Candy’s Surgical/Rehab Fund

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Raised by 481 people in 5 months
I’m a private person & the thought of posting this makes me anxious, but I honestly feel like I have no option. Chronic health problems have used up my savings & I have nothing left.

I need major spine surgery. I've been unable to work, have no income & no disability. This will be my 5th surgery and probably the most difficult. I need money for 3 surgeons, hospital stay, home care, copays, medical equipment rental, rehabilitation, MRIs, meds, expenses, etc.  I’ll be confined to bed for at least 3 months Full healing time is a year but I hope to be able to work in 6 months. I have health insurance but the deductible is enormous & my portion is simply impossible. I have significant, permanent nerve damage & autoimmune issues so recovery time is extensive.

I’m not the kind of person who asks easily, but without surgery, I'll never be able to get my life back.

Asking for help is almost as difficult as the surgery & rehab I'm facing. I'm grateful for any way you can help me get my life back. Thank you so much.

❤️Candy Elliott.
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Want to know what it’s like to have autoimmune arthritis and connective tissue disease? I have a small hernia, a small tendon tear in my right arm, and a level one shoulder separation on my left arm. All I did was basic physical therapy after resting for 3 months prior to surgery. Now I have to heal for 2+ weeks and rehab both arms in order to continue rehab on my back. This is why surgery is so complicated for someone like me. It’s never just surgery and healing.

Be kind to those with autoimmune issues because they have to fight their own body every single day.

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Update...Enough already!

So the general surgeon called me AGAIN yesterday because he went over my CT with one of my doctors and the radiologist.

He told me they found a stupid HERNIA. Seriously? Things are tricky right now because no one wants to open me up so soon after surgery. Implants are always at high risk of infection. So we’re going to wait a few months until my back heals up and then they’ll go in and fix it. *eye roll*

My appendix is inflamed and we’ll watch it closely for the next few months...unless my appendix makes the decision for us. Haha *sigh* Maybe they’ll make me a two for one deal.

Physical therapy is going great and I’m so happy to be getting stronger. I just feel a little defeated because it’s always one step forward, two steps back. But it’s okay. I’ve gotten this far with the kindness of family, friends, and so many wonderful strangers. Thank you for helping me though this challenging time. xoxo


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Vascular surgeon said I need a CAT scan ASAP because of surgical complications. I look about 7 months pregnant and my hands and feet are all puffy.

It’s scheduled for this evening and I see him first thing Monday morning. There are a lot of risks involved with stomach surgery and I’m always the 1 out of 100 because of my autoimmune issues.

Please cross your fingers and toes. ❤️
Mo Surgery Mo Problems
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There’s been another little hiccup in my recovery. *eyeroll*

I’ve had pain on the right side above my incision for several weeks now. I was hoping it would go away but it seems to be getting a little worse. My vascular surgeon said it could either me a small hernia or a Seroma, which is a build up of fluid in the pouch they created in my stomach. It doesn’t happen often which is why they chose not to insert a drain in my stomach during surgery. If it is a Seroma, they’d rather remove it instead of draining it because of the risk of infection. He’s hoping this isn’t the case and wants me to stay in bed and get a lot of rest. There’s a chance it may resolve itself because it’s only been 7 weeks. I’ll be seeing one of my docs next week to talk about it. The only way to know for sure is with an ultrasound or a CT.

Please cross your fingers and toes because I really don’t want anymore procedures right now.

Thank you for helping me get through this challenging time.

Candy xoxo
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