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Diane Gentile Medical Fund

$42,263 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 460 people in 3 months
Created November 30, 2018
On November 26th, while on tour in Italy, our dear friend and colleague, Diane Gentile, was seriously injured when a boulder crashed through the windshield of her vehicle. She has since been hospitalized and will be heading in for surgery before flying home to consult with doctors in New York. Since the accident occurred abroad Diane’s health insurance will not cover the entirety of the medical expenses and she will be unable to work for an, as of yet, undetermined period upon her return home.

In addition to the looming medical bills, we are hoping to help offset travel costs and living expenses while she recovers. Diane is an amazing, strong woman and artist, as well as an important part of the music community, and we hope that we can band together and show her the support she deserves. No amount is too small, and every last donation is so greatly appreciated.
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A note from Diane:

I want to thank everyone for your concerns and sweet messages. While on tour in Italy, driving on the highway to our next show in Cantu, a boulder fell off a truck in front of us, flew through our windshield and knocked me out. My guitar player, Alfonso Velez, was behind the wheel and luckily, was able to get me to the hospital quickly in what was a scary and dangerous situation. Thankfully he is fine. I am having surgery here in Bologna and will be recovering for a little while. I look forward to returning home and getting back to playing music soon.
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From Diane, Update 5:

I want to thank everyone again for your selfless donations. Thinking back to November, pre the attack of the “stone”, I was going about life with a fierceness of someone on a mission. I love to work. I was involved in a life where everything seemed to need immediacy and everything felt so important. I loved being in the middle of everyone and everything and always finding something and someone new in and around me. The daily inspirations were true for me. They were as simple as someone coming in wearing a stunning bracelet or hearing a spectacular song. Whatever floats your boat. Days were pretty exciting and things always least expected occurred. Days were full of surprises and I loved that. That doesn’t mean I loved the unexpected “incident”, which we all know was quite a surprise.

I tell you this because what I am experiencing now is more insular and outside input is limited. Not so fun, not so stimulating. So I caught up on movies with my one and a half eyes. I truly love film. This year though, film has been less inspirational. I don’t know if it’s the lack of quality, if the stories are just so recycled or if it is my attitude. Obviously film is personal, like music. So some of you may disagree with me but not one film this year hit me like Fargo, Annie Hall, The Shining, the God Father, Dead Poet’s Society, Poltergeist, Clockwork Orange or Reds did. This year we had the humorous and heart breaking BlackKKlansman, Roma and Green Book, The Black Panther (really?!), The Favorite (which I found uncomfortably strange), the reborn A Star is Born (I enjoyed Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper) and the very depressing Vice. I am going to watch the hostless Oscars this year. I like the gowns and the styling and the red carpet hoopla but I am hoping for a better year of film overall next year. I did love the soundtrack to Green Book and the film is sticking with me and I will want to see it again. I also would like to see a real ass kicking host for next year.

So I’ve been going to the Doctor every week. I still have a lot of water in my face - it’s very swollen and it hurts. The below lid to my eye droops and behind the top lid, there is a deep crevasse. My site is cloudy. I am on continued eye steroid drops for another 4 weeks until the swelling in the eye reduces. At least the redness is gone. I am sleeping 10 to 12 hours a night but getting long walks in during the day if the outside temperature is above 42. I am looking older than expected and it’s hard to look in the mirror some days. This is temporary. I know this. There are people I have spoken with who have told me they know others who have gone through similar experiences and have come out on the other side in full glory. I honestly thought I was the only one who ever had my facial bones crushed. I thought I was the only one that could have experienced this kind of pain. I guess it is because I never heard of anyone getting this injured from a flying rock through a window. That’s pretty unique. But the actual injuries themselves have been experienced by others who fell off ladders or were dropped onto boardwalks on their faces - strange things like that. People have harrowing accidents, It’s a part of life. We all suffer at some point. Thanks much for the kindness of my real friends and family. I have nothing but enormous gratuity to you all. Eventually I will find that happy place. I’m going to try to remember my only mission right now is to heal and that happy place is soon to be. So is that inspirational place. So is that amazing film And maybe I’ll find that place to write a new album that will inspire me and you. Maybe I’ll go about life again soon with a similar fierceness of someone on a mission. it’s a great feeling.
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Update 4:

I am sitting on the couch in the front room listening to heavy gusts of wind hitting the windows while beginning my new update to y'all! I was actually sitting on the chair close to one of the front windows (so I could look out) but moved to the couch when those 50 mph gusts started to kick in. The windows are rattling. Well, maybe I have a little hidden fear of windows at the moment. I mean, couldn't you just see it? The wind blows so hard that a garbage can comes crashing through the glass? Or a flag pole? Or - wait - how about a rock? OK - so I am being sarcastic. Really though, there is not a day that has gone by since 11/26/18 that I haven't made note to myself how utterly absurd my "Italy Incident" was and still is to me. I am sure you are of my belief that this dumb incident is an unnatural phenomenon. The rock wasn't really a stone - it was a man made cement rock with pieces of stone and it contained steel rebar. The explanation of this flying rock that lanced through a windshield is on the surface, so questionable. and yes, remarkable. It could be a horror film - The Flight of The REBAR I am laughing and crying at the same time now. I don't want to make light of this but it's week 8 since it happened. My face: my skin, nerves, bones, tissue, sinuses, nose, lips, teeth, gums, eyebrows, eyes and all the muscles are still real hurt. I am open as a doorway without a door to learn any hard lessons that need to be learned but geez Louise, can we get on with this already?

The eye surgery results are yet to be seen. So far so good. This was inner eye surgery. There were tears in the muscles behind my eyes that caused bleeding. They took out the cataract and my lens and replaced it. There was some cutting and fidgeting and maneuvering and suchers and such. They sent me home with plenty of very expensive eyedrops and told me to do nothing tor 2 weeks. Two days after surgery, the face swelled like a balloon. A little pressure for the nerves that go to the mouth for ya'. "Hee Hee" laughed the orbital.

