Tina’s battle w/Myasthenia Gravis

Recently a very good friend of mine was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Myasthenia Gravis. She is the most caring and giving person I have ever met. She has always been there not just for her family but for anyone who has crossed her path but this disease has taken its toll on her.  Myasthenia gravis is characterized by weakness and rapid fatigue of any of the muscles under your voluntary control. Myasthenia gravis is caused by a breakdown in the normal communication between nerves and muscles. There is no cure for myasthenia gravis, but treatment can help relieve signs and symptoms, such as weakness of arm or leg muscles, double vision, drooping eyelids, and difficulties with speech, chewing, swallowing and breathing. Because of weakness involving chewing and swallowing, she had to get a feeding tube in her stomach and is no longer able to eat any solid food. All nutrition must go through the tube. 
She has all ready undergone multiple treatments and has a surgery scheduled January 26th in Oakland, CA that they are hoping will help. The surgery is called a Thymectomy, it's to remove the thymus gland.
MG has taken away her independence and quality of life. 
She currently has a respiratory infection and aspirated water the other night and is in her lungs. So there is a possibility she will be back in the hospital again before the surgury.
She goes in for out patient treatment for plasmapheresis 5 days a month. Each treatment costs $100. 
Her doctor bills are beging to pile up and no matter what she tries to do more pile on due to more treatments and procedures.
This disease progressed rapidly. She went from being a full-time GM to needing a walker or wheelchair in less than a month. 
Please help with anything you can or simply by sharing. Anything helps and will be greatly appreciated!

Donations

  • Anonymous 
    • $500 
    • 29 mos
  • Tiffany Baker  
    • $20 
    • 31 mos
  • Wanda Tapp- Kratzer 
    • $40 
    • 31 mos
  • Bess Cox 
    • $50 
    • 31 mos
  • Dianne Huffman 
    • $100 
    • 31 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Tasha Coleman 
Organizer
Wishon, CA
Mickel Sexton 
Beneficiary
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