Patient Spotlights



Camille was wrapping up teaching a power yoga class, having not yet shared her recent stage 1 triple negative breast cancer diagnosis with any students. While she was teaching, she really didn’t want to think too much about her upcoming scheduled surgeries, and the chemotherapy and radiation that would follow. At the end of the class though, she decided to open up to a student turned friend who had recently experienced her own breast cancer journey. Her friend told her about an organization in Massachusetts that helped breast cancer patients with the only requirement being that you had to be in treatment. Camille kept Ellie Fund in the back of her mind in case she needed it.

In the hours and days of planning and oncology consults, Camille never could have imagined that a worldwide pandemic would hit, further shaking her world. She planned to teach classes between treatments, when she felt well enough to do so. Her first treatment she was able to bring her partner and a friend to sit with her through the hours of chemotherapy. Once COVID-19 cases spiked, however, no one was allowed to keep her company, and teaching was no longer possible. Due to her suppressed immune system.

Camille had to remain even more isolated then most during the long, uncertain spring. Trips to the grocery store were out of the question and ordering take out was too much risk of exposure. This put the responsibility of shopping and meal prep for their family of three on her partner

It was a relief when Ellie Fund accepted Camille’s application and began to bring prepared meals to the family. “My first meal delivery arrived along with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. I wasn’t expecting that,” Camille said emotionally. Her family was impressed with the quality of the meals. “I didn’t have very high expectations, but was happily surprised when the meals were tasty and fresh.” Her extended support system had to remain socially distant but Ellie Fund helped to fill the void. “Having Ellie Fund’s support brought a little bit of normalization into our lives which really helped.”

The first seven months were full of uncertainty for Camille and her family. While the pandemic raged on, Camille was limited to her home and hospital undergoing surgeries, chemotherapy, and then daily radiation. As the summer is nearing its end, so has Camille’s treatment. Her final radiation treatment is complete, and she reports cheerfully that she is feeling really good! Camille is so grateful to her oncology teams and also to the Ellie Fund for their support. Ellie Fund is proud to have been part of her journey and a resource to her family.