Kristin McQueen Suck It Cancer

$46,415 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 472 people in 35 months
Wendy Arnold
on behalf of Kristin McQueen
 CHICAGO, IL
Friends and Admirers of Kristin McQueen-

I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy new year for you and your loved ones!

As you may have noticed the fundraising goal has been increased. It reflects the frustrating reality that Kristin's Blue Cross Blue Shield policy is out of network for Northwestern hospital and she needs another brain surgery in the new year.  The test implant Kristin had in December provided some relief from her occipital nerve pain allowing her to do what we take for granted-putting her head on a pillow without extreme pain.  Being out of network would incur a $15,000 out of network cost plus an expense of 50% of all costs beyond the deductible.  The amount is really daunting but so is the pain.  This is the first surgery Kristin has had that seems to relieve some of her pain.  

If any of your are fundraising experts or know of any that would like to help we are all ears!  Kristin is still unable to work so there are expenses like food, rent, heat, etc.

Many thanks and happy holidays!


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Kristin had an appointment to get the pin out of her foot and was looking forward to it because it was bothering her all week. After the doctor took the cast off he saw the was really red on the outside and top of her foot. He asked if she finished the antibiotics. She said she had taken the last dose the night before. Kristin indicated the doctor looked a little concerned but pulled the pin out and asked if it had been causing her pain. Kristin has been on antibiotics since the first week in August. The doctor put all kinds of antibiotic creams on it (stitches are still in) and wrapped it and she is now in a boot. but it's still just as sore . She is still pretty gimpy because it hurts to put all her weight on it but she can probably use the crutches if needed. He gave her a surgical shoe to put on if she need to drive but you can guess she is probably no in the best shape to get back to work.
Kristin goes back to the doctor on today so the doctor can check things and change the dressings. Kristin is not sure how much longer the stitches have to stay in or how long she has to be in this boot now. This has become quite the ordeal.

If yourself in a position to help Kristin as the new month starts I want to share she is on Venmo for those of you that use it and her handle is @kmcruns

Have a great week/month!
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Kristin was not able to make the transition from a cast and crutches to a boot. Perhaps we can cheer her up with money toward rent and food. It is hard to work as at PT when you can't walk and drive.
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I am sure some of you were buoyed by the news that Kristin is working and assuming she is feeling much better. The reality is that Kristin had started working because she is running out of money. She is doing physical therapy at patients homes which requires a lot of driving. Kristin is still only able to sleep a few hours a night which really is not safe for driving. The positions do not pay enough to even cover Kristin’s rent.

I am reaching out to you to see if any of you know of work from home opportunities that do not require a lot of time on the phone. Kristin is great on a computer but phone work tends to aggravate stabby joe. Kristin is a physical therapist with many years of experience. She has a DPT. Also, as you can see from the photo Kristin needed surgery on her tendon and a joint putting her “driving foot” out of commission. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

If anyone finds themselves in a position to provide Kristin with a predictable amount of money on a regular interval that may help give her some piece of mind. I should mention she is not asking for this (Kristin would NEVER ask for something for herself, only for others) but I imagine it must be very stressful to worry about how you will pay for rent, student loans (darn doctorate), medical deductibles, food, etc. Crowd funding to pay the bills is the last think Kristin wants but sadly it is reality right now.

Thanks so much for supporting Kristin!
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It has been quite some time for an update. Kristin is continuing to try and get some help with her ongoing pain with the added issue that BCBS PPO does not cover the doctor or hospital her neurosurgeon is at. This is a tremendous set back after finding something that provides some relief during the test. If you have not had to figure out the nuances of insurance and who and what it covers, consider yourself lucky.

For those of you in the Chicagoland area there is a fundraiser on May 5th to find a cure or relief from the horrible condition that causes much of Kristin's debilitating pain.
LAUGH YOUR FACE OFF!
When: 6:30 p.m. May 5
Where: Park West, 322 W. Armitage
Tickets: $60-$85
Info: laughyourfaceoff.org

This is a link to an article about the event and another perspective about the debilitating condition. https://chicago.suntimes.com/lifestyles/amy-and-pat-tomasulo-proving-laughter-and-love-really-can-be-the-best-medicine/

If you find yourself in a position to support Kristin it is greatly appreciated. It has now been over 2 years since Kristin has been well enough to work.
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$46,415 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 472 people in 35 months
Created January 11, 2016
Wendy Arnold
on behalf of Kristin McQueen
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HM
$200
Heath Meyer
7 days ago

Much love to you, Kristin. We are thinking of you. Heath & Kim

$1,000
Anonymous
11 days ago
BR
$25
Barbara Ryniec
13 days ago

You have been on my mind a lot lately! I hope your change in insurance makes life a touch easier for you this year. And I hope you find the energy to enjoy a bit of the holiday season!

$100
Anonymous
21 days ago
MR
$50
MaryEllen Reedy
2 months ago

Kristin, I hope you’re back on 2 feet soon!

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