April Hunter Medical Relief Fund

$1,600 of $15k goal

Raised by 29 people in 14 months
Michelle Estadt
on behalf of April Hunter
 OLDSMAR, FL

Recently April and her boyfriend Chris Harris suffered a major setback.  Chris was injured with a severe concussion / brain bleed. Some of the side effects he is forced to live with are debilitating headaches and crippling light sensitivity.  He is on doctor ordered 'brain rest' (translates no phones, screens, computers, television or video games).  We are a generation that is plugged in and connected all of the time.  Chris works with computers for a living.   He can no longer tolerate noise or movement (car rides to therapy appts).  This has made him unable to work and live a normal life.  Recently, he has started various therapies including vestibular therapy. 

April is struggling to help support Chris and maintain their everyday living expenses. In addition to these are mounting medical bills and expenses.  Knowing April would never ask  for help for herself; we her friends are setting up this account.  This gives the opportunity to her friends, family and fans to step up and return the generosity that she has shown us over the years.   We will update you often with Chris' progress.

Thank you for your compassion and helping out.
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Posted by MICHELLE ESTADT
13 months ago
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Christopher Harris update: Hi, everyone. Chris got out of Mease hospital about a week or so ago after massive IV doses of Depakote and Prednisone every 8 hours and constant monitoring. It didn't reduce the migraines/brain swelling as hoped, but DID reduce the vertigo a little - which is good. There's nothing fun about getting nauseous over a simple car ride or walk. They've decided to keep him on the Depakote and see how it goes, along with an order for another MRI in the near future and a few other meds. He also got a couple injections in his neck at the spine to help with the pain. He had to put his head down on the table as the nurse did the injecting. I didn't want to tell him the needle was about 9 inches long - and she was IN THERE, but he took it like a champ. Well...a silver medal champ, anyway.
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As of right now, the diagnosis is severe post concussion syndrome and a brain contusion. The only thing he can do is rest until he heals. They say he WILL heal, it just takes time. Everyone is different on that. He did some damage to his tissue in there and it needs time to grow back. He is supposed to be doing a walk each day for circulation, some brain games for cognitive therapy and eating healthy, so that's what we're working on now. Thanks to ALL who have donated to and shared Michelle Estadt's GoFundMe page for us. It's been a trying time (OK...difficult as hell) and your help is appreciated more than you can fathom. Thank you. Xo. Ps. Mease Countryside hospital is fantastic. Highly recommend them to anyone who needs care.
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Posted by MICHELLE ESTADT
13 months ago
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Update from April - Hi. Christopher Harris update...he is currently in the hospital on an IV admin of Prednisone and Depakote to see if they can stop the headaches and reduce any brain swelling. He'll be there for several days. His neurologist sent him over (he actually called Chris personally last night to make sure he went), so we are hoping this works. The idea is to reduce the inflammation, then see if there's something else going on behind it. He hasn't been getting better, which is unusual (and concerning) for a concussion that's a few months old - it's technically a form of brain damage at this point. But the brain can heal well, so...there's that. Anyone who has spent time with Chris knows how sweet, kind and positive he is. Thank you to all who have donated/shared the GoFundMe and been so supportive. It's incredibly helpful and we are grateful. Xo.
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Posted by MICHELLE ESTADT
13 months ago
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We went to the neurosurgeon this week and he does not need surgery. That's really good news. He has a follow up with a neuropsychiatrist in a week.
Right now its just slow going and taking time to heal.

We just want to say thank you to everyone who has helped us. The donations and sharing helped more than you could possibly know...we are incredibly grateful.

The neurologist wants to put him in the hospital for several days on IV depakote and prednisone. It is supposed to help the poor sick headache she has. He is still considering that option. The headaches are worse than anything he has ever experienced.

On the plus, our baby chickens grew up enough to start laying eggs this week. That made us all smile.

