Unexpected health battle

On September 19th I went to urgent care with heart palpitations embarrassed thinking I was having an anxiety attack. They hooked me up to an ekg machine and that was completely normal they then proceeded to do some blood work. Since they couldn't come up with anything at the current moment and all vitals appeared to be stable i was sent home, (for a few hours anyways). I later received a phone call saying I am extremely anemic and i needed to go to the emergency room for a blood transfusion. Being mostly healthy my whole life it was kind of a shock but I thought hey, plenty of people are anemic and life goes on for them. While at the ER getting blood i started to have a reaction to it so they took more of my blood to do a more thorough blood exam. Minutes later they came back telling me I would need to go to a larger hospital on account of my platelet level being down to an 11,000 (average people are around 120,000 platelets). I also had very low white and red blood cells. I chose to go to boise since my parents are located in baker I figured it would be an easy option to drop off my almost 8 year old daughter. They had wanted to life flight me, but I convinced them that if they let my boyfriend drive me, we would get there immediately. Since i didn't have lift flight insurance at the time I figured I had been this low for awhile a few more hours couldn't hurt. Once I arrived at the hospital at about 3 am they started to hook me up to all kinds of machines and started simultaneously giving me blood and platelet transfusions. After a couple days in the hospital I was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. Aplastic anemia occurs when your bone marrow doesn't make enough red and white blood cells and platelets- essentially my body is attacking itself. Sometimes aplastic anemia occurs for a number of reasons, infections etc. It also sometimes happens for no reason at all, there are less than 20,000 US cases per year. What I do know is there are a couple different solutions for treatment which is a blessing. Depending on what ends up being the more viable solution I will end up being out of work for 30 days with whichever option we go with. As I have already missed lots of work due to blood transfusions and platelet transfusions, usually I have to go to Boise which is 6 hours round trip. I end up missing lots of work. I have been as responsible and as proactive as I can be with draining my savings to pay rent ahead, and a couple utilities ahead as well. Unfortunately this isn't going to cover gas, food and the hotel ill have to stay in to be close to care for the said 30 days etc.. for those of you who know me im very self sufficient and have been working since I was old enough to do so. It has been a hard year for all, so I understand many of you can only offer prayer which is an amazing way to help me. However if any of you can help my family and I in a monetary way to help me make it through this trying scary time any amount is helpful. Thank you and God bless


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Ash Ley 
La Grande, OR

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