Story in photos


The story in photos, including recovery.

Day 100!

Hello Everyone!

Geraldine, Viviane, and Martine on Mother's Day

Geraldine, Viviane, and Martine on Mother's Day

I know its been a long time since I have blogged. My apologies. Things are going well for me. I get stronger and stronger everyday. I reached a milestone on Mother’s Day. That day was Day 100 (100 days from day zero of my second transplant). It was truly a day of celebration! Viviane and I got dressed up in our “princess dresses” and enjoyed a nice brunch with my family.

I am still going to MCV every two weeks to get my blood counts checked and I recently had a CT scan which I will know the results on Thursday. My blood counts are still all over the place. It will be awhile before everything returns to an altered state of normal. I keep hearing “be patient with your body” from the doctors. Did they not know that I have the patience of a saint? ūüôā Well, maybe not, but I am eager to start a new chapter in my life.

May 18th is a special day to me (for personal reasons) and this year, it is the day that I will be starting school. I have learned a great deal through my journey and something that I realized, is that I have a passion and a need to connect with people. So many individuals have reached out and shown me love which has fueled my passion for living. All of the support, hospital visits, text messages, emails, phone calls, all the work the people did to restore this website, cards sent to my house, flowers, care packages, and everything else is nothing short of amazing. I am in awe of this outpouring of love and will be forever grateful for it. Seeing how so many people have touched my life, that has inspired me to go back to school and pursue a Master’s degree in Nursing. I would really like to work with children & Oncology because that holds a special place in my heart.

Meeting Cheyenne and being on that transplant floor, I saw and heard many children that were also going through the transplant process. I know that life is not fair, but knowing that children have to endure and fight this disease is tragic.  It is for that very reason that I am going back to school and furthering my education. Children deserve more, and we owe it to them to make the world a better place.

The road ahead won’t be easy, but I am eager to begin my renaissance.

I love you all,

Geraldine

Your donations at work

Hello friends,

I’ve spent some time over the past week reconciling the donations and medical expenses. Your contributions have been extremely helpful, and as promised, have only gone to expenses related to Geraldine’s ongoing battle with this disease.

The donation tracker was a bit off from the last time that we had it live.  It had recorded about $7100 in donations directly from the site. However, after reconciling this, I found that it the actual records in Paypal added up to about $6700.  Some folks had problems with the Paypal interface and tried to donate multiple times, which inflated the numbers in the tracker by a small amount.  Paypal also charges fees for processing these transactions, so about $6500 went directly to the bank account that has been set up for this site.

Geraldine has paid around $8200 in expenses related to her treatment. However, there were also other donations that people made by check or to her family directly. These were immediately deposited into the same bank account. So, as a result of all of you who donated via the site or otherwise, her expenses have been completely covered.  I can tell you that this has been a huge relief to a woman that has been placed on disability, but would rather be working and cancer-free.

Bills are still trickling in, but there is still money left over to cover them.¬† There’s also a possibility that some expenses may be reimbursed by the insurance company. That money will go right back into the donation pool.

Once this process is complete and she hopefully makes the recovery that we all hope for, the remainder of any of these donations will be given to another person or group in need.

As of right now we won’t be bringing the donation utilities back online until we have some kinks worked out.¬† There may not be a need for further donations anyway, so if we do re-launch it, we would likely do so only to test the functionality for future cancer bloggers.

Funny characters, missing pictures

Some of you may have noticed that when we rebuilt the site, some strange symbols appeared inside the text of some posts and comments.¬† This is because of character encoding and decoding when we retrieved the MySQL database back up.¬† I won’t bore you with details, other than to say I’ve gone through all posts and removed these manually.¬† If I’ve missed some, please let me know.

I have not cleaned up past comments yet.  Some of these are in en Français. I am too much of a novice at speaking/writing French to successfully edit these, but perhaps Geraldine will be able to help at a later date.

Most pictures have been replaced.  There were a few missing, but google had thumbnails of them. Categories and tags have been reassigned, mostly from memory.

All in all, I’d say that rebuilding the site is complete now.¬† I’ve backed it up again, but as stated before, it is very hard to back up in a single location.¬† You can back up the pieces, but the whole thing takes time to put back together.¬†

Thanks for your patience.

Progress

We’re close to having the site rebuilt.¬† As you can see, the theme is back, along with the header, layout and some images.¬† Thanks to Google’s wonderful ability to cache almost anything, I’ve been able to recover the “About” page and a few images that I was missing.¬† I’ve uploaded a lot of the images that I personally had saved, and am trying to track down a few stragglers.¬† It will take a while to get these images back into the posts that they belong to.¬† Most of the posts have been cleaned up with¬†categories and tags applied. These categories and tags look a bit different before because I was going from memory.¬† The posts and comments and pages have not had their content changed in the slightest, so at least we have that going for us.¬† Geraldine should be posting again soon.

The donation widget and tracker will remain offline for a while.¬† While we do have the code for it, it will take a significant amount of work to get it back online as the site is now in a different location (note the .com instead of .org address.)¬† We also have plans to release the code to the public as a free, open-source offering. We’d like to make it easy for¬†other people that may be going through times like this to set up a non-profit site such as this one.¬† Please bear with us, we want to get this right before we re-launch donations again.

We’re back!

The site is back up with the comments and posts restored.  Still working on design and other features.

Please go to http://www.friendsofgeraldine.org

We’re back!

For the past week, a friend has been helping us work with the backup database for FoG.  Now we have it all back and hosted on a different server. We really just wanted to make sure that we could get to all of the posts and comments as soon as possible.

MANY thanks to my friend Tom Wilk. He doesn’t know Geraldine very well, but when he heard what happened, he jumped in the thick of things to get the database restored.

As you can see, the pictures are gone and the formatting looks a bit funky in places, but we do have all of the raw data back.¬† With some cleanup and design elements back in place, we’ll be good to go in no time.