A dear friend of mine does something every month that I just adore. When she started with Rodan and Fields, she decided to use her business as a way to support adoption. It made me realize what I can do with my business with Young Living as well! So we decided to team up this round doing something a little different.
We have a sweet friend Shantelle who is a part of my Young Living team and has supported Laura through Rodan and Fields also. Shantelle has an incredible story in her fight of cancer that Laura and I are incredibly grateful that we can support her in. We will each be supporting her in giving part or all of our paychecks to her to support the cost of everything that this round of cancer entails.
So, next up is her story and then after that I will give you the ways that you can support.
Shantelle with her twins Sophia and Zachariah along with her hubby John-Mark.
written by her husband John-Mark
Shantelle has been a fighter for her whole life. When
she was 12 years old she entered the foster care system with her
siblings, where she stayed at a few homes, was separated from her
siblings, and eventually found a home with the Graham family. While
attending college she worked at Washington Mutual where she eventually
worked her way up to assistant manager. In 2006 Shantelle was diagnosed
with Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer, and after doing a strong regiment of
chemotherapy, was considered in “remission.” Soon after her first battle
with cancer she ran into an old friend from youth group, John-Mark
Carlson, who needed a money order at the bank, and walked out with her
phone number (good for him). Shantelle and John-Mark were married in
September of 2007 and were excited for the future.
Unfortunately, the future took a wrong turn when Shantelle was
diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma a second time in 2008. Her best
treatment option was a stem cell / bone marrow transplant. This was
difficult news to take, especially since the transplant was going to
leave Shantelle infertile. Knowing this, John-Mark and Shantelle,
decided to harvest and freeze embryos to give some hope to what seemed
like a hopeless situation. They were given the OK by doctors to try for
one month before treatment to harvest embryos. God’s hand was in the
process every step of the way, and they were overjoyed to see the nurse
amazed at how successful the extraction of embryos went.
After the embryo process, came the stem cell transplant. Shantelle
was to undergo a week long regiment of radiation everyday, along with
chemo for several days in a row. She made it 6 days before being checked
into the hospital for 17 days, where her stem cells were reintroduced
and she could begin a long healing process. This was by far the hardest
treatment she had ever had, and she was once again considered in
Sadly her remission only lasted for 9 months, and Shantelle and
John-Mark knew she was running out of treatment options. They had been
previously told her only option was a bone marrow transplant from a
donor, which had a 25 percent chance of survival. God had other plans.
Shantelle was directed towards a trial study for a new drug, that not
only could kill the cancer but not have as many side effects as chemo.
The study was at Stanford University, where Shantelle and John-Mark flew
down every three weeks for treatment for almost six months. Shantelle
was told that very rarely do people loose their hair from the treatment.
Well, Shantelle must be a rare breed, because she did lose her hair for
a third time. With hair loss also came health, because the treatment
was a wonderful blessing, and she’s been in remission from Hodgkin’s
since September of 2010.
Because of all her battles Shantelle does a CT scan every 6 months,
and in 2011 the doctors said they saw some “irregularities” with her
appendix and wanted to have it removed. After the surgery, Shantelle and
John-Mark were informed that when the doctors removed her appendix,
there was a tumor in her appendix that had ruptured the wall of her
appendix and released a “mucus” into her body cavity. They removed as
much mucus as they could during the procedure but there was a
possibility that it would continue to grow but they would continue to
monitor it by CT scan.
After Shantelle’s appendix removal she was given the green light by
her doctors to have kids! After being told by some fertility doctors
that she wouldn’t be able to carry a baby, Shantelle and John-Mark were
blessed to find a fertility doctor who had worked with many cancer
patients, and was confident that she could carry a baby herself. And in
2011 Shantelle became pregnant with twins, a boy and a girl! The whole
time they could see God’s hand in the process, it was amazing to see. On
January 23rd, 2012 Shantelle gave birth to Sophia Celeste Carlson and Zachariah John Carlson.
