Raising Money for Life/Lung Transplant
Please Help in Saving My Life
Hi, My name is Paris Molloy and I’m in desperate need of a double lung transplant in order to live. I’m fifty years young, married, mother of five beautiful children and two precious grandchildren. I’m not one to ask for help, on the contrary, today I show humility and swallow my pride. I come to the realization that I need your help, money, prayers, gods help and the help of many others.
To give you a idea of who I was, ask anyone who knows me, I have always worked in trades that were physically demanding and primarily male dominated. There was pretty much nothing I couldn’t do and if you told me I couldn’t I would try even harder to prove you wrong. I was the hub of my family’s daily life and doer of all things great and small. Last January (2017) the flu got me and I almost didn’t make it, I was unconscious, tubed (intubated) for six days and spent the entire month in the hospital. Now, I have become aware of every breath I take and how my every movement impacts my ability to take another.
What I have is severe COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and have spent over the last two years working towards getting on a lung transplant list. Right Now, I am at 10-13% lung capacity (currently area working, 1/4 of one lung) and I am on Oxygen 24/7 hooked up to a concentrator (oxygen machine) with plastic tubbing I call my lifeline or leash depending on the day or situation. I stay home unable to participate/celebrate in everyday life, outside events and family holidays like I once had done. Just talking, I run short of breath, I’m in fear of running out of oxygen and I avoid or minimize contact with people so I dont get sick. I don’t go anywhere but to the doctors and need others to help me do that.
To be put on the lung transplant list your quality of life is very poor or your expected future life range is no more than 18-24 months and yet stay healthy enough to undergo the procedure. Once on the list, the expected time to becoming a recipient of transplant is an average 6-9 months but could be sooner/longer, it all depends on compatibility between doner and recipient. In my case, I have an added obstacle, I have special extra antibodies and the goal is to find a doner (guardian angel) that I do NOT share these antibodies with. Which places my odds at a whopping 4% (assessment) of finding one. Which is still nothing to sneeze at, “it’s a chance!” Transplant survival can have many risks and complications in itself and getting through the first year is an average 80%, living to 5 years 50%. This is different from other organ transplants which act and last as if they were your own because they are insulated/encapsulated in the human body. Where as, the lungs will never be fully accepted by the body and with each breath, fight the constant contaminated air which leads cause for infection and rejecting beyond comparability.
There are several medical expenses that me and my family have faced which is not different from other families and we are no more deserving than any other, I hope your kind hearts will find my story compelling enough to contribute and have a helping hand in changing the way our future life story unfolds. For example, As a condition of transplant, I am required to live within 1hr of hospital for appointments, treatment, care and complications. After surgery I’ll be moving/staying closer with caregivers (angels) for up to 6+months if everything goes well this will help with that expenses. In addition, once transplanted it will cost several thousands of dollars each month for anti rejection medication daily and maintenance for the rest of my life. In addition, any illness, sickness that may occur that would require additional hospital attention and treatment. I do have some medical but it does not cover all.
Additionally, my husband works and tries hard to pick up the slack spending his free time taking care of me or the kids. He has even taken off work at a loss so he could meet our family commitments and to be with me at my medical appointments, meetings and procedures. Furthermore, I have no life insurance, I lost it when I could no longer work, we cancelled my husbands because we could no longer afford it and if I don’t make it (not going to happen!), we could not afford the funeral expenses. Our retirement savings have gone to living and medical expenses. We have a home loan, line of credit, and credit card debt that need to be paid along with other household bills and more medical expenses. It Is an escalating snowball effect and we could use your help in breaking it up and squashing it!
I am but a shell of what I used to be and I don’t want to be remembered this way. I am strong person, tough and still have a lot of fight In me. I want to live! Not just be a image of existence. Me, My illness, have cheated my children of their mother and childhood they deserved and should of had. It is far from what I imagined it would be, I want to be able to fully participate in my children’s lives, spend time playing with and get to know my grandchildren which now hardly know me. I have not held and played with them due to my limitations of strength and breath. I want to finish my yard and putter in the gardens that’s enough for me, heck, I even miss cleaning and laundry can’t wait to do that again!
I want to “Thank You” for your time to read my story and hopefully gained your support for donation. No matter which way my life goes, I need to try and alleviate the many physical, mental, financial, burdens I have placed on my family. By placing this burden on them and not being an active participant in their lives makes me feel horrible and unworthy and it would bring me peace of mind knowing these issues were resolved. (Please try to see yourself in my situation.) Again, I’m asking graciously that you ‘HELP’ be generous with your money and prayers. Please, give what you can, pledge on behalf of a family, friend or business (be one of my angels). No donation is too small if you have a big heart and if you are unable to give monetarily you can give in the way of personally sharing my situation with your family, friends or socially through Instagram, Facebook bio/tag/timeline/links/posts, Twitter, emails, or just print and post my story in any venue; work, local store, restaurant, coffee shop, coffee stand or your favorite hangout. Please help save my life.
Please Give! This is me reaching out.
Paris Molloy (Harvey or Bennett).
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