Alright friends. This is a serious post for someone I love dearly. If you could stop scrolling for just a moment and read this, it would mean the world.
As some of you know, my Mom has been sick for quite some time. I could really use your attention right now, because she needs help.
My mom is the sweetest, most compassionate woman I know. She loves her children selflessly, gives to others constantly, and almost always puts herself last. She has given 200% into raising me and my 7 siblings and giving us opportunities to thrive.
A few months ago she contracted a colon infection. The doctors put her on 3 doses of antibiotics (including the blacklist antibiotic sipro), which ended up nearly destroying her digestive system. Her stomach lining was hurt, and the antibiotics killed a lot of good bacteria that keep a normal digestive system in full repair. Since then she got off medication entirely, but she’s had an increasingly difficult time eating. Her diet largely consists of juicing, oatmeal, and probiotics. She lost 15 pounds in 3 months. Now she weighs close to 99 pounds. Her doctors are calling it IBS, but the cause is unknown. We’ve been visiting a naturopathic doctor to find a cure for her reoccuring difficulties with digestion, nausea, and cramping.
Her naturopathic doctor highly suggested a GI Effects Comprehensive Profile test. Through sending in some stool samples, the test will cover every possible bacteria that may be contributing to my Mom’s weight loss and weakness. It will ultimately help her doctor diagnosis what the real problem is behind my Mom’s difficulties, and what process we should go through to fix it.
The biggest problem? And here is where I you, the kind, caring souls on tumblr come in. The test costs…a lot of money. You can find the details on paymenthere. Because we live outside of Georgia, medical insurance won’t cover the cost of the test. And to date, we’ve spent hundreds upon hundreds of dollars on medical help, whether it be testing, bloodwork, medicines, natural remedies, and appointments with doctors across the Knoxville area. My brother is going to college this year, which also puts us in a financial bind.
Speaking of which, Mom was so hoping to go back to Colorado Springs with my brother to celebrate his graduation trip, but her sickness has prevented her from doing so. It’s been so gutting to watch her sickness slowly steal away her ability to do the things she loves to do.
I went out with Mom today for a chat, and she revealed that she doesn’t want to pay out for the test at this point…it could end up cutting other family needs. I was floored. Mom has always been a sacrificial soul, but I really refuse to let her wait any longer on a test that could bring her healing, and save her from growing even weaker, losing weight she can’t afford to lose.
What can you do to to help? Here are three options:
I believe in the power of prayer, and we could use all the prayers we can get.
If you find it in your heart to help Kathy out, your contributions would mean the world to me. I’m not telling her about this fund-raiser because she wouldn’t want me to burden anyone. Whether you donate $1, $5, or $10, it will ALL (100%) go to the cause of The GI Effects test. In fact, after this test becomes a reality for her, I’ll show her this donation, and I’m certain she’ll want to write a personal thank you and an update for everyone. Though our family could gradually obtain the money ourselves, it will ultimately be a much slower process. Weeks, months. Every day her illness is a real and persisting reality. The sooner we raise this money, the sooner she can take the test.
If you can’t donate (and that’s alright!), please do consider reblogging this, as we are trying to get this out to as many people as we can.
I’m submitting this donation plea here because I have confidence in the compassion of my friends on tumblr. I know how much my Mom needs this. It has been heart-wrenching to see her growing so much frailer through the weeks. I also know, if we work together, we can raise the money that will contribute to her healing. My family is pulling together for this, but we’re still far from reaching our goal.
Here is the donation site: gofundme.com/a8chfo
Thank you so much, and may you be abundantly blessed for your help.
Supporting you through this time, my mother just had a major surgery due to this and she’s making a full recovery!
I hope your mother has a donor soon and recovers afterward.