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In October I began experiencing excruciating pain in my left jaw. I, along with others, thought the pain was simply related to my temporomandibular joint (tmj). I had experienced mild ep... more

 
 
 
 
 
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Updated posted by Laura Michelle Reed 2 months ago

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Updated posted by Laura Michelle Reed 4 months ago

Friends and friends of friends and even strangers- sorry for the delay in updating. I think most of you probably heard I had to go back into surgery on Friday because of a complication with a leak from the original surgery. I have been discharged from the hospital and everything looks good so far. I honestly don't have a lot to say- I'm continually humbled by the support of so many, but I'm also exhausted. So thank you for your patience and your kindness. More importantly, thank you for continuing to choose to be a part of my story. God Bless You.

 
 
 

Updated posted by Laura Michelle Reed 4 months ago

The Thanksgiving Post: A note from the most thankful girls in the world.

It's Emily. I feel speechless. I feel like saying, "Thank you" has lost its meaning. I've said it hundreds and hundreds of times in the last three weeks. I don't know what to say to say more than just that, "Thank you."

What you all have helped accomplish by partnering with Laura and those close to her has been nothing short of miraculous. I give all my gratitude, all my thanks, all my love.

I feel speechless. But I have another request: I always do, and I won't stop asking so long as I know this network is still webbed and thriving.

Laura had her surgery just over a week ago now (Tuesday, 11/19), and the TN pain is gone, but the surgical pain is still making the fight difficult and exhausting.

She has been back in and out of the ER at home, and unfortunately was given six staples over her incision because the site was leaking. And still is.

The surgeon has asked her to travel back down to Los Angeles so he can evaluate the issue.

But it's Thanksgiving.

People have already given so much and Laura has been so humbled and vulnerable over the last few weeks it's hard to ask for anything else. A ride to LA, more money, whatever.

But we are a community of individuals from around the entire world, and now, we lift her up in prayer.

I'm asking all of you as you gather around your tables today and say what you're thankful for, lift her up.

I'm asking that all of you, where ever you are, whatever you're doing, at 4 pm PST (6 if you're in Chicago, 5 if you're in Colorado!): Stop.

Join hands with your loved ones, and spend five minutes in prayer for Laura. All over the world, let's pray together this Thanksgiving. If you're not the praying type, please, still join us. Just reflect on good people in your life and times that good things have happened to you and ask the forces of nature or whatever you believe in to bring her peace and a break from pain.

I'm not asking you to pray that her scar disappears and she is back to longboarding and jumping off swings tomorrow. Just that the pain would subside and the leakage would stop. So pray when you're at the table, pray when the time comes.

For a relief. For an embrace from her Maker. If you need the words, try something like this. God bless you all, and Happy Thanksgiving.


Father, we gather on this day, blessed by your grace. We give you thanks for for the food before us, the family around us, the love we share with those here, and all who couldn't join us. We know that all we have comes from you, and all our thanksgiving is to the glory of your name. We ask that you continue your abundant blessings upon us, your children, and that you continue to shine your light on our sister, Laura. Lord, be with her today as she struggles through recovery. Be in her nerves and vessels. Be in her scars and staples. Comfort her with your peace and remind her of your power, your grace, your love. Bring a relief from pain and seal the leak in her head. Lift her spirits, Lord, and circle her with your Holy Spirit. In her suffering, you are glorified, like in the suffering of your son, Jesus Christ. And as he died and rose, be glorified as Laura's pain dies and she rises to proclaim your Word and the story of your infinite love. Bless her on this day and those to come. Be with other sufferers of this condition and help them to shine your light as statements of your love and as beacons of hope for those who suffer and don't know you. Bless your children as you always bless us Lord, with wisdom, and give us the understanding and grace to learn. We praise you for all creation Lord, and we join in praying:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. AMEN.

 

 
 
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Created by Laura Michelle Reed on November 8, 2013


In October I began experiencing excruciating pain in my left jaw. I, along with others, thought the pain was simply related to my temporomandibular joint (tmj). I had experienced mild episodes of this pain throughout my entire life. I saw an orthodontist who was hesitant to treat me, as he was certain it was something more. As the pain got worse, I saw another doctor who was also sure it was something more. Several visits to the Emergency Room, and multiple doctor visits including a visit to an ENT gave me no answers. FInally, a close NP suggested I see a neuro specialist. That same night I ended up in the ER once more, where the doctor suggested the same thing. I was able to see a neurologist in Los Angeles on November 4, and he ordered a series of in depth tests, including 3 specialized MRI's.

IN early November my neurologist/neurosurgeon followed up with me and confirmed that my MRI's did in fact show a condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia. In simple words,TN is caused by a blood vessel pressing on the trigeminal nerve as it exits the brain stem. This compression causes the wearing away or damage to the protective coating around the nerve (the myelin sheath).

