Jessica's medical fund

$10,100 of $10k goal

Raised by 60 people in 4 months
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Tina Simmons
on behalf of Jessica Patten
 GRAND RAPIDS, MI


15195271_1476071691.9749_funddescriptionThe Patten Family - Mark, Jessica, Thomas (7), Jane (4), and Clara (6 months) - could use your thoughts, prayers, and financial help. This has been a hard year in some ways and a wonderful year in others, but we’re here to talk about the hard. Early in her pregnancy with Clara, Jess began experiencing daily debilitating migraine headaches to the point of loss of vision, constant nausea, and general ill health. By February 2016 she was no longer medically cleared to work, and she has not worked since then. Baby Clara came on April 16th. We all hoped and prayed that the headaches would subside as hormone levels decreased. She has seen a migraine doctor, endocrinologist, and most recently a holistic doctor and gone through their treatment plans (some of which are on-going, and costly). This has been a heavy load for Jess to bear, as well as her family.

Jess has been an oncology social worker for 13 years. In September her long-time job position as an oncology social worker for Lemmen-Holton through Spectrum Health was terminated because she is still not able (or medically cleared)  to work, despite a caring boss and building full of co-workers and patients who miss her dearly. Her health insurance also ended in September, which means that Jess had to apply for Medicaid for herself and the kids. Unlike most of their peers, Jess has for some years been the “breadwinner” in their family because Mark has Cystic Fibrosis and is unable to work a full-time, steady job due to his own illness. The health insurance for the family has gone through Jess (thankfully Mark’s is separate and not in jeopardy). Can you imagine the way this insurance stress has added to her headaches?

There are bills they have not been able to pay, long-term disability that has not been fully approved yet, and medical treatments to pursue that are not covered by insurance - or now, Medicaid, if she gets approved.  They could use our help. Not only that, but Jess has been put on a restrictive diet that is difficult and costly, and different from her family. So many dynamics at play here!

Honestly, Jess is heartbroken over her current situation (excluding her family of course!) on top of feeling physically miserable - a misery that many of us have never known. I think that we, as people who know and love her and her family, can help relieve one big headache-causing stress that comes with illness - finances. I humbly ask that you consider helping them in whatever way you can as they walk this difficult road. She would certainly covet your prayers - we believe that prayer does change things, and that God does hear every one.

Thank you in advance for helping a family so dear to my heart! Also, many thanks to Jess’s co-workers who set up this page for her, a testament to how much she is loved by them. J

Suzanne (Mark’s sister)
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Update 2
Posted by Tina Simmons
2 months ago
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Thank you all for your support! Your kindness and generosity is so appreciated.

We are happy to tell you that since our last update, Medicaid insurance for the family has gone through, as well as part of Jess's long term disability coverage. These are both stress relievers! Jess is currently pursuing treatment with 2 different offices that are not covered under insurance, and there is no end in sight at this point. For these treatments, the GoFundMe funds are greatly appreciated! As far as Jess's overall health is concerned, she is improved from a few months ago (when the doctor said she had mono - yikes!) but still has a long way to go. She is still experiencing daily headaches (although the severity has lessened some) and intestinal issues. All that to say, Mark and Jess are grateful for the MANY ways their community has stepped up for them. Again, thank you so much and happy holidays to you all!
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Posted by Tina Simmons
4 months ago
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Thank you for the generous gifts you have given to Mark & Jess! We have changed the "goal" amount from $5000 (which was an arbitrary number) to $10,000 because this is an on-going situation of need, and there is no cap to the amount of bills that aren't covered at this point. Jess has already started paying bills with the money given and it is a wonderful way to help relieve some stress from their home. They are so grateful!"
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$10,100 of $10k goal

Raised by 60 people in 4 months
Created October 9, 2016
TS
Tina Simmons  
on behalf of Jessica Patten
$100
Anonymous
2 months ago
$300
Anonymous
3 months ago
MB
$300
Mark & Betsy Boss
3 months ago

Praying for your whole family. "Hope in the Lord"

$300
Anonymous
3 months ago
$200
Anonymous
3 months ago
DZ
$600
Dave and Sally Zwanzig
4 months ago

We will continue to pray for you all. God Bless

AJ
$200
Aunt Margaret and Terry Johnson
4 months ago

with love and prayers

MP
$100
Melanie Prominski
4 months ago

Love ya! Hugs and prayers for you!

$500
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4 months ago
$100
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