It was a very hot and humid day in Chicagoland and I who suffer from asthma couldn't breathe so I was taken to the ER by a friend. While in there I noticed that my chest tightness didn't subside after 3 nebulizer treatments . Thank God for Dr's who aren't afraid to follow there wisdom & intuition . The ER DR found my pain suspicious and ordered a CT scan. I had never had one and wasn't worried until I saw the expression on his face. As kind and Professional as he could, he broke the news to me. A 4.1 Thoracic Ascending Aortic Aneurysm was found in my heart valve right above my heart. It took a while to sink in and it wasn't until I sensed the worry and concern in everyone's voice did it sink in. For the next few months I cried especially after I knew that John Ritter had the same silent killer lurking in his valves which unfortunately led to his demise. The feeling of fear, shock, depression and sadness over whelmed me for several months. With no one to talk to who could understand what I was going through I clung to my faith in God. I had to turn this around and thank God it was found. My research began to find a cardiologist & hospital that was familiar with my condition. I also began to change my daily activities & lifestyle to adjust to a low stress, calmer less physically active me. I went from weightlifting and Zumba classes to just simple walking. My new Cardiologist reassured me that we caught in time and will watch it then repair it before it reached 5.0.
I felt calm and figured with my lifestyle change I'd prevent it from enlarging.
On June 23, 2017 it was time for my 2nd CT scan, almost a year to its discovery. I didn't worry about it and went about my daily routine. I remember on Monday morning July 3rd my family DR called me. I thought she was simply giving me a courtesy call to say all is well. Surprise and shock took over again as she broke the news that my aneurysm was now 4.8 then she told me I also have a lung nodule. It went from bad to worse within seconds. I thanked her and ended the call. I couldn't contain myself in the store and began to cry uncontrollably. It's been over a month and the thought of my condition still brings me to tears.. it's hard especially when no one understands that the surgery is very risky as it was with Alan Thicke. Everyone says to me "Reyna you'll be ok let's not think about that" so easy to say but I'm a realist and prefer to be ready. As my condition progressively gets worse I feel the energy I once boasted about leave my body as I spend most of my time lying down and/or sleeping. The DR warmed me this would happen.
That how the idea of the page came about, My older son suggested it to me when I explained to him that I am so financially strapped right now with medical expenses, living expenses & raising an autistic son who wanta to go to college. To add to it I'm a realtor who works solely on commission. When I told my Broker that I was unable to work for a while due to my lack of energy and medical condition he signed my real estate license and said goodbye if I can't work I had to leave his office.. Wow That was a major kick in the a** . So everything has gone south for me with with no where to turn. For the 1st time I, aka :wonder mom need help with my present & future non insurance covered expenses, medicine & physical therapy after my surgery. I'm optimistic my surgery will go well and it hasn't been scheduled yet but if I don't make it, the Gofund me money will go toward my funeral cost & to help my son until my family can regroup and help him.. I have to be honest to all who want to contribute . This is hard for me to ask and put my life out there for all to hear but I can't do this alone anymore. Thank you for reading this and follow your heart. God bless you
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