Many of you have been aware of my battle with Endometriosis since my first Cancer scare back in 2013. It was than when I was rushed into emergency surgery that I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis, a chronic illness that is rapidly growing in young women today. With no cure, women are pushed with hormones to control bleeding and tissue build up, but nothing would bring a complete solution. In general medicine, management is the only option. I was told I would not be able to get pregnant naturally because of the damage done to my organs... always loving children ever since I was a child myself, this had devastated me but I wasn't completely hopeless. After the first surgery, life was getting back to normal, my cycles were somewhat normal and less painful... yet only 2 years later on Mothers Day of 2015 I was rushed to the hospital by my ex boyfriend only to undergo another emergency surgery. The pain was excruciating, and the cysts were the size of softballs on my reproductive organs.. again my reproductive organs were beat up and fallopian tubes surrounded by scar tissue. I lost a lot more weight from that surgery and it took me a little longer to regain my full energy and appetite back. In 2017 the Endometriosis seemed extremely angry with me, causing me the worst pain and exhaustion I have ever undergone... every time the cycle would near I would turn into a mess of darkness... vomiting, weight loss, and a stomach full of cysts... I was beginning to lose hope and didn't understand why this continued to worsen over time... in November of 2017 I had my most recent Robotics Laparoscopic Surgery, with hopes of the robot being able to clear the Ovaries covered with cystic masses as well as the Uterus. The surgeon went inside and was applaud with what she didn't realize was even worse than she had anticipated... the surgery was cut short, and left me still full of cystic masses. In Florida, I met with a phenomenal OBGYN, and after examination he proclaimed me to be a highly unusual case and that it was beyond his skill. With the hospitalization I've undergone every month on my cycle since October 2017, he referred me to a Cancer Specialist in Fort Myers. My visit with the Cancer specialist was the most assuring and caring yet... being extremely uncomfortable with the fact that my condition hasn't really been improving, or defined he proposed another Laparoscopy including biopsy to test tissues for Cancer cells, and a conservative approach to removing masses and parts of the Ovary or one complete Ovary if needed. This is the only Dr. that has not wanted to completely remove my reproductive organs, as I am only 23 and have had no children. I am one of the youngest women he has seen in his office, and he is determined to get me living a healthy life again, and not eliminate the possibility of me having a natural pregnancy in the future.
This illness has caused my body to become so week and deficient I have not been in regular working mode for over a year. My body that used to look and feel so healthy, has seemed to wither away to an unhealthy 92 pounds... my beautiful mother has been taking care of me 24/7 around the clock, up at 1 AM when I am in my sickest, staying in the hospital with me overnight for stabilization and doing her best without a vehicle to keep my diet healthy and medications accessible. With insurance requiring co-pay for the procedure, needing to rent a vehicle for transport, and making sure I get the BEST possible care I can, expenses have been enormous... and there is no skimping it when it comes to health if you want a shot at getting your life back... and that is all I've been praying for since the beginning of 2017, my life back. I am so full of gratitude for all of the blessings, love, and kind poems and uplifting messages I constantly receive from so many of my family, friends, and supporters. I have humbled myself intensely since the beginning of this journey, and it has been hard because I am the one that loves to take care of others when they are sick. I don't like to look or feel vulnerable... but when your health is so threatened sometimes there is no other choice but to reach out for assistance.
My procedure is scheduled for February 13th, 2018 and the insurance has covered what they can leaving me to come up with the rest in order to have the procedure before 2/4/18 . I am forever grateful for your love, prayers and assistance at this time as I am unable to do this alone or with my family.
My warmest regards, and blessings to you all.
P.S. If you have any questions please don't hesitate!
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