Meet Korrie Denton. Korrie and her little family need your help (Korrie doesn’t like to ASK for help, but she needs it, so I’m asking for her).
In March of 2015, Korrie’s daughter Clementine was born, and her health care team discovered she had Crohn’s Disease, previously undiagnosed but present her entire life. After a toxic megacolon, C. Difficile infection, and literally lying on death’s door for the first six weeks of her daughter’s life, an ostomy bag was determined to be her best bet.
In the last three years, her ostomy bag has been reversed and then replaced when her body failed to maintain any nutrients; she has been hospitalized for three bowel obstructions, three major surgeries, and an absolutely unguessable number of ER visits. Crohn’s Disease is no joke -- it is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In some cases, it may only affect the beginning of the colon and end of the ileum, but it can affect the ENTIRE gastrointestinal tract. Crohn’s is also chronic, which means there is no real cure, only the best management for the individual. For a more indepth look at Crohn’s Disease, look here: http://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/what-are-crohns-and-colitis/what-is-crohns-disease/
For Korrie, doctors have recommended a rare surgery called the “Kock Pouch” performed in Florida. This is her only and last option, and best chance to lead a life that, if not normal, at least doesn’t revolve around constant pain and four trips to the ER on any given week trying to get someone to listen and understand.
Unfortunately, insurance is unlikely to cover the cost of the surgery -- and even if they do, she’s running out of time for medical leave at work, as is her very supportive husband. This means not only do Korrie and her husband need to get to Florida, her husband would like to be by her side for the estimated month long hospital stay the procedure requires (which means flights, food, and boarding during her recovery). When money is already tight, this can feel like an insurmountable barrier to a real option for a high quality of life.
Funds raised will go towards travel expenses, bills incurred as a result of medical leave, and the cost of surgery.