Help B.A. Tortuga Get Well!
BA Tortuga has been a vital part of the m/m writing and publishing community for well over a decade. Together with her wife, Julia Talbot, she created Torquere Press in 2003, the first e-publisher for GLBT romance, giving hundreds of writers a venue to publish their work, and readers a place to find their next great read. For years, she's entertained us with her books, her personality, her smile, and her warmth.
Now BA needs our help. She suffers from Takayasu's disease, an extremely rare and serious arterial illness that has caused her incredible medical issues. The disease is so rare, she's one of only a handful of people in the United States with it, and doctors are having a difficult time treating her. She's currently in the hospital as doctors struggle to find a way to help her.
Her medical bills are already enormous. Now she's facing a transfer to a Mayo Clinic in another state, where hopefully, doctors will be able to treat her. The financial burden is staggering. She and her wife, Julia, need our help, and the sooner the better.
The funds collected here will be given directly to BA to help offset the cost of relocating, paying her bills and mortgage while she struggles to get treatment.
BA's situation is dire, folks. She's given so much to our community, it's time to give a little back. If you can help, please, please do so. Send her love, send her prayers, and if you can, send a little payback for everything she's done for us. She needs us.
BA is still at home, jumping through the insurance hoops. There's a checklist she has to go through before Mayo will even consider her case, but there's a bit of good news - her new doctors have finally given her a diagnosis (other than her main diagnosis of Takayasu Syndrome). It seems once you have an autoimmune disease, you run the risk of developing others, and BA has. She's suffering from one in which her body eats the protein in her blood. The good news is that while there's no cure, they can treat the symptoms.
So, now I need to ask again for everyone to share, share, share, and give what you can. Let's put BA over the top of the goal!
BA is at home with a list of specialists she needs to see, including a hemo-oncologist. She also now has a caseworker, who will hopefully smooth some of the bumps in the medical road for her. She's bruised and tired, but still fighting, and I know she's grateful to all of you for your support.
Y'all have been and continue to be extraordinarily generous and supportive, and we thank each and every one of you!
As of today, BA was discharged from the hospital in Albuquerque, and sent home. The insurance company -- grr -- has denied to pay for her to go to the Mayo Clinic until she has "exhausted the local resources." Which means she faces another gauntlet of specialists before she can get to the people who most likely can help her.
The road is going to be a long and bumpy one. Please join me in continuing to support BA by donating what you can, and sharing the link. Every little bit helps!