Medical Bills for Brenda Rainey & Family

$500 of $20k goal

Raised by 13 people in 26 months
Shawn Rainey   VANCOUVER, WA
We are trying to raise Money to help pay for my Mom's Medical Bills that she is accruing from being in the hospital. 








For about the past 3 years my mom has slowly gotten worse from a condiction called Rheumatoid arthritis. Most people this disease goes to the joints 1st and many years later it goes to the organs. In a very very small percentage of people this disease goes to the organs 1st. My mom was one of the very unlucky few that this happend  too. She got it in her lungs 1st. An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body's tissues. So the best way I can discribe this is almost like slowly drowning over the course of years because it become harder and harder to breath and get oxygen.

She has for the last almost 2 years has been trying to get on the lung transplant list. She was very close and had just one more class to goto. She was scheduled to have that done and just a few days before that she got very sick. I took her to the doctors and after a few tests they sent us to the ER. After a few tests at the ER they found part of her intestines had ruptured and needed emergency surgery. While in surgery they found a very large growth with massive amounts of infection in her body. While this surgery did save her life it also damaged her lungs even more and her body as a whole. All the medications she is on has helped with some things but made many things much worse.

She has had to be on a breathing tube so she can breath. Recently she has taken the breathing tube out as she does not want to be living by machines. Today the doctors have given her a 3 day to 2 or 3 weeks. Right now she is only using a mask to breath out of.

She cant talk very well and has had to use her very limited amout of knowledge of sign language to comunicate with us with the help of my brother to relay the information to the family. 

Watching my mom tell my 12 year old daughter (her grand daughter) that she was sorry in sign language to have my daughter tell her "No Grandma, you don't have to be sorry. Its not your fault. and its ok..." My other brother and myself and to leave the room because we just lost it. Im crying just typing this thinking about it. It was the most difficult thing I have ever had to see or hear in my life. 



My father has pretty good insurance, but this is going to far exceed the limits of the insurance and will more than likely go into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. So we are asking for a little help if you can. Whatever you can afford would be greatly appreciated. And I will do my absolute best to keep everyone updated on her and my families status as this takes place. 

I will probly add more to this as I think of it. 

(note im not a doctor so I tried to do my best to exsplain things to the best of my abilities)





This is my Parents on their wedding day in 1976


"I love you Mom. You put up an amazing fight, You are my hero and my strength. I will always miss you but I will never forget you. No matter how much of a pain in the ass I was growing up you always stuck by my side. You were my families rock. There is no words that I can use to describe how wonderful of a mother and grandmother you were. My Daughter will miss you soooo much. But don't worry she is strong and I am here for her to cry on if she needs it. We love you Mom and I will talk to you everyday! Breath Easy now mom and take in full breaths cause now you can in heaven. I love you."

Your Son
Shawn Rainey

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Update 7
26 months ago
The support from the community keeps on slowly coming in and we are thankful as a family for any and all support. The stories, thoughts and feelings that many have shared with me over the last few days has honestly blown me away. I guess my mom has some how found a way to inspire and touch people in her own death. And that at least to myself is comforting knowing that she was able to even make a small difference in peoples hearts and thoughts. Myself and my Family Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
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Update 6
26 months ago
"I love you Mom. You put up an amazing fight, You are my hero and my strength. I will always miss you but I will never forget you. No matter how much of a pain in the ass I was growing up you always stuck by my side. You were my families rock. There is no words that I can use to describe how wonderful of a mother and grandmother you were. My Daughter will miss you soooo much. But don't worry she is strong and I am here for her to cry on if she needs it. We love you Mom and I will talk to you everyday! Breath Easy now mom and take in full breaths cause now you can in heaven. I love you."

Your Son
Shawn Rainey
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Update 5
26 months ago
KATU Channel 2 news was kind enough to do a story on my mother last night and it seems to have become there number 1 story on there website today and there facebook page. It is quite wonderful to see all the positive thoughts and comments to my family. We thank you all very very much...
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Update 4
26 months ago
when I think about things I can't help

but think I don't have anything to complain about.

Not in comparison. I see how brave my mom is being,

in the face on certain death she is hanging onto

the hope of her last goal of seeing my brother

graduate from college. She isn't complaining

about anything. Her sole existence is to set out

and finish this goal she set out for her and her

son together years ago. And now just what seem

like yards away from the finish line she has collapsed

and with every single breath and ounce of strength

in her body she claws towards that finish line.

So I say what the hell do I have to complain about,

NOTHING... with this, my mom is MY HERO...

I LOVE YOU MOM.

YOU HAVE CROSSED THAT FINISH LINE


******Please Pray for my family thank you*******
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$500 of $20k goal

Raised by 13 people in 26 months
Created May 12, 2014
$10
Anonymous
26 months ago
LM
$10
Lydia McBride
26 months ago

I'm broke.. But I love you and I'm praying like crazy for you!!

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$20
Anonymous
26 months ago
$50
Anonymous
26 months ago
WM
$100
Wael Mousa
26 months ago
JR
$100
Jonathon Ross
26 months ago

Dear Rainey family, we are praying for comfort and peace. We hope this helps ease the burden financially and hope the prayers and kind words ease your heart. Know you're not alone in this. Phil I miss you brother and Melanie and I wish with all our hearts we could be there for you.

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JS
$20
Jan Shewan
26 months ago

Dear Ms Brenda and family, My heartfelt best wishes to you all

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$20
Alyssa Kelly
26 months ago

All the best! Sending positive thoughts to you all the way from Aruba.

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$25
Siobhan Gill
26 months ago

I hope you get better Ms. Brenda.

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$20
Daniel & Jenni Dominique
26 months ago

Shawn & Brenda, I know this isn't much at all, but I sure do hope it helps a bit. We haven't had the pleasure to personally meet you Brenda, but you have a pretty cool son, who loves you tremendously. Keep the faith, and our prayers for you will continue! xo Jenni & Daniel

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