Jess' Family Fund - Essure Recovery

$4,366 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 64 people in 46 months

You may have noticed that the above amount has changed. Some aspects of our situation have changed and I will outline the breakdown of the amount above as well as the aspects of our situation that have changed.  We are now preparing for the worst-case scenario because that's what seems most likely to occur. 

1. My disability has been denied going back to 11/6. I have t been paid from my job since then. 
2. My job is no longer protected.
3. If I lose my job, I will lose my health insurance. 
4. My disability was denied in spite of multiple doctors advising bed rest until I've recovered from the next surgeries. 
5. I may not have any future income and may have to pay for my surgery out of pocket. 
6. The leave company will make their final decision on Christmas Eve. I've had all of my doctors send in supporting information but the leave company's current denial is baseless and I am concerned that they will continue to deny me without reason. 
7. We have lost our day care subsidy. Once I'm able to return to work, we will have to reapply for it. It will take 6-12 months to get our subsidy back. I will have to pay full price for day care in the meantime. 

-Full price day care for 12 months is $30,000. 

Here is our original story:
At some point, as yet undetermined by my surgeon, I will have to spend two weeks in Houston, away from my children in order to have two more surgeries. I will have to find someone to watch them while I am away. 

Right now I am beginning my 3rd month away from my job. Because of this, I am going to lose my child care assitance as of November 15th; bringing the amount I have to pay per month to $2,500 versus the $300 I was paying. We can reapply for assistance once I return to work after recovering from my next two surgeries, but the wait time once we apply is estimated to be six months to a year.

The surgeries I am having are due to an overgrowth of scar tissue in my pelvic cavity caused by Essure- a permanent birth control device that I had placed in 2013 and had to have removed in 2014.  I have already had two surgeries in an attempt to undo the damage caused to my body from Essure; one that I paid for out of pocket and another I am still paying off with a loan. Currently no one is able to sue Essure because they have federal protection.

I'm in the worst pain of my life.  Most days I am unable to get out of bed.  My children are worried about me.  My 13 year son told me last night that he is worried that I will die.  

Any funds received will be used for our living expenses, which have been negatively impacted by lapses in disability pay (My disability pay will decrease next month from 100% of my normal rate of pay to 70%),
unpaid child support and my medical expenses.  They will also be used for my transportation to Houston for surgery and for child care for my five children; both while I'm away in surgery and to keep them in the day care they currently attend and love.  We waited two years for a spot to open up at their current day care and the staff is part of their support system and an extension of our family.  My children are so worried about my health, I would like them to retain a sense of normalcy by being able to continue to attend their day care.  

I cannot express how thankful I am for any contribution to me and my family. Any help would be greatly appreciated and would touch the lives of my five children and help keep them in a stable environment while I become healthy. If we are able to keep them in day care, I will be able to return to work once I'm well. Without day care, I won't be able to return to my job and will lose my health insurance.  Any support you can give will keep the life I've built for my children intact.


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Just got the call: the doctor is going to do surgery, which is great, but my insurance told him I have to pay 30% of it out of pocket. I've already paid the doctor his share. I have to call tomorrow and find out how much I will owe the hospital (I'll be there one night at least), the lab, the anesthesiologist, etc. it has just occurred to me that after all this, I might not be able to afford surgery. (The surgery I had in September cost us $0 out of pocket, not counting travel expenses.) if I'd have had surgery by the end of 2015 like the Houston dr promised, we wouldn't have owed any out of pocket. So, we have good news and bad news. If all our money goes to surgery, that means we will need even more to cover day care. Today I feel like hiding under the covers.
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My fiancé and I traveled to San Antonio Monday to see a doctor of the same specialty as the Houston doctor who promised surgery by the end of 2015 but ultimately backed out.

Looking over my medical records, he said that the damage was too great for him to feel comfortable operating on me. I asked him if he would put that in writing, to secure more time off work. He refused. I asked him to put that I won't recover from my diagnosis of Adhesive Disease of the Pelvis without intervention. He refused. I asked if he would do an ultrasound to see if my ovary still appeared to be fused to my rectum. He refused, saying that it would be insurance fraud. He said that I'd already been told I have Adhesive Disease of the Pelvis and that it does not go away without intervention and that any subsequent tests for it are insurance fraud because we know without looking that I still have it. I told him that I needed something to give the leave company, that my medical leave would run out in two days and that I hadn't been paid disability since January 1st. He said "I just met you. I'm not your doctor and you're not my patient." He even refused to take my office visit co-pay.

