Ashley Scott is organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Mandi Castro.
August of 2016 my life changed forever..my small intestine had obstructed and my rectum stopped working... on this day I woke up and I looked down with a bag hanging off of me...In that moment my life seemed so hopeless "what am I going to do with this?", "How am I going to live like this"?, "Why"?, "Why did this happen to me?", "Tell me God why"?.. So many thoughts of fear and pain ran through my mind as I didn't have a choice but to try to be grateful in the midst of fear and my body filled with pain. I some how found in my heart to be grateful for my bag and to find the courage and the faith to start my journey with my Ostomy. This journey has not been easy it has been uncomfortable and very heart breaking at times. I'm 32 years old and this has been a lot to with at my age. I have never struggled with my long term health outlook likdo now. I'm to young. I had to find ways to cope and live with this hanging off of me. Going out with friends has been so uncomfortable not knowing what could happen if I wear jeans, if I cant find a restroom, if I eat, if I move the wrong way, if I leak, it is an everyday battle and its something I find ways to cope with everyday has been tough. My bag has saved my life and given me freedom from some pain, but it is something I don't want to have to live with for the rest of my life. I have been going though the past year of my life thinking this was something I was going to have to have the rest of my life. I made the choice to go to the doctor searching for some answers/some solutions. I had to have the doctor tell me if it was permanent or not. He told me at the appointment that my bag is reversible..WHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTT NO WAY OMG ...My prayers are answered in so many ways. My life could be normal? I could wear jeans and not have to worry about leaking in public or having to know where the bathrooms are at all times, I don't have to worry about having all the money to make sure all my supplies are stocked(heaven forbid I run out), going to the movies, working out, walking, working, being intimate with my boyfriend, and not have it stick out of all my shirts. I could be an active confident woman again. In saying all that ..SURGERY IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 19TH. My doctor is not in Network and my deductible is 5000 for the surgery. I know that God has not brought me this far to stop this journey due to this financial stepping stone I am facing. I believe in Gods will and power in my life. I am asking for the assistance in helping me raise this money so I can have this surgery. This is a life changing deal for me and my life could be restored to normalcy again. I don't normally asked for help of this magnitude. If you feel led to donate please do and my greatest debt is owed to you. If you are unable to donate please share and pass this on to those around you.. I believe in the power and strength of Gods people. We can do this as we trudge the road to happy destiny.
Thank you. God bless you and your families. Thank you for even taking the time to read this.