Help Fund Kate Sholly's Healing and Recover

For: Kate Sholly & Tem Tarriktar
Nevada City, CA
Organizer: Debra Kiva
Help Fund Kate Sholly's Healing and Recover (Kate Sholly & Tem Tarriktar)
$19,050
of $25,000 goal
76% Complete
Raised by 236 donors

The Story

HELP FUND KATE SHOLLY’S HEALING AND RECOVERY

by Julia Kelliher

Kate Sholly is a gem of a person and in serious trouble. My name is Julia Kelliher and I have known Kate for twenty years and Debra Kiva and I are appealing to you for financial support.

Kate has a spark and passion that is hard to describe. We live in a small community in Northern California and Kate has touched numerous people with her intelligent wit, dark and light humor, and big-hearted tenderness toward those in any kind of pain or need. She and her husband, Tem, have been active in political and spiritual work, hosted gatherings and meetings, all while running a successful astrology magazine that touches lives across North America and Europe. Until recently, they had numerous pets and supported animal adoption. When you meet them, individually or together, they smile and speak in a way that leaves you feeling loved and accepted exactly as you are.

KATE’S HEALTH JOURNEY

About 14 years ago, Kate contracted a MYSTERIOUS digestive disorder. She had numerous tests done for the most obvious gastrointestinal diseases, blockages, and cancer, as well as the mysterious diseases such as parasites, Lyme disease, heavy metal overload etc. She has suffered through all kinds of dietary adaptations, pain after eating, cold feet, neurological discomfort, and cramps in legs. Despite her best efforts to heal emotionally and physically, she has found no definitive diagnosis, prognosis or path to healing, other than some infection that is hard to diagnose.


Kate has been left to live with painful symptoms that would get worse and then better and then worse again. She has held her own for several years, working hard to do the right things to correct the problem. But six months ago, symptoms grew much, much worse. By December, she had not been able to eat more than broth on many days, and when she did eat, even broth, it causes ongoing gas that lasted for hours at a time and doesn’t let her sleep much at night. Her weight plummeted to a point where she could not sustain her normal functions any longer due to pain and weakness in limbs.  


In mid-January, Kate began a treatment called TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition), a nutrition delivery system that bypasses the gut and delivers nutrition directly through a vein. TPN gives her a chance to actually be nourished, have her gut rest, and gain stamina and strength. She hopes to experience a more pain-free existence and to continue to look for a diagnosis and cure for whatever is going on. Kate is in her early sixties. She is not ready to die. She has a lot to live for, and she is currently aranging for additional help with pain management.

KATE NEEDS HELP


Kate and Tem are drawing on their retirement money to fund her healing, but more is needed. They need money to hire in-home care for Kate who is too weak to be alone, so that Tem can get much needed respite and get back to attending to their business. Most importantly they need money to keep Kate alive. 


TPN is expensive, even though her insurance covers part of it. When you donate to this campaign you are giving Kate another day to live, another day to gain enough strength to endure a stint at U.C. San Francisco (in order to get more and better help) and another day to bless us with her glorious, impish, and infinitely lovely presence.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 4, 2018

Posted on April 4, 2018

Update: Because she has grown increasingly depressed in her highly uncomfortable and limited life, Kate is now trying an antidepressant on the advice of a well-respected local psychiatrist. After it starts working, we are hoping it will also relax her body in a way that will reduce her anxiety and her intestinal gas. After the depression is mitigated, we’ll be more easily able to leave the house to see specialists to help with her digestive problems. Thank you all for your continued good wishes and financial help.


Posted on March 20, 2018

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Posted on March 20, 2018

Kate is slowly benefiting from the IV nutritional program, and is now sleeping part of the night partially reclined in a rented hospital bed (instead of all night sleeping upright on the couch), but small amounts of the bone broth she has tried are still causing locked-up gas. She is often tired and her spirits could also use a lift, but her nervous system has a limited capacity right now, so she can’t talk a lot or socialize much. Although she loves to read, she can’t do that much either. But she looks at printed-out emails. Your donations and messages have been wonderful for her and Tem. They thank you for this successful fundraiser, which has met the goal (counting some checks received in the mail) and taken the financial pressure off of them for the foreseeable future. 


Posted on March 3, 2018

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Posted on March 3, 2018

Kate is having some up days and some down days. There are still some big questions about how effective the new meds are in reducing her gas, and overall recovery is slow since she was malnourished for so long. She has regained some of the weight she lost, but it is hard to tell how much is true weight gain and how much is edema. We are preparing for Kate to try small amounts of broth by mouth, while remaining on the IV nutrition until she can get enough calories from food. She will be seeing an endocrinologist in late March and hopefully a GI motility specialist after that. In the meantime, she will continue to make progress on emotional and spiritual levels as well. The fundraiser has been successful, and we thank you all! 

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