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Christy's Brain Funding

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In June, my best friend Christy had surgery on her hand and a week later suffered a subdural hematoma, stroke, blood clot, and a nasty batch of complications. She was ultimately diagnosed with a rare brain condition called RCVS. It's rare enough to have no known cause or long term prognosis. Her care and treatment has been ongoing, including nearly two weeks in the hospital and several trips to Salt Lake City for treatment and follow-up tests. Her neurologist does not know when she will be able to return to work. He won't re-assess her for another 2-4 months as she continues to heal. She suffers from constant and often debilitating migraines, aphasia, and ringing ears.

She is also under care for ongoing blood clots in her leg and arm and will likely have to meet with a hematologist for long-term care.

Her beloved position as the Director of TRIO at UMW has been advertised and her insurance is no longer covered.

Making the out of pocket payments for medical insurance payments, prescription co-pays, travel expenses for medical appointments, hospital, doctor, speech therapy and other expenses are adding up and there is no end in sight as treatment continues. In addition, she will have to once again switch insurance and meet those new out-of-pocket and maximum deductibles, for the third time in about 7 months.

So here I am with hat in hand asking for any help you might be willing to give. Anything will help. She and her husband have been doing all they can to reduce expenses and keep body and soul together. Please do what you can and spread the word. I've listed $10,000 as a goal, and I realize that it may take a miracle to get there, but people are generous and wonderful.

Christy has always been a caretaker, looking out for others and shouldering the burdens that others cannot carry. This time she's in need.


  • Erica Jones
    • $50 
    • 10 yrs


Diana Pharaoh Francis
Salem, OR

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