Janet Thomas Harris

Hello everyone thanks for taking a look. My sister started to develop a cough about 18 months ago. Most of us would think it was related to a cold and press on. My sister did just that.

     My sister started experiencing coughing spells and  losing weight, she didn’t have the energy she once had prior to the weight loss and the coughing fits. She finally went to the Dr.  The doctor performed a chest x-ray and he  found a mass in her left lung. The Dr that read the X-ray said  it looked like cancer. However her symptoms were not consistent with cancer. When she went into one of her coughing spells she would expel little brown pellets that were hard. This wasn’t consistent with cancer, her blood tests didn’t show cancer either. Her coughing was now became more pronounced, it was like a coughing fit, and it was becoming more uncomfortable for her.

    The Dr admitted her into the hospital for further tests. They could not identify what it was but they were thinking it was a fungus in her lung. The mass was getting larger and started to press on her lung. he wall between the lung and her heart. The Dr came in a week ago and told her that we need to remove the mass right away and if they don't she could die. The fear was the fungus was going to move into the other organs. 

   She now sits in the hospital with two broken ribs and a tube in her chest after they removed the mass from her left lung. She looks and  sounds great and is getting stronger every day. They still don’t know what the mass is and have sent samples to the Mayo Clinic to identify what it is. The infectious disease Doctor that is involved in her case was happy to report that her lung now remains clear and there is not a sign of the fungus in any other part of her body. The only pain she is feeling is the broken ribs and the tube in her chest that is draining the fluid. We are looking forward to her being released in a few days.

     My sister works in the hospitality business serving is how she makes a living. You can imagine how hard it would be for you to read off the day’s special, take orders and just generally speak to people on a daily basis knowing it will lead to a coughing spell. Not having the oxygen needed to complete day to day activities caused her not to be able to work. The Doctor says she her recovery will take about a month.

     My sister has the most basic medical insurance and does not have short term disability. She has expenses that need to be covered and could use some help.  She has the normal day to day expenses along with the medical expenses that are going to start rolling in soon. She also takes care of our 82 year old Mother.Any help you may be able to provide would be appreciated. Thank you for your time.
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Norman Thomas 
Tallahassee, FL
Janet Thomas 
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