Tennille's Medical Fund

Hello. Our names are Rick and Rita. My Granddaughter and Niece, Tennille needs you're help. Tennille was diagnosed  in 2013 with SLE Lupus. (The most critical kind of lupus). Since then she has been in and out of the hospital, had many blood transfusions, missed many days of work and quality time with her kids,Jackson and Lauren. She was diagnosed with Antiphospholipid Syndrome. One of the risk factors to this disease are"Having an autoimmune condition such as systemic Lupus erythematosus or Sjogren's syndrome according to an article from the Mayo clinic where she has to go twice a month  to see a Oncologist and a Hematologist and a Oncologist and Rheumatolgist in Plymouth MN. The cost of taking time off work, going to the Mayo clinic twice a month,and plymouth monthly is overwhelming  for Tennille. She has been admitted in the hospital at least many many times in the last year and a half, in fact she is in the Buffalo mn. hospital as I am writing this.She is scheduled for emergency surgery tomorrow, 9/26/2017, to remove something. We just got this information 20 minutes ago. She has a blood clot, one of many in the past year, in her stomach and now infection that is spreading. She has terrible pain and overall illness. She is fighting Cellulitis currently with this blood clot in her stomach. The illness' she has are very difficult for the doctors to treat, as the medications being used counteract each other, so they have to keep changing treatments. The cost of just one of her medications is $1000 +per month, so at times she has to do without. Tennille has worked 10 years as a one day surgery housing unit coordinator at Allina Hospital in Buffalo MN. She is also the Buffalo Food Shelf Volunteer Event Coordinator. At Christmas time, she volunteers to collect blankets for the Elderly at the Seniors Home in Buffalo. She has been all doing this while dealing with this illness. She is very much loved by her coworkers, family, and everyone she comes in contact with.
 Please find it in you're hearts to help Tennille survive this and not worry about her children. Anything will be appreciated. Thank you.
P.S. I would'nt have been able to write this without Rita's help!


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Organizer and beneficiary

Rick Weeks 
Buffalo, MN
Tennille Popelka 
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