Help Jeez Loueez Recover from Knee Surgery!

For: Jeez Loueez
Chicago, IL
Organizer: Jeez Loueez
Help Jeez Loueez Recover from Knee Surgery! (Jeez Loueez)
of $3,500 goal
99% Complete
Raised by 108 donors

The Story

UPDATE May 3rd, 2018: I'm having my first surgery June 7th!!!!!!!! I am so grateful! This will be a long and arduous recovery process and I will have to take a month off work. As a full-time performer (yes even still with the injury) that is absolutely terrifying! If you have any bit to spare it would truly help!

Hello! Well, here we are. My name is Jeez Loueez and I am a full-time traveling entertainer, producer, and instructor based in Chicago. I'm a life-long dancer who has been fortunate to survive as a self-employed artist in the performance arts for most of my adult life. Unfortunately, I do not currently have health insurance though I have applied for it several times. Being a self-employed artists has it perks, but I would be remiss if I didn't say it's been a difficult road and one that does not allow for much error or emergencies.

On October 15th I suffered a severe knee injury in Berlin while on my last day of my first European tour. Since then I have been in immense pain daily, am unable to walk without the aid of crutches, and have had to cancel performances and classes that couldn't be modified. Needless to say, dancing is out of the question and the next couple of months of my personal and professional life are up in the air. 

I have been to multiple emergency rooms and have been tirelessly researching my options for the past couple of weeks. Because I'm not insured, it has been extremely difficult to navigate the health care system or to be taken seriously. My injury has not improved and I fear that I've torn something and need further care and a proper diagnosis so that I can begin the process of a healthy and quick recovery.

Cook County has given mean MRI appointment on January 6th, which is an extremely long time to wait for answers and care given the nature of my job and, what I feel is, the severity of my injury. 

While I am striving to keep as much work as I can during this time, unfortunately there are movement classes and dance-heavy gigs that I will have to cancel. I have also spent an immense amount of money on Uber rides to and from doctors appointments and obligations and anticipate that it will only grow since I'm immobile for an undetermined amount of time.

I've found a place that can get me an MRI this upcoming Monday, and I will have to pay out of pocket. All funds raised will go towards the MRI, seeing a primary care physician on Wednesday, the medical bills from the emergency rooms, and assisting with my personal finances (rent, food, utilities) while I head down the road to recovery.

Thank you so much for listening and reading. I have had so much support and assistance these past couple of weeks (and my whole life honestly), and I'm extremely grateful for those of you who have contributed in a myriad of ways thus far. This situation has left me feeling extremely lost and unsure of what's to come. I have lived my life on the stage and have danced my way to where I am, and the thought (and reality) of not being able to do that without a full recovery has been heavy on my heart and mind.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 3, 2018


Posted on May 3, 2018

Hello everyone! If you weren't updated via social media then I have great news! I have my FIRST SURGERY scheduled for June 7th and I couldn't be more thrilled!!!! The crazy part is that I literally had to get married to even get insurance :/ yep that's living in America.

I've been going through some rough times but I finally feel like a positive outcome is around the corner. I'm also moving out of my current living situation and hopefully into a better one at the end of May. I'm literally starting over and while it's not the beeeeest time for this to be happening it is what it is.

I'm moving at the end of May, then flying to Burlesque Hall of Fame the next day, and the day after I return to Chicago I will have surgery. After that I will need to take a month off of performing and working which is what I'm most freaked out about. If you know me then you know I'm a workaholic but I HAVE to give myself this time to heal properly. I have been going non-stop and once the scar tissue is removed is when I will know the extent of my torn ACL and MCL.

I'm working a day job VERY part-time and am hustling as much as I can to have money to move AND co-pay for surgery AND to live while I'm not working. So if you're feeling like sending me an early Birthday present a Knee Surgery Cushion would definitely help! 

Thank you to everyone who has wheeled me around, given me a stage, allowed me to emcee, helped me get stuff for my new apartment, listened to me complain, venmo'd or paypal'd. I appreciate it so much and can't wait for this to be over!

Posted on January 2, 2018

Posted on January 2, 2018

Hello family! Thank you all so much for the endless emotional and financial support you've offered. If you haven't been updated via my FB posts here's where I am now:

The MRI showed that I have a partially torn ACL and a partially torn MCL. Since November I have been going to physical therapy when I can. Because I have still not been approved for Medicaid I have to pay for each physical therapy session out of pocket ($111 each visit). The money I have raised so far has paid for my first month of sessions, but now I am back at square one since I have not been able to support myself with burlesque and teaching.

As of right now I'm looking for work-from-home or office jobs. I am currently under a mountain of medical bills (I just received one from Stroger for $700 which now puts me at over $1200 in bills). I'm praying that I will be able to schedule surgery soon, but have to see an orthopedic surgeon in the next few weeks.

At this point I'm just ready to schedule the surgery uninsured. I would rather be in debt than unable to dance or walk or regain full mobility and range of motion. After several weeks of barely any income I have been unable to return to physical therapy which is extremely crucial for recovery. I'm doing as much as I can at home on my own.

Thank you all for sharing and donating and checking in on me.

Posted on November 6, 2017

Posted on November 6, 2017

I got an MRI today! The results will be send to the doctor tomorrow and then hopefully they can move my appointment to this week instead of November 20th. Thank you all so much for your help and love and generosity! And thanks to Andy B for braving the office with me today. I will keep you posted on the next steps. xo

About the Organizer

*Please report fraud and Terms of Service violations only. Personal disputes will not be reviewed.

* YouCaring will not use or share your phone number or other information for marketing purposes.



Grab Our Widget

Help Jeez Loueez Recover from Knee Surgery!

Grab Our Widget
Donate NowFacebook Share Button