The path of treatment chosen for me is this: Retrosigmoid Craniectomy and Craniotomy, Endoscopic Exploration of Posterior Fossa with Endoscopic Vascular Decompression of Cranial Nerve(s) and Cranioplasty. Basically, this means they will drill a hole behind my ear, exposing my brain, and find the nerve and separate it from the blood vessel.

My surgery has been scheduled for November 19 in Los Angeles.. the problem?

Because I am uninsured, and at this point applying wouldn't help because the condition already exists, I have to pay out of pocket, upfront.

The discounted price of the surgery is $97,000.00, but because my surgeon is incredible, only half of that is due before surgery--Friday, November 15, at 5 pm PST.



I have, by a miracle, been able to be accepted to the Mayo Clinic next week if this doesn't work out. It is my assumption that, because my surgeon loves me so much, that he will be disappointed when he hears that I was turned away because of finances. God could totally move his heart. But, if that doesn't happen, I have a second option. So I need to keep raising and keep believing.



So.. I need your help! I need your ideas! I need your connections! I need your prayers! I need your love! Please please please post any creative insight you might have on how this could happen! Press in with me for a miracle!

Here is a link to a couple of sites where you can read more about it!

http://skullbaseinstitute.com/trigeminal-neuralgia-tn/

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/trigeminal-neuralgia/DS00446

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posted by Maya Anderson 5 months ago

Laura, I wish you health and peace as we approach the season of light, life and love. You appear to be a groovy lady. (I'm trying to bring groovy back because groovy is a ....well....groovy word. This world needs a groove and it also needs souls such as yourself. So you've got allot riding on your recovery : ) .....no pressure! Be well and Godspeed. Abbott

posted by Abbott Albright 5 months ago

I MADE A PROMISE TO PRIEST JAYEMA THAT IF HE CAN PROVE HIMSELF TO ME THAT HE IS REAL BY MAKING MY EX TO COME BACK TO ME I WILL MAKE THE WHOLE WORLD KNOW OF HIS GREAT POWER AND HOW GOOD HE IS, I'M HERE TO SHARE WITH YOU OUT THERE THAT HE IS REAL HE HAS PROVEN HIS SELF TO ME HE BROUGHT EX BACK TO ME WITHIN THE PERIOD OF 48HOURS AND I MAKING SURE I KEEP MY PROMISE TO HIM BY PUTTING IT TO WORK BY LETTING THE WHOLE WORLD KNOW THAT HE IS REAL AND HE CAN FIX YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITHIN THE PERIOD OF 48HOURS JUST AS HE BROUGHT MY EX BACK TO ME, BE SURE HE WILL BE PLEASED TO HELP YOU BECAUSE HE IS REAL AND HE WANT THE WHOLE WORLD TO KNOW THAT HE IS REAL. HERE HIS CONTACT jayemamagictemple@gmail.com I AM REALLY PLEASED I FINALLY GOT MY EX BACK ALL THANKS TO PRIEST JAYEMA FOR HIS HELP ( jayemamagictemple@gmail.com )

posted by Keisha John 5 months ago

Laura- you are BRAVE. You are STRONG. You are HIS!!! He's got this!!!

posted by Maggie Leo 5 months ago

If you live in an area with a non-for-profit network, then they can help you too. By Federal law, all non-for-profit hospital organizations must give a certain amount of care for free to keep their tax-exempt status. To meet those qualifications, those providers may have a clinic, a self-funded medicaid so-to-say. I work for one and refer uninsured friends, family and patients to it all the time. Same level of care and actually helpful to the community. I hope this may help you some.

posted by Amanda Osborne 5 months ago

Hi Laura. I am a fellow Trigeminal Neuralgia patient. I was diagnosed 2.5 years ago after a long battle with dr.s telling me "sinus pain" and even letting them perform a sinus surgery. I was living in Seattle and had Group Health insurance, which I knew wasn't the best...but I had no choice. They would not refer me out...(I later learned it was called "group death"! I had surgery immediately, (they released me the next morning! Crazy) unfortunately, all my pain came back on day 12. Now, I suffer from TN pain 24/7, along with a large amount of pain that was caused in surgery. Dr.s just keep pouring in the pain meds and tell me I will live this way. I have seen 24 doctors. Mayo rejected me, but I am going to write my own application and try again. I wish you all the best. If you have any questions about surgery or want to know what to expect, I'd gladly chat...anytime. -tammie

posted by Tammie Lynn 5 months ago

If you still have room in your heart to help my cousin who needs major dental work that insurance cannot cover, please please please go to hayesmedicalmission and help her smile again. Thank you..

