Breathe Easy

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Raised by 136 people in 1 month
I would like you to go find a straw you have lying around the house. Put one end in your mouth and breathe through it for one minute, then maybe try doing it for 10 minutes. I bet your now trying to catch your breath or coughing? Now try doing that 24 hours a day 7 days a week and you might have a small idea what Lindsay has to go through everyday of her life. She will never know the feeling that we all take for granted which is breathing good, we don't even think about it, it comes natural to us. Think of those hot humid days we have in Ontario and you feel like you cant breathe and its heavy, she feels like this all the time.
Lindsay has a chronic lung disease called Cystic Fibrosis she was diagnosed at the age of 4 months and was told she would not live past the age of 4. Cystic Fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. The current life expectancy is currently growing at 50 years in Canada. At present, there is no cure. CF causes various effects on the body, but mainly affects the digestive system and lungs. CF patients have a very weak immune system and therefore are much more susceptible to colds and viruses. When a person with CF catches one of these they are commonly admitted to the hospital for on average of 2 weeks for heavy doses of antibiotics.           About Cystic Fibrosis 
Lindsay is now 28 years old, shes married and has adopted a now 15 month baby boy. She does a minimum of one hour of treatments in the morning and one hour of treatments at night she also must do 45 min to an hour workout everyday to ensure her lungs work at the fullest. Her hour treatments include her taking two medications through inhalation and a peri pep. Lindsay also must take 30-40 pills everyday each pill has a vital purpose that help key components of her body, example digestive system, liver, bones. Lindsay was also diagnosed with rheumatoid juvenile arthritis at the age of 8 . For this she must take two injections a week just to be able to move and function like you and I. As I'm sure you all know medication and medical equipment is not generally cheap. Lindsay's medication costs over $3500 a month and that's not including and equipment needed. She is unable to get any insurance because of her condition because even the ones were its guaranteed acceptance max out at a cap of $5000. So we have trillium which works okay they pay some of the cost but with a hefty premium also we found that there is always once or twice a year where they simply don;t pay for one claim one claim varies from $1000-$2000 each. But all this aside Lindsay and I have managed to work through these problems. So I am not asking for help paying those expenses I am asking you to help Lindsay live a full life and stay out of the hospital. I am looking to cover the cost of buying a Cystic Fibrosis vest which cost about $10,000 we have been trying to save money to buy one but there's always a medical expense that stops us. These vests are not covered buy any insurance but they are a very effective and one of the best ways to get rid of the mucus that builds up in the lungs of CF patients. 
So of you I ask you please help Lindsay Breathe Easy so that we can breathe together.
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Hi Everyone, Thanks to all of your help and support we have doubled our initial goal of $10,000 and sit at a total of $20,060. It is truly an amazing thing to see that there are so many people that care about Lindsay and I. I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for helping us. It means a lot to me that Lindsay will now have the best devices to help her breathe freely and stay as healthy as possible.
We have purchased a vest called the Afflo Vest it is battery operated and completely mobile, it is fit to Lindsay so that the pucks in her vest target the perfect areas on her lungs. There is no air compressor like the older models which is great. Also a great advantage is that it has 3 settings, Vibration: where the vest vibrates everywhere, Percussion: the vest pulses on and off vibrations, and Drainage: this is one designed to remove mucus that is stuck further in her lungs, it starts vibrating at the bottom of her lungs and the vibration slowly moves upward. The vest also offers 3 different intensity levels high, medium and low. Lindsay has been using the vest for about a week now doing half an hour in the morning and half an hour at night. She is still trying to figure out what one works best for her, so far she finds that percussion and drainage work the best for her and we also find it works very well when used while taking her hypertonic saline medication. We suspect this is because the medication is designed to loosen and break down the mucus and then the vest shakes it up and she is able to cough it out. We also noticed the mucus comes out much easier with the vest then before.
We have also purchased a Spiro meter to be able to test her lung function at home on a regular basis; we have not yet received it. Lindsay has also been trying Salt Therapy it is supposed to be very effective for people who have Cystic Fibrosis because you breathe in salt particles which beaks up the mucus. She has only done a few sessions and so far it seems to be helping. We have spent about $16,000 total buying these devices. The rest of the money raised will go towards only her medical needs for when she needs new medical devices or used in some way to help her breathe easier.
I will be closing the Go Fund Me page on Tuesday April 24.
Thank you all again so much this has touched us both very much and has changed our lives.
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Hi everyone just wanted to send a reminder that the Tupperware bingo is cancelled and if you still want to donate the go fund me page will be closing in the next few days. Lindsay and i will be posting a video or pictures of the vest and explaining how it works shortly
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contact one of these numbers for tickets.
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Hi everyone there will be a Tupperware Bingo fundraiser on Sunday, April 22 at the Johnstown Community Center $25 a ticket $10 goes directly to the cause and receive a $15 Tupperware gift at the door. Come have some fun and win some Tupperware! 6 rounds of bingo $20 - $50 prizes plus 1 jackpot over $150 value! Kids welcome to come play but also require a ticket.
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