A little over three years past, with good health and growing kids.
In April of this year, Shantelle had some health concerns, which led to a
CT scan, where the doctors found that the mucus from her appendix was
growing again. She was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP), a
rare condition characterized by the presence of mucin-producing tumors
(and the mucin) in the abdominal cavity. The only treatment is an
extensive surgery, referred to by some as the mother of all surgeries,
it can take 8-12 hours, and sometimes longer. Average time in the
hospital is 10 days with a recovery time of 4 to 6 months.
On June 16th Shantelle and John-Mark are planning to go to San Diego for this specialized surgery, they could use all your prayers.
You can follow their story here at their CaringBridge site where they will try to keep us all updated.
How We Can Help
There are 4 ways you can chose to help.
1) Pray - This family needs it oh so much.
2) Simply donate to their Go Fund Me account that was set up for them.
3) You can support through Laura's company, Rodan and Fields the skin care line. If you are unfamiliar with the company you might recognize their earlier
product; Proactiv. The Doctors have creative additional products that
target everything from fine lines, acne, dark spots, eczema and dark
circles. With all purchase that are made through her, 50% of the proceeds will go to supporting Shantelle in her fight with cancer. Email Laura at email@example.com if you have any product questions.
4) And finally, I am doing the same thing.
With my desire to use and learn about Young Living Essential Oils, it turning into a business for me. I am so thankful that the desire to teach about how to make your family healthier has given me the ability to support my friend and donate all the proceeds of my paycheck from the month of June to her and her family.
So here is how you can support her through me.
Young Living essential oils
If you are already on my team, anything you order, the proceeds I get will go to supporting her.
If you are not already using Young Living Essential Oils, you can sign up to get a premium starter kit.
Or you could get the Ningxia Red kit which is an incredible antioxidant drink or the thieves kit which has everything you need to replace the toxins in your home! From thieves cleaner, to thieves toothpaste and mouthwash! Thieves is an incredible oil that helps support your immune system that they have used to create an awesome line of all things you need to keep you healthy!
So if you want to join the team in starting a healthier life style and supporting Shantelle, let’s get started!
Here is how to sign up with
Step 1: Click here
to be taken to the sign up page. (This should open up in a new window
so you can refer back to this page to continue the instructions)
Step 2: Make sure “Member” (which is wholesale customer) is checked. This is the ONLY way to get
the 24%, purchase the Starter Kits, and have the opportunity to earn
free product and points through Essential Rewards. My number is already in the boxes, so you get to join my awesome team!
Step 3: Input all your personal information. This will include your
social security number for tax purposes. Talk to me about this if you
have concerns! Be sure to remember
your username, password and pin number for future reference. I don’t
suggest using your bank pin as this is your password when calling
Step 4: Select the “Premium Starter Kit” that you want for $150. This is the best
deal (you get the 11 oils and the diffuser shown above) and the kit I would recommend and purchased myself. I wish I could
get another! Or the ningxia red or thieves kit.
Step 5: I always say to explore your Starter Kit before signing up
for Essential Rewards. But us addicts, we love our rewards! This is how
you can earn free product, cheaper shipping rates and points to buy free
oils later on. For now, you can just click “No, thank you.”
Step 6: Confirm your enrollment by clicking “I Agree.”
Step 7: Almost done! Now that you’ve created your account this is
where you can checkout and purchase your Starter Kit or add more
products (you will get the 24% off in this order and any future order if
you stayed with Member not Retail Customer on the first page). Make
sure to complete
this process until you see confirmation.
Step 8: Wait impatiently by the door until your box of fun arrives!
We can’t wait for you to join our oily party!
Step 9: I contact you and do a little dance! And I am available for any and all questions!
From the bottom of my heart. Shantelle is such an incredible woman and everything in me wants to take a little burden off of her, even if it is just being able to help pay for the John-Mark's lost days of work and their hotel/flight bills.