I'm not sure if you know this, but Donna spent the last year on the A2R Recovery Magazine, a resource for the addiction and recovery community, so that people would have the information they would need to help themselves to move forward on their healing journey. When I think of how many people that she guided to get help and the connections that she made raising awareness and getting the word out about how and where one could get treatment and rehabilitation... I'm in awe of our friend.
She created two issues to date and did so with very little benefit to herself. As usual, our friend Donna always puts others ahead of herself. She has so many ideas and plans for the next issues but has hit a personal roadblock. For the last few months she hasn't been feeling well, was experiencing numbness all over her body and thought... I'd better get to the doctor'. Well... it turns out her diagnosis is very serious. She has two brain aneurysms and one is very large and has already affected a quarter of her eyesight in her left eye. Her surgeons are putting her through extensive preop due to the severity of her situation. Even the testing is now dangerous. They don't want her to drive, lift anything, have stress and have put restrictions on her daily lifestyle. Her surgery will take place very soon.
The biggest stressor in her life at present is financial. She has not been able to work due to the severity of her critical medical condition. We know Donna has struggled finacially over the last few years but this turn of events with her health has really made the situation dire. Medical bills are rolling in and now she is in jeapordy of late notices on rent, utilities, etc. She's a single mom and lives with her incredible son who is going to college on a scholarship. I want to help her and I know a lot of you do too... you just weren't sure how.
I know I don't have to tell this story. Most of you know it already..I know I don't have to tell you that Donna does for everyone and never asks for anything for herself. You know that she is fighting me tooth and nail to not do this gofundme but too bad... I know ALL OF YOU READING THIS WANT TO JOIN ME IN HELPING DONNA DIBIASE!!! Let's do this my friends. We will put updates on how Donna is doing on this page.
And please don't forget intense prayers for Donna = for her highest and greatest good!!
PS... Many of her friends are calling, emailing and texting. Don't feel bad if she hasn't gotten back to you. She really needs to rest per the doctors. Let's get her what she needs to get back on her feet and after her surgery and her own rehabilitation she will be back to her usual awesome self!!!!
- Erica Jaco s
- Tim Puttre
- Sabrina Bonventre
- Susan Ferraro
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