My name is Melissa Youker and never in a million years did I think I would be here asking for help. My husband Rick and I have two beautiful children Keaton age 14 and Libbee age 10. A few years ago I started having medical problems. At this time I've been through 13 kidney surgeries, gallbladder surgery, a 3 level neck fusion surgery, and many hospitalizations. Now I have been diagnosed with Intracranial Hypertension or Pseudo tumor Cerebi. Basically my Spinal fluid pressure is too high causing terrible headaches among many other painful and debilitating symptoms. My brain is reacting to the pressure as if I have a large tumor. My MRI and CTV results show other brain issues that need to be dealt with. I have an upcoming appt. at U of M on Nov. 4th to see about having surgery done to fix these issues in my brain and to insert a shunt to control the high CSF.
My son Keaton was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes almost 3 years ago. This has not been an easy thing for him to accept or adjust to. His sugar is still very uncontrolled. At this time we are working at getting him going full time on an insulin pump and continous glucose monitor. This is costing us a lot of out of pocket expenses that insurance will not cover. We also need to travel to DeVos a few times for pump classes and placement.
My appointments to U of M have been on a monthly basis so far and Keaton's have been intermittent as needed. At this time we are in huge medical debt between co-pays, deductibles, traveling expenses and hotel rooms. We are really in need of some help for my upcoming brain surgery and Keaton's pump placement. I'm asking if any of you can, and feel it in your heart to help us, it would mean so much. We have so many obstacles to overcome that even if you can't donate, your prayers are just as meaningful. Thank you for taking the time to read our story and God bless you all. ♡♡
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