posted by Mandy Hayes 5 months ago

With Medicaid in most states an application for emergency Medicaid the approval can be submitted in just a few days. I would still apply as sometimes they can retroactively pay medical bills back to the application date. Each state is different and since you are crossing state lines for treatment I don't know how it would work. It wouldn't hurt to apply. If you are still in Co you can apply online if your head will let you. Also check and see if there is any funding through some of the rate disease research groups or support groups for what you have. I have run into some for the neuro/headache rare nastiness that satan thought would make a good curve ball to try to turn my eyes away from my victory. Jesus has you! I'm fighting for you and I'm excited to see the number rise!

posted by Lenzy Ham 5 months ago

Have you tried any anti seizure meds for it? Or neurontin (gabapentin)? I can't think the of the name of the anti seizure medication but it is chewable and you take half of one when you feel the pain come on. I won't say the meds are cheap becaue I don't know but it is what I take for my trigeminal. Good luck!

posted by Patty Hapke 5 months ago

Hi Laura, I don't know you and heard about you through a friend of yours. I pray that God would heal you, and meet all of your needs. I pray for His love, His grace, and His kindness to be eminent in your life and manifested in the others around you. I pray that He would give you peace, hope, encouragement, and strength.

posted by Jessie Seersma 5 months ago

We love and support you all the way Laura! Miss seeing you're glowing smile around here!

posted by David Lewin 5 months ago

I feel for you! I have the same condition and it is not a picnic. I wish I could be of some help but all I can offer are my prayers. We are still trying to get on our feet after my daughter's cancer ordeal and it is tough! God bless you and keep you in His loving hands.

posted by Patty Hapke 5 months ago

Laura, I see you have a plan B but even that seems to be so soon (although don't misunderstand me, because I completely understand that it couldn't be too soon for you as you are the one in pain). But I am wondering if you are not able to get enough funding quickly enough if you can still get help when you can obtain some funds?

posted by Rhonda Marie 5 months ago

I sent a prayer request to Faith Life Now Church & Ministries in Ohio. Pastor Gary Keesee is one of a few pastors that influence me. They are VERY good about calling you personally to pray with you when they receive a prayer request. I love that personal touch. Anyway, I just got a call from a gal there and she said to tell YOU Laura that their whole ministry is standing with us and you in AGREEMENT for HEALING and completely PROVISION! Amen!!!! You've got the State of Ohio praying with and for you! Amen!!!

posted by Sieno Castillo 5 months ago

I get tension in that area too. Usually, if I hold my neck and feel my lymph node and pulse, I can relax and breathe out at a mediated pace to lower my blood pressure. That will take the pressure off the nerve.

posted by Ian Crossland 5 months ago

Are you people KIDDING ME? Getting on a political soapbox about Obamacare and talking essential oils to someone with TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA?! Are you on too many drugs, or not enough? Or the wrong kind? What a bunch of morons. Honey -- have you already applied for Charity Care in the hospital wherein this is happening? Is that why you have discounted rate, or is that simply an "out-of-pocket" uninsured discount? Contact the social workers at the hospital where it is to be performed and tell them your troubles. They may be able to find you programs in your state to assist. If not, get yourself a healthcare advocate through your local disability services office, and see what can be done that way. Don't pay these people a DIME more than you have to, and get yourself treated. TN is incredibly painful, difficult, and hard for others (who have never had the experience of chronic, severe pain) to understand. PLEASE let me know if I can help. -Amy

posted by Amy Soppet Taklif 5 months ago

Hi, we have a mutual friend, Kelley. Have you researched any other options, seems quite invasive. I use Essential oils for pain relief and I found thishttp://www.oil-testimonial s.com/essential-oils/5182/stre ss-away-helped-heal-neuralgia I would be willing to ship this oil to you for free. Email me. Coessentialoils@gmail.com in researching your diagnosis bells palsy came up as similar as the nerve gets pinched. I have had that. I know it is different, but I believe that there are other less invasive options out there that are affordable.

posted by Jamie Hunsicker 5 months ago

Obamacare will not help. The wait is simply too long and the policies are more and more complicated. But you Know the GREAT Healer, who by His stripes, has healed you already. He declares you His beloved and hasn't stepped away from you, not for a moment. He needs no one to heal you! But how He loves to use His people. I declare that, if the surgery in the way He wants it, No problem, He has Provided all you need. $155,000 is nothing for Him who walks on Street of Gold. Bible says that the Kingdom of God is IN YOU! Just Receive the gift!! and Rest in Jesus!!! ABBA Father, you promised. So make the way. whether in the funds for this surgery, a free surgery, or supernatural surgery, you make the way Holy Spirit. And we praise you in great expectation for this!!!

posted by Sieno Castillo 5 months ago

I would write as many appeal letters as possible. Obama has been getting rid of pre-existing illnesses. Also most hospitals r not allowed to deny anyone. They have to treat. Who did you hear this from bc that does not sound accurate at all. They treat homeless people all the time wo pay or insurance. Also hospitals write some off on their taxes. They gave my husband some money for his hospital stay

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