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Miracles for Marissa

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Raised by 177 people in 12 months
Created June 16, 2017
Lee Ann Tejeda
on behalf of Marissa DeVaul Parmer
                            MIRACLES FOR MARISSA

Hello, my name is Lee Ann Lewis Tejeda.  I am a long-time friend, Delta Zeta sister of Marissa DeVaul Parmer. As some of you may know, Marissa was diagnosed with Epilepsy in 2005. Throughout the years, she has experienced uncontrollable seizures and later, was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.  Since November 2015 the seizures have spread to both sides of the brain, becoming more intense, and occurring 6-10 times a day and also many in her sleep.  She lost her license, making life as we all know it, a little more challenging, as far as, getting to work, social outings, or even the simple things such as picking up her children from  academic and/or sports activities.

 If you know Marissa, sitting at home and doing nothing is not for her, so she has trudged along with Brent, her boys and family/friends by her side.  But needless to say, the medical expenses for monthly specialized medications and procedures have added up and recently, Marissa underwent surgery to implant the RNS system into/on her brain. The surgery is of cutting edge technology and if all goes as planned, she could one day be seizure FREE….Miracles for Marissa!!   However, until that day comes, she is required to be in Florida every eight weeks for follow-up appointments, which is why I’ve created the go fund me page to help with medical and travel expenses.

 Please consider donating, any donation, no matter how small would be graciously appreciated and let’s rally around Marissa and her family and help relieve some of the financial pressure so she can focus on healing and being a mom, wife, daughter and colleague/friend.

 Much love,

Lee Ann
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Discharge Day!

call “NOT IT” to brush her hair out after the leads are removed!
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Update from the home front today while I was lying strapped to my bed going on day 4

My Mom comes home from dropping the boys off again & finds Dash on my porch get-away lounge chair. So either he is missing “me/his mom” or thinks “his grandma/my mom” won’t make him get down & be spoiled. ☺️ #mamasfurbaby #spoileddog #seizuredog #readytobehome #seizuressuck #epilepsyawareness
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DAY 4 UPDATE:
One thing we have learned over the past year is Marissa's seizures are cyclical. She will have 3, 4 or 5 good days, but those are unfortunately followed by some down days. She's had a good stretch while we have been here, but today was a challenging day (a few more seizures and a few more 'harder' seizures). One thing that seems to always work better than all her medications is being able to see her boys and hear how their days were when she's away from them. They have made us very proud in how they have grown up to be very respectful young men. They have become caregivers for their mom (even though she doesn't like that they have to be) and Broc even tries to use it to his advantage (Marissa: Broc, get upstairs and pick up your room! Broc: But, Mom, I saved your life... 3 times...) When we met with Dr. Feyissa today he looked at all the data from the week and is very confident the electrodes are placed in the right spots in her temporal lobes. Now to just find the magic formula that will start reducing the left temporal seizures. She asked him a question as he was walking out of the room and his response was, "That's for another day. I believe we will be seeing a lot more of you!" Dr. Feyissa has excitement for working on Marissa, I will give him that. So, this will be the last night at Mayo and tomorrow we will get to check out and fly home (and get to sleep in a real bed!!). A big thank you to Terri and Cisco Bryant for agreeing to meet us at the airport and take us home. You guys are the best!! The journey continues and we just try to be better than yesterday, just like everyone else does. We do it with a smile on our face and we do it together as a family and support group. We thank you all for everything you do and we hope you keep striving to be better than yesterday, too!
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UPDATE DAY 3: Not much different today. Dr. Feyissa was showing us the comparison of the EEG to her implant and how the EEG doesn't really detect all seizure activities, only those that reach the surface. So, there could be people who have EEGs done and show no seizure activity but are having seizures that don't reach the surface. Interesting... Still on pace for a Friday discharge. The highlight of the day was when lunch arrived, it actually filled up the plate! You can tell by the big smile on her face, Marissa is ready to eat!! She has had a total of 8 seizures since she has been in (2.5 days now) and the implant has delivered the therapy and successfully stopped 7 of them from continuing on. It hasn't stopped any of them from happening, but it shortens them and makes them tolerable for her. The text messages she is receiving with well wishes is quite amazing. Her phone beeps so much you'd think one of the 4 machines she's hooked up to was malfunctioning! So, that's all for now. A big THANKS to Jenell DeVaul for running the boys all over Madison County to their events, practices, games, etc. It's not an easy task, that's for sure.
Morning update.....stay tuned
Yum Hospital cafeteria food
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Raised by 177 people in 12 months
Created June 16, 2017
Lee Ann Tejeda
on behalf of Marissa DeVaul Parmer
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