BREATHLESS IN BAMA!

$3,210 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 45 people in 32 months

I'M JUST A MOM, A GAMMY, A DAUGHTER, A SISTER, A COUSIN AND A FRIEND. I'M JUST A GIRL THAT IS FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE AND I'M DESPERATELY PRAYING FOR YOUR HELP!

HELLO, MY NAME IS SANDY, I'M A MOTHER OF 4, MEGAN 25, CHRIS 23, ELECTRA 12, AND JOANIE 7 AND A GRANDMOTHER OF 4 BEAUTIFUL GRAND-KIDS, TREVOR 4, AMBER 4, AND JORDYN 2,  AND NEW TO THE FAMILY AUTUMN.

WE ARE RAISING MONEY FOR TRAVEL AND MEDICAL EXPENSES, EQUIPMENT AND MEDICATIONS. WE ARE RAISING MONEY FOR ALL THE EXPENSES THAT WE ALONE CAN'T AFFORD IN THIS ONGOING BATTLE AND NEED HELP!

I KNOW TIMES ARE HARD, ASKING FOR HELP IS REALLY HARD. I AM UP AGAINST THE BIGGEST FIGHT OF MY LIFE AND I CAN'T DO IT ALONE.

I HAVE JUST ABOUT LOST EVERYTHING. I JUST CAN'T CATCH UP, CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!!!!

SO, HERE'S A LITTLE HISTORY:

IN 2000 I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH UTERINE CANCER AND HAD A HYSTERECTOMY.

IN 2001 I HAD A LAPAROSCOPY SURGERY DONE DUE TO SCAR TISSUE HAD ATTACHED TO MY OVARIES AND WAS PULLING THEM EVERY TIME I MOVED.

IN 2004 I HAD SINUS SURGERY AND 2 DAYS LATER I ENDED UP IN INTENSIVE CARE WITH CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE AND PNEUMONIA AND SO BEGAN THE PROBLEMS WITH MY BREATHING.

IN 2007 I HAD SEVERE MIGRAINES THAT COULD NOT BE CONTROLLED SO I WAS HOSPITALIZED AND WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AN ANEURYSM IN MY BRAIN IN THE HYPOTHALAMUS ABOVE THE CAROTID ARTERY.

IN 2010 I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A VASCULAR NECROSIS IN MY HIPS (THIS IS WHERE THERE IS NO BLOOD FLOW GOING TO EITHER OF MY HIPS AND THE BONES ARE DYING) I HAD A CORE DECOMPRESSION FIRST ON THE LEFT SIDE AND THEN THE RIGHT SIDE, THIS DID NOT WORK SO I HAD YET ANOTHER RESURFACING SURGERY ON THE LEFT SIDE AND I ASPIRATED AND ENDED UP IN INTENSIVE CARE AGAIN AND ALMOST DIED, THEN I HAD TO HAVE THE RESURFACING SURGERY ON THE RIGHT SIDE AND THIS TIME I DID QUIT BREATHING AND MY HEART QUIT BEATING, THEY HAD TO SHOCK MY HEART TWICE TO GET ME BACK AND I WAS IN A COMA IN INTENSIVE CARE FOR A WEEK. THIS MADE A TOTAL OF 4 SURGERIES ON MY HIPS.

SINCE THEN I HAVE BEEN IN AND OUT OF THE HOSPITAL WITH PNEUMONIA A FEW TIMES AND I HAD ALREADY BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH ASTHMA, ACUTE BRONCHITIS, EMPHYSEMA AND COPD.

IN DECEMBER OF THIS PAST YEAR I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL WITH PNEUMONIA AND AN ON-CALL PULMONARY DOCTOR SAID SOMETHING THAT I DID'T KNOW AND HAD NEVER HEARD OF INTERSTITIAL LUNG DISEASE. AND SO MY JOURNEY BEGAN JANUARY 2016 I HAD A LUNG BIOPSY (WHERE THEY WENT IN AND CUT PIECES OF MY LUNG OFF AND SENT THEM IN TO PATHOLOGY FOR ANALYSIS) AND WAS IN THE CARDIAC INTENSIVE CARE FOR A WEEK MY BLOOD OXYGEN LEVELS WERE AT 39 AND NORMAL IS 80. (THIS IS A SYMPTOM OF THE INTERSTITIAL LUNG DISEASE)

THE RESULTS CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER. MY DIAGNOSIS: PULMONARY FIBROSIS... (THIS IS WHERE THE HEALTHY TISSUE IN THE LUNGS BECOME DAMAGED AND SCARRED THUS MAKING SCAR TISSUE AND PREVENTING THE LUNGS FROM EXPANDING AND NOT GETTING ENOUGH OXYGEN INTO THE BLOOD STREAM AND THE LUNGS BEGIN TO HARDEN UNTIL EVENTUALLY I JUST WON'T BE ABLE TO BREATH OR I HAVE A HEART ATTACK FROM MY LUNGS AND HEART OVER WORKING.)

THERE IS NO CURE, FROM THIS POINT ON I WILL BE FIGHTING FOR MY LIFE. TREATMENT IS TO TRY AND SLOW IT DOWN AND/OR A LUNG TRANSPLANT AND SO BEGINS MY JOURNEY TO THE MAYO CLINIC.

UPDATE: MARCH 2016 I HAD MY 5TH HIP SURGERY AND HAD THE RIGHT HIP REPLACED AND GOT YET ANOTHER DIAGNOSIS THAT I DID NOT WANT OR EXPECT. I HAVE A LESION ON MY ADRENAL GLAND. I HAVE A TUMOR ON MY OVARY. 

