Ysabella Brave: Medical & Living Expense Fund

For: Ysabella Brave
Organizer: Friends of Ysabella Brave
$18,188
of $43,000 goal.
Raised by 134 donors
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The Story

Ysabella Brave's medical care & base living expenses come at a great financial cost which cannot be met without our assistance. The goal set represents one year's financial needs to reduce the stress, pain and setbacks of interrupted care.

Prayerfully consider giving sacrificially, and regularly to help her live.  Let us share encouraging words, and and lift her up in prayer for the strength to shine brightly as she loves to bless others and her Lord.

Her Story:

July 14th, 2006 was a momentous day in early YouTube History when Ysabella Brave, armed with a Kodak Easyshare Z760, a karaoke CD in the stereo, and a broken desk Lamp, uploaded her first music video. She had followed her calling to sing.

Within months, she was one of YouTube's top 50 "most subscribed" and "most viewed", and was signed to Cordless Recordings, an division of Warner Music! In less than a year, she uploaded 116 videos of karaoke singing, original compositions, humorous skits, and "Ysabella Brave Talk" videos where she revealed her heart for others and blessed many with her words of wisdom and compassion.

By December 2008, with over 34,000 subscribers, over 11,000,000 views, media attention, and having recorded her debut studio album, "American Saudade", everything seemed to be going great, until tragedy struck again and again and again:

* Her job was eliminated due to layoffs.
* Her YouTube channels were suspended, and only restored after hiding most of her videos.
* Her debut album release was canceled.
* Her chronic illnesses took a severe turn for the worse, leading to multiple hospitalizations, and surgery.

Since then, we've learned of other letdowns:
* Her Unemployment Insurance has expired.
* Her treatments come at high cost (No further insurance or discount programs can be applied)
* Her appeals for Disability Insurance are continually denied.


Never without hope and always fighter, she has endured thus far, but needs our assistance.

Please share this page with everyone you know:

http://YouCaring.org/YsabellaBrave

Thank you!

~Friends of Ysabella Brave


Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Will 100% of my gift go to Ysabella Brave?
A.
There is a 3% fee imposed by PayPal when giving through YouCaring.
If you have a PayPal account, please consider giving a gift directly to [email protected] by bank transfer (Not a Credit Card) to avoid the PayPal fees.

Q. What illnesses does Ysabella Brave have?
A. She has many, but has openly shared of two:Fibromyalgia and Severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/M.E. (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/C.F.S.)

"Myalgia means muscle pain and encephalomyelitis means inflammation of the brain and spinal cord."
Further Reading: ME is often dismissed – but sufferers like Emily Collingridge are dying

Q. What are her symptoms?
A. Her symptoms are numerous. A few she has openly mentioned have been:
* Severe pain all over her body
* Severe exhaustion & weakness
* High Fevers
* Fainting
* Inability to sleep, arise or eat due to pain.

Many of her symptoms are minimized when her treatments are uninterrupted.

Q. Are her illnesses terminal?
A.Severe ME/CFS can be fatal, and she had written regarding Fibromyalgia, "It's detrimental and eating me up, literally. I wish I could say it is one or only one of the diseases I'm going through, but the list is long and yes some are fatal."

Q.  What will this money go toward?
A.  Ysabella's medical and living expenses.

Q. Isn't there some government program, insurance or charity care that will cover her needs?
A. She has applied for all available options, but currently, this is her situation, and we must help her in it. Please do not tell her she should be doing things differently, as this only adds stress.

Q.  Can I give anonymously or hide the amount I give from being shown on this page?
A.
 Yes, both options are available before submitting your gift.  If enabled, only Ysabella will be shown this information in her PayPal notification.

Q. Can I contact Ysabella Brave directly? I'd like to send her an encouraging note.
A.Please send an encouraging note, but be understanding of her condition, not expect an immediate or lengthy reply. When communicating with her or any chronic pain patient, she asks that we keep these guidelines in mind:
What Those with Chronic Pain or Illness DON’T Want to Hear
What Those With Chronic Pain or Illness DO Want to Hear

You can add a message when giving a gift, using either of two fields:
1. "Leave a Message With Your Donation" will be e-mailed to her and be seen publically on this site.
2. "Add a memo about this payment" will only be e-mailed to Ysabella and will NOT be seen on this site.

