Ease Her Pain

Our mother, has had one goal her whole life, and that was to get a good education so that she could earn a good living and be able to support her children.
I can recal countless times myself and/or one of my siblings needed some help financially and she never failed to come through for us, even when she knew we couldn't pay her back.
Now my mom needs our help. And I want to do everything I can to help her.
My mom, Cynthia, never had back problems before until it started hurting in December, 2016, just mildly. It got way worse in January and by the end of January it was so bad she could barely walk and had to take off from work for 6 weeks. The only reason she went back to work on March 15th was because she was running low on leave hours, and needed a paycheck, so she had to go. She now has to use a cane at all times. She has a herniated disc, spinal stenosis and severe degenerative disc disease. The areas are all in her lumbar vertebrae L-2 through L-5. These days there are minimally invasive surgical procedures to alleviate this. The skilled surgeon she had to pay to see, believes believes spinal epidural followed by said surgery will alleviate all her pain.
The rapid progression of her pain level increasing and the agony she has to go through just to get up and go to work breaks my heart.
My mom's medical insurance (which she pays a boatload for) has been unsuccessful in matching her with a doctor who can perform the minor surgery needed to completely take care of her pain. In fact, no doctor seems to even care, except for one, who is not covered through her insurance. He isn't even in her area. After some desperate searching and many personally recommendation she traveled to see this doctor in Pasadena. He not only immediately saw the cause of her pain, he also offered to treat her right away. The only catch, the procedure costs $17,000.
Please help me raise this $ so my mom can get back on her feet and work hard at the life she loved before all this pain.


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Irene Franzen 
Oakland, CA
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