I need $37,210 to pay for surgery

$37,975 of $37,210 goal

Raised by 688 people in 5 months
Hello everyone out there in internet land,

 
For a few years I've been making light of a distressing medical situation by turning it into a meme... but the not-so-amusing truth is that an expert team of psychiatrists, therapists, surgeons and medical doctors all vehemently agree: I need $37,210 (to pay for vital, life-changing, medically necessary surgery). So instead of continuing to crack jokes about how I will never be able to get $37,210 and how much it sucks to need $37,210, I've decided to ask you for $37,210 instead.

I have been suffering physically, spiritually and psychologically for decades… and it has been the expert medical opinion of every single doctor I have spoken to that I will continue to experience active, ongoing trauma every day of my life until I am able to access this treatment. So, with that in mind, it was probably a bad idea to constantly make and share jokes about it to the point where people I have never met or interacted with have approached me in public, amused and wanting to be "in on the joke," to ask if I "got that $37,210 yet."

After an extensive series of physical and psychological evaluations, my team of doctors and I have arrived at a comprehensive surgical plan which we are confident will provide massive relief to my pain and radically improve my life. My entire care team agrees that it is profoundly urgent for me to get treatment as soon as possible, and we have been discussing surgery dates around end of year 2018—just a few short months from now.

I have already spent most of my life's savings (and gone into debt) trying to access care for this specific set of problems, and what remains will barely make a dent in the final cost of the operation I need. I have been fighting hard to get some of the procedures covered by my health insurance, but even in the best case scenario I will only be able to get them to cover a small fraction of the treatment plan my doctors have put together.

I desperately, urgently need your help in order to survive this devastating, debilitating health crisis! Thank you for reading this, for sharing my fundraiser, and thank you for helping me "get that $37,210" so I can finally pay for the surgery I need.
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I feel so overwhelmed right now!

From the bottom of my heart I want to express my eternal gratitude to absolutely everyone involved: the people who gave me constant encouragement, those who advocated tirelessly for my health among their friends and colleagues both in person and online, and everyone who made generous contributions over the course of 16 weeks. And I also want to thank everyone for being so incredibly patient and understanding with me as I posted about my medical problems on a daily basis!

For a long time I made the impossibly high cost of the surgery I need into a punchline, a running gag, and a meme. I developed an unhealthy relationship with the use of humor to cope with the feeling that I would spend the rest of my life powerless in the face of medical and spiritual suffering. As I made joke after joke, the idea of healing began to feel even less possible than before.

At this point it's safe to say my very definition of what's possible has been permanently altered, thanks to all of you. I am just beginning to adjust to the reality that my future has been dramatically changed. I'm so happy to share with all of you that I have booked a surgery date... and it's soon!

I thank you all for giving me an opportunity to live a different kind of existence. To find relief. I've never experienced such powerful love and compassion before and I will never forget what it feels like. I look forward to finding out what comes next.

With love,
Emerald
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Ever since I started this campaign 100 days ago I have been blown away to see such powerful support from so many kind, thoughtful, generous people. Thousands of friends and strangers alike have worked together to contribute by donating and spreading the word. The experience has been life-affirming and deeply humbling. Thanks to all of you, I can finally picture a world where getting the important medical treatment I need is more than just a dream.

Now, with only 15% left to go, it's time to make it a reality. Please tell your friends! Tell your family! Tell your coworkers! Tell them again! Donate if you can! By joining me to make one final momentous push to the finish line you will help me turn my pain into an incredible triumph. I know we can do this!



-Emerald
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