Jessica's Journey

Please read the message below. I am trying to advocate for my friend as many others are. If you can help in any amount no matter how small that would truly help Jess and her family.

Message from Jessica's husband Steve:

I would like to share my wife's story with my FB friends family. My wife Jessica Turner has been ill for over 7 years now. At first we thought she would be on short term disability for a couple months while they figure this out and while we went through the many doctor appointments, emergency room visits and hospital stays it eventually turned into long term disability. She was undiagnosed for two years then got her first diagnosis of Gastroparesis which basically means her stomach is paralyzed. She then got a further diagnosis of Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction which meant her small and large intestines were also paralyzed This turned out to be a more major and serious issue than the first diagnosis. She has not been able to eat for the past 5 years since they started treatment which is now running an IV bag at home for nutrition. We have doctor and other medical appointments most weeks along with an emergency room visit usually every few months and at times every few weeks. She is admitted to a downtown hospital several times per year with the longest admission so far being 3.5 months long. Her latest diagnosis last year is Epilepsy as she had a few grand mal seizures. The prognosis is not good overall and the doctors are now looking at a multi-organ transplant which will be another long haul for Jessica and our family if that comes to pass, as we hear it is a long admission with lots of followup appointments and medical expenses. She has a long list of medical needs as it is and not everything is covered by the government, hospitals or insurance and since she had to resign from being a nurse due to her disability we have been struggling to manage things ever since. We know that money is a sensitive topic for people especially these days. Under the advisement of close friends and family that know our struggle we have opened a Trust Fund for Jessica to help with current medical expenses as well as anticipated future expenses if the plan for the transplant goes through. We are a very proud family and this is a humbling thing for us to do but with many people saying we should we thought we would reach out to anyone who is in a position where they would like to help. Whether you are able to help or not is your personal decision and we know that we have the prayers and well wishes of all.

Thanks for your caring and support!
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