Misty and Family Fund

Hello everyone! I'm Natalie DePaul, I'm making this page on behalf of my brother and his wife, Misty. 

Misty has been through more than any one person should ever go through, yet she always greets her kids and the new morning cheerfully, grateful for them and that day. 

She is someone who is always there if you need to borrow some flour (pre-Covid) or need help with a task. Big or small.

She would give the clothing on her back to someone if they needed it, but this time she's the one who needs help.

Until she can walk again, if she can walk again, my brother will have to stay home to take care of her and their 5 beautiful children, including one who has type 1 diabetes and one with special needs. 

The money will go towards rent and other bills for their family for the next 6-8 weeks. If you can't donate, please please share. Also, send your kind words, good  thoughts and prayers. She could use them. :)

Unfortunately, I live in another state and making this gofundme is the only thing I can do right now. 

Misty has ALWAYS been the person that's there for everyone, including myself, and she inspires me daily.

Several years ago, even with all the health problems, she made a playground for her children from nothing but hardware, clearance wood, and free items left on the street curb. So cool, right? 

She takes the good out of a situation when there doesn't seem to be any; she makes her own way when there isn't one. She is an amazing mother, wife, and friend. I am truly blessed to have such an amazing sister-in-law.

We love you misty!!!!! You are incredibly courageous and strong, please never doubt that. 

And thank you to everyone and anyone who is taking the time to read this, thank you so much. I know things aren't easy for anyone right now, but we will all get through this!!! <3

You can read more about Misty's story below:

In 2012 Misty was slowed down by rheumatoid arthritis, and since then her health has dramatically gone downhill.

In 2017 her health took a sharp decline, in that year alone she was diagnosed with:

*bilateral sacroiliitis
*peripheral edema
*a pulmonary embolism
*gastroesophageal reflux disease
*chronic sciatica 
*anxiety disorder w/ panic attacks
*pyoderma gangrenosum which covered the entirety of both breasts

During which, her teeth rotted away as her body was constantly fighting in hyperdrive. 

This year has been by far the worst, she has been diagnosed with stiff-person syndrome (SPS), a rare and very painful neurological disorder, on top of trigeminal neuralgia, another rare and chronic pain condition. 

In October, I had the pleasure of accompanying her for her latest surgery, which was to have a port put in so she could receive IV infusions for SPS, which she will need every 3 weeks for the rest of her life.
There she told me something bittersweet, she let me know how happy she was that I could be there, because she had never had someone accompany her to surgery before. (My brother always had the 5 kids to watch, and the rest of her family never seemed to be available.) 

I know 2020 has been a hard year for us all, but if anyone can help, even a little, it would mean the world to them.

This week (12/1) she went to the ER because her spinal issues got much worse very rapidly. She has lost a lot of leg function and is unable to walk indefinitely. Her doctor thinks it could have been brought on as a late immune response to COVID over the summer, but isn't sure. 

She has been referred to neuro surgery for the trinomial neuralgia, and is waiting to hear from the back surgeon. Surgery is an option, but it is risky so there's nothing to be done right now but wait and see if she gets better. I will post updates.


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Organizer and beneficiary

Natalie DePaul 
Van Meter, IA
Misty DePaul 
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