Last August my sister Rachael had surgery to remove a mass from her pancreas which involved removing part of her pancreas and her entire spleen. It was an intimidating procedure , and we knew that Rachael would have a long road to full recovery, but Rachael has always been tough and she had a lot of help from her husband Gabe, family and friends.
And unfortunately, the road to her recovery has been much bumpier than expected. Since originally being discharged she has subsequently been readmitted to the hospital several times due to reoccurring infections as a result of the removal of her spleen. Throughout it all, she has remained optimistic and indomitable, throwing herself back into her job and being a fantastic mother, despite being almost constantly ill. Nonetheless, being so ill comes at a cost both emotionally and financially - both of which take a toll on one’s recovery.
Over the past seven months, her health has continued to suffer due to a large abscess that has formed and proven immune to any treatments or antibiotics. Now, she has to go back into surgery to remove this abscess. For a second time in less than a year Rachael will be undergoing a complex, invasive surgery that will require her to miss multiple months of work, as well as keep her from spending time with her husband Gabe and their two children, Joey and Beth.
Please help me in any way you can to help alleviate some of the financial burden from Rachael so she can focus solely on getting better and spending time with her family.
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