Two weeks prior to the eye surgery, I believe the eye was upset that it wasn't being attended to in a more timely manner so it stopped draining. I was on eye drops for 2 weeks fighting a rapidly and high rising pressure (which could make you blind). The lack of drainage caused my eye to swell and I had pre-surgery surgery where the Dr. drilled a hole in my eye for drainage. When that didn't work, they used a needle to remove some more "water".

Everything's been going just as planned I guess A few hiccups along the way but all in all, I have Doctor's working with me who understand the trauma and the very best friends and family a person could have. Thanks everyone for your generosity and for not getting bored yet with the film. I am missing live music. It is just not the same watching on a computer. And of course, thanks for the check-ins. It's enormously appreciated.

Love,
Diane
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Update 3, from Diane:

I have been wanting to write sooner but I have been trying to rest and to catch up on some things that got left unattended due to the "incident". I keep saying to some close friends that I do not believe that anything is "random". There is always a reason for everything. Eventually the reason for this torture will appear and I will have that "a ha" moment. Currently, I am accepting this forced upon me fate. When I say "torture" I am referring to the pain I've endured for 4 weeks so far. I have Eye Surgery scheduled for Jan. 22. I have 2 appointments with Maxillo-facial surgeons to discuss how they can help me beyond the inner eye surgery and I will be seeing a dentist that specializes in Maxillo-facial dental issues. The fact that I have beautiful, loving, and generous humans in my life who have blown my mind is the SILVER LINING. I am super grateful to everyone and can't thank anyone enough. The go fund me will be used for these expensive surgeries. Thank you for reinforcing my love for being alive. Everyone has been there for me in their own way. Every day there is swelling reducing and every day I am looking at the world through what I know will be better eyes. Love to you all.

Best to all
Diane
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AN UPDATE FROM DIANE:

HEY THERE EVERYONE!!!

I arrived home in NYC on Monday Dec. 17th from Bologna, Italy. I am going to do my very best here to give you a chronicle of what the heck happened to me, and make sure everyone hears my heart loud and clear. The people that I know and have met in my life are FANTASTIC AND SUPERB! I never expected to be lying in an ambulance in Italy passed out and covered with blood. I never expected to go from laughing with my very good friend Alfonso Velez to the arms of an angel who was sewing my face together. I never expected to be bed ridden for 23 days in Bologna, Italy on the surgery ward verses singing at my sister Elda Stiletto Gentile's Memorial Benefit at the Bowery Electric which was supposed to happen on Dec. 9 and which had to unfortunately be postponed.

First things first - I have to thank Alfonso Velez for getting me to the Maggiore Trauma Center immediately, thank him for not crashing the car, thank him for taking care of me every inch of the way after I was impaled by a 5 lb. rock that cut like a diamond through the windshield of the car and into my facial bones, my eye, my nose, my palette and my skin. I thank Gillian Stoll for her incredible jump to the moment spirit and follow through and her incredible empathy. I thank Jesse Malin for knowing immediately that something had to be done and doing it because I was suddenly pulled out of my life for the next 6 months. He called Gillian and they took a cool chance with the Go Fund Me. I have to thank both my sister Julie and her wonderful thought provoking husband Ron for flying over to Italy and spending 3 very very very long weeks there helping me get through the mornings and long long nights. I thank my brother Bob and his wife Lisa and my sister Denise and my 91 year old mother Julia for taking care of getting my house ready for my return. I love John Carco forever for agreeing to watch my 2 cats for 6 days and ending up feeding them for 24 days. I thank my nephew Ron and his wife Christine and every single person who checked in with me keeping me on that lifeline...oh wow - the list is endless. The people in my life are selfless, beautiful, forthright and real. What more can I say? It's the people I know who brought me back here. And there are people I don't even know who have been so giving.

I had been invited to go to Italy to play a few shows. I was thrilled. I played on 11/25 in Rome- great gig. We drove to Rimini on Sunday. On Monday we were driving from Rimini to Cantu when the incident occurred. So from 11/26 to yesterday (12/19) I don't have the best recollection of events. I was in the hospital. I had what they call maxilllo facial surgery for 8 hours. Dr. Petrocelli, Dr. Baietti, Dr. Nicoletti and the great nurses that work with these people put my face somewhat back together. The bones were crushed, fractured, scattered, hanging. So for the last 3 weeks, I have felt like someone has been banging inside of my face with a hammer. I was only seeing prisms for a while. An interpreter told me they were taking my eye. I had no socket for the eye to sit in. I had at least 10 different room mates. I was woken at 6am most mornings. OK - enough gruesome. Oh and I kept my eye and have some sight.

Every single night I would lay in bed asking why anyone in the universe would want me to suffer this kind of pain. I just could not understand. I reviewed my past. Is this karma? Is this fated? Did I do something that brought this on?

Here's the answer to my mind boggling question. Sometimes we just do not have any control over anything. And the Universe decided to let me know that in no uncertain terms. So instead of wearing a cage around myself, I will choose to STAY FREE - STAY OPEN - STAY BRAVE.

I have eye surgery Jan. 22 and a few smaller things after that. My teeth hurt but that will either get better or get worse. I am home for a few months. I am feeling very much alive and it would not be like this if it wasn't for the incredible people with incredible spirit, every single one who has shown me their inner light. Thank you all so much for your generosity, your love, your life lines. I will get you all back at some time down the line. PROMISE! I have HOPE. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah. Happy New Year and I am with every one of you. Thank you from the very essence of my life. It's only up from here kids.

Deep gratitude and love,
Diane Gentile
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