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Hi everyone, Jef here. One of the hosts of System Mastery, pround father of a 10-month old girl, and chronically uninsured. I just almost died from a pulmonary edema, and now I'm learning that in addition to the lungs, my heart and kidneys are pretty messed up as well. Why? Oh, because my natural resting blood pressure is on par with someone on a cocaine overdose, apparently. So now I'm sitting in a hospital bed, full of needles and tubes, and I can't see my daughter because she's too young for the ICU. I'm scared and mad because this is just my normal. And a lot of other people's normal too. I have no idea how much all this will cost. They won't give me any time estimates or tell me what's happening exactly. But I'm broke and I'm uninsured and I need some kind of help. The podcast is my only income source. The goal on this page isn't even a guess. It's a wildly low number because if I set it too high people will be scared off. I guess I'm just asking for people to help me stay alive. For my daughter, my girlfriend, my friends, and the shows. Thanks.

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So I know very little about how GoFundMe works. I downloaded an app and made this initial post on a bed in the ICU, and it took me a while because there were IVs in both my hands. Now that I'm finally scraping the last of the EKG sticker junk off myself, I know it's time to say thanks. I can't believe this actually happened. It's not over yet, not by a longshot, but I can't believe how many friends and supporters I have. It doesn't make any sense to me. I don't deserve this many friends. Thank you all. I have a more realistic view of what's about to happen to my life and my finances, and grim as it is (I have less than 50% of the expected functions of a heart my age, and my medicines cost about $140 a month), I feel a lot of hope. Thanks to you.
-Jef
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