Liver transplant expenses for Val

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Valerie Luko Jersey  KENNESAW, GA
My greatest loves and passion in life is my family, friends and teaching.  I had to resign my teaching position in December 2015 due to being diagnosed with end stage liver disease (NAFL - non-alcoholic fatty liver).  I have spent the last six months completing all of the medical requirements to be able to be listed for a donor liver.  I got word in June 2016 that I am now officially listed.  While they (Piedmont Hospital Mason Transplant Center) cannot predict a timeline for a donor, I am now on the list.

I am humbly requesting your assistance for medical expenses preparing for and completing the transplant process.  The after transplant process will require frequent hospital trips and labs to make sure the new liver is thriving.  The Transplant Center recommends fundraising to meet these costs. We are currently paying on four separate hospital plans in addition to separate entities for labwork, etc.

I am so very grateful for the love, support and prayers I have received already from family and friends.  I am blessed with my wonderful husband, Dale and my joyful daughter, Katelin.  We all thank you in advance for your support.  If you feel inclined, please share the gofundme page with your friends and colleagues. 

It is with humble gratitude that I outreach as I have never been in this position before.  In addition, it is my prayer to recover completely so that I may teach again and be in a position to support others.  God bless you!

Valerie
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Update 25
Posted by Valerie Luko Jersey
2 months ago
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First, all glory to God! Prayer works! My insurance issues for the transplant have been successfully resolved! Thank you all for your intercession.
I had my 3 month appointment on Thursday and am now able to limit my labs to every other week. In addition, I have been taken off of four medications including Coumadin. I so missed my salads, cabbage and greens; now I am free to eat them again.
My labs are good only needing more platelets and iron. My blood sugars are great and blood pressure needs some lowering. Overall, great progress since October. While still needing to be conscious of germs, I can get out more - these four walls were shrinking fast! I am continuously in gratitude for all of you!


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Update 24
Posted by Valerie Luko Jersey
2 months ago
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Happy new year! I hope I am finding all of you well this new year. I have a couple of prayer requests that I humbly ask help with. I received an Explanation of Benefits statement from Blue Cross Blue Shield close to a month ago that stated zero paid due to lack of preauthorization for the procedure. I spent an hour with BCBS sharing my documentation. They stated that the doctor who submitted the claim submitted a wrong code. We were transferred six times at Piedmont and finally told to resubmit medical records. I called yesterday to follow up and was told that Piedmont submitted a corrected claim with a higher amount and so processing of the claim would have to start over. I ask that you all pray for any and all barriers or confusion with the claim and the bill be removed and resolution be found. I know God can make a way where there is no way and that He fights our battles. I confess worry and ask for prayers to have complete trust.
I have my 3 month appointment tomorrow and will update all when I know more. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers.
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Update 23
Posted by Valerie Luko Jersey
3 months ago
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As 2016 comes to close, I look back with awe and an abundance of gratitude. The journey from the initial diagnosis, waiting on the donor liver, the hospital stay and home recovery is all laced with Gods hand and blessings in abundance. As I shared with my Facebook friends, the prefix "trans" holds the meaning of completely or forever changed and "plant" means something put in the ground that is fed with water and the sun. Each and every one of you have nourished me through your showers of love and support. And the light of the Son has been a constant for my growth and strength. It is my prayer that you and your families are blessed this season and New Year!
Blessings from the Jersey family!
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Update 22
Posted by Valerie Luko Jersey
3 months ago
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Dale and I want to wish all of you a joyous Christmas and a New Year full of blessings! You all have been such a blessing to us during a very challenging time. This year we are celebrating new life and I am savoring every moment!
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Tammy Powell
3 months ago

You look fantastic! Congratulations to you and best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a happy 2017!

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Penny McIsaac
4 months ago

Wonderful news! Congratulations on another milestone in your recovery!

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Emily Reed Shelburne
4 months ago

So happy for you and continued prayers for you. God bless you!

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Jana Lynn Patterson
5 months ago

Valerie- so sorry for the bumps in the road but you, your care team and your medical team have it going on! I know we will be dancing on those tables again soon. They may be low tables but tables nonetheless!

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Alex Darrow Pedigo
5 months ago

Thoughts and prayers for you.

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Jana Lynn Patterson
5 months ago

Holding you up to the light and praying hard my friend!

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Penny McIsaac
5 months ago

Such wonderful news! You'really faith and strength are inspiring, Val.

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Jana Lynn Patterson
5 months ago

God speed and MANY prayers coming your way my friend! Her's hoping that this time next year we are dirty dancing on the table again. Love to you, Dale and Katelin.

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$10,687 of $15k goal

Raised by 96 people in 9 months
Created July 2, 2016
Valerie Luko Jersey  
$100
Anonymous
1 month ago
JF
$100
John Finch
3 months ago
DB
$150
Doris Billingsley
3 months ago(Offline Donation)
KD
$20
Kathy Davanzo
3 months ago
$10
Anonymous
3 months ago
$50
Anonymous
3 months ago
JC
$200
Jeannie and Brian Cassidy
4 months ago(Offline Donation)
SK
$80
Selina Keith
4 months ago

Who knew that after walking into your class one evening that I'd receive enjoyable, enlightening instruction and gain a blessed friendship too. I'm so glad I met you and am grateful for it. Take care of you my friend. It was no mistake in our meeting or the connect.(Coincidence is GOD's way of performing miracles anonymously. ) God bless and be well.

JC
$100
Jane Cassidy
4 months ago

Val, you are truly a special angel, you have so many wonderful people who love you, there is nothing that you cannot overcome. Always in my prayers. Love, Jane xo

DC
$75
Dave & Heather Clark
4 months ago

Hope this helps. Your doing wonderful. Love Dave & Heather

Tammy Powell
3 months ago

You look fantastic! Congratulations to you and best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a happy 2017!

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Penny McIsaac
4 months ago

Wonderful news! Congratulations on another milestone in your recovery!

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Emily Reed Shelburne
4 months ago

So happy for you and continued prayers for you. God bless you!

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Jana Lynn Patterson
5 months ago

Valerie- so sorry for the bumps in the road but you, your care team and your medical team have it going on! I know we will be dancing on those tables again soon. They may be low tables but tables nonetheless!

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Alex Darrow Pedigo
5 months ago

Thoughts and prayers for you.

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Jana Lynn Patterson
5 months ago

Holding you up to the light and praying hard my friend!

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Penny McIsaac
5 months ago

Such wonderful news! You'really faith and strength are inspiring, Val.

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Jana Lynn Patterson
5 months ago

God speed and MANY prayers coming your way my friend! Her's hoping that this time next year we are dirty dancing on the table again. Love to you, Dale and Katelin.

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