COME ON, it's MEL !

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Raised by 111 people in 33 months
“When all seats shall empty, oh Lord, be there for me, be there for me.”

Okay…Take a DEEP BREATH.  Lucky us.  We just did.

But our friend has lost this “take it for granted” life requirement.  He’s got a perfect mind and body… but now diseased lungs.  He's having trouble walking and even showering without total exhaustion and breathlessness. But lucky for him, he lives in a time when medical science has come up with a solution. 

However, It's not practiced in the USA because it lacks our FDA approval … But they can do it in France …Yeah, that’s right, the Frenchies.



Do your research.  Sadly he might not be the only friend that experiences this COPD story (Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis).  But happily he could be one of those “success” case studies for this new minimally invasive procedure called "Lung Volume Reduction Coil Treatment", which might lead the U.S. to allow it for countless others in the future, FDA willing…

One hurdle.  He’s got to get to France.  Got to stay almost two months.  Two lungs.  Two surgeries. One at a time.  Weeks apart.  Worse, the Doctor who will perform them is in Nice, on the French Riviera.  Sounds fun for a vacation.  But really expensive for recovery.  



Several friends have shown up and will cover the cost of the hospital and both the surgeries.

Now we're counting on smaller contributions from so many other friends to be able to cover travel and housing for him and his partner Nani.  We’re getting the word out through this GoFundMe campaign to make it easy to contribute…

...and better yet for you to share with others that know, and have been touched by Mel… 

post to your Facebook with the SHARE button or send this link by email.. gofundme.com/BreatheMel 

Okay, take another breath and be thankful you can … 

Thanks for any consideration. 



FoML (Friends of Mel Lawrence)


Need to reach Mel? 
emellawrence at gmail.com
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RECOVERY IS A BITCH. But it's great to breathe so much better. The heat in this part of world is breaking records. You've heard about 165 in Iran? So spent my last days in an air conditioned Marriott. Merci to all of you for making that choice possible.

All goes as planned, we're on Air Tahiti Nui, Paris LAX direct. Tuesday 4th. Right about now. Our own bed again! The whole experience, I look forward to sharing with you for a long time coming.
FLYING !
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I WOKE UP THIS MORNING... a message from Mel.

Bonjour,

Not every theory is so simple, it took me years to really get it. It's not explained by regular doctors nor even by lung specialists. But thanks to Dr Charles Hugo Marquette of hôpital Pasteur in Nice, France I finally understood.

Imagine there's a volume of air the size of a soccer ball that's always inflated...might be a little hard to get any new air in... Oh Yeah, really hard... Try as you might, you can't catch your breath but you keep trying. There's no room for more air and the air pockets (alveoli) are diseased with emphysema and have no elasticity. That results in constant suffering all the time trying to do anything.

That was the situation before I heard of Lung Volume Reduction Coil Treatment. I can't get into what the coil does other than they work to reduce the volume of bad air in your lungs.

So on Tuesday 7/15 at noon I was wheeled into an operating room, put into a weird neck position on the table and hooked up to an IV with a powerful anesthesia . The next thing I knew I was looking into a nurse's pretty eyes... and she was talking French. It was only 1:10pm.

There was coughing, a powerful thirst, but before long I was back in my room with Nani.

I actually felt my diaphragm work (COPD keeps it flat). I walked around the room, I washed up, took a wiz, got in and out of bed... And I DIDN'T suffer. It was all so natural; just what I was hoping to experience again. Just ordinary living.

IT'S THAT EXPERIENCE AND THE WAY I FEEL TODAY THAT I THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR FAITH, FRIENDSHIP, GENEROSITY AND WONDERFUL SUPPORT!

Much love to you all,
Mel
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The DAY AFTER.... Feeling great this morning. Chest is expanding much better. Lungs filled more. 14 coils now in left lung.

My doc, Dr Marquette is the most professional, kindest and efficient doctor I have ever known. I would love to make him FAMOUS to the 15 million COPD sufferers in the USA. He's done 60 successful coil surgeries already and now I'm added to the list.

I saw my lung x-ray looking so improved I am going to have it framed and on my wall when I get home. For now I am out of the hospital, back on my terrace having a gin. Life is beautiful. Looks like we will head back to states on August 4th. We may even drive up thru Paris on the way out. Things looking up. More details later. Back to my aperitif. MEL
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I GOT THAT CALL.
"This is Mel. I am exhausted.
But just heard from my Doc, the infamous Dr. Marquette.
DUAL SUCCESS. Wanted everyone to know!
Update to follow. Smile. Breathe. "
The Who's WHO...
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Citizen Reno
32 months ago

Didin't think I could post a photo. I posted to your fb page, Mellacious! Bon Voyfuckingage, love!

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32 months ago

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Anonymous
31 months ago
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Ron Jacobs
31 months ago

Now: Dusk in Hawaii, breakfast in France, Remember, before there were no presidents, only minor league ball: "It's bush all the way to heaven." I pray for Mel and hope some real and online friends show up here and in Money Man's heart and lungs. Mahalo.

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31 months ago
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Julie Napoleon
31 months ago

Dear Mel and Nani, I hope that Mel is feeling stronger each day. You are in my prayers. May God be sending you His healing graces! Love, Julie

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31 months ago
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Rona Elliot
32 months ago

for Mel - with love

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bella cohen
32 months ago

Love you Mel!! xo Bella and Todd

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32 months ago
Citizen Reno
32 months ago

Didin't think I could post a photo. I posted to your fb page, Mellacious! Bon Voyfuckingage, love!

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