Emergency Hysterectomy - Need final push!

For: Bonnie B. / Squeaky
Organizer: Erin Palette/Bonnie B
Emergency Hysterectomy - Need final push! (Bonnie B. / Squeaky)
of $6,000 goal.
Raised by 128 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Surgery was on October 18, 2013, and was a success.  Thank you for your continued support!


Due to circumstances which are both complicated and kind of stupid, the fundraiser has been extended.  The surgery has been delayed by paperwork and additional ordered pre-procedures, and these procedures have also upped the total cost.

The goal has been changed, but it's not set in stone - this is an ideal amount (as set by Erin Palette based on insurance and other needs), but if we get close, I (Bonnie) will be happy.

Surgery will be scheduled in the next couple of weeks!

Thank you for your continued support!

Funded in less than 36 hours!  Thank you!

Because unexpected things have a tendency to crop up, we're keeping the fundraiser open until the end of the month to see how well we can help Bonnie with other expenses outside the surgery itself.

Look at the stretch goals we have for you:  http://lurkingrhythmically.blogspot.com/2013/08/insert-expletives-here.html?spref=fb

Thank you so much, everyone!

What:  Hysterectomy and removal of bowel adhesions/obstructions via open abdominal surgery.

Who:  Bonnie B. (also known as Squeaky to many of her friends).  You can find her blog here:  http://www.squeakywheelseeksgrease.com/blog.

Why:  Due to Lyme disease causing issues with the immune system, a simple case of endometriosis reached "code red" and was met with the body creating a LOT of scar tissue, which was found via exploratory surgery (photo of fundraiser is from this surgery, and graphic images of situation here:  http://www.squeakywheelseeksgrease.com/blog/?p=8322).  This has not only rendered Bonnie infertile, but is the cause of a lot of pain, and very heavy bleeding.

While she has insurance, she is unable to work at this time not only because of the pain of this condition (whch lasts upwards of 3 weeks per month), but because of neurological and physical symptoms of Lyme disease and its treatment.

This surgery is hopefully the giant leap needed to help Bonnie be able to help herself through gainful employment, again...not to mention relief from debilitating pain.

Every little bit helps!  Thank you!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 23, 2013

Posted on October 23, 2013

Since the raffle will continue through November 3, 2013, it's been decided that this site should be updated to reflect that in the donation goals.

If you would like to participate by donating $5 or $10 (depending on the bracket) for raffle tickets, go here for the raffle information/instructions!

Posted on October 22, 2013

Posted on October 22, 2013

I just received a phone call from my surgeon - the nodule was processed by a lab, and it was a lump of scar tissue and endometrium.

No cancer, no scary tumors or cysts.  It was the same as the materials around the uterus that was being removed, it had just isolated itself and was merrily growing by itself.

It HAD attached itself to my bowel (in the way we'd feared), but my general surgeon did something strange that allowed the bowel to be repaired without having to remove any of it for resectioning.  This means my recovery time is not nearly as long as we feared (as long as everything goes as planned), and 3 months will be the maximum time I will need to get back to where I was...or even better, since I won't have to deal with the same issues as before with regard to some stupidly basic bodily functions.

It's been 4 days since my surgery, and I'm recovering as well as can be expected.  It's frustrating not being able to do much, but I've been assured by my doctor that things will get easier with time.

Thanks again for the donations, well-wishes, and items for the raffles!  I am so grateful to all of you!

(Random story for you:  The way my organs were configured due to my issue with the nodule was apparently so unique, my surgeon has sent photos and my case notes to a surgeon in Belgium to look over.  This Belgian surgeon is a specialist in this area, and only works on my kind of cases.  The question from my surgeon is if he's ever seen anything like this, before.  I'm still awaiting word, but I thought it was pretty funny...it just seems natural that I would be THAT weirdo...)

Posted on October 14, 2013

Posted on October 14, 2013

I am, once again, humbled by the response to the raffle (original post here, update here), and the kindness shown by so many people.

My surgery is this Friday, and while I'm worried about quite a number of things, the financial aspect isn't looming quite as large, and believe me when I say that is such a relief.

Thank you.  I am so grateful.


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