Gobsmacked

Looking for superlatives to use here, but none are enough! Yesterday’s blogger auction raised $23,210, combined with $3,222 in cash donations to make a total of $26,432. I am blown. away. I fully expected the blogging community to come together and raise a good chunk of change, but never dreamed that it could reach this level.

I was running on a high all day yesterday watching the bids come through and keeping up on Twitter. My family and I were all texting each other with updates. You didn’t just save me, but you saved my family. The predicted amount for my chemotherapy drugs is $30,000 if I have to do the full 6 months. This covers almost all of it. That means my retired mother doesn’t have to cash in her RRSPs. My Nana doesn’t have to give up her “just in case” nursing home savings. I don’t have to work full-time when my doctors have advised me against it.

It doesn’t end here however. I am still going to work at getting the drug assistance my province owes me. This gives me a cushion while I go through the bureaucratic minefield of getting there. I originally wanted to give the remaining funds to buying items for the kitchen and family room in the oncology ward that I lived in for one month. But maybe this means we could renovate to give them a proper kitchen! I met SO many amazing people fighting cancer in that hospital, they and their visiting families certainly don’t deserve to eat food like this. I will be blogging all the details about where the money goes.

If you’d like to listen to the radio interview I did with the local CBC station yesterday morning, click here. If you’re a New Brunswicker, I encourage you to write in and tell them your thoughts on the province’s lack of catastrophic drug coverage.

Janetha did an interview with Fitness Magazine about the fundraiser, which you can read here.

Finally, I’m on Freshly Pressed!! How cool is that!?

I really wish I could send a thank you card and gift to every single person who participated in this fundraiser. To the people who bid, who donated items, who donated their money, who blogged about it and tweeted about it, to the hard working bloggers who spent DAYS organizing this, you know who you are! Thank you will never be enough, but your kindness and effort will always, always be appreciated and remembered.

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Posted on July 26, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 144 Comments.

  1. Truly. simply. amazing.

    xo

  2. Hurray Hurray HURRAY!! We love you pretty lady :)

  3. Wooohooooo! So happy for you Susan!!! I agree, TGFA was an enormous success. I’m so proud to have been able to participate in such a great cause, and you deserve every penny! :D Have a wonderful day!

  4. You’re worth it, baby! I’m a college student but I donated 10 bucks because CANCER SUCKS.

  5. our pleasure … it was an honour to be part of such a wonderful day and I’m so glad this will help!

    Brad won the bid on Suki’s Flickr donation … do you have any idea how many photos that man has, I’m sure it has to be close to 26, 432 hahaha – now he can put them all up on Flickr … and I had to laugh at my mom and my cousin having a bidding war on the item I donated :P

  6. When Janetha posted that total…I about cried. Happy tears!!!

    I am so thrilled for you, Susan, and for your parents, grandparents, family members that in the face of the horrific nature of the cancer, you all don’t have to go into financial debt and a really hard place on top of everything else.

    We all love you so much in this community and wish you well in your recovery!!!!!

    • I’ve cried exactly five times since finding out I have cancer. The last time I cried was at the hospital after a particularly stressful phone conversation over healthcare coverage. Last night I laid down, and for the first time since this experience began, cried actual tears of happiness <3

  7. Blessings to you, Susan and this blogging community!!

  8. Amazing! I’m so happy for you that I have tears in my eyes.

  9. That’s incredible! Such a blessing for you and an overwehlming outpouring of support from the blogging community. Congratulations!

  10. This is amazing and great news!! One worry off your mind as you focus on getting well! Janetha did a fantastic job putting it together and the viral nature of the TGFA is unmatched.

  11. Yay, amazing!! You’re lucky to have such a great group of friends, Susan, I hope this will make it easier for you to fight this battle. Wishing you all the best!

  12. May or may not be furiously blinking back tears on the bus. =) So glad that your load is a bit lighter. Hopefully this will bring some attention to the drug coverage issue in Canada.

  13. so, so incredibly proud and happy to be a part of this community. i’ve had goosebumps all morning :)

    And so crazy excited about that amount!!!

  14. It was so amazing to see the bids go up and up and UP! Pretty sure that translates into 26,432 hugs for you

  15. Words cannot express how happy I am for you.

    Patricia

  16. So glad you screen grabbed the Freshly Pressed!

  17. Hi Susan,

    I heard about your fundraiser through a colleague of mine and am very interested in talking to you about the effort and its success!

