Let me tell you about the strongest family I know... Katrina was my very first best friend. She's not only my cousin, she's like my sister. When she met Justin in 1999 I honestly was confused. Katrina was far from soft spoken and Justin was so quiet I couldn't hear him unless I was standing less than 2 feet away. But opposites really do attract. They compliment each other perfectly and together created two beautiful, sweet, intelligent and amazing girls. Life should be close to perfect for them, and if you were to see them in the grocery store I'm 99% positive you would see a smile. But behind the kind smile there is fear and worry.
To say Justin and Katrina Pope have been through hell is an understatement. From a kidney transplant to losing their home to a fire on Christmas Eve, they've survived more in the almost16 years of marriage than most do in their entire lives. Through it all they've kept their positive attitude and managed to pick themselves up and carry on all while being there for their friends and family when they were needed. Now we need to help them.
As many of you know Justin has been in and out of the hospital a lot the last few months, but you may not know is the extent of medical procedures, hospital stays, and declining health. It all started on June 18th when Justin started feeling intense pain and was transported to the ER in Brookfield by ambulance. He was then sent to Columbia where he stayed for 7 days for Pancreatitis. I wish I could say the doctors fixed him but that's so far from what's happened. Since that scary night in June, Justin has had 7 ER visits, 2 ambulance rides, 3 surgeries, and 35 nights in the hospital. Hes been off work 13 weeks since June 17th (and counting). He's had pancreatitis, gallbladder removal surgery, cantaloupe size cyst, that required surgery and drained 897ml fluids from the cyst and put in a stint. The stint clogged and they had to do surgery to replace that & drain more fluid from cyst. During this surgery he was diagnosed with infected necrosis and they remove as much infected necrosis that they could but not all of it. Then he fainted November 25th and fractured his clavicle.
At this moment, Justin is at the Mayo Clinic trying to get answers and get healed so he can come home to his family. I'm asking for help for them. Anything that you can give will be a blessing, no matter how much. Let's show them how people come together to help others in need. Even if you can't give financially, send your prayers...this rock star family needs them.
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