Maya Sinstress was attacked by a dog.

$15,220 of $15k goal

Raised by 253 people in 42 months
Maya Sinstress   CHICAGO, IL

Hello everyone, I would like to share a story with you about the events that occurred within the last 24 hours. 


But first, I would like to tell you about who I am. I am Miss Maya Sinstress, a Chicago based Domina & Fetish Performer. I began my career as a professional Domina in 2000. I apprenticed at Jade's Dungeon & Lilith's Sanctuary before going independent in 2003. The following year, I established My own play space where I welcomed the lifestyle fetishists, subs, Dommes & kinksters of our community. After becoming an established Domina who travels the country & world, I began focusing on education. I would teach classes at a few venues on topics ranging from basic bdsm to heavy bondage to mind control and humiliation. Feeling almost complete with my lifestyle choices, I decided to give back to the community a little bit more. I began couching lifestyle Women who wanted to be kinky & fierce Divas. And to this day, I am still mentoring many Women, men and couples. 

Bdsm is an everyday part of my life. It's not something that is optional for me. I live it, I breath it. And after an accident that occurred on Jan 26th, I will be forced to take a break from it.

After a long day of executing a fabulous baby shower for my older sister, I was ready to wind down a bit. I received an invitation from some of My close friends to meet for snacks & drinks. Upon arriving at my friend's apartment, I noticed some of the furniture had been switched around. I pet the greeting dog at the door to say hello and made a brief stroll around the apartment. Once at the far end, the dog was again there to greet me. After another quick pet, I began to walk away. That's when the story gets a little  fuzzy.

With no warning, the massive German Shepard mix lunged at me. He took several bites into my cheeks, slashes the skin open across my bridge and cheeks and managed to take chunks of flesh out of my right hand. Not wanting to injure the dog or further injure myself, I wrestled him to the ground and pushed him away. My friends in the front of the apartment heard none of this over the music & had no idea it occurred. On the ground, unable to see because of all the blood in my eyes, and barely able to speak because of all the blood in my throat, I crawled my way to the front of the apartment. I tried calling for help, but no one had heard me. A few more feet farther and everyone came running over. One of my best friends held me while another ran for towels. I held my chin up trying to clot the blood. I asked how bad it was. Everyone was silent for a second. Then, I heard Ben say "D, go get your car right now!". I knew what that meant. I don't have insurance. Pretty much none of my friends have insurance. And in a situation like this, you cross your fingers that you don't bleed out & you get yourself to the hospital. Calling an ambulance was not an option for me.

Going well over the speed limit, They managed to get Me to Illinois Masonic within 10 minutes. A staff member came to get me in a wheel chair as I was too weak & in shock to even walk. I was in such a frazzled state, I arrived with no shoes or coat on. I was only wearing a velvet blouse & skirt adorned by blood stained skin & hair. As disheveled as I was, the staff rushed me to the emergency room. Between the tears running down my face and the blood streaming from my nose, I was barely able to recap what happened. Luckily, my friends assisted every step of the way. 

My stress elevated as I was told I needed a CT scan. I had to wait in utter pain for my body piercer to arrive with the appropriate tools to remove my body jewelry. I feel very blessed that he was awake and able to rush to the hospital in under and hour and just before my pain level was at almost a 10! Through the CT scan, we discovered that my sinus cavity wasn't compacted. But, the bridge of my nose is fractured. 

At this point, I still had not looked at myself. I had no idea how mangled my flesh was or wasn't. I just hoped that what remained would resemble the way I was. After being fully clean & flushed, I was told I would require a few rows of stitches. One of the doctors could do it or I could find the on call reconstructive surgeon. I opted to go for the specialist as this is my face we are talking about! I knew not having insurance that it would be quite a bit more expensive. But, I wanted to be in the safest and most skilled hands I could. 

Two hours & another hospital later, I could let go of the compression pack that was helping hold my nose together. And the surgeon was ready to begin. He sutured together the 3 inch slash across my face. At this point my face was swollen to capacity and bruises already started coloring in. 

The surgeon discussed that the swelling was so extreme that I would need to come back in 5 days & every few days following. It's not yet determined if I will need surgery on my nose. But, as it stands my bridge is crooked and poking out. That's really not a good sign. And depending on how my sutures and cuts heal, more adjustments may be needed. I took a deep breath and was just grateful to be alive and blessed to have friends that care for me.

Now, I was finally able to look at myself. I cried for several moments and I cry as I write this. The person in the mirror was deformed but she was still beautiful. I'm a big believer that inner beauty is what counts. And no matter what I looked like, it would still be there shining through my puffy green eyes.
The physical flaws are not of as much concern to me at this time. My urgent concerns are not getting an infection. Dogs mouths are filthy and I am at high risk. My face is so swollen that it's preventing me from talking properly and seeing properly. My right hand is swelled up and there are chew marks over several tendons. I am in no shape to do anything other than recover. I have no idea if this will take 3-4 weeks or if I will need additional surgery which will require much more time off. All I know is that I will be bedridden, unable to work & will be accumulating medical expenses.  

