Sliding Scale Fund for Acupuncture

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Raised by 12 people in 24 days
Hello,
        
My name is Maureen Feeney and I am the Owner of River Point Acupuncture. When I started this practice in 2012, it was with the intent to do as much good as possible. Traditional Chinese medicine is based on more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes Acupuncture, and is becoming  more and more accepted as an essential counterpart to our modern Western medicine.
 
Knowing this, I have long operated a sliding scale service to those in the most need. I believe in the healing power of Acupuncture, and have seen its many benefits time and time again. But unfortunately, it is not yet broadly covered by insurance, and remains inaccessible to many, even those in the most need.
 I started the Sliding Scale Fund three years ago to help me continue in this effort. I want to continue providing services to those who need a little help. Would you consider helping me do so?
 
I am currently seeing over 2 dozen clients who utilize this fund. They include:
-       12 veterans dealing with PTSD, anxiety and chronic pain; and
-       12+ men and women who are going through chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
 
The money that you donate will go to the necessary supplies to keep this program running.
 
A $5.00 Donation:  Buys Herbal Tinctures
A $25.00 Donation: A box of Acupuncture needles
A $50.00 Donation: Needles and Herbal Formulas
A $95.00 Donation: A Session for Acupuncture for a Cancer or Veteran
 
Any amount will be so welcome and appreciated. I can make five dollars go a long way to help these wonderful individuals facing tough battles. I am including a testimonial in the updates of one such individual, Taylor Cochrane, to help illustrate the impact this Sliding Scale Fund has on real people, real lives.
 
 
Thank you so much for your support!
 
Sincerely,
Maureen K. Feeney, RN, BSN, M.Om., L.Ac.
 
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My name is Taylor Cochrane, and I am a 35 year old Mother, Wife, and Attorney living in Omaha, NE. On February 2, 2017, I was diagnosed with Small Cell Carcinoma of the Ovary, Hypercalcemic Type (SCCOHT). It is an extremely rare and highly malignant cancer. This is my story.
On June 1, 2016, our family was blessed with our second miracle, Penelope Kate, little sister to Reid Owen, our son. We had a beautiful delivery and were overjoyed to be a family of four. A few days after her delivery, I came down with a fever and chills that I couldn’t shake, and we ended up returning to the hospital. I went through a lot of testing to find the source of the infection, including a very thorough ultrasound of my entire pelvis – nothing. Despite being unable to find a source, I was placed on antibiotics, and sent home a couple of days later with a clean bill of health.
However, in the late months of 2016, I began noticing bloating, a dull pain in my lower right abdomen, and I was also having pain with intercourse. I called my OB (thinking my IUD may have shifted), and she sent me up for an ultrasound the next day.
The ultrasound revealed a 12cm mass on my right ovary. Six months earlier, there has been nothing. She didn’t know quite what to make of it, but I was in surgery to remove it 4 days later. My OB performed this initial surgery, and knew immediately it was cancerous.
After that, things are a blur. Rushing to find oncologists who had treated this cancer – worldwide, there had only been about 250 cases at the time I was diagnosed. Rushing to determine the best treatment plan, as there was no standard. Rushing to get a port placed. Rushing to get a PET scan. Rushing to start treatment. We had to move fast – I had gone from no signs of cancer, to Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer in a matter of months. Treatment began on February 13, 2017, and included:
- Initial surgery to remove the tumor.
- Six rounds of a high dose chemo regimen (6 drugs infused over the course of 3 days in the hospital, each time) at Methodist Hospital System in Omaha, NE. This was facilitated by my local GynOnc, Dr. Brent Tierney, and Dr. Kathleen Schmeler at MD Anderson. We also consulted with Dr. Joseph Pressey at Cincinnati Children’s.
- Second surgery to remove the other ovary and all affected lymph nodes.
- High Dose Chemo with Stem Cell Transplant with Dr. Julie Vose at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, guided by Dr. Joseph Pressey and team at Cincinnati Children’s.
How did I survive? Sometimes, even I am not sure. But I can tell you one thing – I was connected to Maureen via a wonderful friend early on in my treatment, and I believe whole-heartedly that her treatments were a key part to me making it through. Let me tell you about the first time I saw her.
I went into her office after making an initial appointment, and laid it all on the table. Maureen has a beautiful way about her – she is fun, quirky, and hilarious – but also one of the most empathetic, kind, intelligent, and sensitive people I know. She listened – really listened – to everything I was going through. Physical, mental, emotional; she treats the whole person. That is essential.
After my first treatment, I drove away, BAWLING. But not from sorrow, not this time. This time I drove away in a fit of hope. For the first time, I thought to myself, and couldn’t stop saying aloud, “I am healing, I am healing, I am going to heal.”
It was a turning point. From then on out, Maureen treated me for next to nothing, on a weekly basis, all the way through my treatment. Almost an entire year, this woman cared for me, treated me, for no return, other than my extreme gratitude.
She came to the hospital when I there for close to a month with Stem Cell Transplant. I don’t know a single other practitioner of any kind who would do that – for free.
Maureen helped me live. And now she helps me thrive. I am so happy to say that I have been in remission for over a year – from a cancer that has some of the most dismal survival rates out there – and Maureen was a key part of that. I am thrilled to help her continue that work for others.
Would you consider donating? It helps real people – people like ME. No amount is too small.
Thank you for your consideration!
Taylor Cochrane, Atty. At Law
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