All the toes on my right foot have been amputated, through several surgeries. This is the result of Osteomyelitis (bone infections) and other diabetic related issues.
Today, I am in a new fight: to save my foot and leg from being amputated just below the knee due to another bone infection currently in my heel.
This news came to me as I was recently hospitalized again. I had a feeling things were not going well because of a blister from a few months ago. It began to hurt and that is not a good sign for me as I am now aware of what it feels like to get Osteomyelitis. On December 26, a visit to the emergency room confirmed my suspicion. I was admitted to Good Samaritan Hospital and treated for 5 days. Doctors confirmed that I do have Osteo again and that I am in danger of losing the foot & leg up the knee if treatment does not work yet again.
As most of you know, I have been in some form of walking boot for the last 6 years. I am probably more recognizable with the boot on (and sometimes my scooter!) but I still smile every day and I never let it or these battles beat me down.
However, there is another battle on this front which has finally caught up to me: medical bills. Costs ranging from medications, treatments, doctor visits (I have been paying $60 co-pays almost weekly for over a year) and hospital stays – many of which are not fully covered my insurance – have been a major concern for me.
These new bills for this new treatment to save my foot & leg will be devastating, as I am only one man and make one salary and I am going to be out of work for up to 6 weeks along with already being out for almost 8 weeks this past summer. I simply cannot catch up with all the bills that are coming in and today I am asking for your help.
I’ll be honest, I hate to be the person that needs a Go Fund Me page. However, after much consideration, I feel as if this is my only option and I am truly humbled to be doing such a thing.
I want to be back up again and taking photos at the Bruins games - please help me save my foot and donate to my cause.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and please consider making a donation - of any amount, as anything would be a tremendous help! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
- Peter Lovejoy
- Karen Carchia
- Heather Sanborn
- JAMES O'LEARY
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