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Help keep Sara's joints together

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Raised by 57 people in 3 months
Hi. I'm Sara, and I've got a genetic condition called Hypermobile Ehler's Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), which affects my collagen. Collagen is a type of tissue that holds your joints together, and is ~25-35% of your body's protein. It's supposed to work like a rubber band, where it can stretch, but still go back into place. My collagen, however, works a lot more like taffy. It just stretches and stretches and gets looser and looser. Because of this, I now suffer from regular partial and full dislocations of my shoulders, elbows, fingers, hips, and knees, with the number of daily dislocations of my fingers and shoulders numbering in the tens. To combat this, I need to buy a LOT of braces. Ones for my fingers and hands (some of which are shown in the picture; see update 2 for more details), my elbows, and my shoulders. I've also got a lot of doctor's visits that I really need help paying for.

I also am a trans woman, and need regular doctor's visits for my hormone treatment, as well as laser hair removal to help combat dysphoria as well as make me eligible for any surgeries that I may need in the future.

Any money I raise will be spent in this order:
- Braces
- Doctor's visits for hEDS
- Doctor's visits for gender transition
- Laser hair removal.

The $7,000 goal was figured by adding up the mid-range prices for the braces I'd need, the average prices that doctor's visits have been in the past, and the mid-range estimates for laser hair removal costs.
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Hey! Sorry about the huge gap in updates; there were some shipping issues and I didn't want to send y'all an update til I'd gotten all of the splints in.

Here's what I've gotten so far, splint wise (they're all for my right hand at this point, as my left is comparatively far more stable):
- General thumb stability splint
- Thumb PIP splint (Worn on my middle finger in the image, so that y'all can see what it looks like)
- Index double PIP lateral stability splint
- Pinky single DIP lateral stability splint
- Buddy ring splint (ring & pinky)
- 4-finger truss splint (not pictured, since I can't wear it in concert with the buddy)
- A wrist brace that I thankfully don't need as often as the finger splints (also not pictured)

I've also received my fancy new ergonomic chair, which has been absolutely amazing for lessening my back and arm pain.

As for the remainder of the money I've gotten, it's gone into savings in anticipation of laser hair removal (I'd have already started, but I'm moving soon and would rather not have to split the sessions between clinics in different states), as well as any new braces I might need (my shoulders and elbows have calmed down a lot with this new chair and its adjustable armrests, hence me not having bought braces for them) if I get a particularly bad dislocation or fall or something like that.

Anyways, that's it for now! Thank you guys so much for all your help! Being able to type or write without being in excruciating pain within minutes has been literally life changing for me.
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Most of the donations so far cleared into my account, so I was able to buy a set of braces for my hands! I was also able to get a new, ergonomic desk chair. It turns out that a HUGE amount of the issues I've been having in my wrists, elbows, and back are due in part to the fact that the chair I got out of a dumpster two years ago doesn't offer any useful support (who would've guessed?).

It'll still be a few weeks before I get them, but I wanted to thank you guys for all the help you've given me. Seriously, this has been way more successful than I could've ever imagined; thank you so much.
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