For Jess

$2,233 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 25 months
Jess was diagnosed with kidney failure at age 17.
A week later she was diagnosed with an auto immune Desease called Sjogrens Syndrome. ( Like Lupus)
This desease had attacked her Kidneys, and is also effecting her  Liver, Heart  etc . 
The treatment for this was Steroids.

High doses of steroids caused her to end up having  Avasvular Necrosis in the Hips ( Dead Hip Bones)  which resulted in Jess having to have   three hip replacements ,
The  Left one had to be  done twice as when she had open heart surgery for Pericarditis, she contracted Staph,  so her first hip replacement which  had  been done at age 18 yrs had to be removed, as it got badly infected. She ended up in a wheelchair for 4 yrs. because of the steroids and  being  unable to walk,  she put on 40kg!

 When Jess was 20,  I was getting worked up to give her a Kidney, The doctors found out that I had stage 3 Kidney Cancer! I had the kidney and cancer removed. She had saved my life! 

Jess ended up  on Dialasys for four and a half years.  During this time Jess also lost all her peripheral Vision. She was Legally Blind. She had to hand in her licence.  This devastated her as she lost all her independance. The doctors diagnosed her with Retinitis Pigmentoza, which inevitabley will go completely.

Jess received a Donated Kidney in 2008, which we are most greatful for  to the family of the donor as it was   100%  matching. Being  permanently on anti rejection mediction ,  this caused her type 2 Diabetes. She also has oesteoporosis.
She has had numerous surgeries for different  reasons.

Jess has a guide dog Dane  to help her mobility and she lives independently.  She would love  to continue doing that for as long as possible. Upkeep of Dane, her own large amount of medications,  continuesly travelling to hospital for treatments,  mostly by taxi,  upgrade of computer and personal aides  etc is taking its toll on her.
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Well today Jess went for a day cruise on a Tall Ship through Vision Australia, and the poor love lost her Camera into the sea! It was in her jacket pocket and it fell out. She was so upset. She took some lovely photos cause she wanted to show me that she was having a great time and she was heart broken. She rang me sobbing her little heart out.
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Hi everyone. We are updating the total of the account and added the funding we got from the fundraising concert we had for Jess on 4/9/16.
A great day was had by all and thanks once again to all our sponsors and volunteers who gave up their time for Jess.
Jess at her nephew's christening recently
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This is a video of Jess's fundraising Concert on the
04/09/2016. Because it was held on Fathers Day, the turnout wasn't as good as it could have been , but still we had a very enjoyable day and we raised over $1000.00. Thank you to all our supporters who donated financially and our Volunteers who gave up their time.
Freda and Jessica
Jess at the concert
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Well Jess has had her cataract operation. The outcome should have been very straight forward!
When she was locally sedated, her eye kept moving left to right by itself so the doctor had to fully sedate her meaning she had to stay in overnight. Then with the four lots of drops she had to put in every 4 hours, one of them apparently was a steroid! After 3 weeks it was found the steroid drops had started to alter her macular! Her pressure tripled and so now she's on medication to fix that and different drops! Next month she gets her other eye done. I hope all goes well then. Good luck Jess
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Jessica Arena
24 months ago

Thank you to all of those who have donated. Thank you to my mum Freda Gentle who has set this fund up. You do so much for me and those who help you are all big hearted and kind. I live on the blind disability support pension, I would struggle if my mum didn't help me like the way she does. A big thank you to all those that help. I really appreciate it very much. God bless

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$2,233 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 25 months
Created May 13, 2016
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19 months ago
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Freda Gentle
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These are the proceeds from the fundraising concert we had for Jessica

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Anonymous
22 months ago
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Julien Leboulanger
24 months ago
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A small gift to bring you all our support from our small island. We are by your side in your fight of every day. Be strong, we are thinking of you and we love you. Caledonian people :)

JE
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Justine Ebert
24 months ago

Best wishes Jess and family. We are thinking of you and hope you reach your goal xo

Jessica Arena
24 months ago

Thank you to all of those who have donated. Thank you to my mum Freda Gentle who has set this fund up. You do so much for me and those who help you are all big hearted and kind. I live on the blind disability support pension, I would struggle if my mum didn't help me like the way she does. A big thank you to all those that help. I really appreciate it very much. God bless

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