    Please free to email me if you are available today for a brief interview for the Times & Transcript.

    Thanks!
    Alyssa Mosher

  18. Simply amazing. I love the blogging community!

  19. That is absolutely amazing! It’s awe inspiring how much of a great loving and caring community we have here! I’m so so pleased for you! :)

  20. I wish all the love surrounding TGFA would make you just healthy already. So happy your community came out in flying colors!! SO MUCH LOVE

  21. I am so blown away as well! You deserve every bit of this love! I know you’ve still got a fight ahead of you girl (which you will ROCK), but I’m so happy you don’t have to worry about treatment costs on top of everything else.

    Love to you!

  22. I am so glad to have participated in TGFA for you Susan! I get goosebumps every time I see that final number.

  23. I am so incredibly happy for you!!!!!

  24. Amazing! The blogging community is amazing! Just amazing!
    (can you tell I can’t think of any other way to describe it?)

  25. Gobsmacked. Well said. I feel the same way! :)

  26. I have been beaming with pride at this community for the last 24 hours. This has been incredible and I’m proud to have been a part of it (totally won an auction!!!). I’m sooooo happy you and your fam won’t have to worry about getting you through this. NO ONE needs to worry about money during times like these so now you can put your focus on what matters!!!!

  27. Well said, indeed. I’m so blown away and excited and happy this happened for you. We all love you!

  28. YAY! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!!

  29. How wonderful! I am so happy for you, even if I didn’t win the bid on the better than crack brownies :)

  30. Wowza!!! That’s incredible…so happy for you!!!

  31. I am so happy that the fundraiser was a success. I lost out on my item at the last second yesterday, but I am still hoping to make a cash donation to the fund this morning. I have been keeping you in my thoughts and prayers since I read the news of your cancer diagnosis.

  32. So happy for you, girl! I’ve been following your story (never commented before), and was bidding on items like crazy yesterday! Can’t wait to hear about what happens from here – things are looking up! : )

  33. This is brilliant. Really fantastic. Congrats Suzie Q, you deserve every bit of gratitude communities showed you yesterday.

  34. It was one of the most beautiful and amazing things to watch unfold on twitter and in the blogosphere yesterday. Truly amazing. I am SO GLAD this wonderful world of bloggers knows the meaning of giving back. Seriously. Like a gigantic group hug, huh?

  35. yay, Yay, HOLY FLIPPIN YAY! :) I cried when I saw Janetha post the $20,000 update last night – but $26K?!?!! So happy for you – looking forward to reading all your updates as you kick cancers ass!

  36. Wow. So overwhelming I bet? I know when I got home last night I cried a little, as it’s amazing to know that there are so many people out there that care.

  37. It was a joy to be a part of this. Truly.

    And I was thinking to myself that there is not going to be any money left over for the Moncton ward as much as you’d like to help them. I think that you had better hold on to some of it and when everything is nice and settled (chemo, radiation, etc over) , then you can help the ward. That’s just my own personal opinion. Have you ever heard of “Mad Money?” This is your “cancer mad money” :-)

    • Yup, definitely have to think about how I want to contribute to the ward. My family thinks I should sit on it until treatment is over. Or maybe until I’m in the clear for recurrence, you never know!

  38. The outpouring just warms my heart. I’m so, so glad to see such huge numbers for you!

  39. The only Thank you note we need is for you to stay healthy and keep on blogging!!!

  40. You are so inspiring and i am so happy to hear that money from this blogging community will help you out and in chance helping out so many others that are going through what you are.

    Get better! Fight and show that cancer who is boss! Lets take charge of our lives and not let cancer run it for us.

  41. Yay! Great news about raising so much money! I’ve only just started reading your blog after I saw the link to the fundraiser on Kaths blog and I was pretty shocked that someone my age (two years younger than me!) could have cancer. Its a massive eye opener. & its interesting and sad too, speaking as someone who lives in the UK, to read about having to pay for medical care and drugs.

    Your posts are fantastic and inspiring and as the comment above mine says – I’m looking forward to seeing you kick cancers ass!

