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Rick Cusick Needs Your Help

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Hi Everyone,

I am $750. away from reaching my FINAL Go-Fund-Me goal. After I reach this goal I will be shutting down the campaign. I am writing ask - If you can - please help me reach this goal by making a contribution. Any amount will help. This last go-round is very important to me.

I am going on Permanent Disability starting in Sept. and it comes with MediCare. After that kicks in, I'll be able to manage my finances moving forward, but I've got to get that point. I did not get disability benefits because I have cirrhosis -that doesn't qualify. I got it because I've developed hepatic encephalopathy - severe short term memory loss - and it seems to be getting worse. My new motto is That which does not kill me… I forget.

So I have these basic medical and living costs throughout August - co-pays, transportation to doctors, some upfront medical bills and living expenses: these will be covered if I reach my final goal.

I will be posting a complete medical and personal update here and on FB this weekend. Check it out if you want to hear the whole crazy story (and it IS a crazy story). In the meantime, if possible, please help if you can and, if that's not possible I certainly understand.

Thanks for taking a moment to read this and for your kind consideration.

My Highest Regards,

r
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Hi Everyone. Well, there been a lot of changes and a conclusion of sorts: Just got back from the doctors. I now have Medicare which is great! I've been putting off hernia surgery until I got Medicare so now that's coming up in July. Big financial developments too: I get my first retirement benefits towards the end of July, enough to stabilize my ongoing financial dilemma!! There's about $1000 left on my Go-Fund-Me goal and I need to ask ONE LAST TIME for donations of any amount whatsoever, to just get us from here to there, to when the first check arrives. Then I'm going to shut down the Go-Fund-Me page and move on to the next phase of treatment.
While the retirement $$ is guaranteed, it's likely that the benefits will switch over to permanent Disability in late August. Not for cirrhosis per se but for the memory loss disorder which is still increasing and needs to be dealt with. We'll see. The Hep C is gone, however, and the cirrhosis, is under control.
Assuming my mind stays sharp, I should have enough $$ to hang on to the home where I raised Dylan, to try to get better and to write and publish as much as I can. Dems the plans, folks! I'll get to the final thank yous when I wrap everything up in a few weeks, but, for now, please know that I continue to be overwhelmed (a little verklempt actually) by the love and support that my friends, my family, my High Times family and the Cannabis Community at large has shown to me during this crisis. Thanks for keeping me alive this winter. Man, it's been a loooonnnng winter! Here's the link for donations. Please share this post as well : gf.me/u/tr6ngk
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It's been well over a month since I did a medical update or pitched the Go-Fund-Me page. I decided to give it a break until I had a real update to give. I went to the doctor's on Thursday and now have some answers, most of which are very good. The Hep C seems to be cured - still have cirrhosis but w/out the Hep there's a good chance my lifetime will be extended somewhat and I don't need a transplant at this time. That said, I still have weakness & fatigue and my memory issues have gotten worse. Probably have to live with the fatique and weakness - That's okay - but I have to go to a neurologist this week for the memory loss... and then go into the hospital for hernia surgery soon as I can schedule the surgeon. There's more but that's the gist of it. The Big Stuff is mostly cool. But the memory thing - Hepatic encephalopathy - isn't going away. (Comically, it took me 3 trys the other night before I remembered I was making dinner. Burned two meals, one after the other, until I got it right.) . I am $1700 away from reaching my goal. Please help me reach that If you can donate comfortably. Any amount helps. Thanks in advance for your support.
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I've been taking this new drug, Mavyret for about 5 weeks now and I went to my doctor this week to get the first comparitive test results. HOLY CRAP! THERE'S NO MORE HEP C IN MY BLOOD! It was there three weeks ago but it's gone now! I still have many challenges ahead but any road that leads to a transplant cure starts with the words "There is no more HEP C in your blood!" and I heard those words this week! "It's working," the doctor said. I have seven more weeks of Mavyret to go before we do a transplant evaluation. One step at a time. I still need your financial help to get through this period. So please donate if you can and share this post as much as possible. To those of you who have already given in so many ways, you should know that I believe that I wouldn't be here hoping today without your help. The situation this winter was a lot dicey than Iet on. We're past that now. This is turning around. I can feel it! Prime example: this week I played music and sang for the first time in 5 months! My voice was as strong as ever! I thought I was never going to sing like that again. t's spring! Time for rebirth! Thanks for everything.
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