Melinda's Battle with Crohn's Disease

$1,570 of $25k goal

Raised by 34 people in 29 months
KevinJuliet Sapaugh  NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX
Since you know that  our 21-year old daughter Melinda has been battling Crohn's Disease since she was 15. Crohn's is an inflammatory bowel disease, and because Melinda's case is severe, she made the decision in November, 2013, to have an ileostomy, which would remove her infected colon, process waste into a bag and allow her to resume her life as an active young college woman.  Also, her ileostomy requires expensive supplies and medicines that her new insurance does not cover 100%.
Melinda is a strong, intelligent young woman, and she is fighting to realize her goal of college graduation and working to defer expenses when she is able. Her family has rallied around her, and yet this debt and continuing bills are overwhelming. Your donation will be very much appreciated and will go directly to Melinda's medical needs. Thanks you so much for your show of support and love for Melinda!
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Update 5
15 months ago

Since you know that our 21-year old daughter Melinda has been battling Crohn's Disease since she was 15. Crohn's is an inflammatory bowel disease, and because Melinda's case is severe, she made the decision in November, 2013, to have an ileostomy, which would remove her infected colon, process waste into a bag and allow her to resume her life as an active young college woman. Also, her ileostomy requires expensive supplies and medicines that her new insurance does not cover 100%.
Melinda is a strong, intelligent young woman, and she is fighting to realize her goal of college graduation and working to defer expenses when she is able. Her family has rallied around her, and yet this debt and continuing bills are overwhelming. Your donation will be very much appreciated and will go directly to Melinda's medical needs. Thanks you so much for your show of support and love for Melinda!
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Update 4
24 months ago

So it’s getting closer and closer to the one year mark of making one of the hardest decisions of my life, deciding of living a life with an ostomy. When I left the hospital the last time I was 70 pounds and could hardly stand for 20 seconds. Coming back from something so difficult changed my life forever. In these past couple of days and in the decision of making it permanent I have been thinking back on this past year and I’ve learned so many things that I would have never had the pleasure of realizing. One thing I’ve learned was that no matter how hard things get, there always is an end. There’s always something better that will come as long as you push yourself to the fullest potential and fight with every ounce of being in your body. Another thing that I learned would be the amount that some people will extend themselves to someone just in their time of need. In this past year I have met and made friends that I will have for a lifetime. One of the biggest things I learned was to learn how to advocate for yourself, the majority of the time you think there is something wrong, YOU are right. Only you know your body. The last thing I learned is that no matter how hard things get, they can always be worse. Take in consideration the blessings you have because things can change in an instant. Some people would say that what I’ve been through is crazy and that Crohn's Disease has kicked my ass but it opened my eyes to things I would’ve never learned before. Here’s to the next years of living with an ostomy, finally hitting 100 pounds and to new beginnings!
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Update 3
25 months ago

Melinda is sick again and still struggle with Crohn's disease it been hard for her to get up and walk in the mornings and have an awful moody swing Dr hope for a change to her insurance get approved for her to take a new medines entivo that came out last May hope it works for her thanks for contuine support our daughter
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Update 2
26 months ago

Melinda is slow improved with her health and still struggle to get BETTER everyday .. your contuine donation would be greatly apperciate ! Thanks
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Joy Stephenson Jones
13 days ago

This girl doesn't even live with these people. There is insurance and write offs. Don't be fooled.

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Melinda Eargle
22 months ago

I'm so sorry. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have had Crohn's disease for 31 years. I was on heavy doses of steroids for years and have taken Remicade IV every 6 weeks for the past 11 years. I have not had any of my colon removed yet although i have had other surgeries. I am glad you are doing better. HANG IN THERE!

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$1,570 of $25k goal

Raised by 34 people in 29 months
Created April 23, 2014
SM
$5
Silvia Morales
10 months ago
MH
$20
Marlene Hodge
24 months ago

Thinking of you and wishing the best for you. Get better!

CJ
$25
Cindi and Nelson Jacobs
24 months ago

Stay strong!!!

$10
Anonymous
24 months ago
EG
$20
Elizabeth Gray
25 months ago

Your daughter and my twins are same age and I pray for her and I hope people look up to her needs.

$10
ken roveto
25 months ago
RW
$10
Robert Walker
26 months ago
$100
Anonymous
27 months ago
$50
Christopher Schroder
28 months ago
$100
Christopher Schroder
28 months ago (Monthly Donation)

Hope it will be successful.

Joy Stephenson Jones
13 days ago

This girl doesn't even live with these people. There is insurance and write offs. Don't be fooled.

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Melinda Eargle
22 months ago

I'm so sorry. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have had Crohn's disease for 31 years. I was on heavy doses of steroids for years and have taken Remicade IV every 6 weeks for the past 11 years. I have not had any of my colon removed yet although i have had other surgeries. I am glad you are doing better. HANG IN THERE!

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