Jusa's Medical Fund

$14,575 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 261 people in 49 months
Hi.... My name is Jusa Mejia  I'm 28 years old. I was raised by a beautiful single mother Juanita, who was my best friend.  My father had left us when I was a baby,  She was the strongest woman I have ever known and hope to aspire to be. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with cancer when I  was 19. I was her sole care taker. We lived a very busy life trying to make  it. I would drive my Mom to her radiation appointments at 5am, make it to school (Cal State LA) as a full time undergraduate student, then go to work at Bank of  America as a teller. This was my life for the next 3 years.  As hard as things were or how tired I was I would not have changed a thing.She fought extremely hard but lost her battle on November 1st 2008. I was 22. 
I lost the only family I had. I was officially on my own.
i left cal state la and decided to pursue a career in the medical field since I witnessed first hand the importance of a good nurse.

I ended up attending Marian college enrolling in the Licensed Vocational Nursing program  while working nights at CarMax washing cars to support myself. So my regular routine would be waking up at 4am to study, school from 7-3, then work from 3:30pm-11.  Finishing LVN  school I consider to be a big accomplishment because it meant I was finally able to  survive without depending on the $1 value menu from Mc Donald's. Not being worried about losing my Apartment  because I was barely able to pay for it on my CarMax wages.

I finally graduated from LVN school in 2010 and passed my NCLEX.
Things were starting to look up. I met a wonderful man named  Eric   
Who from the very beginning said he was my family from now on.  I didn't have much but he didn't care. He loved me unconditionally from the start and has proven if countless times I have gotten sick. He proposed December 31st 2013 and planned to get married January 17, 2015.

We found out my left kidney was only functioning at 12%  but my right was still good. 
It would act up every so often giving me  kidney infections, which cause a lot of pain, nausea and vomiting and I had constant small bowel obstruction from previous surgery. I was in and out of the hospital and I had racked up almost $ 60,000 in medical debt which I had filed for bankruptcy for .

October 23, 2014  we decided to remove my left kidney. It was suppose to be a simple procedure but ended up with a lot of surgical complications. I couldn't keep anything down . I ended up having small bowel obstruction , exploratory surgery revealed that most of my small bowel was necrotic and was removed. Then they found out there was a bowel leak and I ended up in EMERGENCY surgery again to fix this. 2 days later I ended up having another emergency surgery because my stomach was filled with intestinal fluid.
SO IN TOTAL I HAD 4  ABDOMINAL SURGERIES IN 3 weeks.  I became septic, intubated in the ICU for a month and my abdominal wound became infected and I currently have a wound vac.  My intestines aren't connected together. I haven't eaten in 3 months and am TPN dependent which means I get fed thru my veins. I am still in the hospital until I heal enough and am currently awaiting my next surgery which should take place in the next 3 months.

Eric and I we're suppose to get married January 17, next week.  But had to postpone for my obvious health reasons. 

Regardless  I'm still in good spirits and hope that my story inspires someone out there.  I believe that God has been extremely good to me and despite all the obstacles I have faced in life  I AM STILL EXTREMELY BLESSED AND THANKFUL.  Thankful for my amazing friends who have become my family

So this  is my story.....
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So June 30th got discharged from Kindred and transferred to Providence St Joseph .

July 3rd I got my much awaited surgery. There were no guarantees that the doctors would be able to reconnect my intestines since they didn't know how much small intestine I had left until they opened me up, if there wasn't enough I would need to go to UCLA and wait to put myself on the intestinal transplant list. It was a four hour surgery and when I woke up in the ICU I wasn't sure whether or not it was a successful surgery, finally saw the doctor and was told they were able to put me back together, I didn't have much left but they were still able to do it.

July 10th, I've been having a lot of nausea and vomiting so they had to put an NG tube in me so I could stop throwing up. Then I threw up blood. I ended up having an upper endoscopy and I ended up intubated and had emergency surgery. They opened me up bedside since they found a GI Bleed, I had a stress ulcer that wouldn't stop bleeding so it was necessary for them to call my surgeon and open me up bedside. They thought I was going to die but thankfully I pulled thru.

I finally got out of the ICU and on my way to recovery put into my own room July 20th , my Doctor had gone on vacation and when he finally returned he told me that he put me all back together and the surgery in the ICU reinforced what they had done and I'll eventually be able to get off TPN one day but still on it for now.

July 21st, I had to be put back on the wound vac since the emergency surgery had to open my abdomen again. It needs to heal from the inside out. I spent 3 weeks on the wound vac and they decided to take it off so I wouldn't form a fistula like last time.

On Monday, August 10th I was finally allowed to go home, after a 10 month stay at the hospital I finally made it home. I'm still on TPN but will one day be able to eat real food. My abdomen is still open, so I have an open wound that needs to heal and I still have a lot of pain and have a lot of nausea but it's amazing not to be in the hospital after all this time.

So I'm finally home after a long 10-month stay in the hospital fighting for my life multiple times but I must say a lot of good has come out of it as well. I've learned to never take life for granted and my relationship to God has gotten a lot closer. My relationship with Eric has been tested many times but we have only gotten stronger. Hopefully, we will be married next January. I have a lot to be thankful for, hope that was my last surgery and my last hospital stay....THANK YOU GOD FOR LETTING ME SURVIVE and THANK YOU to my very supportive friends and fiancé for going thru this journey with me, oh and what a journey it's been.
TPN, what I've lived on....
My wonderful fiancé
After emergency surgery
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The past week has been very difficult.
I became unresponsive, unconscious, 911 had to be called and the ambulance took me to Lakewood memorial and intubated me. I was asleep for almost a week before I woke up. My body went under septic shock. I woke up a couple days ago and now I'm currently at Providence Saint Joseph Still battling sepsis. Hopefully I can get surgery soon once I'm done with all these complications. But I still remain optimistic and super thankful for the support I have. Please keep me in your prayers.
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March 11, 2015

Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to those who have donated and have contributed to my medical fund.

I am still at Kindred Hospital still waiting for my next surgery which should hopefully be scheduled at the end of this month.

Till then I remain prayerful that everything will go well.
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Raised by 261 people in 49 months
Created January 11, 2015
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