Saving My Daughter

$18,440 of $25k goal

Raised by 264 people in 24 months
Liz Thomas
on behalf of Stephanie Thomas
 ATLANTA, GA
Have you ever witnessed a flower wither? Some plants, if not properly hydrated, will wither right before your very eyes. For instance the Calla Lilly. If this plant isn't watered regularly, the leaves will slowly wither. The faintly leaves fall, drooping almost lifelessly until water is added. In just a few hours after hydrating, the plant just as you witnessed the leaves withering, amazingly the withering leaves begin to rise again, right in front of your very eyes. It's amazing!

I birthed a unique flower 36 years ago. I'm now watching my flower wither. My child. My second to the last born, Stephanie. Labor was long and hard. When Stephanie finally came, she sighed. Not me. Not her dad but her. As if she had put in all the work. I was sure I had given birth to a lazy kid. To my surprise this kid turned out to be a fighter. Despite the odds against her, my daughter was the first in her generation to graduate high school and college. She was appointed as the first African-American city clerk in two American cities that both have long histories of discrimination and racial tensions. So we think she's kind of a big deal around here.

A few years ago, Stephanie was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called systematic sclerosis (diffuse scleroderma). This is a degenerative, chronic illness that affects every organ in her body. As a result of excessive collagen being produced in the body, it is commonly referred to as the disease that eventually turns you into stone. Collagen is sent to the organs causing decreased functionality. As with many autoimmune diseases, there are secondary conditions that come into play like heart, kidney, and lung disease. Reynaud's disease, sjogren's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, mixed-connctive tissue disease, etc. This thing is trying to rob her of her life, her self esteem, her career and her ability to raise her children. One of whom is slated to begin college this fall. My baby is experiencing all this dis-EASE. She's undergoing chemotherapy and taking countless pharmaceutical drugs.

When I hear her voice it is the same energetic, jovial tone. You'd think she was the healthiest woman on earth but she likes to play strong. She likes to make us think she's okay so we won't worry. In good health, Stephanie has volunteered, mentored youth and other young women. She's given so much of herself to others and I'm hoping that the universe will return all that goodness to her in her time of need.

I recently learned that my grandchildren are assisting her with daily activities such as getting dressed for work, showering and even occasionally driving her to work when she doesn't have the muscle strength to turn the ignition let alone the steering wheel. I'm glad she raised self sufficient children. They pay bills, grocery shop and run errands for their mother.

She lives in another state and the children recently sent me this picture. Who is this? Look at my child! WE DON'T EVEN RECOGNIZE HER! It breaks my heart every time I talk to her on the phone and she pretends to be strong. I want her to know she doesn't have to pretend anymore. As parents, we prepare our children to enter the world as best as possible. Some fights, you want to jump in but you remain ringside and let them "handle it" on their own. They build character. They grow. They get stronger. They learn to fight on their own. I've been standing, sitting and pacing on the ring side. Ring after ring, I've watched the scorecards weigh in and out of her favor. I'm getting in the ring now because she's getting tired, weak and fatigued and I can't just watch and pray from the sideline anymore and I'm lifting up the ropes and inviting you all into the ring with us so we can defeat this thing together.

Stephanie still reports to work. Her doctors recommend total disability but being the fighter she is, she won't stop. To be honest who can afford to stop working? Rearing three children, paying, bills, and trying to make ends meet is a task within itself. The family recently found life transformation/healing centers in Florida where she lives. The Hippocrates Life Transformation Center, Hallelujah Acres and a few others. The tuition ranges from 2k to 12k. Students can stay between 3 and 31 days. During this time, they learn build/restore their themselves spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Total SELF healing. We are asking for help with funds to cover tuition and to cover her monthly household expenses while she takes time off from work to focus on total healing. I've witnessed the withering of some of the most beautiful flowers. I won't stand by and watch this one "wither" . I need your help to save my daughter's life.
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Update 14
Posted by Elizabeth Thomas
4 months ago
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Update 13
Posted by Elizabeth Thomas
4 months ago
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This reminds me of Stephanie as a kid. Imagine me or let alone anyone trying to stop her or slow her down. It's not happening. Just because she's facing this difficult time is no different. She still keeps tugging forward. My baby was in the hospital from September 19th through November 2nd. My baby was on life support and God pulled her through. These last few months have neen tumultuous but we've made it.

