Warrior Stronger Than Cancer

Updated January 10,2019

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The Story: “Stronger than Cancer”. Erica Kuneki, a young Native American girl currently 18 years old, is fighting Osteosarcoma, bone cancer. A few months ago when it seemed like the cancer was doing better, it jumped to soft tissue and new tumors showed up. More rounds of chemo and radiation nearly killed her, and she took a long rest from treatment. Recently, however, inflammation showed up in her bones again and she became very ill. They opted to do a weeks worth of radiation therapy. Now, As of the fourth day of radiation she started feeling quite a bit better so we are feeling hopeful again. In fact, she sounded remarkably energetic over the phone tonight, laughing at a funny movie.

Unfortunately, while at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at OHSU in Portland this week, someone broke into Elsa Spence’s car in the parking garage. The girls had just gotten there and were already stressed and accidentally left Erica’s wallet in the car. She had all her Christmas gift money in the wallet, so it was a mighty big blow emotionally.

Erica had saved up her money for a trip to New Jersey that will be provided by the Make a Wish Foundation. She wanted to be able to buy souvenirs or special treats. All of her money was taken and the wallet was left laying somewhere on hospital grounds. Someone turned it in to the security.

Elsa made this Facebook live video:

https://www.facebook.com/elsa.spence.186/videos/287729891945879/

Click image to see Elsa’s Video about the car burglary

I keep dreaming that someone with a little extra money would help sponsor this local Native American girl, whose family lived in the valley for many generations fishing on the river. While theoretically the tribe helps people in situations like this, the truth is people this far away from the reservation often slip through the cracks.

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DONATIONS: There are now several options for helping financially.

To help Erica with money for to spend when she gets her trip from The Make-A-Wish foundation, her mother set up a New GoFundMe account:

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gf.me/u/px3duc (GoFundMe)

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Also, a Facebook fundraiser was set up here to help the family:

https://www.facebook.com/donate/424422828097229/?fundraiser_source=external_url

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Or, Checks made out to Elsa Spence can be dropped off or mailed to Umpqua Bank.

“Stronger than Cancer”

Donations For Erica Kuneki

Umpqua Bank

PO Box 67

White Salmon, WA

98672

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You can contact Elsa Spence via Email: elsaspence46@gmail.com

Or send cards or checks to Elsa and and Erica:

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Elsa Spence and Erica Kuneki

PO Box 778

Bingen Wa

98605

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Or if you see them around town feel free to say hello and tell them you have been following their story on here! Maybe slip Elsa a few $$ for gas.

It takes a whole Village to raise a Child. We are asking for your help with a particular child/ young woman and her family’s needs. Be the Village 😉 😀 A huge thank you to various people who have helped in the past with donations

Erica Kuneki gets interviewed by Christine Pitawanich/KGW Channel 8 News

Christine Pitawanich/KGW and Erica Kuneki

Click on the image below to go to the original post about Erica for full updates and new photos.

Photo of Erica Kuneki at her eighth grade graduation. Click on the image to go to the original stronger than cancer post. The original post has been updated

Photo of Erica Kuneki at her eighth grade graduation. Click on the image to go to the original stronger than cancer post. The original post has been updated

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Beauty of Sunset

“Clouds can dim the light of life,

But in return they can be the source of great enlightenment. ”

~Darlisa Black

Clouds can dim the light of life, But in return they can be the source of great enlightenment. “ ~Darlisa Black. Photo of Columbia River Gorge Sunset, from White Salmon, Washington

Columbia River Gorge Sunset, from White Salmon, Washington

Many of you have read and shared this article about  My adopted niece Erica Kuneki.   She continues in her battle with cancer, dealing with a great deal of pain. This brave young woman  still continues to find things to laugh about, in spite of  the trauma of the cancer.  Recently, a platelet transfusion caused a reaction similar to anaphylactic shock, and had to be discontinued.

Erica and her family continue to need help financially for help with bills, laundry costs, even bridge tolls.   There are several fundraisers listed in this original article for anyone willing to help.  Thank you!

 

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Warrior Stronger Than Cancer

So, about that autism “girl gap”…

This was a fascinating and extremely well written post about autism and the disparity in diagnoses.

echolaliachamber

I received a diagnosis of autism, ADHD, and OCD a few years ago after I started grad school. PTSD would soon follow. I had been in and out of counseling for over 10 years, where the only labels I was given were anxiety and depression. I now feel pangs of rage when I meet someone else with just these labels. It seems to be clinical shorthand for “you’re welcome to pay us but we find your problems unworthy of further consideration”.

Though I was proactive in seeking care once I had access to the University’s services, I was and am privileged to have access to these services. It was also a privilege that I was able to “speak the language” to get the triage counselor to put me with the psychiatry clinic. Other friends, particularly my black lab mates, are sent to “group counseling” for other black women. It’s a…

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Winter in Trout Lake

I wanted to share a few pictures with you from the month of February 2019, in Trout Lake, Washington. We had one of those heavy snowfalls that came fast and furious, Beautiful and dangerous.

Mount Adams

Shining bright with winter snow at the higher elevations. Mount Adams is the second tallest peak in Washington State, and yet had been the lesser visited mountain. We locals like it that way.. no roads open year around to treeline.

First Snow

My view this morning at 8 am in Trout Lake, Washington which is just south of Mount Adams.
Happy December everyone, stay safe on the roads!
32 degrees at 8:56
December 1, 2018

Darlisa Black
Starlisa Black Photography
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Image of lenticular clouds over Mt. Adams reflected in a lake. This is also a link to my best photo album on Starlisa.smugmug.com

Image of lenticular clouds over Mt. Adams reflected in a lake. This is also a link to my best photo album on Starlisa.smugmug.com

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See my long time lenticular assortment here by clivking on the collage below

Click this collage to see my lenticular cloud collection on SmugMug

Click this collage to see my lenticular cloud collection on SmugMug

Lenticular show

Tonight was amazing, lines of mountain wave clouds, stacks of lenticular clouds like ducklings in a row. One stack at the top of each wave of fast moving air.

I raced to my favorite spot, over looking Mount Adams, and found this scene. enjoy!