Please donate for my Lung Transplant
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To all of my friends and family-As most of you are aware, I am very sick with a chronic illness called Mycobacterium Avium Complex or MAC disease. Around five years ago, I was diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and two years ...
To all of my friends and family-As most of you are aware, I am very sick with a chronic illness called Mycobacterium Avium Complex or MAC disease. Around five years ago, I was diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and two years later, because of my compromised immune system, I contracted the MAC disease. MAC is a bacterial infection of the lungs (a form of TB) but is not contagious. I had to stop working and was deemed disabled. Then went on Social Security Disability and Medicaid. The treatment for MAC disease consists of 3500mg of antibiotics per day for the past three years. Unfortunately, this is a condition that will never go away. With the combination COPD and MAC disease, I currently only have 23% lung capacity left. It is a constant battle to breathe! I’m on 4.5 liters of oxygen twenty-four hours a day. Around three months ago they switched my Medicaid to Medicare. I had to change all of my doctors, which was a blessing in disguise. My new Pulmonary Specialist gave me a glimmer of hope when he suggested a lung transplant. He wasn’t sure if I was a candidate because of the MAC disease. He advised me to check with my new insurance and gave me the information to contact Tampa General Hospital Transplant Services. I went for my initial consultation on Thursday October 11th. I met with the director of their program and he informed me that, YES, I am a candidate for a double lung transplant. This surgery is my only hope for quality and extension of my life. As with all obstacles in life I have a very long row to hoe but with the grace of God, hopefully I will make it through. I am now in the process of evaluation, undergoing many tests and procedures. The doctors and staff at Tampa General, as well as myself, have a commitment to the donor and the donors family to make sure the organs go to a recipient with no other health obstacles. As long as I am cancer free, infection free and my heart and other organs are in good shape, I will be given an UNOS number and go on their waitlist. As with all major medical procedures, there are many different aspects. Everything from the initial evaluation, medical approval, financial approval, waiting period, surgery, recovery, discharge, medications and follow up care, God willing I will overcome this disease and continue on with my life. This is a humbling and sad position to be in. I have found myself dependent on others in my life and with much regret, I ask that if any of you have the means to donate to my medical support fund, small or large, anything at all, I will be forever grateful. The staff at Tampa General has informed me that the cost of surgery and after surgery care are very high. I do have insurance but the costs of co pays, medications, travel, lodging, etc, will be overwhelming as my only income is Social Security Disability. All donations are, and will be, strictly for my medical care. I do realize that times are tough for many of you and I would sincerely appreciate any and all thoughts and prayers. To follow is a link to my PAY PAL account for medical care. Thank you.
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