She was readmitted on November 6th and is still there. As her immediate family, her sisters and I had prepared to come get her from Tampa and bring her back to Georgia so we can work together, love on her and get her well. Instead of moving her, the doctors have advised that she be transported to an acute living facility until she is stronger. Afterwhich , we are coming to get my child. She has suffered long enough. Thank you all for being there for her. We don't even know some of you personally but you've been here with us throughout this journey. Your donations, prayers, words of encouragement have propelled her thus far. She loves people. I've told her to be careful out there because you can't trust everyone. My Coppertone Baby went blindly into the world but she came back with all of you. Be blessed.
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Update 12
Posted by Elizabeth Thomas
5 months ago
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We were shown the face of The Most High today. You all are instruments and we thank you so much for allowing God to use you all. We love and appreciate you all. From our family to yours, thank you!
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Update 11
Posted by Elizabeth Thomas
5 months ago
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Thank you all for your contributions no matter what form you were able to send. Prayers, monetary donations, kind words of inspiration. We accept it all and we love you. I realize that many of you have families and trials of your very own so I appreciate the sacrifice you've made. I'm on dialysis myself, but my love runs so deep for this child that I can't just be still and watch. I drop myself around the house everyday trying to see how I can better serve her and the kids help too. So we are grateful to you all.
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Deniria Mack-Cowart
10 months ago
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Silver and gold have i none, but what I do have I will give unto you. Father God in the name of Jesus, I come before You now in behalf of Your precious child. Lord I ask that Your healing power be manifested in her right now in Jesus name. I plead the blood of Jesus over her right now. I call herbody into alignment to function properly according to God's design. I speak to every manner of illness and disease and command it to return to the pits of hell from which it came never to return again. The very root of this disease is destroyed through the anointing of God. I speak complete restoration, healing and revival right now in Jesus name. I decree and declare it's already done in the mighty and matchless name of Jesus.

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Kenika Brimage
10 months ago
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I will keep her in my prayers for God to heal her and continues to give her the strength that she needs I'm sorry I'm unable to donate my prayers will continue to be with her

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$18,440 of $25k goal

Raised by 264 people in 24 months
Created March 29, 2015
Liz Thomas  
on behalf of Stephanie Thomas
TM
$50
Talaya Melton
2 months ago
KR
$15
Kyle Relph
2 months ago
KR
$15
Kyle Relph
2 months ago
KR
$15
Kyle Relph
2 months ago
KR
$15
Kyle Relph
3 months ago
CS
$25
Cara Singletary
3 months ago
$5
Anonymous
3 months ago
SD
$100
Simone Duncan
3 months ago

We pray that God continues to guide you and your family through this time. xoxo

KR
$15
Kyle Relph
3 months ago
$25
Bri Brown
4 months ago

I wasn't able to give before, but I haven't now. May God continue to bless you. I pray for a miraculous healing.

Deniria Mack-Cowart
10 months ago
3
3

Silver and gold have i none, but what I do have I will give unto you. Father God in the name of Jesus, I come before You now in behalf of Your precious child. Lord I ask that Your healing power be manifested in her right now in Jesus name. I plead the blood of Jesus over her right now. I call herbody into alignment to function properly according to God's design. I speak to every manner of illness and disease and command it to return to the pits of hell from which it came never to return again. The very root of this disease is destroyed through the anointing of God. I speak complete restoration, healing and revival right now in Jesus name. I decree and declare it's already done in the mighty and matchless name of Jesus.

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Kenika Brimage
10 months ago
3
3

I will keep her in my prayers for God to heal her and continues to give her the strength that she needs I'm sorry I'm unable to donate my prayers will continue to be with her

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