ALS/Judy- March 2018 Update

It is with a heavy heart that I write to update Judy's gofundme page. As some of you may know, Judy went home to the streets of gold and the love of our father on Sunday March 4. Judy was a very humble, courageous and selfless soul. She fought the ugly disease of ALS with all she had, every day.

She will be truly missed by so many that loved her, and her spirit will always live in our hearts. We find our comfort in knowing she is happy now and pain free.

To everyone that prayed for Judy, sent well wishes and gave donations to help her fight to receive care and treatment.... THANK YOU!!! She truly appreciated the encouragement, and was always in awe of the love and support she received from her gofundme followers.

Her daughter posted this message and I think it is a beautiful example of Judy's wisdom and zest for life:

'As I sit here looking at the ocean...feeling the breeze...the thought hit me...I’ve always had to adapt to whatever situation I was in...please don’t your life the best way you know how...don’t adapt.” Judy McFarland December, 2017

Forever in our hearts, <3

After months of concerning health issues Judy McFarland was diagnosed with Progressive Bulbar Palsy in May of this year, a sub-type of ALS or 'Lou Gehrig Disease'.  PBP is a rare, non-curable terminal illness that attacks the nerves supplying the bulbar muscles and the brain stem. Although PBP can be slow in onset, once symptoms start and present themselves progression is rapid.  PBP is relentless in progression. The life expectancy ranges 6 months to 3 years from  the first onset of symptoms. 

Judy has lost the ability to communicate with her loved ones, her speech is severely impaired. She has been approved for a speaking device and is awaiting that. She has not been able to eat because of the difficulty to swallow and loss of use of her facial muscles.  She has lost 35 pounds in the last two months, and will now be getting a feeding tube. She is having more trouble to breath and has been told she will need a cough assist machine and portable ventilator.  Her balance is off as she has limited function in her legs, a cane is now needed at all times. 

Although Judy has insurance, many of her treatment options are not covered! Most of her treatments have to be done sooner rather than later because of the rapid progression of PBP.  Just 1 of her 3 stem-cell treatments cost $5,683.34 alone... and is her only chance at trying to maintain life!! This first treatment has been approved for the next 30 days.  It is URGENT that we support Judy and help her! 

Judy has had so many unexpected expenses since her diagnosis, she has been unable to work at the job she loved, and now she is trying to just stay alive. Your prayers and financial donation will mean the world to her and help lift some of the financial burden and worry she is facing right now. 

These funds raised will not only help Judy pay her medical, travelling and living expenses, but it will give her hope... and right now she desperately needs it !!


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Mitzi Tewell 
Georgetown, KY
Tabitha McFarland 
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