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Merry's Pick Me Up Fundraiser

$1,205 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 16 people in 7 months
Created October 30, 2018
Gina Citoli
Our names are Gina and Paul Citoli. We would like to share our sister Merry’s story with you.



Merry has had a decade of multiple life challenges.  After years of battling withdrawal from anxiety and insomnia medications, Merry lost her children's events business,  piano teaching business and at times ended up homeless. After years of medication dependency for stress and PTSD she found Roy Katz, a pharmacist that recognized the problems she was having and helped Merry slowly withdraw from the medications.  Merry wanted to do the same for other people that Roy did for her and  reached out to those who  were going through the same thing.  She created Follow Your Bliss Foundation. She helped many people get off these dangerous doctor prescribed drugs.  Now she educates and raises awareness about Benzodiazepine medications.

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Merry was just getting back on her feet when she began having some  heavy  bleeding and went in to see her doctor.  The result was Epithelial cell abnormality and Adenocarcinoma a form of cervical cancer.  Merry has just received a third work up and biopsy by another physician that will be able to determine more accurately the  current status of the cancer and course of treatment. Merry would like to look at all healing options including alternative treatments.





Some of Merry ‘s treatment is covered by her VA benefits as she served in the military in the 1970’s and was injured. She gets no help for living expenses and other treatments. Those benefits are mired in red tape and show no signs of coming soon.  Because the V.A. has been so lapse with veteran's receiving the benefits that they have coming due, we have also launched a campaign with a congressional office in Arizona to assist Merry in getting her benefits. In the mean time, Merry needs financial help as she is unable to work at the present time and only receives a very small benefits check that doesn't anywhere near cover the cost of living.  Her situation is further complicated from head traumas she sustained from mulitple black outs as a result of the medication withdrawals.  Merry is working to make others aware of the many tragic stories we have heard about  through Merry's non-profit work.

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Please help us support Merry by donating to help her with expenses and for treatment and living costs.  By telling her story it helps her as well as the Veteran's of our country, and also for the hundreds of thousands of people who are also losing their lives do to over prescribing of prescription medications.

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Any help you can give to our sister would be gratefully appreciated.

Gina and Paul Citoli.



For any questions please contact Gina Citoli through this site. 

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Diagnosis confirmed by Margaret Kowalski (pathologist). Phoenix pathology 

notified of new malignancy.
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Hi Everyone,
Just a quick update on Merry. She finally found the support of a great integrative oncology doctor that a friend is helping her pay for. It's slow going after all the mishaps with the mainstream medical "system," but she has qualified for the final round of the Warren Buffet Grant that can help her get back on her feet and get healthy and back to work.
In the mean time we need to raise just another $1000.00 to help pay her rent and utilities for May and a few other outstanding expenses she has.
We're hoping you all can pitch in by the first of the month and help her get over what we are hoping will be her last MAJOR hurdle with all of these challenges.
Thank you for your support!
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Hi Everyone,
Some unfortunate updates. The radiation caused the cancer to spread and metastasize into
Merry's lung, liver and lymph. The only chance she has is an expensive targeted chemo that is not covered by insurance. Otherwise she will be looking at hospice before too very long.
If any of you can help, we would be VERY grateful.
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Hey everyone!

I could really use just a little extra push with this fundraiser this month. I just finished radiation on the tumor a couple of weeks ago, and they have most of it and got the bleeding stopped. So the good news is that I won't be having any more of these treatments, but the bad news is the side effects from the treatments really knocked me on my butt the last few weeks, and ended up with pain they they didn't prepare me for. I was at least able to work at my computer before the radiation, but can't sit to even work on my projects and new business until this passes. They don't know how long it could take as they haven't seen this before. I think it has to do with the multiple traumas from the head injuries and how flared my nervous system is already and my existing neck injury, which I haven't had this kind of pain from since I had the surgery in 2003.

We're pretty sure I'm going to get a grant that will help me through about six months to help me with recovery, but things are REALLY tight this month and I need medications and license tabs for my car.....among other things.

So if you could all find a way to pitch in just a little to help me get through this month, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Merry
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We're trying to come up with rent money for December and January. We are in the process of filing Merry's V.A. appeal, but it takes time.
Please share and help if you can.
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Raised by 16 people in 7 months
Created October 30, 2018
Gina Citoli
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