John Mørke Needs Help

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Raised by 237 people in 34 months
Earlier this fall, I began experiencing swelling of the lymph node at my jaw, and severe neck pains and inflammation of the face and jaw. After it got bad enough to drive me to the emergency room, I was put through an antibiotics treatment and a battery of tests, including a biopsy to search for lymphoma. Their results have been inconclusive, and the swelling in the lymph node remains. If it doesn't resolve itself by December, which it shows no signs of doing, I'm looking at another biopsy and a fresh round of medical bills.

I have no insurance and the current bills amount to more than my total savings.

This Gofundme campaign is to raise funds to cover my existing medical bills, which include: Radiology-ultrasound and lab cytology ($298.14), basic metabolic panel and blood count ($46.00), CT Maxillofacial w/ dye; FNA W/Image; Echo Guide for Biopsy ($545.00), and CT scan / IV treatment and ER diagnosis ($736.00). I've submitted an application for charitable relief for as many bills as I can, but several aren't eligible, and I don't know if the applications will be accepted. The goal set on this Gofundme page is for slightly more than the total of the bills, to account for Gofundme's standard deduction and withdrawal processing fees.

Any help that anyone can give will be very much appreciated.

"”John Mørke, 11/8/13
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Update 18
19 months ago
Hey guys, it's been awhile. Four months have passed since my surgery, and they have gone like a whirlwind. I have been working almost every day since August 2013, and I am thrilled to see EX3 on the horizon. I'm pushing forward to the next hardback (Dragon-Blooded), staying out of school to clear it in record time. That's part of why I have been so quiet, but I've also been struggling with the financial and emotional aspects of my life that seem to eat up all the time when I'm not working on this game.

As for my health, my neck’s been in much better condition since the surgery, and I can't thank you enough for your help. I think about you all on a daily basis—about how lucky I am to have such unbelievable support, from so many people who are out there pulling for me. It gives me strength every time I sit down to work. Every time I think I've got nothing left to give, I remember all the people who gave so much to put me here. It has kept me going in more than just making it fiscally possible for me to keep working. I refuse to let you down.

Unfortunately, I have to ask for help again. The doctor’s bill for the surgery has arrived at last. This should be the final medical bill. After wrangling with the doctors and hospital for charity deductions, it’s down to a final bill of $990, which I have adjusted upward ($1069.20) for the 8% Gofundme takes out.

I was hoping my charity discount would reduce the entire bill, but this is one of those doctor bills, part of the overall charges for service that is never negotiable; I have had to pay every single one of these in full using your donations. The bill also came at a predictably unpredictable time; between living expenses and paying student loans, I don’t have the margin to cover it. You have my enormous gratitude for any help you can give, and my ongoing thanks for all the help you’ve already given.
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Update 17
24 months ago
A few things, and probably my last word on the topic before I go in for surgery—I am lucky in that I have had so much help fighting off these medical bills. I have been able to cover not only the cost of a biopsy, CT scan and blood cytology, but also numerous follow-ups and medical prescriptions since then. Still, I kept the money that was left over and saved it because it was my suspicion that things would get worse before they got better. They have. The swelling has come back and has had the added effect of causing throat constriction. I have not had a good night sleep in three weeks. I put off doing the drastic thing and having the recommended surgery to get this lymph node excised because I knew what kind of hysterical costs would be involved. But here I am.

So, I just got off the phone with the office of anesthesiology that will be handling half my pre-op. I will need to pay $600 to the ENT on site, and another $603 to the anesthesiologist two days before the surgery. These are "foot in the door" prices. I tried to negotiate them downward, but they informed me that these are the lowest they are going to get. If I don’t pay, they don’t play. Luckily I have enough saved to pay both of these bills—the support you have given me has been overwhelming and I thank you very much. My next update will be to let you all know how the surgery has gone. It’s my hope that this will finally put my year-long medical issues to rest and let me focus on getting back to a healthy place. I couldn't have gotten this far without all of you. See you in a week.
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Update 16
24 months ago
A short update on my status. About two months ago, the pain and tightness started making its return. I have been to the doctor four times since then, and have been put on antibiotics three times. Two barrages of Amox Tr-K and one of levofloxacin. This amounted to over $500 in medical charges, but I was able to cover it all with your help.

The pain has only been getting worse, and about two weeks ago, the swelling began again for the first time since it went down. The lymph node has swollen out of my neck to a lump slightly larger than a robin's egg.

My last visit with the doctor was to schedule a surgery to have it removed. I was given this option months ago, but I dearly wanted to avoid the cost associated with the procedure. I believed it would go away, but it has been almost a year. The doctor gave me the option to do one more biopsy and then wait and see, but a biopsy would be just expensive as before, and then what? I might still need to get it removed and looked at. As much as I don't want to face this bill, I don't want to face this and the cost of a second biopsy.

My surgery is scheduled for September 11. I will have a consultation and a checkup before that. The surgery will be on a Thursday. Wish me luck.
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Update 15
27 months ago
Hey guys. I haven't forgotten you. I just wanted to stop in to say I am still working very diligently to finish the EX3 core. I recently finished the Craft Charms, which means the whole first draft of the Solar Charm set is now complete. Now I am cleaning up some Charms to add to the playtest, which will bring the test to its third and hopefully penultimate phase.
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Raised by 237 people in 34 months
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