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Raised by 173 people in 19 months
Created January 28, 2018

My name is Mary Braatz-Laufer and I am the mother of my 47 year old daughter Nicole Braatz. My daughter, who had been perfectly healthy and hardly missed a day of work in her life, missed 7 days in the last month due to vomiting, ankle swelling and at times shortness of breath.

She had gone to the Doctor several times and to the ER, but because of the terrible epidemic with the flu season she was passed off with having the flu.

Last Sunday, January 21, 2018 , after a night of trouble breathing and vomiting, she again went to the ER. They did complete blood work  and the results were that both of her kidneys were only functioning at 5%.  The doctors said they were glad she came in because it was near fatal! The doctors at this point do not know the cause, but she will have to undergo dialysis treatments, 3 times per week 3 to 4 hours per day, until she is healthy enough to receive a kidney transplant.

Nicole has always been known as one of the most driven hard working individuals you will ever know. She presently works for a well known Printing /Sign Company full time managing the Sign Department.  Most weekends you will find Nicole in her garage custom painting  motorcycles for her own business or lending someone else a helping hand with their projects.

Nicole is a single women living alone in a recently purchased "fixer-upper" home that she has been putting her heart and soul into remodeling herself. She has the usual monthly payments that she always so independently made, but now will be a huge burden on her to pay them herself as she will be spending many hours in dialysis treatments.

Although it is my wish that one of my 7 daughters will be a compatible donor and provide Nicole with the gift of life, this will also increase the financial burden on our family.

It was our  Family plan to help Nicole take on this financial burden ourselves, but when we realized this could go on several years before she receives a transplant, we realized this financial burden is far beyond our means.

I struggled to even create this page, because usually we are a Giving family, but I find myself needing to ask friends, family or any other kindhearted person who has or has not  had the pleasure of crossing paths with Nicole. I hope you will find it in your heart to give a donation of any size you feel comfortable giving. It will provide Nicole with tremendous relief not having to worry about her month to month bills as she will have enough to worry about. Nicole also now needs to see a heart specialist due to her poor heart condition as it was working double time due to  her kidneys failing.  

All money will also stay in her account to help her donor with any incurring costs. As emotional as this family is right now, I know we will have tears with every donation she receives, and I assure you,  We will all remember each and every one of you!

In advance, we are extremely Grateful for the generosity that you are showing Nicole, but also helping our family with this burden.

We also ask that you please SHARE this to your friends and family as Nicole has encountered so many acquaintances throughout the years with her business, that we want to reach out to them as best we can.

Above all, Please remember Nicole in your prayers!

Thank You!
Mary Braatz-Laufer and Candy Markert (Nicoles sister)
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2nd UPDATE!!!!!

Hello to All Our Great Friends and Family,

Even though I don't have a lot of news about Nicole I have been asked several times about how she is doing. This last month unfortunately has been very rough! She had her first fistula surgery done on her arm that was mandatory for more effective dialysis. It is a surgery that connects the vein and artery together and will provide better cleansing than the temporary port in the upper chest. She was off work for 2 weeks with a very swollen arm/hand. Nine days into healing she developed a blood clot in that area which I guess is very common for that type of surgery.
The doctor had to do the surgery all over again and she was off work for an additional week. Her hand/arm to this day is still very swollen and immobile.
Nicole originally was having her 4 hour dialysis treatments Mon.,Wed.,and Friday mornings and then going to work in misery. She now goes to work in the early morning and has her dialysis treatments at the end of the day so she can go home and rest afterwards. Our family never realized how horrible dialysis treatments are and what it can do to the body. It is very sad to see!
Nicole finally got a call from UW Health in Madison last week and was told her evaluation is in two months with herself and her potential donors.
I will keep you updated!!
Again, I am Thanking All of you for your concern, Prayers and donations it has helped Nicole immensely through this difficult time.
Mary Braatz-Laufer

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Hello Everyone, I just want to give you an update on Nicole.This last month has been rough on Nicole. Dialysis has been kicking her butt! After her dialysis she always gets sick and many times with Excruciating headaches ending her up in the ER again. The dialysis nurses say the first few months are the worst because they are still trying to figure things out with her diet, food and liquid intake.
In the last month No one would believe how many Dr. appts. she has had . She definitely has been under the radar with many different specialists. This past Thursday she had gone thru a stress test and multiple x-rays for her heart. They saw something of concern which had her admitted to the hospital on Friday. They talked about putting in a stent or balloon for possible blockage,however they did not find any blockage in her arteries which was very good news.
This coming Monday she will be having vascular surgery to remove the temporary blood port from her chest to a long term port in her arm. She will be in the hospital for 3 days and off work for 2 weeks.
The BEST NEWS of all came Today! She had a CT scan with dye injection to see if she has Cancer. If she has Cancer she couldn't get a kidney transplant. If it comes back cancer free she can move forward and find her kidney match. IT CAME BACK CANCER FREE!
We need to Thank and acknowledge all of you that have told us that you have been praying for Nicole and also the people that took the extra step and placed her on your prayer chain/line at church. We believe these past few tests have come back with a positive outcome due entirely to the power of prayer.The power of prayer has truly been a blessing!
With all these medical issues she's dealing with ,she is unable to work full time. We would like to let everyone know how wonderful and necessary the donations have been at this stressful time in her life.

PLEASE SHARE As it is important to reach everyone !

Thanks Again, Mary Braatz-Laufer
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