Get Susan Well and Mobile

$1,482 of $2,800 goal

Raised by 36 people in 30 months
Susan Pietras Smith  COLONIAL BEACH, VA

Hello, for those who don't know me I'm Suzy Smith, 39, from Colonial Beach, VA.  I'm a free lance writer and a journalist for my local weekly paper.

I am raising money to cover the costs of medical equipment that I need to help heal my left leg and help with mobility so I can continue to work!

The first piece of equipment is a Flexitouch pump which is used to help move lymphatic fluid back out of my leg and into the rest of my body. In 2008 I was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, or kidney cancer. Following my kidney removal, I developed a severe case of lymphedema in my right leg.

Due to this I am in constant pain, unable to walk more than a short distance, and my right leg is five times the size of my left.

This pump will help the problem and make it so I can move on to the next form of treatment!

On top of the cancer, I have several other health problems, the most recent being an avulsion fracture of my left heel and an achilles' tendon rupture. I am healing from that, but need a way to get around as the process to getting back to normal walking will take a year or more.

That is where the other piece of equipment comes in, an electric mobility scooter. I have found one that is the cheapest possible to suit my needs.

If I raise more than I need for both pieces of equipment, the next move is a lift for my vehicle for the EMS.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you can donate. Every dollar helps me to reach my goal of wellness and independence.

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Update 6
Posted by Susan Pietras Smith
29 months ago
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Halfway there, scooter has been purchased and is here and in use!

1400 to go for the pump. Please keep sharing and donating. Y'all rock!
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Update 5
Posted by Susan Pietras Smith
29 months ago
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Halfway there!
We're halfway to goal.

Today has been a fantastic day as Tony is on his staycation for the next few days. He has taken care of me all day so my legs feel way better than normal!

Thank you all for your help, only half to go to goal. That means the scooter is paid for so I can work more and cover more.

You have no idea how much this means to me. Thank you all so very much.
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Update 4
Posted by Susan Pietras Smith
29 months ago
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We've crossed the 25% mark! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Please, keep sharing this, donate if you can, and any good thoughts you have, I'd love to be sent my way. Walking isn't getting any easier, but I am getting up a bit easier.

You never realize how much your ankle moves until you cannot move it completely. Try to pay attention for even a few minutes to how much your ankle flexes and bends.

Now imagine having about 1/10th of that, if you're lucky. Yeah, it's difficult right now :)

However, eventually the ankle will heal. It's the lymphedema in the other leg that needs the help and the pump.

Keeping on though and again thank you all so very much.
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Update 3
Posted by Susan Pietras Smith
29 months ago
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15.07% of the way there! Thank you all so much.

Today is a bad leg day due to weather. I don't know why, but when it rains the lymphedemic limb hurts so much more than when it doesn't rain.

I've been doing my massage and keeping the leg up non-stop the past couple days and while it is a bit better than it was in the nursing home, it isn't back to pre-surgery leg yet.

Yes, it got worse while I was hospitalized and in the rehab/nursing home. There was no treatment for lymphedema in either place.

It is such a little understood disease and with me not only having that, but also lipedema, many doctors have no clue what to do with me.

That's why I am so desperate to get the Flexitouch pump. It will help pump the fluid out of my right leg and also allow me to get into compression stockings to keep the leg at a better level.

Have a great day and keep sharing and donating. You all rock more than you ever know.
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$1,482 of $2,800 goal

Raised by 36 people in 30 months
Created September 30, 2014
PL
$50
Perry & Miriam Lloyd
28 months ago
AC
$35
Amy Chatfield
29 months ago

saw yr post on metafilter. I can't offer a lot but i hope it helps you move forward. GO MEFITES! -holyrood

$50
Anonymous
29 months ago
$100
Anonymous
29 months ago
CF
$20
Curtin Family
29 months ago

Go for it Suzy!

RJ
$20
Renee Johnson
29 months ago

Renee and Doug Jonson and family

RJ
$120
Renee Johnson
29 months ago

Renee and Doug Johnson and family

JN
$20
Joshua Nite
29 months ago

Much love!

$25
Nina Zanella
29 months ago

Get well soon :)

LR
$30
Lisa Rudacil
29 months ago

Get well soon and I hope that you get your mobility back!

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