Geri's Breath of Fresh Air

Hello friends and  family of Geri Bodmer.   Some of you may know, in 2014, my mom was diagnosed with a condition called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).  IPF is a type of lung illness that results in scarring (fibrosis) of the lungs from an unknown cause. Over time, the scarring gets worse and it becomes hard to take in a deep breath and the lungs cannot take in or utilize enough oxygen.  

There is no cure for IPF, only unproven medications  to slow the scarring progress. Currently no procedures or medications  can remove the scarring from the lungs and as of yet the only treatment for IPF is having a double lung transplant.  That being said,  my mom has always been a firm believer in alternative health and holistic types of healing, and with this mentality, and by taking many of her own natural health products, she has been able to maintain a nearly normal lifestyle up until recently.  In November she is travelling for an Ayurveda Healing experience in Kerala, India in another bold attempt to heal herself and avoid having the recommended double lung transplant.  

This is where we come in! The purpose of this GoFundMe page is to raise the money needed to get the proper breathing equipment required for her to travel the long flight to India.

Air carriers typically offer two basic options for oxygen therapy during flight: 1) carrier-supplied compressed oxygen or 2) use of a personal portable oxygen concentrators (POCs).  With excessive research into her two options, either way she goes comes with a disturbingly costly part of supplying the replaceable batteries needed for the oxygen devices in order for the airline to relinquish legal medical responsibility during her global traverse .

After crunching the numbers associated with either the option of using the airline rental or she found a used POC on craigslist , the total costs of both quickly added up to 3K$ and up.  So anything you feel like donating to this cause is GREATLY appreciated in advance and is truly going to a good cause to help my mom get a second chance to breathe again!! 

The proceeds of this fundraiser will be used completely towards helping to cover these expenses, and if we can raise more still, any and all money will be put towards the medical related expenses that are guaranteed to be building up. Being unable to be the hardworking go getter she is doesn't come without its downfalls and all donations exceeding this amount will not go unnoticed! 

Since her diagnosis my mom has already exceeded some of the doctors expectations and her over all health is great aside from this condition. So lets help support her to continue staying healthy throughout the next stage of curing the incurable ! 

My mom is bravely ready to wage the war on this disease head on with her BEYOND positive attitude and iron will. One thing this fight requires besides bravery and willingness is emotional and financial support which is where we can help!

Having this information made public is not easy for Geri as she’s a very proud, selfless woman. This is however a great opportunity for us to feel like we’re able to contribute somehow as she would be first to jump at the opportunity to help someone else. In her time of need, her loved ones and family are SO determined to mitigate any additional stress and financial burden she faces in the next stages of her journey but could really use the help.

I want to add that this woman has not complained through all of this. And has selflessly been taking care of herself as well as all the people in her life. Even while trying to catch her breath, she’s always wearing a smile and has her positive attitude intact “Still loving life, and living the dream, One day at a time.” We could all learn a thing or two from Geri, I know I have! <3

((Also,  for those interested below is a little info about her time in India: 
Every day during the retreat,  she will have an appointment with a certified Ayurveda doctor. Ayurveda is much more complex than most people think, and is also a study of energy levels/or subtle body.  She is to be analyzed to determine her personal elemental composition, and any imbalances. The overall state holistically is used to prescribe specific herbal medicines, a treatment plan with her own personal therapists, and a personalized detox meal plan.
The second part of the retreat focuses on rejuvenation. In rejuvenation, the organs, as well as the lymphatic system, and the parasympathetic system will be revitalized.))

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Caiti Bodmer 
Gibsons, BC
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