Update as of June 1, 2019: As of now, I have literally already spent 4 months as hospital inpatient this 2019 year alone! I spent several months last 2018 year (I have spent more time living in the hospital than I have at home). I was accepted into Cleveland Clinic by the pancreatic specialist and consulted with him in april; I go back for a second trip soon. I also was referred to Home Health and my nurse will have her first visit with me tomorrow. I have not worked since September of 2017 (my official “end date” was in December) and my husband has missed a lot of work due to all of my hospitalizations, terrible sick days and appointments.
Hello All: My name is Destiny Rodgers. I am a wife, a mother of 5 beautiful children, and serve in ministry with my husband...and our world was turned upside August of 2017 when my health issues got the best of me and I spent August-December of 2017 in and out of the hospital due to acute, idiopathic pancreatitis and other unknown issues; I first developed acute, idiopathic pancreatitis in November of 2011, and after a few years, it showed its ugly face again, AND AGAIN (it has now been diagnosed as Chronic Idiopathic Pancreatitis) and brought along with it some other ugly health monsters that cannot be identified by any doctors here in the state. I have been seen by a couple of doctors recently that think I may have something systemic, so they are running some test for specific diseases, but they have all agreed that I need to be seen out of state. After a couple of "so-so" months at the beginning of 2018, my health continued to decline and these unknown issues continue to date, so the doctors have decided that it's time move forward with sending me out of state so that I can get the medical help that I need. I was referred to the Neuro and GI departments of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and I am now being referred to Universal of Minnesota instead because they have a pancreatic specialist, and will possibly be seen by other specialists as well. Due to my health, I had to step down from my job in December of 2017 and our family was hit hard financially and emotionally. Due to unknown health issues that won't resolve, I spend most of my time with doctors, in the hospital and in bed. I have missed out on so much with my family and in the ministry because of my health, and I'm ready to be able to be the wife, mother, minister, family member and friend that God has designed me to be again! I went so long without insurance (I lost it when I stepped down from my job because we could no longer afford it), so I have also accrued medical bills that I cannot afford. Due to God’s grace, I now have insurance coverage again but it is very expensive and leaves us with little income for all of our bills; however, I must have insurance and I cannot not have it! Just ONE bottle of my needed medications alone (my pancreatic enzymes) is $3,000.00 without insurance, not including my other medications, so not having insurance is not an option at this point. I have spent MANY hours upon hours with different doctors, more days and nights than I can count in an E.R. bed, months as an inpatient in the hospital, the past year in pain and discomfort, and face the unknown with my health every single day. Going out of state is not an option, it's a necessity. I need to be able to afford my out of pocket medical expenses, my $5,000 deductible, travel expenses and any other expenses that I'll accrue by going to out of state; however, due to our family's income being cut in half, getting the medical help I need is difficult to do without the help of others. So I'm asking for help; any amount, no matter how small or large, will help! If you are unable to help financially, that is okay, I still need your prayers! Thank you so much and God bless!