Medical and recovery

$13,300 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 172 people in 24 months

I’m Nick Heilig. For those of you who know me, you are aware of how independent I am, and therefore hesitant I am to ask for help, monetary or otherwise. For those of you who don’t know me, here’s a little bit about what I’ve gone through over the last two and a half years.
I was born with Spina Bifida in 1980 and incurred 16 surgeries before 1996. There was practically a celebration in 2006 when I was 10 years without an operation; and 2011 we were ecstatic about 15 years without going under the knife! On September 21st, 2013, I was diagnosed with a sepsis. Sepsis is a condition that arises when the body’s response to infection injures its own tissues and organs.
Since 2013, I’ve undergone 12 weeks of hyperbaric treatment (which consisted of 2 hours a day in a chamber for 5 days a week), trying different dressings for the wound, and 9 surgeries. My nearly 18 year streak has ended. Almost 4 years later I am still dealing with the pressure ulcer and have tried many conventional treatments and there are some things that I have not tried that may or may not be covered by insurance.  Even with insurance there are many things that I have had to purchase on my own due to limits of what can be sent by insurance on a monthly basis or if it is even covered. 
I’m telling this story because there is still so much hope for my condition. I try and stay very positive and I have been extremely grateful for all of the assistance I have received. I often have to pay for wound care products not covered by insurance or not being sent enough for a 30 day month because of the limits insurance sets. This leaves me having to purchase the supplies I need for most of the month. 
As some of you know. I will be having surgery in November that will hopefully close my pressure sore and keep it closed. With this comes a long recovery process of a few weeks in the hospital and followed by a few months in a nursing facility on total bed rest. This will be very difficult for me because I am very independent even with what I have been dealing with the last 4 years.  I hope that I can keep my upper body strength up without being able to get out of bed for that long.
It is my hope that with these things, I can get my life and health back, soon! Any help would be greatly appreciated! Please, regardless of whether or not you can make a donation, big or small, please share this link.
I thank you a million times over.

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I've been back at rehab 2 weeks now. Feeling better and stronger every day. Waiting on the Dr to see what he wants to do next! Please share!
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The week got better as it went on! I'm finally starting to feel stronger after having been on totally bed rest for 7 weeks. I am still only able to sit up for 10 minutes 2 times a day! I've had a wound vac on since tuesday and its showing improvements. Hopefully things keep going in the right direction and I have a better weekend! Please share
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Tomorrow marks 6 weeks in the hospital! Saw the Dr. This morning and the plan is to try and sit for 5 minutes on Tuesday! If all goes well I should be headed to rehab some time next week! Please share
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Found out this morning that I need to have another surgery next week. I will be in the hospital a few more weeks. At least this bed is comfortable! Please share
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$13,300 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 172 people in 24 months
Created March 2, 2016
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$100
Rob Bullaro
1 month ago

Hang in there Nick as best you can even though it's very tough for you to do it. They say that it's always the darkest before the dawn and we are all hoping and praying that you will see light at the end of the tunnel before too long. Big hug for you buddy ♥

$100
Anonymous
1 month ago
$100
John Koltai
1 month ago

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Nick! Wishing you all the best in 2018! Once this is behind ya we'll have to get you to NYC for https://liferollson.org :)

MR
$50
Maureen Ramaccia
3 months ago

Good Luck Nick -

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Anonymous
3 months ago
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Kay Puma
3 months ago

Good Luck on your surgery!! I will keep you in my prayers. ♥

MS
$120
Maria, Vic Simmons
4 months ago

Hi Nick, our prayers for success and best wishes for a successful and speedy recovery. Love from all of our family, in Australia and round the world.

KM
$5
Katherine Mahaney
4 months ago

Wishing you all the best!

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