Golda Black Gilkison Heart Fund
Golda is the youngest of my five siblings and the little girl I helped raise. Golda was only 17 when her own mother passed away from cancer, but Golda wanted nothing more than to be a mother herself and raise a family of her own.
Her dream came true and with her wonderful husband Josh they welcomed their third child Cooper into the world on April 14, 2015. But is was prior to Cooper's birth that Golda first started to have symptoms. She repeatedly visited doctors reporting symptoms of chest pains, arm pain, and shortness of breath, but they all told her she was to young for heart problems and dismissed her symptons as pneumonia, pulled muscles or simply in her head. The symptoms progressed and Golda knew something was seriously wrong. We talked nearly everyday and I made her promise to see a cardiologist.
The day of her appointment with the cardiologist, they wouldn't even finish her testing because her Ejection Fraction numbers were so low and she was already in Congestive Heart failure, and was soon after that she was diagnosed with Cardio Myopathy. And just recently she had a ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) inserted to start her heart in the event of a heart attack. She has been in extreme pain and in and out of the hospital. Needless to say, Josh has missed many days of work and Golda is still in danger of being placed on a heart transplant list.
They need help to support their family and get back on their feet. Unfortunately, because of the heart failure, she is unable to pick up or care for her children they way a mother wants to. The doctors predict a three month recovery and it is for this time that we are looking for funding to get Golda the much needed help.
We would all like to be there to help Golda and her family, but it is not always possible because everyone has their own family responsiblities. I have found someone to come into their home to help out with cooking healthy meals, housework, and help with the kids for this transitional time of healing, and it will cost about $5000 to secure this person for two to three months.
Please contribute whatever you can so Golda can get well and avoid the transplant list and be here to raise her children.
Micah Black (Sister)