Help Mariah With Brain Surgery

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Raised by 173 people in 9 months


After her quality of life began to rapidly decline at age 18, in February of 2018  Mariah FINALLY got the answer to what was causing the headaches that had been plaguing her for over 4 years,  An MRI showed a cystic tumor on the pineal gland of her brain.   This is the geographical center of the brain. 

What does this mean for Mariah?   Her ears ring constantly, her eyes feel like they are being pushed out of her head from the inside out...her head is constantly under pain and pressure to the point of having to lay down and pain medicine does NOTHING but make her sicker. Her eyesight and hearing are deteriorating, she is dizzy, confused, and nauseated much of the time. Insomnia and fatigue are also a big part of this condition.

Mariah had a job and was halfway through her associates degree in science; the first step toward her goal of becoming a doctor. Due to her missed days of work and confusion she was fired and had to stop classes because she could not keep up . This has truly broken her heart.

Since the pineal gland is what regulates sleep,the mass   causes Mariah extreme insomnia and fatigue on top of her chronic pain that most of us can only imagine living with.  In May of 2018 she had a spinal tap and found out she also has developed dangerously high intracranial pressure....(which gone untreated, can cause strokes, brain hemorrhage, and death). Most days consist of 18 to 20 hours in bed..because laying down is the ONLY form of relief she has and even that relief is minimal.    Mariah needs YOUR help to get the surgery she desperately needs to get back to living again!  To follow her dreams, to go back to school.... to work on her goals....to enjoy moments in her life again. with friends, .family, and her beloved pets.

The pineal gland is in the geographical center of the brain. It is a difficult and risky place to do surgery. Mariah needs to travel to see multiple providers out of state.  She has already been to Houston and Dallas and is under the care of a neurologist in Dallas.  Although Mariah has insurance that will cover some of the surgery itself, there will be much out of pocket expense for her and the family.  There will be a large copay,  multiple trips to out of state......airfare,  lodging and living expenses while out of town, medical equipment, as well household bills that will pile up as mom will need to take a significant amount of time off work to provide care for Mariah and travel with her.

Please consider giving.  Even if it's only $10.00 every bit helps!!! The funds will go directly toward medical expenses and travel/lodging  to the appointments and hospital.

For more information on Mariah's medical conditions, follow the links provided. 

Whether you can donate or not, PLEASE share this page.....facebook, Twitter, Instagram, any social media platform you can think of.   Let's get Mariah healed so she can see how much fun being 19 can be!!! She has already missed so much.   Thank you for your generosity and time.


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We are currently traveling!!!! Surgery is scheduled in a couple days!!! This is expensive! Please share! Mariah is so close but recovery will be a process and a healthy recovery does not come without cost!!! Doctors visits.... potential therapies or multiple disciplines . Eating healthy on the road is not cheap!!! Please share! Thank you for your support and concern!
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Mariah got her pre-op bloodwork completed today and ekg/exam last friday!!! It is getting close! We are working with a charity flight organization to help with flight costs BUT they have not yet confirmed we have flights secured. If our awesome team here wouldn't mind sharing her Go Fund Me and local donation info again it might REALLY help! We have the cost of food... transportation... medical copays.... and a months worth of bills to pay with no household income for that month. Also there may be the future cost of neuro rehab in Battle Creek to help ntih recovery. Thanks for all of your support! Please share this!!!!!!
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HELLO YOU BEAUTIFUL SUPPORTERS! We are beyond pleased to share that our latest visit out of state resulted in having Mariah's BRAIN SURGERY scheduled! We want to thank all of you who have helped make sure she has made this far! Whether is was a money donation, time helping with tasks, sharing GO Fund Me on social media, calling, praying. pet sitting, words of encouragement, helping at the benefit etc......THANK YOU! SURGERY is scheduled soon and we will be forced to be away from home for 3 weeks in a state where we know NOBODY. This will be mentally, emotionally, and financially exhausting in addition to the long road of recovery for Mariah. PLEASE continue to share her Go Fund Me link and story with an update that out of state surgery has been scheduled! One we get back into the routine here at home I will post some more medical info on the #TeamMariah fb page and here as much as possible. THANK YOU! PEACE AND LOVE to you all!
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Mariah flies cross country again in just a few days to see a surgeon!!!! His team has reviewed some of her records and images already. She is very nervous but hopeful! She has been through so much already and she just continues to get worse with symptoms...... more Nausea...vomiting...insomnia...hypersomnia.... something that appear to be absence seizures.... and the pain... ALWAYS the pain and pressure. We are financing the travel out of pocket with the generous help of Ronald Mcdonald house for lodging and your generous donations! Please keep sharing her story and if you feel so inspired send her a positive message either here or via Facebook! Thanks for your continued support! 1 step closer to surgery!!!
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