Lincoln was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS in January 2020. All the wonderful people in
our lives keep asking how they can help? For Lincoln’s birthday 02/17 we are reaching out and
asking for your kind and loving donations.
This unfortunate turn of events has caught us all off guard and left us, as an independent couple with no choice but to reach out and ask for help with many medical bills, daily expenses and upkeep. As we all know, Lincoln does not make near what he deserves after 25 years as a heavy equipment operator and we are in need of any support you can so graciously give! He is a very proud and independent man who helps anyone he can, but it is so difficult for him “us” to ask for help in return. That is why I am reaching out because we are beyond the point of supporting this disease by ourselves . Please support Lincoln as a father, son, brother, husband and friend!
As most of you know, Lincoln is one of the hardest working guys I have ever known. I wish my amazing grandfather would have had a chance to meet him before he passed. He would have greeted him with a stern handshake, a big hug and a fresh poured draft beer from his vintage kegerator. Lincoln drives to the Denver area for work, sometimes a 3 hour round trip drive depending on his work location, puts in 12 to 13 hours then comes home and hops in his plow truck and plows another 10-12 hours during snow storms. On his one day off, he is working hard to help me get caught up on the property.
Mine and Lincoln’s lives have been effected so deeply. We wake up thinking about MS and go to bed thinking about MS. Our everyday routine has been bombarded and some days I struggle just to get out of bed. We just had our 5th year anniversary and didn’t have the money to go do a simple dinner or try to enjoy a local attraction. Each day consist of major changes which takes away from the beauty of our relationship. We have put everything aside to tackle this disease and I can’t stress enough how much each and everyone of us tend to take our health for granted. Everyday is a gift, and we were graciously blessed with that because Lincoln is still mobile. We both tend to get in a bad head space and we have to remind ourselves daily how precious the little things matter.
Lincoln will be starting MS infusions at the University Of Colorado in mid February. Each infusion takes up to 6 hours and unfortunately has bad side effects. The infusions cost $75,000 for a full dose. His insurance does have co-pays and we are looking into MS financial help for these infusions. He will most likely miss work after the infusions and I just don’t bring in enough to cover all the household bills and medical expenses. We owe thousands of dollars in just MRI bills alone, then on top of it he has co-pays for blood work and certain doctors appointments. We spend hundreds on supplements a month and his dietary changes have been extremely expensive.
How your contribution will help:
1)Medical assistance is number one. We have used all credit cards and pulled personal loans which we can't pay.
2) Lincoln cannot eat anything with soy, sugar, gluten, legumes, wheat, dairy or meats besides fish. I’m on a mission to expand our flimsy 8x12 greenhouse and make it into a year around organic power machine! It’s important that he has 100% non GMO organic foods. We need this to be a year around resource supplying healthy foods and herbs. It’s important to become more self-sustainable especially living in our small town where resources are scarce. Keep in mind that we live at 8,000 elevation and need to provide the proper heat source and stability to handle the winter weather.
3) Family: Its important for Lincoln and myself to be able to see his children. This is part of his emotional and spiritual health of being a strong father. We have to pay traveling expenses from and back to Tennessee for two children , daily activities and everyday life necessities. These kids are growing and are human garbage disposals haha!
4) Body Therapy: Part of slowing down the progression of MS is body therapy. These services are extremely important but are not covered by insurance. He needs acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic, yoga and reflexology. This will help his nerve and muscle system by slowing down the progression and hopefully keep him from using a cane, walker or even a wheelchair. Keeping Lincoln’s inflammation down and preventing further lesions in his brain and spine is key to to his every day living.
5) Our Garage: I know what you’re thinking and what does a garage have to do with MS? Lincoln is a full on handyman, craftsman, and Mr fix it type of man. We do not hire people to do our dirty work. He needs a functioning garage that has electric, heat and is animal proof. He has been working in the driveway on his plow truck, vehicles and projects during freezing cold weather at 8,000 elevation. His circulation is shot and he has lost feeling in both his hands due to the MS. Can you imagine trying to put a screw in during freezing weather, no light, no heat and no felling in your hands? It’s not easy! Our garage is old, infested with mountain rats and mice. We have had multiple bears break in and trash it. The garage door is probably from the 40’s and doesn’t close all the way. He needs a warm, well lit, animal proof space where he can work. This is part of our livelihood and it’s important to Lincoln to be able to use whatever his body still has to offer. One day, he will not be able to! This is due do stage 4 Primary Progressive MS.
For those of you who don’t understand MS or what we have been going through, I have attached a link to my Facebook page where I made a post explaining Lincolns disease.
Thank you for taking the time to read our story. Your contributions will make a huge difference in slowing down Lincoln’s MS and showing it who’s boss! We are always here to listen to your story and help in anyway possible. No ones problems are overlooked and everyone’s struggles are always important in our eyes.
Love to all!
Lindsay and Lincoln
- Brishen McGrath
- Joan Riendeau
- Duncan Mcgrath
- Phoebe Worcester