Tuesday, December 21

Update! What's up with Andy's head?

Andy is blessed to have so much support from family and friends during her journey fighting brain cancer. The care she's received and the compassion from others has been incredible. She continues to inspire others and faces each day with a positive attitude.

Quick update:
She finished radiation Dec. 6 and the first round of chemo the following week. She returns to Rochester, MN on Jan. 5 to start the next phase of chemotherapy. At that point she'll find out details on continuing treatments for at least 6 months, possibly up to one year. The chemo pills will be stronger but she do five days each month. Side effects due to brain swelling have been more noticeable so she has bad days along with the good but she is still determined to survive and thrive.

For those who would like to help her financially, you may go to www.paypal.com and click to send donations. You just need her PayPal e-mail address of andrea.eilertson@gmail.com to make a deposit to her account at PayPal.

Brain cancer bracelets with her inscription are still available for $10 each. You can send a check to her or deposit funds to PayPal. The inscription reads: Andrea Eilertson In Our Hearts Forever. You can also send a request to her address at 1024 Prairie Lakes Dr. #5 Ankeny, IA 20023 or send donations to her bank fund at attn: Jeff Swanson for Andrea Eilertson Community State Bank 817 N. Ankeny Blvd PO Box 127 Ankeny, IA 50023.

She will be unable to work for an extended time. The generosity of others allows her to stay in her condo and still maintain her pride.

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