I am Delores (on the right), Angel Sunshine's (on the left) mother and caretaker ("Momager" as she calls me). Angel was diagnosed as having an AVM on her brainstem in September of 2011. Due to the location and "eloquency" of this AVM it is inoperable. Numerous angiograms have shown that embolization is not an option as they are unable to embolize the full AVM and to only get part could cause this to go off balance and rupture and bleed on her brain which could cause seizures, stroke, and even death. She had stereotactical radiosurgery in March of this year and this caused hair loss and hot flashes and all the basic post-radiation symptoms. I, as her caretaker, have had to put my job "'on hold" mainly sice her diagnosis and at this point am lucky to be able to put in 10 to 12 hours a week. Needless to say, as a single mother, all our financial resources have been exhausted. Friends and family have helped to the extent that they have been able but we are now a month behind on rent, overdrawn at the bank, less than $20 in cash on hand and electric, phone, and all household bills adding up daily. I was able to get advanced annual and sick leave and am also on the "leave donor" program at work but all the leave that has been donated up to this time has been used. My vehicle is on the repossesion list and now my car insurance has been discontinued as I was unable to make last month's payment. I have pawned all the jewelry I had and will lose that to the pawn shop this coming weekend. We have reached our catastrophic coverage limit on insurance so, thankfully, all medical bills and prescription medications will be covered in full through the end of this year. Will I have the money for gas/transportation to get her back and forth to medical appointments etc? That remains to be seen. Her vision is extremely limited at this time due to the pressure on the occipital nerve, she blacks out multiple times daily and has even fallen down stairs multiple times due to this as she now has no advance warning feelings when a blackout is coming on.
Please, if you are in any position that you can help in any way, donate. If, however, you are reading this and are unable to help financially, send positive energy, prayers, and good thoughts her way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart...
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