Ashlee's pancreas funding

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21872382_1498670[phone redacted]_funddescriptionHello! I have thought long and hard about weather or not to do this, but things are only getting worse for me and my family and I could use all the kelp and kindness we get. My journey started sept 2013, my husband and I took a driving trip to Cali from dalhart Texas where we lived at the time, we spent about a week there enjoying friends and family. Well long story short, the day we start the drive home I started getting horrible pains in my upper abdomen, so bad I was vomiting, crying and the pain was only getting worse, well after our 19 hr drive from Cali to Texas we went straight to the ER, where I was told I had servere acute pancreatitis. Next thing I knew I was being set up to be medi-flighted to a higher level of care hospital where I spent the next two week in icu. During this time I under went many test, some of the most painful things I've ever been through. Anyways fast forward. I had a few flares then next few years but once I got pregnant with our daughter I have been in the hospital multiple times, even while pregnant with Kaia, for severe pain a dehydration, causing me to have her two weeeks early...but my main focus right now is what is happening right now. I have a pancreas specialist in San Antonio Texas who is amazing at what he does, in the few short months since I've been able to be back to see him since having Kaia he has been very proactive in my care, I've had an EUS , MRCP. Plexus celiac block to try to help with the pain, my next appointment is July 5th where I will find out more answers and most likely the next steps, which I heard could
Possibly be an ERCP. My ultimate  goal is to be able to get a total pancreatectomy with iset cell transplantation. This would mean my pancreas and spleen would be fully removed and the islet cells from my pancreas would then be transplanted to my liver to help to produce insulin in hopes that there will be enough healthy islet cells transplanted to prevent the odds of me being a diabetic after. I know this is a lot of information and hard to understand y someone would want to do this surgery but most of you don't know the true pain im in on a daily basis and I'd gladly trade it for diabetes if I have to. So any donations with go to the funding of this surgery I so desperately need. Thank you all for your kind words  while I've been in and out of the hospital so much lately. Any love and support we will take at the moment, as I'm waiting to have to the surgery hopefully soon


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Ashlee Zumwalt 
New Braunfels, TX
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