Making it possible for Meghan

$9,545 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 140 people in 33 months
Meghan Connors
on behalf of Meghan Connors
 SUNNYVALE, CA


Hi Im Ashleigh and a little over 2 years ago I met the most amazing woman.  She is such an amazing friend and has worked incredibly hard to be where she is today.  She has overcome more than most people can even image.  She fights everyday to make changes that will positively impact her future.  Due to recent medical complications she is really struggling to be able to pay for all of the treatments she needs.  Treatment that she is highly motivated to utilize in every way possible.  She has been fighting for years to get the treatment she needs.  She gets so close and then life circumstances happen and she has to cut back treatment and work 60+ hours to be able to afford her insurance and medical expenses.  It has never been a lack of determination or desire but unfortunaetly finances have gotten in the way.   I am setting up this gofund me page to help her cover all of the expenses to get the treatment she needs right now.  Given circumstances in life she has learned to beleive that she is not worthy of the love and support from others, but I whole heartedly disagree.  Meghan deserves so much love and support during this really tough time.  She is a fighter and wants so much out of life.  She has goals for the future and wants her recovery to be able to acheive the things she never thought possible.  All of the donations given will be used to pay for medical expenses such as feeding tube supplies, insurance co-pays and deductibles that will be starting over very soon.  We would be so extremely thankful if you donated, anything helps!  Everything is appreciated!
I want my friend to recover and be able to live the life that she deserves.  For those of you that know Meghan personally, you know that she is a truly incredible and resilient.  She has touched my life in so many ways and I really want to show up and give her back some of the love and support she shows all of her friends.
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Big Update -Surgery information-- I can't thank you enough to all who have supported me my past few months in Colorado. For the first time in years I am at a healthy weight (with no tube in my body!) and fighting for my life and my values. This morning I woke up and made myself an appropriate breakfast on my own, something anorexia has not let me do my entire life. I want to take care of myself. I'm still struggling to accept my recovered body and dealing with a variety of health issues, but I am starting to take more autonomy in my recovery and was looking at returning to St Louis in just a matter of weeks. And then life happened.

As some of you know, I struggle with a genetic disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome along with POTS, dysautonomia, and gastroparesis. EDS makes it so that the collagen (the glue that holds your connective tissue together) does not work properly. Paired with osteoporosis, it can make my bones break easily as my joints dislocate daily from the collagen malfunctions. I have had several joint surgeries and been on pain management for years, denying this disability and using my eating disorder to disconnect me from my body and the pain. On February 6th, I dislocated my left shoulder out the bottom, chipping the bottom of my shoulder socket off, as well as chipping my humorous and glenoid as doctors tried to locate it and tearing all of the connective tissue. I have consulted three surgeons this week, all who have told me the procedures needed are too complex and I will need surgery that will take away the use of my arm. If I have learned anything in my recovery and through your support, it is to always fight for myself and that miracles happen. Thursday I met with one of the top shoulder surgeons in the world and tomorrow I will be having major surgery on my left arm. Some of these procedures have never been done before. They will use cadaver and artificial bone grafts, cartilage and tissue to completely rebuild me a new shoulder. It is basically equivalent to a shoulder replacement and tissue transplant, except more advanced, risky,, and complicated. My surgeon described it by saying that if there is a shoulder surgery out there, I am having it done and all at once. They will know more of what needs to be done to save my arm once they get in there and my doctor said it is in the top 10 of most complicated surgeries he has ever done. I am scared, but I am hopeful. I am heavily medicated due to pain and the large brace and casting, but I am fighting to maintain recovery and positivity through it all. I have been blessed with support out here and support flying in to help as I recover in the hospital the first several days. I do not know yet if I will return to inpatient or ACUTE after this, or be able to return to PHP, but this is where you all come in....

