As some of you may know, I've been struggling with a severe but undiagnosed medical issue for some years now. A few months ago the smart folks at Ohio State managed to diagnose me with Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (ATHUS) , a condition attacking the blood vessels in the body. Unfortunately this is a pretty uncommon disorder and going untreated for so long caused enough damage for my kidneys to fail. I am now on daily dialysis treatments and will eventually need a transplant.
I make my living as an artist, selling my work on the internet and traveling to fairs and shows, but the rounds of surgeries, tests, clinic visits and dialysis have made this very difficult. Renal failure is a heck of a lifestyle change! I am working with my specialists on a different method for dialysis that will allow me some more energy and the ability to travel again (at least part time) and I have applied for SSI benefits, but both of these will take some time.
I'm very fortunate that my medical expenses are well covered by Medicaid- but I could use some help with the 'everything else' part. I will get stronger with care, but anything you all can contribute towards keeping the lights on and the house standing in the meantime will be much appreciated! Any donations will go towards immediate living expenses, and toward travel/show expenses once I have recovered enough to resume a working schedule.
Thanks for all your support, and much love to you all- Jess
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