Help my sister-in-law live another day!
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This is an excerpt from a letter my niece, Megan, wrote talking about her mom, Kathy Mathis my sister-in-law. She is preparing for yet another open heart surgery which the doctors say needs to happen asap. We all might end up at the hospital during ...
This is an excerpt from a letter my niece, Megan, wrote talking about her mom, Kathy Mathis my sister-in-law. She is preparing for yet another open heart surgery which the doctors say needs to happen asap. We all might end up at the hospital during the holiday. They have no insurance. They are still paying for the surgery from last year. Her husband has drained every source he can. They have applied for assistance with all the right agencies. They've been denied by a few because her condition is "acute" and not "rehabilative". I say bull-crap. God willing she will live many more years and see her children through marriage, child-birth, finishing college, etc. They, and a lot of other people in the US fit in the category where we're "too rich" to get complete financial aid, "too poor" to afford it all. If you feel it your heart to donate to our family during this Christmas season we would really appreciate it. God Bless You and I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas.

"My mom, Kathy Mathis is one of the strongest people I know. My mom is honestly the heart of my whole family. Unfortunately her heart doesn't work too well. A year and a half ago, while I was away at college, my mom had a massive heart attack. That is when this huge roller coaster ride for my family started. She started with finding out she had many heart attacks before, that she wasn't able to identify so they had caused major damage to her heart. Her heart was only functioning 20%. She then had valve replacement surgery which up-ed her function to 30%. Next was a double bypass surgery. An hour after the surgery, she went into cardiac arrest, was revived but then had to be opened up again due to internal bleeding. She survived, but had a very hard time recovering. She was unconscious for 2 days after the surgery, which were some of the hardest days for me. Her mother, my grandmother, had the same surgery many years ago, but didn't survive. It was truly my mom’s strength and faith that pushed her through.

The moment she was conscious and the days following, all she could do was worry about us and missing my brother’s last high school football games. But that is my mom, only thinking of others. Today, a year and a half later, my mom was told awful news. Her heart is still only functioning at 30%. She has another leaking valve and she is going to need an internal defibrillator on her heart. She has a test next week to check a spot on her lung they have been watching as well. My mom smoked for over 20 years, but stopped the night of her heart attack. What tops the cake is my mom and stepdad currently have no health insurance. The defibrillator alone will be $40,000. She has gone through so much already and now even more to come, but she would never show how hard or worried she is. Even with all the emotional and financial stress, she puts on a smile for everyone. I know she is cracking though, she even told me she feels as if she is back at square one. It breaks my heart to think of how she feels inside. It is hard for me to even think about or admit, but I get worried if she will be there for my wedding in 4 months or to see my little brother graduate college in 3 ½ years."

- Megan


As it stands right now, Kathy is afraid to leave the house. If her heart stops it won't be able to start on its own without the internal defibrillator and pacemaker. She won't show it but she is scared beyond words. She doesn't want to to die. They have put off all Christmas gift giving to have more money for the surgery. I think how hard I think my life is sometimes and how busy I am and how I would love to just slow down for a while, no chaos, smooth sailing, etc. But with this news and the other tragic events that have been going on in the world I'm refocusing on the fact that I am alive. My children are alive and were untouched by the evil that is plaguing others right now. God Bless my friends and family and may they have a wonderful holiday season with their families.
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