I am in desperate need of financial help at this time. Not only for the surgery, but because I will have to stay in Denver longer than planned and I can no longer afford to pay my rent, car insurance, health insurance, etc at home on my own. It is estimated that I will need 4 months of healing in a body brace after this and I need your help to keep me afloat so that I can continue to focus on my physical and emotional health without the added stress. I am so grateful that you all have given me the chance to get to this point. Please help me stay there. If you can donate anything at all, it is appreciated. Please share as much as you can. You all are my tribe of vulnerability warriors and I am grateful for each and every one of you.

I would also appreciate encouragement through snail mail. If you would like to write, my current address at PHP is 8190 E 1st Avenue suite 105 Denver CO 80230. They will know how to get it to me should I be moved. I will update after surgery tomorrow. Thank you for all the love and prayers.
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Sweet friends, it is far past time for an update. There are a lot of things up in the air right now as far as my treatment or plans after this step, but what I can tell you is that I've been fighting with everything I have and am not giving up anytime soon. I will give a better update when I can, but right now I can just say that I desperately need your help. A lot of things are up in the air and I can't do this alone. I'm humbled and amazed by the support given to me the last few months and feel so blessed to be regaining my physical and mental health. Please share this and support as you can while I fight to hang on to the progress I've made and continue to make. I will update you all in more detail soon.
Only one month apart. So grateful.
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BIG UPDATE: I've been in Denver for 27 days now and been 100% compliant since admission. The therapy they do here is a different approach than I've ever done and I'm seeing a lot of positives from it. It's challenging me to really discover my values and how I can live according to them with every small step I take. We are still working to stabilize my labs and tachycardia, but at least we now have confirmed several other autoimmune disorders in addition to the Ehlers-Danlos and anorexia. That's at least a starting point. The staff here is supportive but professional and I'm resting as much as possible. The refeeding is so uncomfortable but I am pushing through and acting in accordance with my values. As hard as it is, I'm trying to count each new article of clothing that no longer fits as a victory! I learned today that I will be moving to PHP next Tuesday Dec 6, so if anyone needs that address for snail mail let me know. This transition will add grocery and transportation costs on top of my monthly expenses back home. I can not thank you enough for all of the love and support I've been given throughout this process. Every dollar helps and goes farther than you know. Please continue to share and give as you can. My future is bright and I can finally see it coming. Recovery is possible and while I'm still having really hard days and struggling, I'm not stopping no matter what.
Only one month apart. So grateful.
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Update: I'm going on Day 15 of Inpatient treatment at ERC's hospital location in Denver. It's been really hard and I have to re-surrender myself to the process every five minutes. I trust my dietician and know my therapist can help me work on the anxiety while I refeed. I am just getting to know her but she is turning out to be wonderful as well. There are some issues with my labs, blood pressure, and tachycardia that we are trying to work out but the hospital here is more than qualified. I even got my tube out over a week ago! For the first time in 11 months, I am tube free. I am doing it 100% orally right now and it's so hard but I'm motivated and kicking butt. Even though ERC and inpatient was not what I wanted, I am grateful I ended up here before anywhere else. Im somewhere that can immediately monitor and address the health aspects of refeeding which I need at this time. I am so grateful for all of your support and love. I'm not sure how long I will be here or what my next step is but I'm taking it a moment at a time. If I am able to do PHP at any location there will be significant costs for that, as well as continuing to pay medical bills, flights, bills at home, living expenses, and things like that. Every dollar helps significantly in how long I am able to get the care I need. I am leaning into the discomfort and determined to do this all the way, no turning back. Thanks to all who continue to pray for me, share this, and make that opportunity possible. Love you all.

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Sherry Patzius Lauderdale
24 months ago

What is wrong with her? U never even said?????

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Virginia Corcoran
31 months ago

See what God gave you to wake up to?

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Sherry Patzius Lauderdale
24 months ago

What is wrong with her? U never even said?????

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Virginia Corcoran
31 months ago

See what God gave you to wake up to?

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