Jasmine-Chronic Kidney Disease Fund

$4,895 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 49 people in 16 months
My name is Chelsea Howard and my daughter, Jasmine Grace was born with Chronic Kidney Disease.  I am a single mom with 2 jobs and I work 6 days a week…that is when my daughter is not sick and in the hospital. She is 6 years old now but our current situation is a lot easier to understand if I start at the beginning. Jasmine was born August 16th 2010. They took her straight to the NICU at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is a 2 ½ hour drive from our home. After a week of trying to figure out how her kidneys got so damaged they decided to do an exploratory surgery with a camera to see what was going on. What they found was very complicated. Some of her organs were out of place, some were duplicated and basically all that caused an obstruction for her urine to flow from her kidneys, through her ureters and on to her bladder. So instead the urine backed up to her kidneys and caused significant damage. In order to deal with this for a newborn, when she was 10 days old they decided to do a surgery called a vesicostomy. It was a stinted opening hooked to her bladder for her urine to drain freely in order not to cause any more damage to her organs. So finally when she was 14 days old I got to take her home. Unfortunately this was short lived because on the 5th day I had her home I noticed something was pushing its way through the opening and she started crying uncontrollably. So I rushed her to her pediatrician at that time who in turn gave me very bad advice that led to her bladder prolapsing (coming out of the opening completely) and caused a horrific infection. This of course sent us right back down to the hospital in Indianapolis where they had to push her bladder back in and begin a 14 day antibiotic IV treatment. During this stay at the hospital, her bladder prolapsed again so they had to close the original opening and redo the vesicostomy in a new spot on her abdomen.  Let me point out that the doctors at Riley Children’s Hospital are among the best but Chronic Kidney Disease is so uncommonly understood in children that Jasmine actually participates in research. Also, for the few children that do suffer from it, Chronic Kidney Disease affects all children differently. So at this point it was realized that her left kidney was barely functioning so in order to try to save it, another opening was made in her abdomen for that kidney to drain freely.  In her first couple years was a lot of hospitalization. During this time she also had 2 surgeries to remove a kidney stone in her only good kidney and was treated frequently for various bacterial infections (which she is prone to).  Finally came the big reconstruction surgery that was rescheduled 3 times and anxiously anticipated. In this surgery her left kidney was removed, her duplicate organs combined and other organs were reorganized as best they could. The surgery took 12 hours and was successful as the outcome was to set her up with a catheterizable channel that she will use the rest of her life to drain her bladder. She healed and adapted wonderfully (even through a few unexpected adjustments to the new process). She finally got to start Kindergarten this year and was doing well, even doing the catheter herself. But one thing she has battled throughout her life is constipation (kind of a side effect of having kidney disease). The most severe cases always lasted a day and then she was ok until the past couple weeks that she has thrown up constantly and struggled immensely with constipation.  We have been in and out of the hospital; her missing school and me missing work. We are still in the hospital now trying to figure out what is causing her constant vomiting and extreme constipation. Although I am Jasmine’s only parent, we have an amazing supportive family & friends that do what they can to help us. Usually that’s enough to get through and get back on track. Unfortunately this time I have missed (and am still missing) so much work that it’s overwhelming for me and my family financially. I wish I could help others instead of asking for help but I am in a position that even though I work as much as possible, I still live paycheck to paycheck as many people do. I’ve never been able to save money for times like this (because it’s been ongoing since she was born) and I don’t own any credit cards. As far as the amount, I only put one because you have to. I don’t have a specific amount in mind because anything helps and I am extremely grateful for any help I receive. And as soon as I possibly can I will pay it forward. I humbly ask for your help to keep us above water during this trying time. Even if you are only able to say a prayer, we are thankful for that too!

Sincerely,

Chelsea Howard
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The good news is Jasmine has been stable and major incident free for a while now...just awaiting her inevitable kidney transplant in the next few years. The bad news is my main source of income is gone because that job is seasonal. All I have left right now is 12 hours a week at my other job. I have been working on a solution but in the mean time my bills are falling farther behind. I immensely appreciate all the help I have received along the way and am desperately seeking stability to get back on my feet and take care of me and Jasmine and even more be able to help others who need it. In this case I am seeking any type of help whether it be financial, advice or an idea, a loan, prayers...ANYTHING! I think the hardest part about all of this is being a person that has worked so hard my whole life and even got to within a year of a Bachelor's degree just to look at myself at 40 years old and feel like a failure. I have always been a person of goals, hopes and dreams and determined to attain them. I can't stand the idea of being defeated by the struggle yet I feel so trapped because options these days are so limited. It's harder than ever to find a good job, government funds are low and bill collectors are more vicious than ever. I have all the confidence that God will get me through this, but it is still very frustrating to find my way in this process and admit that I am struggling this hard. Right now my focus is strictly getting my bills caught up and finding steady employment. As much as I love to give, I have already written off Christmas this year as I know Jasmine will be well taken care of by others in that regard. Also please know that I have an amazing family that will do and has done everything they can to help me but unfortunately there is only so much they can do otherwise I would not be reaching out like this. I can promise everyone that once I am on my feet and back on the trail to success I will pay back and forward every blessing I have received as I truly understand the value of each and every blessing that has gotten me through all the hard times! Merry Christmas to all and countless blessings for the New Year!!
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My car is not fixable this time:( Gotta try & find another somehow...
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I wish I had a more positive update but although I am extremely thankful Jasmine & I are both finally well & have been able to catch up our bills, now the car has at least 3 major problems going on:( So takin it to the shop 1st thing Tues morn to find out whether it's fixable or not...
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Finally home from the hospital with a new med that will hopefully keep this little girl from any more hospital stays for a while! Unfortunately I came home to find out my hours have been cut at work so gonna have to find a way to make that work for now. Even more reason we are so thankful for all the help from all of you amazing people to keep us afloat thru all this!
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Korey Cocking
2 months ago

Continued prayers for you and Jasmine, Chelsea! I love you, girl!!

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Dennis Cole
16 months ago

Prayers, Chelsea!! I wish that I could do more at this point, but I cannot... Sorry!!

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Raised by 49 people in 16 months
Created October 8, 2016
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Kimberly Richmond
2 months ago

Chelsea, you could never be a failure! You have been an angel to so many, including me, you saved me more than once, and I'm forever grateful. You are so faithful, I know God has great things in store for you and Jasmine.

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Diana Arroyo
2 months ago

Love you girls :)

Korey Cocking
2 months ago

Continued prayers for you and Jasmine, Chelsea! I love you, girl!!

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Dennis Cole
16 months ago

Prayers, Chelsea!! I wish that I could do more at this point, but I cannot... Sorry!!

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