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Update posted by Charlie Lenk On Feb 06, 2016

The day before last brought huge relief with the oncologist’s news that the latest PET scan revealed treatment had been successful. “You’re in remission. Relax,” he said. It wasn’t until today though that I had the time to really let sink in, and when it did I broke down crying. Again, but very different from times before because this time it wasn’t all about the fear - mostly just gladness at having made it.

Made it, of course, with the copious help of friends and family and a large cast of highly competent medical professionals at all levels. Also some folks I’ve never met but who pitched in to support this complete stranger via online fundraising. My GoGetFunding campaign is still going on, so if you haven’t checked it out yet I hope you'll give it some thought before it closes on February 17.

And if you do want to help but cash is short, don’t sweat it. There’s plenty of other ways. Give me a hug the next time you see me. Have me over for dinner if you live close enough, or join me for a walk by Lake Merritt. Tell a friend or three about the campaign - five hundred $10 donations get us halfway there. Or refer me some work: I build solid, easy-to-use WordPress websites at reasonable rates. (http://charlielenk.net/)

Yesterday was my first session of the Freelance Accelerator program. Tomorrow I’m spending the day at a tech event in Oakland’s city hall. Both are things I would have had to sit out while in treatment. It’s great to have that behind me, and to be moving forward like this.

(photo: Me with my sister after seeing the oncologist Wednesday.)

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Update posted by Charlie Lenk On Jan 25, 2016

It’s been a good week. Mostly I’ve been settling in to my new co-working space in Oakland, a beautiful facility near the Kaiser Center that hums with the excitement of life-changing projects being developed. I’ve also taken time out to see old friends and talk with people in the neighborhood. Saturday I marched around Lake Merritt in support of my favorite presidential candidate. The sun’s now out after weeks of rain. What’s not to feel hopeful about?

With treatment behind me I’m refocusing attention on my budding freelance business to provide low-cost web presence for nonprofits and small businesses: a service Oakland desperately needs. (Especially now with big tech money moving in. As we see in San Francisco, the rising tide doesn’t necessarily float all boats.) Next week I’m starting a six-week Freelancer Bootcamp at the Impact Hub to drill on the basics of planning, self-marketing and networking and am very excited about that.

In the end success is going to depend on me getting out there and deepening my community involvement. With this late start that’s going to take some time. Your donations to this campaign will help tide me over during the next crucial months until sufficient client fees start coming in on their own. If you haven’t already made a contribution please consider doing so before February 17, or share this link on your own social media and in person. Or both. I appreciate all and any support you choose to give, tangible and intangible.

As before, thank you for staying with me through this journey. And if you know a business or organization that needs a quick, easily-maintained website please send them my way: http://charlielenk.net/.

(pictured: Oakland's Lake Merritt and Snow Park viewed from my co-working space.)

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Update posted by Charlie Lenk On Jan 18, 2016

Hi again. So: my hair has grown back nicely - had it cut now twice already! My color is good, I rarely weave and stumble with fatigue, and to glance at me you probably wouldn’t think here’s someone who’s been fighting cancer the last 10 months. People who haven’t seen me in awhile invariably comment on how good I look. (Usually meaning how much weight I’ve lost, not that I much enjoy then telling them why.)

Getting through treatment was the first part and recovering from it the second. Both over now and the PET scan next week will reveal how effective the chemo and radiation have proved. I expect good news; my strength has largely returned and for the last month or so I’ve been increasingly capable of the level of activity I was before getting sick. Many days my only reminder is the chemo port still in my chest, which last I heard is going to stay until at least August. Just to be sure.

Now comes the final part: putting my life back together. It’s going to take awhile. That’s where your help comes in. Whether or not you wish to make a donation yourself, between now and the campaign’s scheduled end date this February 17 please give thought to getting the word out as you can: sharing on Facebook, email forwards, telling friends in person, etc. If you’d like to donate independently of GoGetFunding, please use Paypal (use the Send A Message link at right for details how) and it will be counted towards the campaign. And if what you can do is simply send me your thoughts and best wishes, I’m more than happy for those. I’ve made it this far in large part through your support on all levels.

Now more than ever I’m glad that you’re with me through this. Thank you so very much for everything.

Charlie


Selfie from last week:

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Update posted by Charlie Lenk On Oct 25, 2015

Thanks for standing by! The campaign's first version went well: in just the first few weeks 45 people donated over $3500 to bring us to almost 25% of the goal! However I found the platform I was using unviable, so I moved the campaign over to GoGetFunding. Apologies for any confusion during this adjustment; we're only starting from 0 as far as GoGetFunding is concerned. The funds donated so far through version 1.0 have already helped greatly to keep the rent and bills paid while I get my strength back.

A month now since the final radiation treatment and my energy is returning slowly, with a portion of the morning and early afternoon in which I can be productive before feeling ready to drop and a couple more hours in the evening if all goes well. In two days I see the radiation oncologist and will quiz him about what to expect in upcoming weeks re: residual fatigue.

The last few weeks I've been keeping busy as energy allows: meetings w/ possible business partners, volunteering, seeing friends. Although it's sometimes a stretch it's worth it: I want to strengthen my ties with the larger community. To do that I need to be out there, and ditto hustling up work. I'm eager to resume and build on the life that I had that was so rudely interrupted by cancer.

It's going to take time, and that's what this campaign is for. If you've already contributed, thank you and thank you again. If not, please consider helping out as you can, including sharing this link with your own circles both on Facebook and IRL. And if you'd like to contribute directly vs using GoGetFunding, you can reach me at Paypal via [email protected]

A friend came over last week and took the picture below: looking pretty good for someone who?s been through the mill, I think. Your support has been a big part of that, and I?m very grateful. Please keep it coming.

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May this grant you some ease, my friend~

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