You can also contact her at her Facebook page: Facebook.com/Ysabella.Brave

Q.  Where can I learn more about Ysabella Brave?
A.Here are some relevant links:
http://www.YsabellaBraveFriends.com
http://Facebook.com/Ysabella.Brave
http://YouTube.com/YsabellaBrave
http://YouTube.com/YsabellaBraveTalk
http://amksoutlook.com/ysabellabrave

"If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart...for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake....Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’"  Deuteronomy 15:7-11 (ESV)

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 27, 2015

Posted on August 27, 2015

Greetings fellow friends and supporters of Ysabella Brave!

R
ecently there have been several close-calls where her life was notably in danger, with various conditions escalating, sometimes directly related to treatments not being available due to lack of funding.  Sadly, now is one of those times again where she's really afraid for her life and needs us more than ever to step up to let her know she's not alone in this battle, and very much loved!
Ysabella's ESSENTIAL medical, nutritional and living expenses are still several thousand dollars per month, and still there is no cash aid available from Social Services, despite multiple applications and appeals, but still she fights on for her life, and so must we stand and support her in her onging fight to live!

RIGHT NOW THERE IS A LARGE EMERGENCY NEED BEFORE THIS WEEKEND!  PLEASE, SEND ANY GIFT YOU CAN, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, and please keep her in mind for regular contributions to help keep this amazing woman alive and as healthy and stress free as can be!  Stress of any sort instantly and severely degrades her health in drastic ways, and fearing for one's own life takes a HUGE and DEVESTATING toll on her health!   PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO THIS EMERGENCY NEED NOW!
The legitimacy of this need and this fund-raising effort has been authenticated by Ysabella's latest video, "I'M NOT DEAD" at https://youtu.be/hHE_fd0cHLE

If you has any questions or assumptions, please contact Ysabella Directly for factual answers.
  1. Best regards, and the Lord's blessings to you all!
    ~Friends of Ysabella Brave

Posted on November 13, 2014

Posted on November 13, 2014

Thanks to you, and others who have assisted, Ysabella's condition has stabilized so that over the past several weeks, despite the ongoing pain and weakness, she was able to eat and keep her food down most days, sing karaoke at home many nights, attend church most Sundays and even take a walk in the park for the first time in over a year!
This is a glad reminder that your gifts DO make a HUGE DIFFERENCE!  Ysabella is alive, and a blessing to all she encounters, thanks to you!
This is also a CRITICAL reminder that her medical and living expenses are currently unmet, with an URGENT need for $900 within a few days to help keep her alive and nourished!  Please respond with any gift possible, as soon as possible!
Lastly, this is a  reminder that her living expenses are costly and ONGOING!  Ysabella has no support apart from our gifts, and further gifts are needed regularly to keep her alive and nourished and to reduce the stress of fearing for her life every few days!
Again, please let others with a heart know of her situation by sharing this fund raiser, and we will together keep this vivatious woman alive and well! 
Thanks again! Take care and may God bless you and yours! 
~Friends of Ysabella Brave
http://YouCaring.com/YsabellaBrave

Posted on September 4, 2014

Posted on September 4, 2014

Greetings!

Right now Ysabella has an immediate unmet need of $140for her medical expenses since last week and thus her conditions have gotten much worse this week.  She has asked that I reach out to see if anyone could assist today.  Remember any monies given aren't for her comfort, but to help her to live.  Without our continued assistance, her illnesses quickly escalate to be life threatening.
Remember that her needs are ongoing and very expensive (thousands per month), and these gifts are her only income as she has been repeatedly denied assistance from Social Security & Disability Insurance, so please  keep her in your prayers and share this page with others: http://YouCaring.com/YsabellaBrave
Thank you again, and may the Lord bless you and yours!
~FOYB

"Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed."
Proverbs 19:17 (ESV)

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