Help the Shipley Family

For: Priscilla Shipley
Chico, CA
Organizer: Cindy Heise
Help the Shipley Family (Priscilla Shipley)
$46,498
of $50,000 goal
92% Complete
Raised by 353 donors

The Story

After years of suffering with chronic pain and other enigmatic symptoms, Priscilla was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). According to the MS Society, symptoms of MS are often mistaken for other conditions including Lyme Disease which she tested positive for several years ago.  Priscilla tried every treatment under the sun to address what doctors thought were Lyme symptoms. All the while leaving her MS untreated for years.  Unfortunately, the MS progressed rapidly and just recently Priscilla was rendered blind in one eye, unable to walk, and to swallow.  Her husband, Fr. Ian, has been caring for her at home with the help of home health aids.  Sadly, their insurance will only cover two weeks of the aids. After that, the full responsibility will be on Fr. Ian, a full time priest at Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Chico, CA.  Doctors are unable to tell whether these debilitating conditions will be permanent or not.  Until then, the family is in great need of outside assistance while they search for a doctor that will help Priscilla undergo the right treatment for MS.  Please consider helping to contribute financially, not only so that her home health aides can continue to provide the much needed support, but also to funds needed to renovate their bathroom to accommodate a wheelchair, and any additional medical costs not covered by insurance.  Thank you.  

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 21, 2018

Posted on February 21, 2018

From Fr Ian: At Stanford Medical Center Mat. Priscilla received a new diagnosis of NMO (Neuromyelitis optica). This a very rare and serious neurological condition, which is much more debilitating than MS.   She may also have MS in conjunction with NMO since lesions on the brain are a sign of MS rather than NMO. There is treatment for NMO, effectiveness varies and it’s not without its risks. Currently Mat. Priscilla is back in the hospital on high dose steroids to hopefully keep her from losing vision in her left eye as well. Thank you again for all of your love, prayers and financial support, It really means a lot to us!!


Posted on February 9, 2018

Posted on February 9, 2018

Matushka Priscilla has gotten an appointment at Stanford University Medical Center this coming Monday.  The hospital does not accept her insurance so they have to pay out of pocket in order to be seen as soon as possible so that treatment can begin.  Continued prayers are appreciated!


Posted on February 9, 2018

Posted on February 9, 2018

We are completely blown away, and humbled by the love and generosity of you all! It has been such a consolation in these trying times. God bless you and reward you all!  -  Fr. Ian & Mat. Priscilla and family 

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