Thanks again to everyone for your positive thoughts, prayers, for contributing, and for sharing this post.
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Update 7
Posted by MICHELLE ESTADT
14 months ago
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Christopher Harris Update: Well...not good news. His neurologist has referred him to a neurosurgeon. Which isn't a good sign. He is very concerned about fluid in his brain. We have that appointment on Monday. Additionally, his f@‪#‎cking‬ disability STILL hasn't come through. It's been since Christmas since he's gotten a paycheck. His insurance company has screwed up repeatedly and it's frustrating as anything. I had to cut back on work to start Full Sail University last October. I'd found it impossible to keep traveling for shows, shooting, getting back to all the emails and promoting if I was going to put the time in to my classes. Something had to give. So, we are honestly drowning right now. Throw in the reality of a head injury; the drastic emotional swings, anxiety, severe pain and the exhaustion he is dealing with - which means we are all dealing with it - it's pretty unbelievable. I don't think there's a heaven or hell anywhere except here on Earth, and life is what you make of it. Our household has been turned upside down and everyone is fighting just to hang in there. Right now, we are in some kind of hell, where no one around us does their job correctly. It went from psycho neighbor/horrific HOA to this and we haven't had a chance to breathe since moving here. Insurance screw ups, doctors not getting back to anyone, appointments that take months to get into...then give the wrong diagnosis or just rush you out with more prescriptions. One of the last ones wanted to put him on mass doses of Depakote and Prednisone together, refused to listen to anything I said...and then later reviewed his MRI further, realized he was wrong about his assessment and called to say to get into a neurosurgeon ASAP.
To those who have donated and shared Michelle Estadt's GoFundMe, I cannot tell you how entirely grateful I am. When that money gets deposited, it's our electric bill. Water bill. Phone. Food. And, we thank you so very, very much.
Chris isn't doing well. He is the type of person who has his sh*t together. He's independent, loves his job, loves the people he works with, loves his freedom. To not be able to work, drive, or even look at a computer is driving him over the edge. He is physically moving around all the time, doing things and can't anymore without severe vertigo, nausea, extreme headaches and exhaustion. It's been MONTHS now and nothing is changing, except things are getting worse. He is anxious, angry, frustrated and worried about our financial situation. Words like "difficult" and "challenging" aren't quite enough.
Chris is also not a complainer. This is a big thing for me, coming from the wrestling business. When we wrestlers are used to taping up broken ankles to go have a match...traveling 6 hours to a show with severe sciatica...missing our mother's birthday because we're booked overseas...we do NOT want to hear that you can't work because you have a headache or a broken toe. We go to the gym every week no matter what to work around broken fingers, sprained wrists and separated shoulders. To hear someone say she can't do something because of her period or she has a sore knee assures me this is a person I could never be friends with. I can't deal with people who complain about the little stuff. Chris isn't like that. For him to complain, it's got to be something real.

The fact that many of you are helping and being supportive means more than you could possibly know.
I am trying to look for any and all silver linings...always. This is a big one for me, as I am so grateful. ~ April
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April Hunter
14 months ago
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Oh, wow. I cannot thank you enough for doing this!! Seriously...I am floored right now. And so incredibly grateful. It's been really hard lately with everything catching up to us. I appreciate this beyond words. So does Christopher Harris. Thank you, Michelle Estadt and Jay E Fife...truly. I woke up to this today and...was shocked. In a good way. (Unlike normally being shocked when another bill comes in for $256 AFTER insurance has paid out most of it for an MRI and we're trying to figure out how to cover it in addition to everything else while handling school and work.) I cannot thank you all enough for thinking of me. (Tearing up right now.)

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April Hunter
14 months ago

Here were are, a few days later...and thank you. I can't access the account to personally write to you, but Michelle did get my bank info linked. I am SO entirely grateful to you for donating and sharing. You probably have no real idea how much you're helping us. Just that...thank you.

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$1,600 of $15k goal

Raised by 29 people in 14 months
Created February 4, 2016
Michelle Estadt  
on behalf of April Hunter
$50
Michael Parker
14 months ago
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Hope this helps!

DS
$10
Derek Scheeler
14 months ago
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This has been the hardest month I've ever had in sales. I'd give more if I wasn't so damn broke. I wish you the best and hope my small donation will help. Get better bud! I met you once and you were so full of positivity and life! Such a cool ass person. Hang in there...head held high...you will make it through this!!

AT
$25
Andrew Tomlin
14 months ago
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A little but hope it helps. Been a follower since you started. This seems such a small way to say thanks

JC
$100
Jaime Cruz
14 months ago
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If I donated for your pets, how could I NOT donate for your human? Good luck, April (and Chris).

CP
$250
Chuck Potier
14 months ago
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Always in my thoughts my friend

SG
$100
Steve Goodman
14 months ago
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2
DH
$10
Dan Hostler
14 months ago
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2
$100
Bambi Weavil
14 months ago
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Only the best for my best... xoxxx ♥

JF
$20
Jay Fife
14 months ago
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$200
Frank Bruno
13 months ago
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April Hunter
14 months ago
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Oh, wow. I cannot thank you enough for doing this!! Seriously...I am floored right now. And so incredibly grateful. It's been really hard lately with everything catching up to us. I appreciate this beyond words. So does Christopher Harris. Thank you, Michelle Estadt and Jay E Fife...truly. I woke up to this today and...was shocked. In a good way. (Unlike normally being shocked when another bill comes in for $256 AFTER insurance has paid out most of it for an MRI and we're trying to figure out how to cover it in addition to everything else while handling school and work.) I cannot thank you all enough for thinking of me. (Tearing up right now.)

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April Hunter
14 months ago

Here were are, a few days later...and thank you. I can't access the account to personally write to you, but Michelle did get my bank info linked. I am SO entirely grateful to you for donating and sharing. You probably have no real idea how much you're helping us. Just that...thank you.

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