“Lymphedema ruins lives and ever since I’ve had it, it's been a nightmare” is how Mohammed feels about what is he experiencing.
Many people in the world are born with disease, some worse than others. In Mohammed’s case, he has something called Primary Lymphedema. Lymphedema is localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system. Primary Lymphedema can be present at birth or develop during puberty or adulthood. Unfortunately, the cause of it is not known and the costs for treatment and surgery are massive.
Mohammed (Moe) is a 19-year-old young man attending college in order to reach his aspirations of one day becoming a Registered Nurse. He also dreams of having the ability to play varies sports.
Moe’s life changed forever when he was diagnosed with the condition. His whole left leg, where the Lymphedema is located has increased tremendously in size in the past 3 months. It has become nearly impossible for him to do anything anymore. He left the job he had to help him pay for his education and isolated himself from his friends, family, and the rest of the community.
This condition is and has been a huge struggle to live with as it makes him very fatigued and decreased his ability to walk or stand for short and long periods. The many different phases such as excessive swelling, sharp pains, bleeding, and many more are what Moe struggles with every day. In addition, it has become increasingly difficult to wear clothing without the feeling of tightness regardless of the size of the pants, socks, and shoes he tries.
The largest loss for him is his football dream. He grew up loving football and many other sports, however was not able to participate in the games because of the Lymphedema. As his teammates played, he sat on the sideline during the games and wondered if he would ever be able to have the opportunity to get on the field and participate in the games. He has lost motivation to continue to go to school and work, but knows surgery will be a tremendous help.
These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to living with Lymphedema.
Who we are
Our names are Lava Ahmaki and Parwin Tahir; we both are family friends to Mohammed and his parents. We have known Mohammed since he was a kid. We both feel like we can help and reach his dreams come true by helping him to get this surgery he needs to live a normal life. This journey he is in is breath taking not only to us but to everyone; watching him live his life day by day with Lymphedema encourages us both to want to help him as much as we can. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have
Lava Ahmaki E-mail [email redacted]
Parwin Tahir E-mail [email redacted]
This is how you can help Moe
Moe has bills that he has no means to pay. He and his family are struggling to make payments for his medical bills, travel costs, and lost wages. Moe also needs surgery to remove the lymph in his swollen leg, but the costs are too high for the family to afford and his insurance will not cover.
No donation is too small. Please help Moe to restore his childhood dream.
Thank you All!
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