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Hello, internet.

First: thanks for taking the time to read this. I'm Lenée. I'm launching this campaign to keep me afloat in a time of unexpected hardship.

**Content note for medical neglect, mental illness, self-harm ideation**

Since spring 2016, I have experienced extremely painful, debilitating menstrual periods. What was once typical pain devolved into body racking pain and an inability to eat or sit up for more than a few hours at a time. In January 2018, I received a preliminary diagnosis of multiple submucosal fibroid tumors in my uterus. Though fibroid tumors are non-cancerous, they can cause a great deal of pain to those who have them.  After imaging to confirm the initial diagnosis, I was scheduled for and had surgery to remove the tumors in April of this year. I was relieved to have the procedure, in hopes that my quality of life would improve, as I had come to the point of missing 3-5 days of work every single month. I anticipated never again missing work because of the pain and associated struggles of a menstrual period that was completely out of control.

Three days after surgery, I developed a severe upper respiratory infection that kept me out of work a week longer than planned. Because I work two part-time jobs, I do not have paid time off. I pulled from my savings to cover additional expenses and returned to work as soon as I was able to do so.

Two weeks after my surgery, I found myself in worse pain than I had ever experienced. I took myself to the emergency room, where I learned that there was an additional, subserosal fibroid tumor that had not been removed. A subserosal fibroid tumor exists in the uterine wall and extends into the pelvic cavity. For perspective: if you make a fist and are wearing a ring, the tumor is the ring. It's on the *outside*, and presses against the other organs in the pelvis. This explained the pain I've had since 2016! I was relieved to learn what was going on wasn't life-threatening, but deeply upset that my gynecologist and the imaging team at the hospital failed to inform me of what was going on. At no point was I told by my doctor or the imaging team that there was a tumor on the outside of my uterus.  After my emergency room stay, I fell into a massive depressive episode, including dissociation and self-harm ideation.

Six weeks post surgery, I have been to the emergency room a second time because of the incredible pain I've been in.  I'm still suffering debilitating menstrual periods, despite having had surgery to rectify the situation.

Throughout, community members, friends, and family have helped me as best they were able. I'm in need of more.

What does all this mean?

- I worked about half of my scheduled working days in April, and have missed some days in May.

- I used my small savings to cover May's rent and am behind on my phone, gas, and electric bills.

- My depression (I live with Bipolar 1) and anxiety have been next level terrible; realizing that I need help has made me feel worse. I have not been able to work on any of the projects I’ve wanted to, nor have I been able to focus properly on the jobs I have.

- I have an immediate need to cover groceries, past due utilities and phone, transportation, and my internet bill so I can work.

- While I am exploring my options to rectify the medical neglect of my doctor, this process is long, arduous, and taxing. I need help *now*, and cannot wait for a possible settlement in a process that could potentially take years.

I wouldn’t ask if I were not in legitimate need. The money I’m asking for will cover my immediate needs and create a small cushion so I can breathe.

Thank you.
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Hey, y’all!

As some of you know, I still haven’t found work to sustain myself. Because of this, I decided to increase my GFM goal to get me through September, while I look for work. Please share this updated campaign with your networks!

In gratitude,

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As of today, I’m six weeks post op. This means I’m completely cleared to (slowly and gradually) get back to everything I was doing before I got sick. I can work (still looking for a job, send all leads to sayheylenee at gmail), exercise, lift/ carry things that weigh more than 10 lbs, AND I CAN GO SWIMMING AGAIN!

Super excited to get my life in order. Thanks for all your support and care!
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OKAY, WOW! I didn’t even know I’d made goal.

May each one of you be blessed beyond measure.
May each gesture of kindness be returned to you.
May you always have the care you deserve.

Thank you.
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Hi, all,

It’s been two weeks since my surgery. I got my pathology report: NO CANCEROUS CELLS! I feel great about that. It turns out that my uterus was enlarged to about 5 times the normal size and weight of a healthy uterus. Between the rapidly growing fibroids and uterine adhesions, my uterus was enlarged to the size of a pregnancy at 18 weeks. For those who don’t know, most pregnancies start to show at around 16 weeks, when the pregnant person may also feel “quickening,” or the fetus moving. That’s a lot to process, given that my entire journey has been filled with explaining why I don’t have or want kids. It’s a lot to process. Thankfully I return to therapy this week and will continue to heal physically. Thank you all for your support and care!
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