This is a very different Post from my usual literary meanderings, as it focuses on my daughter Melanie.
She was diagnosed with a brain tumor 10 years ago and, as it was not possible to surgically remove all of it, she has had considerable chemo and radiation treatments. Sadly, while those treatments have no doubt kept her alive, there are numerous long term side effects which dictate that she cannot perform regular work functions, and is therefore dependent on benefits from her disability provider.
When she is up to it, she uses her time volunteering for a non-profit program that coaches people who are fighting poverty.
Melanie has always been a fighter but, being unable to earn an income, she is struggling to cover her basic living costs. When I was in N. Vancouver last October, he spirits were quite high, but she was obviously concerned about paying her monthly rent. Given that she has a small, one-bedroom apartment, with no cable TV and no Internet, looking for ways to cut further costs is clearly a challenge.
Her only “modern convenience” is her mobile/cell phone. However, this is also used as a reminder for her ongoing appointments; an alert to her medication schedule, and anything else that she is likely to forget. Her cell phone is vital for her day to day function
I am very proud of her. Her attitude, despite her medical history, and her drive to serve the less fortunate people (her perspective) in her community is admirable. I am helping her out wherever I can but my concern is how she is going to be able to hold on to her apartment.
A GoFundMe account has been setup in the hope that it will alleviate some of her financial concerns (link below). Please give consideration to helping her to keep her home.
She has also started making jewelry ( a kind of “cottage industry”?)! She currently has no website set up (not having internet is a bit of a problem there!), but inquiries can be directed to the email address below (she has free WiFi locations relatively close to where she lives):
Note: The “oligo” is from oligodendroglioma (her tumor). As Melanie explains it … if you have to have a brain tumor, then get this one! It’s better than the alternatives!