Life-saving surgery needed M. Apodaca

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Raised by 54 people in 64 months
Hi,
I want to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Marie. I'm a 31 year old woman who lives in Colorful Colorado. I'm in desperate need of life-saving surgery. I have LE Lymphedema on both of my legs. If you don't know what Lymphedema is; it is a condition in which the lymphatic system is broken and can no longer carry the lymph-fluid (waste from blood) out of the body so this waste fluid builds up under the skin usually in extremities and causes many issues. These issues include, frequent skin infections, open ulcers/wounds, hard, fibrous, discolored, and enlarged skin conditions on the affected limb(s). It can eventually lead to limb loss or death due to infections. Very reluctantly, I can include a picture of my worst leg by request. CAUTION: It is not for the faint of heart.

In case you are wondering, I can walk; but as you can imagine, it is very challenging.

I also suffer from morbid obesity. I've battled with my weight for most of my life. To give you an idea of this; I weighed 208 pounds when I was 12 years old.

I have been working with my family doctor for over 7 years. I've been through numerous weight loss programs with not much success. I've been working with a physical therapist and certified lymphedema therapist for the past 9 months. We've come to a conclusion that losing a significant amount of weight will help many areas of my life but especially with the lymphedema for healthier lymph flow. Now, this won't cure lymphedema; but will make it a lot more manageable. For this, I will need bariatric surgery.



I hold down a full-time job, and have insurance; but my insurance won't pay for the surgery I need. This surgery won't only improve my quality of life but will literally save my life. The surgery is very expensive and I just cannot afford to pay for it. I would appreciate any donations you can afford to give.

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived-that is to have succeeded."

Thank you for reading!

Sincerely,
Marie Apodaca
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I know your busy but it would mean a lot if you could share this page for me. I know it can be hard asking for donations especially during this time of year when evveryone seems to be asking for something from you; but every little bit helps. I wouldn't put myself out there if I didn't think this was necessary. http://www.gofundme.com/4uz00k
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We're almost 30% of the way there! I thank you all so much!
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Hi everyone! Thanks for your continued support. There was an issue with the donations page which is fixed now. Please keep sharing. We are accepting donations again.
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Please keep sharing...prayers are also appreciated. I'm so thankful for all of you...you give me hope!
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Raised by 54 people in 64 months
Created October 18, 2013
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Ursula Velarde
64 months ago

God Bless you my friend!

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Rudy Fuentes
64 months ago

Keeping you in my prayers, Bazooks!!

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