  42. Wow!! This is such a blessing. I’m blown away!! I donated items forthw auction but am away without much iternet access so while I plan to donate more, I did miss bidding!! I am so glad that this turned into such a huge success and being freshly pressed and getting Fitness to cover it is awesome!!

  43. Awesomesauce all around!

  44. Amazing, absolutely amazing. I am totally blown away. I am so happy for you, Susan.

  45. eeeeeekkkk!!!! i just love this! the blogging community is truly amazing. so happy for such a successful fundraising!

  46. AMAZING!!! I’m so incredibly happy for you and your family!

  47. My gosh, there really are no words. This is amazing. I’m so glad there can be some stress relief for you after the wild success of TGFA. What an incredible act and an incredible day.

  48. This is fantastic! And your post put a tear in my eye…so happy that you will have one less thing to worry about during this phase of your life!

  49. I’m so thrilled that it was such a success! This post put a big smile on my face. :D

  50. I’m so glad the fundraiser worked out so well. You deserve all the support this community could give you and so much more!

  51. Hi Susan,

    Spotted your blog on Freshly Pressed this morning and thought I’d take a quick look for some healthy recipes…. I ended up staying all morning. There’s only one word for your attitude – amazing! My life has been touched by cancer as well, and you inspire me more than you know. I’m so thrilled that your fundraiser was a success!

    Sending you love and support through cyberspace,
    Amber

  52. I was in awe yesterday too – so happy it turned out so well – way beyond my expectations! Woot to Janetha for all her hard work too!

  53. SOOOO happy yesterday turned out so well! And very very happy to be able to take that worry away from you and your family! Now, all your energy can go straight into healing!!!!!!! All the best Susan!!! Thinking of you from here in B.C.!!!

  54. So amazing! I’m so happy so much was raised! XOXOX

    Congrats on being “Freshly Pressed” too!! SO cool!

  55. This is incredible! I was crying as the tweets about the bids started coming in. It made me so proud to be a blogger. It’s safe to say that all of our lives have been touched by cancer in some way and we wanted to help in whatever way we could. So glad it went beyond what we imagined!

  56. Such an amazing blessing. The power of social media and social networking is on display right here.

  57. I have tears in my eyes–this is all amazing. We love you!

  58. I am so happy they thought up this auction and that so many people contributed to it. It’s just amazing!!

  59. This is a perfect example of how something beautiful can come out of something ugly. I’m overwhelmed at the result, the process, just everything. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this kindness. Happy tears, indeed! I read about Susan’s strength, courage, hope and great spirit every day, through this blog and our personal messages. But I have also been reading it in the comments below her blog posts – these strangers, who I have never met, who are so giving of their time to lend support, some with their own stories of courage and success.

    Janetha, whoever you are, wherever you are… please know that you have become the hero of many of Susan’s friends and family. It just makes me cry writing this. Bless you for planting this seed. To every single person out there who gave, organized or promoted this event, thank you so much. It was money and time well spent!

  60. I’ve read your blog for about a year now but don’t think I’ve commented before. When you first posted about your diagnosis I cried. I’ve been reading along with great interest as you’ve shared your journey with us. I watched in awe as yesterdays auction exceeded everyones expectations for fundraising (way to go Janetha and all the other bloggers and bidders who participated). As I read the total this morning I felt a relief. Not only for you but for your parents. As a parent you want the best for your children. Watching your child go through something like this leaves you with a helpless feeling. Facing a financial burden that you are can only be all the more devestating for you and your parents. I’m thrilled that you have gotten this help from the blogging community and frustrated that it was necessary. We revel in our “free” healthcare here in Canada but rarely think of the exceptions to it and the burden it places on us when it does occur. Thank you for bringing this gap in Canadian healthcare to the forefront of our minds. Hopefully this will be remedied soon. Best of luck to you and your family Susan.

  61. That total seriously is mindblowing- I am so happy and proud of this community! I was amazed at how quickly so many of those items surpassed my budget, haha! :) It’s so great knowing that no matter what, that huge sum of money is going to help a wonderful person and a wonderful cause!

  62. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas

    This makes my heart so happy. I wish I could have done more. If there is ever a point where you need more – I hope you let us know. <3

  63. Amazing! What a wonderful community.

    As a Canadian, I absolutely assumed if I needed cancer treatment, our healthcare system would just cover it, whether you had a drug plan through work or not. I was shocked to learn otherwise.

    http://www.cancer.ca/new%20brunswick/how%20you%20can%20help/nb-take%20action/catastrophic%20drug%20coverage.aspx?sc_lang=en

    Best wishes to you.

