Help Paul complete his extraordinary journey

For: Paul Mason
Organizer: Rebecca Mountain
Help Paul complete his extraordinary journey (Paul Mason)
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of $12,000 goal.
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The Story

Paul Mason is from Ipswich, UK and has struggled with an eating disorder which saw his weight grow to 980 pounds before the NHS granted the gastric bypass surgery he desperately wanted to help him control his eating and facilitate his weight loss. Since his surgery in February, 2010 Paul has lost over 600 pounds and has turned his life around by addressing the reasons for his addiction to food.

Gastric bypass surgery is not a guarantee of success in keeping the weight off as many people end up putting the weight back on. Paul’s success this far is not only one of pounds shed, but of changing his relationship with food.

His journey is far from over as Paul has been left with roughly 100 pounds of loose skin which prevents him from walking more than a few steps before the weight of it causes his skin to split. He is unable to exercise to continue to build up his strength and continue to lose weight to reach his goal weight of 200 pounds. He still must rely on a wheelchair to get around and do day to day activities.

The usual procedure for people loosing hundreds of pounds of weight is to have several separate surgeries to remove the excess skin as their weight declines. Currently, Paul must rely on the NHS (National Health Service) to provide the medical care he needs. So far the NHS has refused to grant even one skin removal surgery, saying that Paul's weight must be stable for 6 months before they will consider the surgeries. However, since Paul's weight loss is so great it could be years before his weight loss stops and even then, the wait list for surgery could be years more. Paul has decided that waiting for the NHS to cover the surgeries he needs could leave him unable to walk for years to come and that is not an option.

Paul’s goal is to reach out to people who are suffering from eating disorders and weight problems and help them with his own personal experiences. He understands that surgery alone is not the solution to turning one’s life around and has himself relied on counseling to help identify the reasons for his over eating so that he would be able to succeed with his weight loss.

Once Paul has had the surgery to regain his mobility, he plans to move to the U.S. where he will partner with his girlfriend Rebecca in running a small business. Paul also plans on launching a business selling handcrafted jewelry and cards.

The surgery Paul needs would remove the loose skin in stages allowing him gain mobility and achieve his goals. A New York based doctor is willing to offer her services at no charge, but there are many related medical expenses such as transportation, hospital fees, medication and aftercare that he needs to raise money for.

UPDATE 4-22-15: Paul has received his surgery date from Dr. Capla! We are very excited. Things are happening very fast now and we are still scrambling to raise all the money needed for his recovery period in NYC. We met with Dr. Capla yesterday and Paul was cleared for surgery to take place next week, Tuesday, April 28th. Paul will need to stay in the city for up to 4 weeks after he is discharged from Lenox Hill Hospital. We are looking at hotels and will have to have a nurse come daily to check on him. We have estimated the cost for one month to be $9,000. which would cover the room (at a discounted rate) and a one hour nurse visit each day. This will not include his meals, transportation or any other unforeseen expenses. Thanks everyone!

Visit Paul's website: http://pauljmason.weebly.com/

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 29, 2015

Posted on May 29, 2015

Paul has been home since May 16th and his wounds have been healing well. The nice weather encouraged us to get out to some tag sales and other activities; however this had an adverse effect on Paul's legs, causing fluid buildup and subsequently, a cellulitis infection. Paul is in the hospital receiving treatment and will hopefully be discharged in the next few days. He is seeing a specialist for the lymphedema in his legs which as we understand is the cause of the fluid retention and cellulitis infections. This is frustrating as the surgery has allowed Paul to move much more easily and moving on with his new life means more activity, but this seems to exacerbate the swelling and infection in the legs. We are determined to figure this out and continue moving forward. Thanks everyone for your support!


Posted on May 14, 2015

Posted on May 14, 2015

It's been just over two weeks since Paul was discharged from Lenox Hill Hospital and has been recovering in a hotel in NYC with daily visits from Dr. Capla, nurses who change his dressings and three days a week a physical therapist comes to help him with strength building exercises. The healing process has been going quite well and Paul has been able to get outside several times and has been walking quite a bit. The days and months ahead are sure to be challenging but progress is being made each day. Thank you to all of Paul's supporters. We could not have gotten this far without your help.
Paul is sharing updates on his Facebook and Twitter feeds for anyone who is interested. FB: https://www.facebook.com/paulmasonformerworldsfattestman and Twitter: @pjmason254

Posted on May 3, 2015

Posted on May 3, 2015

Paul has been recovering well at Lenox Hill Hospital since his surgery last Tuesday. Every day he walks a bit further and feels stronger. The plan was for him to go into a local hotel tomorrow for up to four weeks, however, some of his blood levels are not yet where they need to be and Paul still needs more supervision when walking as his strength is not fully back. Because of this the doctor recommends Paul go to a rehab center for a week before going into the hotel.
While Paul and I realize this is necessary, we're also concerned about the cost. Rehab centers can cost many hundreds of dollars per day and we still don't know what the actual amount is. We are so fortunate for all the donations each of you have given and this will help us with the costs of rehab. 
If you have not done so already, you can follow Paul's progress on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paulmasonformerworldsfattestman
Twitter: @pjmason254

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