I WENT BACK AT THE BEGINNING OF MAY FOR MY 6TH HIP SURGERY TO HAVE THE LEFT HIP REPLACED AND I HAD SEVERAL TESTS ON MY LUNGS. LAST COUNT WAS 15 APPOINTMENTS AND SURGERY AND 2 PROCEDURES, GOTTA LOVE IT AND I DON'T KNOW HOW I'M GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE IT I FEEL SO OVERWHELMED AND PRESSURED SOMETIMES THAT I AM JUST SO TIRED AND I JUST NEED A LITTLE HELP!

UPDATE: I HAVE RECEIVED ALL OF MY MEDICAL RECORDS AND ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT I AM VERY SICK. I HAVE SARCOIDOSIS, ANEMIA, ACUTE RESPITORY FAILURE, HYPOTHYROIDISM, HEART FAILURE, HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA, GERD, ANXIETY, ADHD, ELECTROLYTE ABNORMALITY, DYSPNEA, ACUTE BRONCHITIS, DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE, ARTHRITIS, THEY FOUND NODULES ON MY LUNGS, I HAVE SEVERE ACID REFLUX, AND NOW STERIOD INDUCED DIABETES, AND METAL POISONING! I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT SO MUCH COULD BE WRONG WITH ONE PERSON OR WHAT I DID FOR ME TO BE SO SICK, I KNOW I HAVE TO FIGHT AND I KNOW WHAT I'M FIGHTING I'M JUST NOT SURE THAT I'M STRONG ENOUGH TO FIGHT ANYMORE! I'M DRAINED AND JUST SO TIRED!

ANYTHING YOU CAN GIVE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED I'M IN DESPERATE NEED!!!!

YOU MAY DONATE GOODS AND SERVICES FOR THE DOOR PRIZES FOR OUR 2ND ANNUAL BREATHLESS IN BAMA BENEFIT BIKE RIDE AND BENEFIT CONCERT.  YOU MAY DO SO BY CONTACTING ME VIA EMAIL: breathlessinbama@gmail.com.

GOD BLESS AND THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ MY STORY. I ASK ONLY FOR YOU TO PLEASE DONATE WHAT YOU CAN THEN SHARE WITH EVERYONE EVERYWHERE AND ASK THEM TO SHARE TOO!!!

SANDY CHILDERS PLOWMAN
BREATHLESS IN BAMA!
PLEASE JOIN THE BREATHLESS IN BAMA FACEBOOK GROUP TODAY.

P.S. IF YOU PREFER YOU MAY DONATE TO THE SPECIAL SANDY PLOWMAN MED FUND AT ANY ALABAMA ONE CREDIT UNION LOCATION.
PLEASE JOIN THE BREATHLESS IN BAMA GROUP PAGE!
PLEASE JOIN US IN OUR FIGHT TODAY!

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OK, MAKE YOUR $15 DONATION FOR YOUR CHANCE THE RECEIVE THE MAKEOVER BY ARIEL PATIENCE BRIDGES. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HER FOR DONATING HER TIME AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS!
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OK, MAKE YOUR $20 DONATION FOR YOUR CHANCE THE RECEIVE THE PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIFFANY BROOKE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HER FOR DONATING HER TIME AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS! PLEASE DONATE AND SHARE!
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIFFANY BROOKE
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OK GUYS THE REWARDS ARE AVAILABLE AS OF NOW UNTIL JULY 31, 2016 THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT 6:00 P.M. PLEASE MAKE YOUR DONATIONS AND SHARE WITH EVERYONE! YOU MAY ALSO DONATE TO THE SPECIAL SANDY PLOWMAN MEDICAL FUND AT ANY ALABAMA ONE CREDIT UNION OR MY BREATHLESS IN BAMA FACEBOOK PAGE THROUGH THE BREATHLESS IN BAMA'S $10 CHALLENGE EVENT!
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HEY EVERYBODY, I REALLY NEED ALL THE PRAYERS AND ALL THE MONETARY HELP THAT I CAN GET. WILL HAVE TO GO BACK TO MINNESOTA IN A COUPLE WEEKS. NO ONE CLAIMED THE REWARDS FOR THE PHOTOSESSION OR THE MAKEOVER SO THEY WILL BE PUT BACK ON AS A REWARD THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR 2 WEEKS. SO PLEASE DONATE ANY AMOUNT YOU CAN AND SHARE WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!! REWARDS EVENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL JUNE 19TH, 2016 WHICH IS FATHER'S DAY, AND A FREE PHOTOSESSION WOULD BE A GREAT GIFT TO GIVE TO YOUR FATHER. THERE WILL BE 3 REWARD LEVELS WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON JUNE19, 2016 @ 6:00 P.M. I THANK YOU AND LOVE YOU ALL WHO HAVE TOOK PART IN THIS HARD JOURNEY IN MY LIFE AND HAVE TAKEN MY HAND AND LET ME KNOW THAT I AM NOT FIGHTING ALONE!!! PLEASE DONATE AND SHARE WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW AND ALL YOUR CONTACTS!!!!
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Raised by 45 people in 32 months
Created February 5, 2016
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CALVIN STRIPLING
29 months ago (Offline Donation)

THANK YOU UNCLE CALVIN, YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH THIS WAS NEEDED AND APPRECIATED! LOVE Y'ALL!!

MH
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Melissa Harvey
29 months ago

Praying for you sweet girl

LB
$40
Lauryn Barton
29 months ago

I'm so so sorry I couldn't do more but I will be sending as much as possible when I can.

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