Cheryl's Second Chance at Life

$8,775 of $15k goal

Raised by 70 people in 17 months
Joan Ravitch  SAN DIEGO, CA

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7063827_1447992464.1598_funddescription.My daughter,Cheryl, was born with congenital heart disease due to Turner's Syndrome. She has been in heart failure mode off and on for many years and has pulmonary hypertension. She suffered a stroke that left her partially blind after an angiogram went wrong while she was a student at Galludet University for the Deaf in Washington,D.C. She was profoundly hard of hearing since birth and went totally deaf when she was 19. Cheryl received a cochlear implant in 2014 and is able to hear again.
In spite of her determination to live a normal life and the amazing efforts of her wonderful, dedicated doctors throughout her 34 years, she has been placed on the heart and double lung transplant list as status 1A as of November 18th. The doctors say she could get the transplants very soon.
We live in San Diego, CA, but her doctors said her chances are better at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Cheryl will be staying in the hospital until her transplants have been done.
We are able to cover the medical bills.
Our problem is a required relocation to the Los Angeles area for after-care.
The heart and lung teams need her close by for the many follow-up visits and in case she has any signs of rejection or complications after being discharged. We have to remain within an hour of the hospital for three to six months after Cheryl receives the new heart and lungs. This is a prerequisite for the transplants and understandably so. I would still have to pay my rent in San Diego if I break my lease. Cheryl and I cannot afford this. We are asking for your help for temporary lodging and transportation so we can meet the relocation requirement .
Thank you for anything you can donate...even Prayers.
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Update 17
Posted by Joan Ravitch
3 months ago
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Well, it was a year ago today that Cheryl had surgery to replace her mitral valve. The change in her health is nothing short of a miracle. She had her ups and downs for months following it, many ER visits and some hospital stays. I'm happy to tell you Cheryl felt better now than she has since her early 20s. No pain, no passing out, she can walk farther than ever before and no more oxygen tanks. In fact, she was in a 4k walk sponsored the American Heart Association and she finished! She didn't give up .
We wouldn't be celebrating her one year Anniversary without the help , support ,prayers and love received from you. Thank You All....
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Update 16
Posted by Joan Ravitch
14 months ago
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Well, Cheryl couldn't take being away from home any more. The physical therapist never showed up, the home health nurse was only going to be taking her temperature and blood pressure, so Cheryl said it's OVER. We came home Wednesday. She's so much happier at home with Nick and Miguel. But it's back to L.A. Monday for 2 or 3 days of follow-ups .
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Update 15
Posted by Joan Ravitch
15 months ago
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Hello! Sorry I haven't updatt for awhile. Things were moving so fast while Cheryl was in rehab. She was discharged Saturday, January 23rd, and it's STILL very busy.. Wecre staying in L.A. until February 3 rd or4th for the home nurse, physical therapy and labs, tests and doctor follow up visits.
Cheryl is recuperating pretty well. She hurts, she's weak, but what a fighte! She's pushing through and improving every day.
Thank you and we love you all for helping us.
Cheryl made dinner last night! Her sister Marnie joined us. And dinner was delicious!
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Update 14
Posted by Joan Ravitch
15 months ago
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It's amazing how getting unhooked from machines and monitors and having your first hot shower in a long time can change your whole being! And she hasn't had to use an oxygen tank since 7:00 a.m.!
new person!
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Tammy Fletcher
16 months ago
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Sharing this everywhere and thinking of you, Cheryl! ♥

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Cheryl Ravitch
17 months ago
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Finally now I know how to post a thank you note! Thank you everybody!!!!! And I miss you all. Hello Cousin Missy I miss you! Thanks for all the support. Tell your mom and dad hello!!!! ❤❤❤❤

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Joan Ravitch
17 months ago
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P.S. Thanks for posting for us!!

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Melissa Chirikos Berkowitz
17 months ago
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Wish I could give both of you a hug Aunt Joan and Cheryl! Sending one to both of you! :) Missy

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$8,775 of $15k goal

Raised by 70 people in 17 months
Created November 19, 2015
Joan Ravitch  
KU
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Kara Udarbe
15 months ago
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Cheryl, Wishing you a speedy recovery and a happy and healthy New Year! Kara, Herdin, Lia and Marlowe

CD
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Christy&Martin Dobal
15 months ago
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Christopher Smith
16 months ago
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Lisa Portell and myself are praying for you.. We hope everything goes well and you heal quickly.. God Bless you..

AB
$100
Alicia Bild
16 months ago
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Love you always, MR. BILL

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Anonymous
16 months ago
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RN
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Ross Naheedy
16 months ago
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$60
Sue Allemand
16 months ago
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Love you Cheryl!! Sending you lots of hugs and positive wishes! Get those new "parts" soon and be well, so we can go paddleboarding next summer!! ;) The Allemand's

CR
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Christan Motorcycle Riders
16 months ago
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May God be with you and your family through this rough time.

CM
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Chris & Candy Mikulec
16 months ago
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Debra Chirikos-Beerup
16 months ago
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Hey Lady! Boy are you going to be a force to be reckoned with when you get all your new "stuff". The world better get ready cuz' you're a comin'!! Sending Big Hugs and Puppy Kisses!

Tammy Fletcher
16 months ago
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Sharing this everywhere and thinking of you, Cheryl! ♥

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Cheryl Ravitch
17 months ago
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Finally now I know how to post a thank you note! Thank you everybody!!!!! And I miss you all. Hello Cousin Missy I miss you! Thanks for all the support. Tell your mom and dad hello!!!! ❤❤❤❤

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Joan Ravitch
17 months ago
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P.S. Thanks for posting for us!!

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Melissa Chirikos Berkowitz
17 months ago
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Wish I could give both of you a hug Aunt Joan and Cheryl! Sending one to both of you! :) Missy

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