Gail's Medical and Funeral Expenses

Hi my name is Gail Shelby.  I was born with a genetic disease that none of my family had known or dealt with.  I noticed in my very early 40s that it was getting more difficult to breathe after walking a distance or excersise.  My husband and I along with another couple formed a singing ministry and we called it Eternal Vision, singing all over the country.  This year is our 27th year of ministry.  I have not been able to sing or go with the group in the last 2 years.  2014 I spent more time in the hospital than at home.  The disease I have is Alpha One Antitrypsin Deficiency and I have Broncheactisis completely covering my left lung and 3/4 of my right lung.  After my last visit this week from my pulminologist my lung funtion had gone from 45 to 31.  It was a huge drop in a short amount of time.  They are submitting my file to Vanderbilt Hospital for a double lung transplant.  I have not been able to work in over 2 years but the doctor bills, hospital bills, radiology and on and on, keep coming in along with our insurance being increased by $300.00 per month.  The estimate for a double lung transplant  is over $90,000.00.  I am scared, my husband seems like he's carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders trying to keep everything going.  I can't be left alone so we pay a care taker for me as well.  I have fallen twice and broke my back in 2 places.  I went from owning a photography studio, co-hosting a television show that had been on the air 57 years straight, doing radio and so on.  Now I have to be helped from one room to the next with oxygen 24 hours a day.  Whatever you can do is greatly appreciated.  I have always BELIEVED that God has a perfect plan and I will continue to BELIEVE that.


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Gail Shelby 
Knoxville, TN
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