Extend My Life's Journey

$5,415 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 67 people in 18 months
It is a hard pill to swallow when your doctor looks you in the eye and tells you that your weight is going to kill you. It's embarrassing and humiliating to even have to say that. 

For so long I just laughed it off and relegated myself to the role of quirky, chubby sidekick. I pretended I was comfortable there and in the darkness of my depression, I hid my pain. I tried everything to get my weight under control but it has not been an easy battle. I exercise and change my eating habits and despite my hard work have very little to show for it. It's been an exhausting and emotional road and I can not do it alone.

My doctor has recommended I get gastric sleeve surgery as soon as possible. I have been talking with my therapist and she agrees. I have just taken the first step in this scary journey and set up a consultation with a surgeon down in Coos Bay. November 6th, a month away, is when I will sit across from a surgeon and plead with him to save my life. Within a few months, I should be able to undergo this life-saving surgery. I am planning for the beginning of the new year to schedule my operation.

I am asking my friends and family to help me help myself. My insurance doesn't cover this surgery so I must do it out of pocket. The cost of the outpatient surgery is $11,000 and the initial consultations cost about $1,000. I am working on seeing about getting some financing for a personal loan but ultimately I need the support of my friends and family. Any amount will help. 

I can not do this alone.Please help me save my life. I want to be around for all of you for a long time to come.
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As we approach my surgery date I look back on all the support, love and encouragement I have received from so many. I am truly blessed.
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30 days until my surgery! Time has been flying by and I am almost halfway to my goal for the surgery. I have 20 days to collect the money. Please turn out your pockets, check the couch cushions, anything and everything helps. From the bottom of my heart, I love you all!!!
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I want to give a big shout out to all those that have supported me. Your donations and shares on Facebook have been overwhelming to me.

I met with my surgeon, Dr. Tersigni, yesterday, I took the mandatory education class and have set my surgery date for January 30, 2018. Because I am a cash patient I need to be paid in full at least ten days prior to my surgery. With your continued support, I believe we can raise the money by then. Please continue to support me in this lifelong journey. I love you all.
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Raised by 67 people in 18 months
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