This is difficult to write, but here goes...Brandy and I have been battling a demon for the better part of 3 years now. It is a demon that cannot be seen, heard, or felt until it strikes. When it strikes, it strikes repeatedly and without mercy. This demon is known to the medical community as Trigeminal Neuralgia. TN is widely accepted as the most painful condition known to man and it is also referred to as "The Suicide Disease" because many tend to give up before finding a cure. The Trigeminal Nerve in the face, which runs above the eye through the cheek and down below the jaw is mainly responsible for the sensations in your face. When this nerve is pinched or compressed by a neighboring artery, it get's fooled into thinking that it is being stabbed by a hot poker or electrocuted.
I have seen my wife have some really horrible days and long nights as a result of being victim to this monster. I have heard her plead for mercy even if it meant her life ended as well. She can never predict what a day will be like so she lives in fear.
The doctor's she has been to have prescribed medicine that at best cures 70% of the pain, but in trade, she has given up what makes Brandy Brandy. Her wit, creativity, and her beautiful mind are lost in a cloud of confusion. Her will to live zapped by the whims of this brutish terrorist.
She now has a real chance of having her life back though. Dr. William Friedman of Shands Hospital at the University of Florida is world-renowned in the treatment of TN by way of Micro-Vascular Decompression. Using this open skull procedure, the doctor can hopefully successfully decompress the nerve and Brandy will be good as new.
The surgery is scheduled for December 13th and we need your help in raising the funds necessary for our co-pay of the surgery. Please help me get my Brandy back.
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