Carols Cancer Issue

Campaign Created by: Merlin Lock & Safe

The funds from this campaign will be received by Merlin Bechtel.

Goal: USD $9,000
Raised: USD $ 1,840

  In March or so 2020,   Carol Bechtel, wife of local business owner, Merlin Bechtel, started losing weight and not taking in food properly.... She eventually lost about 35lb and couldn't keep much food down..she is still down near 97lb. 

  The beginning of Sept 2021 found  her very weak as she almost died from losing too much blood.. We finally took her to the er... Blockage at the stomach outlet was found... It was an ulcer and lots of scar tissue...She was given 4 pints of blood over 30hrs. In a few days she was finally operated on.... It went well... After 10days in hospital she came home. 

  She was home three weeks then started a fever and a high heart rate. So back to the er we went.. She spent 3 or 4 more days in hospital. 

  During the ulcer operation they found an enlarged kidney and some fluid? nearby which they tested. Few days later and after more testing we were told she has estrogen positive breast cancer. 

   Our brotherhood  aid CHM, that we are members of, will cover most the hospital bills but not any alternative health routes and some other bills.  We will soon be maxed out at total expense reimbursement permitted....
  Beings the medical field has no  method for curing cancer, and it's so corrupt,  we have decided to try several alternatives.... One of course being a change of diet. Another that we recently started is high dose vitamin C IV..... We travel to Metairie LA once or twice a week for this. These iv's run about  $290 ea. (We stopped the high dose C IVs summer of 2022) But still do an immune boost w/ C  IV now and then, which we can now get in Hattiesburg...
  Please pray for healing of Carols body... And wisdom in the decisions we have to make. Also we wish to thank our children, and other relatives that have helped out...

     Any consideration and prayers appreciated. Even 5 or 10 bucks helps  along on the healing journey.....

Please request our sons email address if you would like to verify any of this. 

  We have now purchased an electric adjustable bed for Carol...


Update #14
October 26, 2023
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Carol went to heaven this afternoon, Oct 25th We will miss you...

Update #13
October 24, 2023
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Carol will not be reading her phone anymore.   Please say a prayer for the family as we go through this dark time...updates here and on her Facebook page..picture of our last beach trip together -Peridio Key FL

Update #12
October 20, 2023
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We will not be taking any visitors outside of family at this time.....

Update #11
October 19, 2023
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Carol is feeling a good bit better after receiving a vitamin and minerals infusion/ IV yesterday....these run about $240 ea.  

Her voice is a bit stronger...So we see a bit of hope yet here and there that she may pull out of this mess....

Update #10
October 14, 2023
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Carol checking out solar eclipse today....Merlin took large mirror and pointed towards window..

Update #9
October 12, 2023
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So Carol is now bedfast ..and on hospice.....things are going as well as expected..Merlin, his daughter Luanna and daughter in law Missy will be caretakers....

And. .on occasion...a cat...Snowball or Akkie..

Update #8
October 8, 2023
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Carol arrived home today.... Pray for patience as several of us enter a new phase of her life...

Update #7
October 8, 2023
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Getting ready for Carol to be brought come home today . ....

Update #6
October 6, 2023
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Carol being prepared for surgery..... Valve to be installed so paracentesis can be done at home....

Update #5
October 5, 2023
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Oct. 5, 2023

Sitting with mom in hospital today. She is really tired today. Sleeping a lot. Pain meds probably affecting that as well as her speech. Tomorrow she is to get a port put in so hospice can do paracentisis at home. 

-Luanna (daughter) 

Update #4
October 2, 2023
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Took Carol to ER Wesley this am .....hip pain worsened after we heard a pop on left hip... apparently cracked femur area ...

Update #3
October 1, 2023
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       I haven't really done much on this page until recently. But we've got quite a few things going on around here. We have a few good signs with Carol now and then. Her voice seems stronger for longer periods of time than it had been.

   And as of the beginning of August somewhere  about that date, I started staying home more and working two or three mornings a week to try to keep up with the customers and keep the business going.

  We are Grateful for my daughter and daughter-in-law who come over and spend the mornings with her while I'm out running service calls.

Update #2
October 1, 2023
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More pictures 

Update #1
October 1, 2023
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Spring 2022: Due to liquid buildup in abdomen, we started paracentesis every three weeks at hospital.

Summer 2023: Started paracentesis every 2 weeks... Carol is not driving anymore and only walking a bit back and forth to bed with help and with a rollator.

   There are Lots of spots developing on chest and neck, which may be limpona, and /or infected lymph nodes.. her legs are often heavy with fluid build up and Merlin helps her in and out of bed...

August found Carol in hospital 4 days with a kidney infection and liquid buildup...


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