  64. i think everyone was running on a high! it was AMAZING!!!! We did it, you did it! Janetha did it! Freakin WOW!

  65. While I think the people who helped organize it & those of us who donated goods deserve a pat on the back, I think the real credit goes to the ones who were bidding and are donating the money (which in some cases may be the same people, of course). It’s really amazing how much everyone came together, I’m very impressed & honored to have been even a tiny part! :)

  66. A.W.E.S.O.M.E! It’s completely amazing. Things like this really reassure myself that there truly are good people in the world. I really hope your story gets out there as it is definitely a feel good story.

  67. So happy for you, Susan! Hopefully this will enable you to concentrate on getting well instead of worrying about how to pay for treatment! Sending you healing vibes!

  68. Amazing. I am so proud of this community and so, so happy for you and your family Susan. What a great way to kick off your road to recovery! XO

  69. My dear lovely Susan, I am gobsmacked too, so I can only imagine how much you’re gobsmacked!! (love that word by the way).
    You completely deserve all the love and devotion from people both in and out of the blogging community. This is just how God works…He changes something terrifying and ugly into something just so awesome and beautiful. Oh Susan, I am super super super happy for you. You are incredibly blessed, my dear!!

    <3<3<3

  70. Susan, this is a direct reflection of the kind of woman you are. You deserve every.single.penny. and the blog community concurs ;-)

    My god that is absolutely amazing!!

  71. I just came upon your blog a few days ago; I very rarely (if ever) comment on blogs that I read… but I found myself completely inspired by your attitude towards life, sickness, and health and your perseverance. Especially in terms of what “healthy living” really is – a good book, time with a good friend, a walk, a snuggle with a dog, and family. It’s so hard to keep this perspective in the midst of every day living, so I just want to thank you for at least reminding one person (me) what really counts. So thank you!

  72. It would help if I spelled my one word correctly…

    *Incredible.

  73. I’m new to this whole blogging thing, but the one thing I’ve LOVED is the support that comes with it. So amazing!! And what’s even better are your plans to take this blessing and pass it on!

  74. Susan, this is AMAZING!! I am so happy for you :)

  75. Congratulations girl! You deserve every penny! Now all you need to do is fight hard and show cancer who’s boss :) You’re much loved in this blogging community. xo

  76. It’s so amazing how the whole blog community pulls together like this. I read the results on Janetha’s page and it brought tears to my eyes. I am so glad that enough was raised to cover most of your costs, it is truly a blessing =)

  77. you rock, girl! even jenna elfman was tweeting about you yesterday :)

  78. Yay! Thats so amazing!!!!!!!! WooooooHoooooooo x x x

  79. Such a fabulous thing to have happened!

  80. This is the best thing I have seen or heard all day. We are a part of such an amazing group of women and there you are Susan, standing right in the middle of it all.

    Breathtaking.

  81. Susan – I’m sitting in my cubicle at work, and this post almost brought tears to my eyes. I dont even know what to say!! So so so over the top out of this world amazing. XO

  82. Amazing. The best thing I have seen all day. Bloggers are an amazing group of people.

  83. What a wonderful outcome! Do I get to whine that I didn’t win any of the items I bid on??? LOL Great radio interview too!

  84. cynthia nambiar

    Susan,
    I have been religiously following your blog for a few months now. You have brought me a lot of happiness every evening (save for the cancer-shock, that would be entirely weird if it brought me happiness :)) and this picture is just another reason that makes me smile. I am so glad to have been a part of this.

  85. This just makes me want to leap through the screen and give you a big hug (with beer in tow of course). Love you lots lady!

  86. I was absolutely delighted to follow along with each tweet for #TGFA. I was amazed but not surprised. The blog world seems to connect the most incredible people. I’m so happy that the money raised will provide some relief to you and your family.

    xo from TO.

