Help Blake Fight Chronic Illness

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Campaign created 10 months ago
Hi there! My name is Blake, I'm 30 years old and live in Long Beach, CA.

This is my first time ever creating a campaign and I'm a bit nervous. I've gotten great support from friends encouraging me to make one so here goes...

For the past 2 1/2 years I've been suffering from chronic pain in my pelvis and lower abdomen. It has affected every part of my life, personally and professionally.

My entire life I’d been relatively healthy and super active. I swam, surfed, hiked, biked you name it. All with no problems until June of 2014. Overnight my life changed. I suddenly felt a sharp pain within my pelvis. The pain was something similar to a UTI (urinary tract infection) and I thought it was not a big deal and would be fixed in no time. I went to the doctor twice in that week following the sharp pain and nothing was found, no diagnosis was made, and the doctors refused to “treat anything they couldn’t see”. Turned away, I simply lived with the pain for about a week until one evening I was home from work, standing at the stove cooking when I felt something burst in my abdomen. I instantly felt a heated shock run through my body. My abdomen became immediately swollen with excruciating pain. I could no longer stand yet sitting was utterly unbearable. From that day forward, I continued to experience variations of this pain every single day.

I began a 2 1/2 year long journey of visits with doctors and specialists in every field, enduring numerous treatments and procedures (CT scans, Cystoscopy, Bladder installations, Colonoscopy, Defacography, Hormonal Imbalance Treatments, Nerve Block Injections, Pelvic Physical Therapy and more.)

To this date, I still do not have a confirmed diagnosis or explanation of pain. I'm currently on a series of treatments from my doctors and if nothing takes, I'm looking at exploratory surgery in the next few months to rule out endometriosis or any other growths/cancers. And along the way I've racked up thousands of dollars in medical debt

2 of the most traumatic and expensive procedures have been  nerve block injections: Ganglion of Impar and Pudendal.


Last year alone I acquired over $15,000 in out-of-pocket medical debt: unfortunately far more than I can afford.

I do have healthcare through my employer which I pay for monthly, this campaign is simply for the out-of-pocket costs I've now become repsonsible for in addition to my monthly healthcare premiums.

I've become a slave my my debts. I've seen first hand that the American healthcare system doesn't care how sick or unable you are, money is what matters. It's tough to manage various payment plans within a pile of mounting debt while still trying to budget for life's necessities. I've done the absolute best I can but here's where I've reached my end and decided to ask for some assistance.

While going through these experiences and piecing my life back together, I created a blog (BlakeV.com ) where I share my experiences of chronic illness and search for wellness as well as various other topics that uplift me. I've made drastic living-environmental, diet and herbal changes as well as deepened my yoga practice - the only thing that helps with the pain I experience.

Although monetary donations are a high priority in this campaign, I'm also extremely open to and actively searching for any medical advice, recommendations, references and/or support. It doesn't matter if I'm in debt the rest of my life if I can at least get a handle on my health!

I've made #PosiVibes SOUL Bracelets available on my site. If you'd like a wearable token of appreciation, proceeds go to my medical fund.

Anything truly helps, immensely. I'm so grateful for any donation and even the chance to have my story heard means so much to me. I hope to connect with others and set the intention of healing here. Thank you for your time and interest!
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Hi everyone - I've just posted this campaign and am a bit nervous. Thanks for your time and interest. Any bit helps <3
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Campaign created 10 months ago
Created April 7, 2017
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