Help Emily Pay Medical Expenses #BrainTumor #BrainCancer

For: Emily Suess
Urbana, IL
Organizer: Emily Suess
Help Emily Pay Medical Expenses #BrainTumor #BrainCancer (Emily Suess)
$3,833
of $11,300 goal.
Raised by 65 donors
33% Complete

The Story

I'm fighting a rare brain tumor, but like so many people these days I need help with the cost of treatment.

Financially speaking, it sure doesn't help that it took doctors more than two years and dozens of unhelpful medical test before finally ordering the MRIs that would lead them to discover my tumor.

During that time, I was misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia. And I incurred a few thousand dollars in medical debt while my condition declined to the point of disability. I couldn't get out of the bathtub. I couldn't walk. I couldn't drive a car. I had to work as a technical writer entirely from home because I was constantly dizzy, my heart rate and blood pressure were too high, and I had trouble breathing.

My initial goal of $4,226 might seem a bit odd for a fundraiser. But it's significant because that's how much I owe the local hospital system for tests--including the MRIs that finally found the tumor--that occurred up to February 2, 2017.

If you can give anything at all, you have my sincerest gratitude. If you can't, you have my complete understanding.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 2, 2017

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Posted on July 2, 2017

This past week I was feeling alert enough to successfully complete two applications for disability insurance -- one is a private policy I purchased through my former employer and the other one is for SSDI. I can't say whether or when I will start receiving any income from these sources, but I am at least relieved to have completed the tedious application process. If approved I could, at least for a certain amount of time, replace about 60% of my former income while I continue to receive treatment. This would be such a huge help.

I also have health insurance again, which makes me feel a little bit better about our financial future. And that means it's about time to start seeing ALL THE DOCTORS again. Next week I have an appointment with an allergist to determine whether or not I am allergic to the chemotherapy pill my oncologist had originally prescribed for ongoing treatment. Once I get a definitive answer on that, the doctor will formulate a plan for continued treatment. We are all still hoping we can shrink the tumor.

Thank you to every single one of you that have given to this campaign. Your donations helped us pay our mortgage this month!

Love,
Emily & Dan

Posted on May 13, 2017

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Posted on May 13, 2017

Thanks to all of you, I was able to make another payment to Carle Hospital this morning!

w00t!

Yesterday, total donations raised reached the 50% mark and my friend Kristin at Aubrey's Boutique gave away a pair of cultured pearl earrings.

If that's not awesome enough, she's offered to do another giveaway when my YouCaring campaign reaches 75% or $3,169.50. Details available here: https://www.facebook.com/AubreysBoutiqueandMore/posts/276108452800089

Posted on May 2, 2017

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Posted on May 2, 2017

Another week, another payment posted from YouCaring to my checking account. And you know what that means? Another payment to the hospital for my outstanding medical bill. Thanks for your contributions! Because of your help, it's been 5 business days since my last phone call from the Carle hospital billing department.

May is brain tumor awareness month. Sport your gray pins, ribbons, and T-shirts if you've got them, or consider sharing my campaign with the hashtag #BrainCancerAwareness

Much love,
Emily

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