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Blenda's Fight

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Raised by 57 people in 6 months
Created April 3, 2018
Armed with Love
on behalf of Mark Swinson
If you ask anyone that has had the pleasure of meeting my Uncle Mark & Aunt Blenda, then they will tell you that this couple is the definition of cool.  Aunt Blenda is well educated, self-employed mental health and marriage/family counselor and Uncle Mark, also well-educated and self-employed, uses his talents to teach guitar & tutor high school and college math & physics students from their home.  Together, they became an integral part of the community. They met at a martial arts class in 1991, so it’s only fitting that they created Armed Citizens of Georgia Firearms Training where they have completed pretty much every NRA Instructor & Tactical Certification you can receive in order to educate and train others on proper gun handling, self-defense and legal rights.

Blenda is a vivacious woman with a heart of gold. She truly cares about others and does not hesitate to lend an ear. Blenda is every bit of a warrior princess, a girlie girl with grit. She is definitely one of a kind.

Unfortunately, Aunt Blenda has been in and out of a medically induced coma since December 2017 and is fighting for her life.

Because they are self-employed, the medical bills stacking up are becoming devastating. They have incurred bills for hospitals and doctors of approximately $1.5 million, which insurance will only partially cover. At one facility where Blenda was for many weeks, the room rate was $23,000 per day. 

Blenda has battled auto-immune Hepatitis for decades but has never had to be hospitalized for this disease until now.  Upon her initial stay, she was diagnosed with 2 serious strains of pneumonia and placed in a medically induced coma in order to incur aggressive treatment. She contracted other inflections after that, one even from the strong antibiotics. Aunt Blenda was basically paralyzed after coming out of the first coma; she was unable to speak except with a voice adapter and continued to swell and retain fluid. However, as time went on, we thought things looked better. But just when we thought things were good, they weren’t. Now we are hoping and praying that she will come out of this. 

Since the initial hospital visit, Aunt Blenda has been transferred by ambulance 6 times between facilities, all which have created some issues in her healing process. She was placed back into a medically induced coma in March in order to administer IVs, drain fluids, and place a breathing tube. The last few months have been a roller coaster- Uncle Mark gets the news she is better enough to be transferred to a different facility or room, only to get a call merely days, sometimes hours later that she has taken another turn for the worse.

Aunt Blenda’s health isn’t just affecting our family, but also all the other people these two help, train, teach, and defend on a daily basis. Uncle Mark has been by Aunt Blenda’s side nonstop but has recently had to try schedule students and firearms classes in order to have some kind of income. Uncle Mark just wants to bring his wife home. We are hoping Aunt Blenda’s strength and courage will let her fight through this, but the financial burden will be there for a long time to come.

These are the people you want to help save your life. Now we need your help saving theirs. This is not easy for them as they have never asked for help, so our family is reaching out.

If you feel compelled, please make any size donation to help both of them during this very difficult time.

From the bottom of our family’s heart, we sincerely appreciate your graciousness and generosity.
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We have no words that can adequately thank every one of you for your kind words and contributions. It goes without saying that Blenda really did impact so many lives for the better.

The celebration of Blenda’s life will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1:00pm at The Cross Loganville at 3275 Tig Knight Rd, Loganville, GA 30052.

We welcome you to join us in celebrating & remembering this amazing woman.
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Today we welcomed Aunt Blenda back into her home, where she had not been in 4.5 months. She is now surrounded by all her pretty things and the things she loves.

Blenda has given Uncle Mark the strength to keep going on, as her wishes to everyone whose life she touched was to be strong and get back to what gives you purpose.

Uncle Mark is so “full”, as he puts it, with Blenda guiding him through this healing process. He has never felt alone and there is always someone there to get him past little thresholds he otherwise wouldn’t be able to do.

Aunt Blenda made it so easy to find good in this, and we will celebrate her life every day for the rest of ours. The world was truly a better place with her, and a light has gone out in our lives.

Thank you for the continuing condolences, donations, and sharing of their story.
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Thank you sincerely to all those who have graciously donated. We are overwhelmed with love & are so grateful to have people like you in our lives. This will undoubtedly help Mark in ways you can’t imagine.

Many of you have asked about arrangements, and at this time, none have been made. Mark wants to make sure everyone that loved Blenda can attend, so he is not rushing services.

He is doing as well as he can be, and he gets strength from his last conversation with Blenda and knowing she is at peace.

We are visiting Uncle Mark this week, and I will give another update after that visit.

We are in the process of reaching out to more people and organizations that Blenda’s life touched in order to gain more awareness for this campaign. Please do not hesitate to share this link.

Thank you again!
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We are absolutely heartbroken to say Aunt Blenda lost her battle yesterday 4/12/18. Uncle Mark was by her side as she went to be with the angels.

Miraculously, the day before, she became the most coherent and aware she had been since December, allowing Uncle Mark to have a the best conversation with her in months. It was as if she came back to us for those few short hours to say goodbye.

We are so blessed with the time we had with her and selfishly wish for so much more.

Uncle Mark will now face a long road of healing as he tries to figure out life without his partner.

Healing is what Uncle Mark needs to be focused on, so we are still hoping this will ease some of the financial worry.

Thank you again for all your love and support.

We love and miss you more than you know, Aunt Blenda.
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Raised by 57 people in 6 months
Created April 3, 2018
Armed with Love
on behalf of Mark Swinson
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