I took this news pretty hard. I cried until I fell asleep and slept in the car the whole way home. I felt like I was going to live in pain forever. I had no idea how to repair what my life has become.

I saw another doctor this past Thursday and I am cautiously optimistic. He said he would be willing to do surgery but needs to look over my medical records first. My medical records were what made the San Antonio doctor refuse care and are possibly what made the Houston doctor back out of doing surgery (with her, I don't suppose we will ever know the truth of what happened). So I realize that once my doctors all fax him my medical records he could change his mind. But he seemed willing to work with us, and I told him the gist of what the medical records would say.

He said he would tell the leave company that I need surgery in hopes that they will extend my unpaid medical leave or maybe even start paying disability again. But the leave company has already been told that, by two different doctors. So I am not expecting to be paid disability and I may lose my job protection at the end of my appeal.

If everything goes exactly right, if I have surgery and heal and am ok to return to work, we are still without child care assistance. I will be on the hook for $3000 a month until our case makes it through the six to twelve month waiting list and we have child care assistance again.

I look at the amount we need sometimes and feel like it is impossible. And maybe it is. But I don't want to give up yet. I love my job, it gave my kids and I a good life, a place to live and food to eat and sometimes money for extras. I don't want to leave it. And I can't work any job at all without child care. It is just not possible. My parents are all still working. Half of my grandparents have passed away and the other half live 300 miles away.

Thank you for your support so far, and please remember to share this message. Women are flocking to the Essure Problems Facebook group. Most of them have seen a doctor about their symptoms but were told it's not Essure. We have to get the message to them that they were right and there is help available.

Thanks everybody.
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On December 16, I received a call from the 3rd party leave company my employer uses to handle disability and medical leave. The person I spoke to told me that they approved my leave through March 9, 2016. The lady said that they'd send an order for me to be paid but that it might take a little while due to the holidays. Two days ago, after not being paid for two months, i contacted the leave company to check the status of my pay. The person I spoke to said that they hadn't been approved. I gave the name of the person I'd spoken to previously and the person said she didn't know who that was. There was nothing in the notes on their end about my being paid. They said my pay isn't approved but my absence is. They are having a nurse go over my medical records to decide if they will pay me or not. I don't understand how they can find that I am too sick to work but are undecided if I am too sick to be paid disability. I don't know what our future holds at this point. They promised a call back yesterday, didn't return my calls, and are closed today and through the weekend.

I also received a call today from my physical therapist. My Houston surgeon had ordered more physical therapy before moving forward with surgery. I still don't know when my surgery will be.

Things are pretty worrisome and difficult right now. I wanted to have a happier update for you all, but this is where we are.
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Great news everybody-my disability, though it had been denied-has now been approved. This means that my job and health insurance should remain intact for the remainder of this...uh...adventure? But we still will have to pay full price for day care while we wait the 6-12 months to be approved for our subsidy once I get to go back to work. So the amount has changed again, but this time it is lower! Which is a very good thing! Thank you to everyone who has helped thus far. Your donations are going to our living expenses (I haven't been paid disability in over a month.) (But should start getting paid again soon, but only at 70% of my normal income.) and then day care for the period of time that we are on the waiting list once I go back to work-with the subsidy we paid $300 a month. We will now be paying $450 per week! It's a huge amount!
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Jesse White
41 months ago

I'm so sorry and angry that you have to go through this. I pray that you will get relief and also that this company will be sued and the device taken off the market. There should be a class action suit. Has anything been attempted?

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Carolyn Howard
44 months ago

Jessica, I pray things will turn around soon. You have a beautiful family

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41 months ago

I'm so sorry and angry that you have to go through this. I pray that you will get relief and also that this company will be sued and the device taken off the market. There should be a class action suit. Has anything been attempted?

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Carolyn Howard
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Jessica, I pray things will turn around soon. You have a beautiful family

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