    Lisa

  87. Kristin Lewis

    YOU’VE GOT TO READ THIS! I kid you not. I have never been to your site before or ever heard of it. It was a slow day at work, so I was wasting time on Tasty Kitchen. I clicked on the link for “How Sweet It Is” and that is when I saw the info about the fundraiser. So I started clicking and clicking and then finally came across your website. I started reading about your health trial and immediatly wanted to dontate. It was 3:00 pm California time, so the auction was still open. I tell you this not because I want a thank you for donating, but for the heavenly hand the inspired to go to Tasty Kitchen and then start clicking to other websites. It was so odd that I kept going forward until I got to your site. God is looking out for you. The blogger community is so caring. It gives me hope that this world still has good, good people. And we don’t need to know each other personally to be decent human beings and kind to one another. I wish you all the best in your recovery and that you will have a long, healthy, happy life!

  88. Jennifer-Anne

    Every morning I check the blog ‘1000 Awesome Things’ to see what fabulous-ness is being offered forth for the day. But it didn’t even come close to knowing that you had 26000 Awesome Things and so many fabulous people who came together to make it happen.

    J-A

    [who had been really hoping cases of Chobani would make it north of the border and be in her life for a full year!]

  89. You deserve every penny! You look GREAT!!!

  90. The blogging community gives me chills of happiness and amazement. You deserve each and every good vibe, penny, and tweet that went on yesterday. Yay!

  91. I am so proud of the community that we have built together. SO so sooo proud!

  92. Booyah!!! Love this! I didn’t bid on anything, but my partner and I made a donation. We are thrilled at the amount raised…so cool!

  93. That photo of you just made my day…my whole week actually. Year maybe?
    Love you. :)

  94. That is such a great result for someone who truly deserves it. BEST OF LUCK Susan. Bec

  95. This is amazing. You deserve every penny! :)

  96. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers every day!

  97. There really are no words to describe how wonderful this blogging community is, but I think gobsmacked is a perfect post title!

    I could not be more excited that this money is going to you, Susan. I look forward to hearing more about its journey in the coming months and watching it allow YOU to kick some mayjuh @$$. :)

    That picture put a huge smile on my face.

  98. Janetha and I were totally blown away by all of the generous bids. It was so exciting to be able to be a small part of such a huge event yesterday!

    You WILL win this war on cancer – so proud of your awesome attitude Susan! Hugs and love to you and your familyl!!

    xoxo

  99. I just got a little chocked up reading your post. I’m SO SO HAPPY that everyone was able to join together and help bring in so many funds to help cover your costs! I hope this helps decrease a little stress for you and your family!

  100. Amazing! Wow, I have no words. This makes me want to start a blog just to be more a part of the community.

  101. the sentence of YOU DIDNT JUST SAVE ME YOU SAVED MY FAMILY says it all.

    hugs hugs

  102. So so happy for you!

  103. This is absolutely amazing. Susan, you are an inspiration and I am praying for you every step of the way!

  104. Just listened to your radio interview after finding out about it on PBFingers blog. I am an R.N. in Alberta and can’t believe that only two Provinces don’t cover the cost of these drugs. I will make our voices heard in the Canadian government. Wishing you all the best as you go thru your treatments. It was amazing how the power of friendship has reached out to you.

    • Thank you Mary!! It’s pretty ridiculous that these costs aren’t covered across the board. Either NB needs to get their butt in gear, or the federal government needs to step up and make it available to ALL Canadians.

  105. I’m so happy for you, Susan. I really am. I haven’t read much of your blog yet (but I intend to read each and every post!) but I can already tell that you’re a very sweet and amazing person. You are so strong to pull through all of this with an optimistic attitude and it continually amazes how supportive the blogging community can be.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday<3

  106. Is it still possible for me to donate??

  107. That didn’t work. :(

  108. I don’t usually say this but this needs it– PRAISE THE FREAKIN LORD.

    I have been goosebumps and chocking up alllll day regarding you and this fundraiser. sometimes the human spirit can just really surprise you, and this is one of those times!

  109. Im so tearing up over here reading the update posts. This is absolutely incredible. I knew it was going to blow the roof off! So happy for you :)

  110. I loved watching your fundraiser unfold. I kept running to my hubby to tell him how much money had been raised. So very exciting and heartwarming. Thinking of you.

  111. Wow! So happy to hear about “Gobsmacked!” Pray that you stay encouraged and keep us posted~ praying for you:)

  112. That seriously made me tear up. That is truly amazing.

  113. I couldn’t have been happier to be a part of it. love you so much friend.

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