I'm not one to ask people for help or handouts. I am much too proud for that. But, after positing some photos on twitter & mentioning the incident, it became apparent that the community wants to help. This not only encourages me & makes me smile. It shows me there are still good people in the world and in our community who know what it is like and can feel my pain. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and needed. Please help in whatever way you can.

(P.S. I have met with the police and animal control. And they are taking the appropriate measures to assess the dog's mental stability and determine what happens from there)

Thank you for listening to my story,

Miss Maya Sinstress

(The photo to the right is of me yesterday evening, celebrating my sister's baby shower. The top left photo shows the deep gash that needed mending. The bottom left shows the excessive swelling and sutures from about 12pm Jan 27th).


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Update 6
41 months ago
Hello everyone. Just a quick update to let you know I am still doing great. I've added a photo from the other day wearing makeup. It does cover most of my scars. Yay! It is still a long matter of time before knowing what else will need to be done. But, I am hanging in there for now.

My good friend Ken is throwing a benefit party for me this Thursday at Exit (1315 w. North Ave.) Starting at 10pm. I will be there. Do stop in and say hello. Here are more of the details.:

Hosted by Ken Melvoin-Berg and his freaky, furry and furless friends.
Tunes by DJ Lolly
Libations by Frenchy and Jody Cox

No cover, drink specials

For this special night from 10pm to Midnight complimentary drinks (upstairs only) courtesy of The Exit

At Midnight, Sanjula Vamana has volunteered to do a feat of amazing tenacity. He is allowing those with the fortitude to staple cash to his bare skin! $20 bill minimum for this bloody privilege.

We are having a night of raffles, auctions, surprises and Medical Play.
We will be playing Human Operation, Bobbing for razor blades, play piercing and more.

So far our sponsors for the evening are:
The Exit (Free Drinks)
Weird Chicago Tours (4 VIP passes good for any tour)
The Studio
Metro/Smart Bar (Something really cool TBA)
Old Town Tatu ($600 worth of tattoos)
Do312
House of Blues (4 VIP passes and foundation room for KMFDM)
John Fluevog Store (One pair Fluevog shoes)
Bootleg Life (Bag of criminal mischief)
Stockroom.com (Neon Wand and Power tripper)
Michael Bever of Fases Salon (free hair cut by Michael Bever)
Scott Schaffer (Personal urine drinker for one night)
Sona Bela Salon and Spa ($100 Paul Mitchell basket)
Sunnymegatron.com (Free sex toy)
Delilah's ($500 party)
Bottom Lounge (Show tickets)
PBR
Red Bull
House of Bias (An amazing latex mystery that will make you look amazing)
Sabbatic of Milwaukee
1901 Gallery/Theatre (Show passes)
Black Market Chicago.com (Something amazing and leather)
SpaceTime Tanks (2 One hour floats)
Reggie's (2 Golden tickets good for any show)
Private lap dance or strip tease lesson from Elmo Painter

Plus a whole lot of artists
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Update 5
42 months ago
Hello everyone, Sadly I have no major updates as of now. I am waiting to see the surgeon on Thursday. But, I still have tremendous swelling & cheek lacerations. So, it will probably be too soon to tell if/ what further procedures are needed. But, let's cross our fingers that we get an update.

I did receive 2 hospital bills for the first hospital I went to. It looks like the total for that plus medication equals over 1/3 of what I have received thus far. But, I still have no idea about surgeon fees. Again, let's keep our fingers crossed.

Everyone has been so generous that I would like to send you a thank you gift. People I know personally or have spoken with will have gifts sent out sooner. People I don't know, I will send you a message checking to make sure you are able to receive gifts. If you have an alternate name or address, please message me just so there is no confusion or mistakes made. I would not want to out anyone for sending an anonymous gift & will be respectful of your privacy.

Tomorrow, I am going to attempt wearing makeup for the first time in weeks. I will take a photo and post it for you.

Thanks to everyone again. I will be closing this account and withdrawing funds next week.

Maya

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Update 4
42 months ago
Here is a photo update of my progress. 1 photo was taken every morning since the accident.
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Update 3
42 months ago
I just wanted to update everyone. It has been a week since the attack happened. And I am already making tremendous progress. I survived the period where infection was highly probable. And the large gash across my bridge is healing really nicely.

I visited with the surgeon on Friday & he is also pleased. At this point, my nose will have to heal as is. And in a few weeks when the swelling goes down, they will be able to determine if I need further surgery on my nose or scar revisions. Half of my face is still numb & the scabs inside my nose makes me a mouth breather. But, everything is looking up.

I can not thank each and every one of you enough. Your help and support means a lot. While, what I have raised thus far will most likely not fully cover what I need, it will really help out towards the continuously multiplying medical bills. I am going to keep the fundraiser open for another few weeks until my next doctor's appointment when I have more information. And I will be contacting each of you directly & sending you a thank you present.
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Dave Coury
42 months ago

I am so sorry for your injury and wish you a quick recovery. One lucky aspect is that dogs' mouths are actually clean...it is cat saliva that has a lot of weirdness. Again, good luck and take care!

