Help save Stephanie from a rare ear Cholesteatoma!

Stephanie has recently discovered a gut wrenching reality. She has a rare inner ear Cholesteatoma condition that has developed in both of her ears.

Cholesteatoma is a skin-lined cyst that begins at the margin of the eardrum and invades the middle ear and mastoid (arrow).  A typical cholesteatoma eats into the bone, wrapped around the incus.

Cholesteatoma grows aggressively. Because it retains bacteria, it commonly becomes infected. This infection may not go away until the cholesteatoma is removed.

Cholesteatoma has the capacity to eat away bone. Bone erosion can lead to hearing loss by destroying the small hearing bones (malleus, incus, stapes) that carry sound in the middle ear.

Bone erosion can also lead to more serious complications by allowing the spread of infection outside the middle ear. This infection can:

Form a bony abscess (mastoiditis)
Cause labyrinthitis — an inner ear infection causing dizziness or deafness
Cause facial nerve paralysis
Spread to the space around the brain, causing meningitis or a brain abscess.They are very serious and can be prevented by removing the cholesteatoma as soon as possible.

This is what Stephanie is facing if these don't get removed as quickly as possible...but the surgery is a whopping 25,000-50,000 PER EAR. This is an impossible amount for some people, and it likely could cost her the little hearing she has left, or worse, her life.  Please help her get the surgery she needs, she is a blessing to many of us and shouldn't be worried about facing either death or debt for the rest of her life. Every little bit helps!


  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
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Alyssa Shanks 
Falmouth, KY
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