UPDATE: Sadly Elisa died from her Cancer in 2014. She would have been 39 on Jan 31, 2015. Her husband occasionally shares bits of his new life and updates on Sadie via the Team Bond Facebook page.
I was intrigued by the story of the wife and husband who’d both been diagnosed with cancer, only 9 days apart. I was sad for them and their adorable 18-month old daughter, Sadie. But it was when I read Elisa’s blog that I really understood the tragedy of the diagnosis and fell in love with her wit and charm.
These two have been together for more than six years and at only 36 and 38, the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn couple appear to have it all. Elisa is a former teacher and aspiring actress and Nathan an amazingly talented painter (see his work here). Elisa was a real estate broker until the cancer forced her to quit and Nathan an educator at Parsons (he’s on leave).
Elisa’s blog was filled with typical new-mom stuff. Sharing her baby’s firsts, lamenting about losing baby weight, and breast feeding. That was until the Valentine’s Day diagnosis of stage 3 rectal cancer for Nathan. Her blog changed and became focused on him and his wellness. She shares the information with love, humor, and hope. Then just 9 days later she shares her own stage 4 metastic breast cancer diagnosis. Even though I new it was coming, I cried at the post.
“I’m sure many of you have been waiting to hear how it went with Nathan’s first day of chemo, however, I must deliver some more bad news before we get to that. On Wednesday, February 23rd, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Yes, me too. Cancer. That’s right, read it again. Nathan AND Elisa have cancer. TOGETHER. LIKE NOW.” – Elisa Bond
Elisa writes with such love and passion. I wish I’d discovered her blog sooner, but I’m glad I did. And I’m glad that her friends have rallied around her a built a blog to support the family both emotionally and financially. Because each will have a year of multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, they’re going to need financial support. If you can, please donate. One parent going through cancer is terrible. Both is unheard of. How do you support yourself through that?
“Don’t get me wrong. If I had the choice for Nathan and I NOT to have cancer, I would take it. In a heartbeat, I would take it for Sadie’s sake, for our parents and for all those people who love us and worry about us. We didn’t choose our diagnoses, but we do choose to be in a state of gratitude. There is too much love and healing coming our way not to feel blessed.” – Elisa Bond