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Justaff Lowe
42 months ago

Mistress Maya Sinstress, Sorry to hear about your incident. Hope you have a speedy recovery with no further problems. As several others have already done, do check with the hospitals, etc. cash paying folks get the short end of the stick and highest prices. Most give insurance companies a discount. If you don't ask they don't offer. Well take a little but try to get something to you. It was my pleasure to meet you here in Columbus at Outland. Wish i was closer to offer more help. Keep up on your rest and rehab. Sincerely georgette.

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John White
42 months ago

Being out of work for 2 yrs now, can't financially help, but I am attacking the heavens with prayers attached to your name

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Daniel Sherrill
42 months ago

I just found out just now. It may take a week or so but you'll get one from me too. No one was as instrumental in rescuing my writing and introducing me to some truly wonderful people about 7yrs ago, as you. Couldn't have ever asked for a better more loyal friend. It was just what I needed to restart something great, after my own traumatic time, alwaus felt like nothing bad could ever happen to me if I was in your company, as you never proved me wrong. I only have good things to say about you. I know we didn't talk as much later on, but hey, when people we care about are in trouble it's best to spring into action and let them they are in our thoughts. There wouldnt be a Wooden Box Theater without you, so make a speedy recovery and you'll be in our thoughts.

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Simone Worthington
42 months ago

I am sorry this happened honey. Here is to a speedy recovery. Please do ask the hospital about allowed charity cases. They do have to accept a certain number every year.Please let us know if there is anything else you might need.

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Kelly Yoder
42 months ago

I just had a small procedure done in the unemployed and no insurance predicament. I eventually found out there was a financial aid application through the hospital specifically for people with no insurance that don't qualify for medical state aid. There are many programs out there, but they tend to be hard to find. Ask around the hospital, any organizations affiliated with the hospital, church groups, etc. I just started on this research process so I'll keep you posted with what I find.

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Ken Melvoin-Berg
42 months ago

Maya does everything for everyone else. It is time we all not just loved and adored her, but reached out to assist her during her time of need. She wouldn't ask, but I sure as fuck will ask for her. If you have the means, please help. The faster the better too!

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Alexander Alonzo
42 months ago

This made me tear up babe. I'll get some cash together from me and Jim and get it to either you or Jeremy. XOXO

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Raised by 253 people in 42 months
Created January 27, 2013
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Wishing you a speedy recovery

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Dave Coury
42 months ago

I am so sorry for your injury and wish you a quick recovery. One lucky aspect is that dogs' mouths are actually clean...it is cat saliva that has a lot of weirdness. Again, good luck and take care!

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Justaff Lowe
42 months ago

Mistress Maya Sinstress, Sorry to hear about your incident. Hope you have a speedy recovery with no further problems. As several others have already done, do check with the hospitals, etc. cash paying folks get the short end of the stick and highest prices. Most give insurance companies a discount. If you don't ask they don't offer. Well take a little but try to get something to you. It was my pleasure to meet you here in Columbus at Outland. Wish i was closer to offer more help. Keep up on your rest and rehab. Sincerely georgette.

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John White
42 months ago

Being out of work for 2 yrs now, can't financially help, but I am attacking the heavens with prayers attached to your name

+ Read More
Daniel Sherrill
42 months ago

I just found out just now. It may take a week or so but you'll get one from me too. No one was as instrumental in rescuing my writing and introducing me to some truly wonderful people about 7yrs ago, as you. Couldn't have ever asked for a better more loyal friend. It was just what I needed to restart something great, after my own traumatic time, alwaus felt like nothing bad could ever happen to me if I was in your company, as you never proved me wrong. I only have good things to say about you. I know we didn't talk as much later on, but hey, when people we care about are in trouble it's best to spring into action and let them they are in our thoughts. There wouldnt be a Wooden Box Theater without you, so make a speedy recovery and you'll be in our thoughts.

+ Read More
Simone Worthington
42 months ago

I am sorry this happened honey. Here is to a speedy recovery. Please do ask the hospital about allowed charity cases. They do have to accept a certain number every year.Please let us know if there is anything else you might need.

+ Read More
Kelly Yoder
42 months ago

I just had a small procedure done in the unemployed and no insurance predicament. I eventually found out there was a financial aid application through the hospital specifically for people with no insurance that don't qualify for medical state aid. There are many programs out there, but they tend to be hard to find. Ask around the hospital, any organizations affiliated with the hospital, church groups, etc. I just started on this research process so I'll keep you posted with what I find.

+ Read More
Ken Melvoin-Berg
42 months ago

Maya does everything for everyone else. It is time we all not just loved and adored her, but reached out to assist her during her time of need. She wouldn't ask, but I sure as fuck will ask for her. If you have the means, please help. The faster the better too!

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Alexander Alonzo
42 months ago

This made me tear up babe. I'll get some cash together from me and Jim and get it to either you or Jeremy. XOXO

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