With your help Drew will leave his family and move to Miami Florida to be put on the intestinal transplant list, and he will need help with medical care before and after the surgery. Drew will be on 5 different medications for the rest of his life after the transplant to help his body accept the intestines.
BACKSTORY: Drew was diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease known as Crohn's Disease at the age of 14. It is a chronic, incurable illness that causes inflammation, deep ulcers and scarring, mainly to the wall of the intestine, but it can affect anywhere from mouth to colon. Just to name a few, symptoms can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, lethargy and weight loss of which Drew has experienced all of these and more.
Drew's teenage years were ruled by how many times he went to the toilet each day (usually 15), whether the pains in his stomach and joints would ever go away, and when he would be in the hospital again. Treatment was through powerful daily drugs.
Unfortunately, Drew's Chrohn's was so severe the drugs failed to control the disease. The only treatment was to cut out sections of his inflamed intestine. By the end of 2017 Drew had undergone 15 surgeries - losing a total of 14 feet of bowels which includes all the large intestine and a large portion of his small intestines which is subsequently caused Drew to be diagnosed with intestinal failure .
It's so hard to see someone you love experience abdominal pain day after day and use the toilet 30 plus times a day which has placed him on disability for 2 years. A typical day for Drew is just trying to survive. He eats every 2-3 hours (even through the night) because he absorbs very little amounts of nutrients and fluids. He stays in a constant state of malnutrition and dehydration, and can not maintain a healthy weight or stay hydrated with out TPN /IV therapy. TPN, while being a temporary solution, can’t be used long-term as it causes the liver and circulatory systems to deteriorate and fail.
Even though Drew and I have only been married for 4 years and together 5, I have seen him suffer too much and I am willing to do anything to help such a great husband, father to 5, and an only son to his mother.
The money you so graciously decide to give will be used on his medical bills, lodging in Miami, Florida, transportation and food. It would mean the world for Drew to have healthy intestines so that he can not only get off disability and return to work, but for Drew just to have some kind of quality life with his family and friends. Without the transplant, he more than likely only has a few years left to live.
We will never be able to express our gratitude for your giving and prayers. Thank you so much.
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