Melody Jackson's Medical Expenses

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Raised by 70 people in 8 months
Melody Jackson is a dear friend to so many people.  She always manages to have a smile on her face no matter what.  She and her wonderful husband Karl have raised 3 beautiful girls - Samantha, Karlie and Kaitlyn.  Sadly, Melody has been diagnosed with liver cancer.  She and her family face a long journey to her recovery.  Many know Mel and Karl because of their wonderful coffee shop called the Karmel Coffee House.  Mel makes it special and most us that go there truly are regulars.  Melody's friends want to make sure that finances won't add to the stress she'll be facing.  The coffee shop is currently closed because she can't be there and that income is no longer available to them.  There will be travel to Indianapolis for procedures, which means Karl will likely be taking a lot of time off too.  Plus insurance never covers everything.  This is the best way to help her through this and we would appreciate any support we can get for our friend Melody.

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Please keep Melody Jackson and her family in your thoughts, prayers, heart. This battle has been so hard on all of them. Cancer sucks! It impacts so many people and it is not prejudiced. Melody is young and kind and such a beautiful person. Gall bladder cancer is not common and it is mostly found in people much older than she is. Such a horrible shock to be young and healthy with a husband and 3 amazing daughters that love you only to learn that there is an aggressive cancer in your body. We really wish there was a more positive update to share. For now, we continue to love Melody and share her story. Stand up to cancer!
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Got an email from GoFundMe and apparently I have to do this. Email says I have been personally withdrawing money from the account which is not true. The money from here is deposited into an account at a bank set up by Jessica Arnold (that’s me) and Julie and Dan Reed. We set up an account as well as a non profit in order to keep track of donations coming from this GoFundMe and other fundraisers. Melody and Karl Jackson are on that account and are the only people withdrawing any money from it.

I’m not related to Melody, she’s my friend❤️
I’m not withdrawing any GoFundMe funds in my name. They are being deposited into an account that several people are able to keep track of. Everything is going to Melody Jackson Medical Fund.

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“At your earliest convenience, please post an update on your campaign clarifying the following in as much detail as you’re comfortable:

How you are related to your beneficiary
You are withdrawing the funds in your name
How exactly you will be delivering the funds to your beneficiary or using the money on their behalf
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So many hearts are aching today. Sharing an update from Melody’s daughter Samantha.

“Not good news. Surgeon cancelled surgery after going in her seeing cancer had spread. Going straight into chemo. Stage 4. It is now in some of the muscles up in her abdomen ”

Melody is strong and a fighter. Nobody is giving up! Please continue to share. The Jackson family has been met with an unimaginable challenge. Donating will help ease some of the struggle they face and allow them to focus on Melody and her care❤️
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This is Melody’s story directly from her. She told me I could share here.
“So in today's Facebook journal, I'd like to share how my life completely took a u turn! Back on Easter weekend, my favorite day a Sunday, I just got home from getting coffee out, but decided I was still a little hungry, so I decided to make some cheesy, buttery scrambled eggs, it was so good, but I got sleepy afterwards, so i layed back in my chair and drifted off, only to be awaken by the worst pain in my gut. First instinct was oh man I got the flu, got up went to the bathroom but nothing, so I got up then started sweating really bad, pain hurting my gut so bad, went up my arm, I'm shaking, scared, my daughter Kaitlyn is home who rushes me into her car to take me to ER, where I believe I'm having a heart attack, but half way to the hospital. I burp and felt so much better , I asked her to take me back home and I'll make a Dr appointment this week and I did, Drs did an ultrasound believed I had gallstones! He then recommended me to an MRI! While waiting for the scheduling of the MRI. I had another attack on memorial day weekend! Once again after 20-30 min I burped. And no pain. I did my MRI in June of 2016, i was called and told I have a non cancerous tumor in my liver, but My Mri was a little cloudy. LP surgeon sends me to Indianapolis in Aug 2017, where specialist told me don't worry about that liver. It shows sign of a non cancerous tumor, and that gallbladder you've only had 2 attacks if it we're me, I'd wait until the pain doesn't stop in that gallbladder before doing surgery. I left there a little confused. But content! I then made an appointment for a 3rd opinion in Oct 2017 to a gastroenterologist, who reassured me, I agree with Indy Dr. Doesn't look like anything more with that tumor and to wait on gallbladder surgery! New year's Eve weekend, yes the pain returned, finally I'm gonna get this gallbladder out. The pain wasn't stopping. I made appointment with family Dr who did blood work, I was jaundice and my liver was shutting down, you need to be admitted into south bend memorial, go there. They are expecting u! Oh ok. I go there only to wait in pain for 7 hours in the ER , finally got admitted into my room at 5 am the next day, that's where my eyes were opened! That non cancerous tumor was now a solid mass and it grew double the size in 6 months, i had 2 stents put in me that week! I went to indianapolis to be told I have gallbladder cancer, I'm having surgery Monday for 6 hours, Hoping and praying they get it all, then after recovery, I will need chemo and radiation! My advice to you, keep following up with your gut! I had 3 opinions to satisfy my mind only to feel failed! Thank you everyone for reading my painful journal entry! ❤️❤️”
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