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Update July 2013
Dear Friends,

It has been a period of hospital adventures and ragged recovery. But before I go there, I have something to ask of you. In speaking with some of my co-workers who contributed to my original fundraising campaign, they shared that they did not know that this was an ongoing need. Their suggestion was to put up front the information about donating, and I am taking their advice. Please forgive me if this seems like a tactless appeal. And please do not feel badly if you cannot contribute.

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April 12, 2019

Hi Folks,
Unbelievably, I am still here and feel blessed to be so.

The last year and a half has posed challenges that I did not expect. I lost my partner of 20 years to brain cancer. We had planned our legal situation and finances on the assumption that I would pass first given the fragility of my medical condition. That was clearly a poor assumption and created more chaos than one might expect.

More than ever I have had reinforced that managing living with a transplant is a fluid situation and that the cumulative effect of the “cocktail” that keeps me alive has a panoply of conditions and difficulty that accrete as time goes on. Further, things that I might once do to address certain problems – like detoxification or strengthening my immune system – are now potentially deadly to me. I have to evaluate everything from using certain herbs to adding vitamins to my regimen from its impact on “cleansing” my system and enhancing my immune system. It is a reversal of a lifetime of understanding out living a healthy lifestyle and addressing common illness.

I want to thank those of you who contribute to my campaign. The ongoing costs of medical care are significant and increase as time goes by. That is a natural consequence of chronic conditions, and living with a transplant is definitely a chronic condition. I appreciate you so very much.

October 18, 2016

For some reason my updates are not working.

I celebrated my 5th year anniversary of my transplant. A big milestone for sure. It also brought back a lot of memories – good and not so good.

I feel really blessed to be alive. However, it seems to take a tremendous amount of effort and the support of my loved ones.

My medication regimen is very hard on the body, and increasingly, many of my problems are fallout from that regimen and not the transplant itself.

I want to thank those of you who still visit, still care, and still donate. The expenses continue, and it helps to have your financial support to help make ends meet. Even with insurance, my part of the pharmacy bills often exceed $800 a month. My most expensive pharmacy month was $1736. It would have been a lot worse without this fund to fall back on.

Thanks all!

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September 1, 2014

Rowan we do not know each other but we share a love of life on this planet and have a mutual friend. I know your struggles have been long and difficult and that illness can bring a unique loneliness. My prayers for you will be for comfort and kindness to be all around you. We have moved to a new city and do not have a new church for out offering. We will send the coming one to you. It is small compared to the need. With hope and concern. Frank and Sara Fesler

Sara Fesler

October 8, 2013

You are my light. Your transplant is helping you shine again!

Kelly Mitchell, Mountain View, CA

October 8, 2013

Just spoke to Rowan, she is being worked up for transplant tonight @ 10"30. Light candles, meditate, pray, send light her way.

Bill Whitlatch, Portland, OR

October 8, 2013

Be strong, sister. Lots of us have you in our thoughts and prayers every day.

Michael Morrow, Portland Community College Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals