Shawn's Medical Fund

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Raised by 42 people in 54 months
Many of you know the journey we have been on the past 2 years but for those that don't here is our story.
In July 2012 Shawn was hospitalized for a brain tumor. It was removed July 26, 2012 and we thought our lives would return to normal...well, "our normal". Little did we know that the problems Shawn was experiencing had little to do with the brain tumor and through a two year journey we have a diagnosis of "autoimmune encephalitis" more specifically "VGKC Complex Antibody-Associated Limbic Encephalitis" which in terms we can understand...his immune system is attacking his brain and causing it to be inflammed. Side effects from this are seizures, uncontrollable shaking, mood swings (depression) and many other symptoms. Of course this has all resulted in a loss of his job which has meant a big hit to our household budget. Shawn has been denied disability TWICE and we are now waiting on a hearing before the Social Security Disability Court in November. We have been blessed by our church family (where I work) and our friends but bottom line...we are struggling. The medical bills keep coming in and there is not even enough money to cover our normal household expenses let alone any medcial treatments that Shawn has coming up.
Monday, August 18th Shawn will FINALLY start IVIG treatments. Shawn's condition is not curable but we are praying with these treatments we can stop the damage that is being done by his own body. Even with insurance these tests will cost about $400 each. He will continue these treatments through October where he will then be reassessed after another spinal tap and MRI.
We know that God will make a way. We are asking you to pray about helping our family. If God puts us on your heart to give, we would be truly thankful. If you can't give at this time we certainly understand. We would still ask that you would pray for our family and share our story with others.
Our faith has gotten us through this storm and will continue to see us through to the end. We are gratful and humbled by any and all gifts that are given. If you would like more information about our story, please contact us! We would love to share with you what the Lord has done and is still doing!! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!! Love you all!!
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Hello Friends!
It's been a little while since we updated so I thought I would take a moment to let you know what is going on in the Walker World!!
As many of you know, Shawn was approved for 4 IVIG treatments. He finished his fourth one last month and will be going in this Thursday (11/13) for a spinal tap and a MRI to see if the treatments have helped the inflammation and swelling in his brain. We have had some good days and bad days during this process so for us it is hard to notice a huge difference. We will find out if his neurologist will continue with these treatments or recommend the para plasma treatments which will pretty much consist of a total blood transfusion. I have to say that through it all Shawn continues to amaze me...I am so blessed to be his wife. His faith is stronger than ever and he is such a witness to God's love, mercy and grace! Even on a BAD day, Shawn still sings the praises of the Father and testifies of His goodness!! We are still in desperate need of your prayers!!! I can't begin to tell you how much they mean to us and how much we appreciate them!! Please pray for healing and for a positive outcome to our Disability Hearing on November 19th (we have waited almost 2 years for this day). We would also appreciate you sharing our story with others...as you can imagine these treatments don't come cheap and medical bills continue to come in! We know that our God can and will make a way!! To God be ALL glory!!!
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Hello friends!
I would like to start off with a HUGE thank you for all the love and support shown to our family. We hold strong to our faith during this journey and we will not be shaken!! We are truly blessed!!!
This Tuesday, Shawn will receive his 3rd treatment. Prayers are much appreciated. We received both EOB statements from Shawn's first two treatments (pictured) and you can see that they are quite costly. We are grateful we have good insurance but there will still be a remaining balance that we are responsible for. The human side of me wants to just cry and look at the impossible but I know I serve a God that is true and faithful and with Him ALL things are possible!! I know God has provided this far and will continue to provide.
I am asking for your help once again. First and foremost we need your prayers!! We know that God can heal Shawn by simply speaking the word but if this is our journey to walk we ask for prayers that God would use our story to reach others for Him!!! Second, if you can help financially it is much appreciated!! Third, please share our story with others and help get the word out. Thanks and God Bless!!!
Treatment #1
Treatment #2
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Hi, this is Shawn. I wanted to give a little update on what's been going on (which unfortunately, hasn't been much), so this will be fairly short. Today I was able to go back to church for the first time in a couple of weeks. It felt REALLY GREAT to see my church friends and family again. The spiritual and financial support that I've received has been absolutely overwhelming! I'm due for another doctor's appointment on the 15th of this month and then on the 16th, another treatment. I still shake a lot, sometimes it wakes me up at night, but hey, it is what it is! God has seen to it that I get the rest I need. I do have days from time to time where I'm able to get out and do a little, but it doesn't last long so I take advantage of the time and do what I can. My wife Meshelle and daughter Brianne get me out of the house when they can even if it's just to go get something to eat or go to the store. I'm so thankful for the people God has placed in my life. He has shown me how to trust Him completely... even if by force. Don't get me wrong,I still worry about things from time to time, but I've learned that God's got this! Again I want to thank each and every person who has helped me with my go fund me site. I will have some Christ centered shirts available for sale soon to also help with the fund raising. There will be pictures and sizes coming soon, so be on the lookout for them if you want one!!! And they ain't just cheap ole t-shirts either! I'll have to let Meshelle load those up. We are still a ways from our goal but God has gotten us this far and will continue to see it through the end. "He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion" Philippians 1:6
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We are so blown away and humbled by all the love and support shown to our family! God is SO good...and faithful!! Thank you to each of you that have donated, shared our story and called/texted to check on us this week. We still have a ways to meet our goal but I have no doubt the Lord will continue to provide.
Monday Shawn started his IVIG treatments,he had another one on Tuesday. They consider this the "induction" treatment and give two treatments back to back. Shawn experienced some side effects...indigestion, migraine, nausea, weakness and extreme fatigue. This is just a mild reaction to the aggressive treatment and should get better with each treatment (at least that is our prayer).
We were told that they have to go through 1,000 bags of blood to get enough globulin to mix up just ONE treatment for Shawn (which is why the treatments are expensive). That's crazy!! I understand more now than ever the importance of giving blood and would encourage you to consider being a blood donor if you aren't already. You could literally be saving a life!!
Thank you again for all your donations and PRAYERS!!! Please continue to share our story, we would be so grateful!!! BLESSINGS!!!
IVIG treatment
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