Note: Monica is suffering from Advanced Chronic Lyme. It's a constant battle, and we're fighting the best we can. Since health insurance doesn't cover the most effective Lyme treatment (or really any Lyme treatment at all), we are constantly having to fundraise more. Much has changed since this original post. Please read the latest update for the most recent information!
My name's Will, and my sister Monica has been sick for too long. She's only 24 years old, and she wants to have a life. What she has done with her life so far has been remarkable -- she was a counselor and coordinator at a halfway house for pregnant underpriveleged women in Chicago. This felt like her life's calling -- but she had to leave it for yet another medical emergency in a string of medical emergencies. Over the years, the diagnosis has been hard to pin down: Crohns? Colitis? Endometriosis?At hospitals spanning the USA, there has not been a consensus. It seemingly never ends. Right now, she's bedridden, emaciated, and more than anything, exhausted.
But now there's a surgery that might be able to help: laparoscopic surgery. But in order to get that surgery, she first needs to get more healthy. And in order to get more healthy, she needs to stop stressing about her absurd medical debt.
I'm raising money because she's flat broke, and she has nearly $20,000 in medical debt. With the new surgery coming up, she's at her wit's end about how to pay for this. She has very little energy, and she's just trying to get better. Meanwhile, she's having to worry about debt collectors calling her to receive payment from her hospital stays (weeks & months at a time), radiology, CT scans, X-rays, ER visits, and specialist doctor visits. The hospital stays and radiology cost the most, but all of it is eating at her.
The money will be used to pay off the debt directly and immediately, so that she's no longer hounded by debt collectors and can focus on her health. The rest of the money will be used for her upcoming laparoscopic surgery, which hopefully will provide real answers for her. We need the funds as soon as possible.
This would mean so much to me and to Monica and to our whole family. She's been through so much, and she's still so young. She wants to help people -- it's her greatest wish in life. But first she needs to help herself. And she can't do it alone. Monica is loving, big-hearted, spiritual, and wise beyond her years. If you know her, you know this. If you haven't met her, hopefully you have the chance to meet her soon. She's the best.
Monica and I come from a big family, but we've never been well-off. There's only so much my parents can do, and their health is suffering from the stress and worry over her. We would all be extremely grateful for anything you could give. And perhaps you could also spread the word.