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.
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.Please share this page with everyone you know:
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.
~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."
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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
* 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:
"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)