Courtney's body kept rejecting the expander and implant on her left side. Everytime it has been replaced they have had to be removed due to infections. In Aug 2017 her doctor decided to do a Tram Flap Surgery, for those that do not know the doctors remove a piece of your stomach to form a breast. Mesh is put over the hole in the stomach to heal. A week after this painful surgery complications arose in the form of a hernia. 3/4 of her intestines were on top or her stomach and it had to stay that way until Oct 2017 to prevent other infections and more surgeries. Faulty mesh was used leaving Court in constant pain.
In late 2019 a mass was found on Courtney's right over. Due to Covid the surgery was put off and she was being monitored for the mass' growth. May 5, 2020 Courtney lost her Mother to Ovarian Cancer. 10 days after the death of her mom she was having a complete hysterectomy including overies . The doctor deemed the mass cancerous, they got it all and declared her cancer free!!
During her surgery the doctor confirmed her Hernia is back with 1/2 of her intestines this time. The doctor wanted her to wait a standard 3 months to heal before doing surgery on the hernia. Unfortunately during that three months some MAJOR changes occurred within her health Insurance and her surgeons no longer accept her insurance.
Courtney has not worked in 4 years due to the pain, 12 surgeries, recovery and doctors appointments. She did what she thought was right by getting insurance. She did not know this was going to happen. Her doctors have agreed to treat and monitor her until she is able to change Insurance companies, March of 2021. During this time she is required to pay out of pocket for the monitoring, procedures, and prescriptions.
Court continues to fight through her 12 surgeries, multiple infections, MRSA, Cellulitis, necrosis, staph infections, and hernias. She is currently waiting for an approval on a disability claim. Luckily she has a roof over her head, and food on her table.
Courtney has always helped fellow breast cancer survivors, pets, and anyone in need. She has such a HUGE heart! She considers this breast cancer a humbling and life changing experience. She pays it forward when ever she can but she could really use our help now. Having worked with her Doctors/ Surgeons she needs to cover office visits, tests, and prescriptions. Her insurance will not cover anything from an out of network provider.
Courtney is not the type to ask for help but she is in a predicament and does not know where to turn. She can not lose her pain management! She needs the doctors for this. Please donate if you are able and say a prayer for my sweet friend!
Thank you so much!
- Maureen Johnakin
Organizer and beneficiary
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