Rest In Peace Lisa
$21,418 of $10,000 goal
UPDATE 7/6: As of right now I am going to halt donations. At least temporarily. I can't accept anyone else's donations until if and when we will absolutely need it. My mom's father predicts we'll have a little excess after everything is said and done if medical expenses are covered or forgiven. Him and I met with HR and have been talking to a lawyer. The medical expenses are the only reason I would continue to fundraise and at this point in time they could be very cheap or they could be through the roof. We won't know for a few days because nothing can be released to us until we have a death certificate and we receive a bill from the hospital. As soon as we find out I'll make an update regarding whether or not we may need any more assistance. Thank you so much to anyone that has donated or kept us in your thoughts and prayers. It's incomprehensible how much you are all appreciated helping us through this difficult time.
At this time we will turn our focus toward everything we can pay and getting the house sold as soon as possible. My mom also has a ton of possessions that we're looking to be sell/give away, so if anyone's interested, please contact me.
Any questions or comments can be directed to my phone (717-847-8571) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
UPDATE 7/4: After a 9 day fight, I'm terribly sad to announce that my mom has passed away. I'm honestly at a loss of words right now. She will never be forgotten. However, from a financial standpoint her medical bills are most likely going to be astronomical if her insurance doesn't cover everything. Again, if that happens to be the case the rest of the money will be donated to Dress for Success. However, if that isn't the case, my 18 year old self and 14 year old brother will be left with the remainder of the bills. Any additional donations will be extremely helpful. Proceeds will go towards cremation, funeral services, house utilities, the 2 mortgages and the huge incoming hospital bill(s). Thank you to ANYONE that has donated. I cannot thank you enough. You have helped our family in more ways than you can imagine.
This is Lisa Marie Schreiber, 49 years old. She is a mother, sister, daughter, niece, granddaughter and aunt. I am her son, Dylan Roeder.
Passionate and stubborn are the two words that stick out to me when I think of her. She stands up for what she believes in and won't let others tell her otherwise. This can most likely be attributed to her status as a speech and communication professor at Millersville University in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her students love her, as they have endlessly told me whenever I happen to run into them. Unfortunately there has been a turn of events that have ended her up in the ICU at Lancaster Regional Hospital. For as long as I can remember, (I am 18 years old for reference) she has been taking all types medication for something. I couldn't go into details regarding which they are because quite honestly it doesn't concern me. I apologise in advance to any medically inclined savants for sounding ignorant. However, I do know that she takes Percocet and Oxycodone which are immune system suppressents, which make her more susceptible to infections and diseases. From what she has explained to me, she was bit by a tick many years ago which led to Lyme's Disease which has led to arthritis and cold urticaria (Essentially meaning she's allergic to the cold and her throat tightens up and she breaks out in very painful hives everywhere whenever she's exposed to anything below 65°).
2 years ago in May of 2015, she was out gardening one day and she happened to fall off a curb and tear both of her patella tendons. This has led to years of rehab and unsuccessful surgeries that led to infections which led to more surgeries (See the loop here?). During this time, she has been in and out of a wheelchair and leg braces. Recently, (June 13th I believe to be exact) she had another surgery because she had an infection in her leg. It all seemed to go well until last Friday, the 23rd. She wasn't feeling well and drove herself to the hospital and they had diagnosed her with pnemonia. Over the course of the next day her condition worsened and by Sunday morning it had gotten to the point where I woke up and she said I needed to take her to the hospital because she could barely breathe. To give you an idea how bad it was, she couldn't stand up without having to gasp for air. I took her into the emergency room but I couldn't stay for long because I had a shift at work coming up that I never requested off. Fast forward to after work I got a call from my brother telling me our mom is in the ICU and she had come down with Sepsis, which according to Google is "A life-threatening complication of an infection", most likely from an infection in her knee that had spread throughout her body. We went to visit her and she didn't seem worried whatsoever, and we got there just minutes before she was going to be sedated and intubated. We said our goodbyes and left. Over the course of the next few days her conditions had worsened. We were informed that her colon and liver started to function improperly due to the sepsis and her immune system failing. On this past Thursday we had been informed she had tested positive for the Epstein-Barr virus (Mono). So, on top of the sepsis her already weak immune system had been put under the stress of something that puts the average person out of work for weeks and possibly months. To her, it is life threatening.
She has gained nearly 60 pounds in the span of a week; all fluid weight. She stands 5'4 in height and usually hovers around 120 and is now pushing 180. I don't know the cause of it but as far as I'm concerned that much weight gained in the time allotted cannot be healthy.
On Saturday, we were informed by one of the nurses caring for her that someone with her conditions has an 80% mortality rate. 4 out of 5 people statistically speaking will die in her position.
My mom is divorced, so she has no second income. She works year round as a professor and raises two teenage boys while being practically crippled. She bought the house we're currently living in in December of 2014. Ever since she has needed to pay endless expenses like problems the previous owner left unfixed with the house, her medical bills, support for my brother and I and 2 mortgages. Even before she wound up in the position she's currently in she was always telling me she's crunched for money.
This is when I reach out to you, the reader. Whether you are a family member, friend, acquaintance or someone I've never met before - we need help. She has expenses that need to be paid and if they are left unpaid we'll be forced to sell the house and we'll still be left with the bills. You might be thinking "Why not just wait until she gets out so she can start working and pay it?". She will be in the ICU for a month at minimum. After that she will move to standardized rooms in the hospital where she will undergo rehab where, as the nurses tell us she will need to learn to swallow again. This isn't to mention the mountain of medical bills she is obtaining. Best case scenario we will have her home by mid September, meaning that there's bills to be paid in the upcoming weeks when she won't be around.
I am asking for $10,000. Even the smallest donation is greatly appreciated. Every single cent of the money raised will go toward unpaid bills, utilities, medical co-pays, and anything necessary to keep this house afloat. If for any reason we have excess, (meaning my mom is out of the hospital, she's healthy enough to work, her bills are caught up on and we are in no danger of losing the house or, the tremendously unfortunate alternative, she happens to pass away) I will donate the rest to non-profit charities like Dress for Success, my mom has always been interested in helping other women. Even if you are unable to donate, all I ask is that you send prayers and keep her in your thoughts.
I forgot to mention one attribute that comes to mind when I think of my mom. She is the toughest person I have ever met. She has endured more than anyone I have personally known and the statistics to me are just a statistic that she won't be a part of. I know she will make it through this.
Mom, I love you
I can be contacted at the following: Phone - 717-847-8571, feel free to text or call
Instagram - d_raids
Email - Roederdylan13@yahoo.com
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