Need Help To Recover from Major Illness

$5,125 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 111 people in 31 months
Tonya Harris  RICHMOND, KY
As many of you know, I have been very sick over the last several months. Last summer, I was diagnosed with a large fibroid tumor and was told I would need a total hysterectomy. While hospitalized for the hysterectomy,it was discovered that I also had autoimmune hemolytic anemia, due to what was likely lupus, and that I had a serious lung infection which caused permanent damage to my right lung. So I was placed on steroids and given a blood transfusion to treat the anemia, and given some powerful antibiotics to treat the pneumonia. After returning home from the hospital and having a lot of tests done, the doctors' suspicions of lupus were confirmed--and I was told that we need to move, because the mold in my apartment may have been responsible for the lung infection I had, and that it may be aggravating my lupus symptoms to boot. 

My children have also had a lot of respiratory illnesses since we have lived here, so no doubt, the mold in this place is hurting them too. And of course, the landlord won't fix it.

However, you can't move if you don't have money--so I went, as soon as I believed I was able, and found a job. Just a few weeks after I started working again, I passed out at work, and was sent to the hospital--where it was discovered that the hemolytic anemia had returned--and I would need yet another blood transfusion. The doctor told me I am going to have to be on steroids and some other medications for the rest of my life in order to keep the lupus under control. 

So now, I'm trying to raise money to help me and my children get moved out of this apartment and into a mobile home I found, and to help us get some bills caught up that I am behind on, like our electric bill. In addition to being clean and safe or us to live in, the mobile home will be a little less expensive to live in--so with the income we already have coming in every month, we won't have to worry about getting behind on bills as much. 

Thanks everyone for any help you can give us.
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Update 11
30 months ago

The total just hit $5,000!!! I am just overwhelmed at everyone's kindness and generosity. Thank all of you--everyone who donated, tipped, recc'd and shared for helping us get moved into a better, safer place to live.
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Update 10
30 months ago

Wow! Thank you to everyone who has helped us so far ! Only $400 away from meeting our goal!
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Update 9
30 months ago

Thank you everyone who has helped out so far! Only $850 away from meeting my goal, and getting us out of here! I spent much of yesterday and today taking care of business related to the move, as well as getting Ashley to her doctor appointment.
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Update 8
30 months ago

All I can say is that I am almost speechless at the outpouring of love and support from my friends on Dkos! Thank all of you so much! We are now three quarters of the way there--as of right now the total is up to $3,760.
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$5,125 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 111 people in 31 months
Created March 4, 2014
CO
$5
Craig Odonnell
30 months ago
$25
Anonymous
30 months ago
LM
$50
Lynne Markova
30 months ago

Hope this helps a bit!

RS
$10
Russell Shew
30 months ago

It's not much, but I hope it helps. Best wishes to you and your family!

TF
$25
terri foster
30 months ago
HW
$10
Harper Willson
30 months ago

I'm struggling a bit myself but it's just me--I don't have any children, much less a disabled child. I simply cannot imagine going the kind of financial hell you've been through with children to worry about--in the thick of my dark poverty-stricken days (well behind me now) I nearly had a nervous breakdown just worrying about my dog. Anyway, I just finished reading your "thank you dkos" diary and amso moved by it I just have to send you a little something. Perhaps with this you can buy yourself a little something--a new pretty lipstick, some delicious bath soap, or perhaps a pair of brightly colored flip-flops for summer. Something fun, anyway! I hope your recuperation is proceeding apace, and I wish you and your family the best of health and all the happiness in the world. You're an amazingly strong lady, a wonderfully caring mom--and quite a nice writer too! Take care of your sweet self. - Harper (aitchdee on dkos)

$64
Bruce Shipman
30 months ago

This should push it up to the goal!

CR
$50
Cynthia Rochel
30 months ago

I have Lupus and it's like a magnet for all sorts of Ills. Take care.

$20
Anonymous
30 months ago
$20
Jo Lux
30 months ago
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