E's words click HERE.
The long and short of it is that, a few short days later, our dear friend E was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Elizabeth had a complete hysterectomy on Friday, January 21 because of suspicious masses on both ovaries, which were found to be cancerous. She also had a small amount of cancer on her colon. Her Dr. was able to remove ALL the cancer during surgery. We were shocked, numb, humbled, scared, worried, stressed, broken, hopeful. We were immediately brought to our knees. (I would encourage you to head on over to E's blog and flip through her posts from January and February to get the full journey).
We have been leaning on the words of Psalm 34:8. This is the verse that E has chosen to focus on through this journey.
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
You see, I believe, as I said earlier, that we have been thrown into each others lives for a reason. A reason much larger than any of us can imagine. I CAN NOT wait to watch this beautiful story unfold and see what God has in store for E and those who know her.
So what's the title of this post have to do with E? You ask? It's quite simple. A few of us, who are in the blogging community are joining together for E and her family. We are asking the readers of our blogs to come together and give a gift of $5 each (you can give more if you are led too) to help Elizabeth and her husband Steve, during the time that she is in chemo.
What will your gifts be used for?
All gifts will be used for expenses incurred by the Koproski family during E's months of chemotherapy. Since E is a stay-at-home mom, these expenses will likely include paying for child care, transportation, house cleaning, and grocery shopping but will also likely include many 'unexpected' expenses that at this point we cannot imagine, and other things like insurance co-pays, and any adaptive equipment or items that E might need to be comfortable at home. Rest assured that E and Steve are grateful and humbled by this effort and will be the best stewards of your generous gifts.
Steve and Elizabeth have three children: Olivia age 5, and Turner and Quinn, both age 3. They adopted Quinn from China in 2009. And if you are a parent, you understand the demands of small children can have on a healthy parent. During this time of chemo, a nanny will be hired to take care of the needs of the children so E can rest, but can enjoy being with her kids without worrying about fixing meals, cleaning up around the house, wiping butts (hey her words not mine ;-))
Wanna help out?
It is super easy to do. The girls from Mommin' It Up (Jenny and Emily) have a secure Paypal account that we are asking our readers to use. On the right side bar (top right hand corner of this page) there is a "gimmE five" icon. Just click on the button and you will be directed to the paypal account.
Wanna see who else is involved in our mission to help E beat Cancer: