Set Erin's Uterus On Fire

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Raised by 52 people in 40 months
I learned recently that I have a softball-sized tumor in my uterus. It has gone untreated for years, and now the best, safest treatment is a hysterectomy. Had my doctor took my period pain, back pain, fatigue seriously, I could have kept my uterus. Now it's too late. The tumor has completely taken over. 

I have a lot of doctor visits, injections into my abdomen, and then a surgery to look forward to in the next few months. The cost of medical care is weighing on me. And I'm really worried that I won't be able to afford going to any conferences for a while, which is going to isolate me from the people I feel most at home with, and basically kill any chance I have to move forward as a sex educator.  

I am so lucky to have support systems around me that I will be able to lean on right now. I've always been the kind of person to handle the worst of my issues alone, but I really need help with this. If you would like to support me in a tangable way, please consider donating any amount. It all helps. Thank you so much. 

Love you freaks.

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I was told by a nurse practitioner in the "Women's ER" at Parkland Hospital that women have ibuprofen receptors in their vaginas, and that's why they don't prescribe pain medication in the Women's ER the same as they do in the General ER.

I am three months into recovering from a 7 inch lateral incision hysterectomy and still experiencing a lot of pain. When I went to get checked out at the hospital, I was not expecting to be there 13 hours with no effort to control my pain whatsoever. I was told to "rest my vagina," and sent home. What does abdominal pain have to do with my vagina? I have no idea. Medical professionals have a reputation for ignoring or downplaying women's pain. They ignored my menstration pain for over 20 years, and it cost my uterus. I've been in pain from the cantaloupe sized tumor (which had dead tissue breaking through), and the resulting hysterectomy for over six months. I still can't sit, walk, or stand for reasonable amounts of time which makes finding and keeping employment almost impossible. Please share this video to advocate for fair medical treatment for women.

If you would like to show support in a tangable way, please donate to www.gofundme.com/uterusonfire. Every little bit helps. Thanks so much for watching, sharing, and subscribing.
Women do not have "ibuprofen receptors"
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Three months after my hysterectomy I'm still in a lot of pain. Thanks to governor Greg Abbott's decision not to expand Medicaid in Texas I also have few healthcare options. I'm at Parkland Hospital getting checked out. Still not able to walk, stand, or sit comfortably for reasonable amounts of time, which makes finding and keeping employment complicated. I've been freelance writing some, but it's not enough to pay bills.

I appreciate all the support I've received- emotionally, financially. I'm really lucky to have such a supportive network of people who care about my wellbeing. If you want to help out, any amount would be really helpful.

Thanks so much.
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Post Op Update! I had my post operation check up today and it was all good news! They were pretty sure the tumor wasn't cancerous, and then we were a little concerned when it started growing so fast, but the pathology report came back negative. The tumor was benign, and I'm officially cancer free! That has been such a huge relief just in itself.

The doctor also told me that since the tumor grew so fast, there wasn't enough blood flow to keep the tissue alive, so part of the tumor was dead tissue - ischemic necrosis - with "sections of focal hemorrhage" which is why I was in so much pain before the surgery.

The surgery itself was successful, although I had significant blood loss and was suffering from anaemia and low blood pressure for several days. I also had a bad reaction to the pain medication I was given and had to stay an extra night in the hospital.

The first week of recovery after my surgery was hellacious, to be honest, but I had several friends who came to my rescue with food, company, and even helped me to the bathroom and with showering. Its really humbling to have to ask for help for the simplest things, and I am so grateful for the people around me that took care of me during those first few days.

Even though the first few days were rough, recovery has been getting better exponentially. I even showered by myself for the first time yesterday, and there have been many other small victories along the way. I'm two weeks into a six week recovery and feeling more like myself everyday. Even the sciatic back pain I've had for over a decade has completely vanished because I don't have a football sized mass pressing up against my spine!

The last leg of this journey is within eyesight. In two weeks I'll be making the 1,800 mile trip back home to my chosen family in Dallas, Texas. I'm taking the trip with a friend who never left my side in the hospital, and has been caring for me during recovery. I'll still be in the middle of the recovery period, so the trip will be difficult, but very necessary.

I need to go home to heal. I need to be somewhere I can regroup and get back on my feet. I already have leads on a couple of jobs there, and a place to live with people who love me. I can't tell you how anxious I am to go home. I'm counting the hours.

Asking for help has been really difficult, and I am so overwhelmed by the response and outpouring of kindness that it brings me to tears almost daily. I'm using the last of everything I have to make this trip home. After all my anxiety about the surgery and all of that, I can put that behind me, but I'm beside myself thinking that we might be stranded somewhere between Maine and Texas with no funds for gas to keep going, or no money for food to eat. I know I'll be ok once I get there. I just need to get through the next two weeks with enough to eat and for gas.

If it is at all possible to help this week or next, it would mean everything to me. I'm almost there. I can't imagine failing now with so many people cheering me on.

Thank you so much for all your support. Thank you isn't enough. I don't even have words. Just tears of gratitude, and dreams for my future that people around me wouldn't let die.
Pathology Report - Ischemic Necrosis
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It's done! Hysterectomy went well. They had to do abdominal incision instead of laparoscopic because of the size of the tumor. It was about the size and shape of a football, and hard as a rock, I was told. So I have a badass scar all the way across my belly to go with my tiger stripes. I didn't get to keep the actual tumor to set on fire but they did take pictures and I will get those next week at the post op. The first few days of recovery were hell, but I had a lot of support from friends and that made it so much better. I'm able to sit up and do some things by myself already, and I'll be completely better in six weeks. The move back to Texas is happening in 2 weeks, at the end of this month. I'll have lots of help packing and with travel, but I still need a lot of help in the meantime. I have lots of options when I get back to Dallas; teaching, tutoring, writing, facilitating workshops. I'm really excited about all the possibilities. It's such a load off knowing my insurance premiums are paid and medication was accessible. This last bit coming from the gofundme is going to help me pay for gas to get home and basic needs until then. I'm almost in the clear. Thanks so much for everything. I honestly don't know how I would have done this without the outpouring of kindness I've received. It's overwhelming. And at the same time it makes me feel like anything is possible. Thanks for believing in me. I promise I won't let anyone down who had invested in me.
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Raised by 52 people in 40 months
Created October 16, 2015
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Hannah Morris
37 months ago

SET IT ON FIRE

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Dan Adams
37 months ago

It looks like you've almost reached your goal. I guess Maine isn't for everyone... I hope Dallas kicks ass

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