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Financial Help During Medical Crisis

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Raised by 40 people in 26 months

Let me start by saying, I am humiliated for asking for this help. But some very hard times are upon my family and I am running out of options. So, here's my story: October 2016, I was diagnosed with STAGE 3 Metastatic Melanoma Cancer. Underwent tumor removal and then complete lymph node dissection in November 2016. Started chemotherapy January 4,2017. After 3 doses of chemo, it turned on me and attacked my auto-immune system. The medication shut down my pituitary, thyroid and adrenal systems, caused encephalitis (swelling of the brain), landing me in the hospital in Pittsburgh for 10 days and out of work for an extended period of time. With permanent medication, I mostly recovered from this event and returned to work on May 1, 2017. Memorial weekend, I began having symptoms of dizziness and headache again, once I could not manage the symptoms at home anymore, I went to the ER to find out once again, the chemo was reeking havoc on my body. MRI revealed encephalitis and meningiomyolitis, resulting in injury to my spinal cord. I no longer had feeling below breast level, lost control of bodily functions and could no longer walk. Transported back to Pittsburgh. Underwent multiple medical treatments, including another chemotherapy to hopefully reverse the effects of the problem causing one. After a 10 day hospital stay, I was transferred to a rehab facility to learn to walk again. 8 day admission there. I am now walking with a walker and regained some bodily function, however, I still have alot of numbness and am unable to do alot of simple everyday things. I am continuing medical treatment and physical therapy for an unknown length of time. My medical condition has become a case study by my physician at UPMC, as this reaction has occurred in only 2 other people, What luck I have!..smh. I am unable to work and have run out or vacation and sick time, have no shirt term disability. My husband works, however, I provided the bulk of our income. I have filed Social Security Disability, but until a decision is reached, we need assistance. Any money will be used to pay bills, including utilities, mortgage, food, transportation back and forth to Pittsburgh etc. Any help will be appreciated, trying my hardest not to lose my home during this process. Family and friends who have already donated, I cannot Thank you enough.

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Back to Pittsburgh today for follow up. Good news. CT scan chest, Abd and pelvis is clear. MRI of cervical and thoracic spine has improved. Inflammation is still present but resolving. The new lesion that was seen on the scan in July had shrunk in size. So, now we start to wean off the steroids, and monitor closely, hoping the inflammation does not return. Neurological deficits remain, says will take 1 year to recover from the spinal cord injury. New scans in 2 months! Still unable to work.
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Back to Pittsburgh, Hillman Cancer Center for my second infusion. Just spoke with Oncologist; confirmed encephalitis has occurred in 2 other people from this drug. One actually died from it, the other he said improved, but did still have deficits (neurological). I am the first one to develop it down my spinal cord. So there is a good chance my condition may not improve more than it is now. Nobody knows. And can't thank everyone enough for the support.
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I was asked to add this information:
Misty- daughter of Jim and Judy Patterson.
Siblings: Kellie Richards, Jimmy Patterson
Grandparents : Everette and Izetta Patterson
Casey- son of Robin Harless and Tommy Harmon.
Sibling: Kayla Harmon
Grandparents: Bill and Anita Harmon
Mary Harless

Children: Dustin 13 and Hannah 3

1995 Graduate of Ravenswood High
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