My colon surgery

Campaign Created by: Kent McManigal

The funds from this campaign will be received by Kent McManigal.

Goal: USD $9,085
Raised: USD $ 1,470

On April 4, 2023 I have to undergo surgery to remove four or five inches of my sigmoid colon. There's a dangerous polyp there that keeps growing back and which has been unable to be removed during a colonoscopy due to its depth and flatness. It has high-grade dysplasia, which means it is at great risk of developing into cancer if not completely removed.

My insurance isn't great. My part-- after the insurance has paid their part-- will be close to $10,000.00 (or probably more, if I'm being realistic). I have to pay $1500 to the surgeon before the surgery, and the facility fees in a couple of weeks. I don't have the money. I am able to borrow part of that, but will need help paying it back. And covering the rest of the expense, whatever that comes to.

I don't want to have this surgery... but I don't want this to turn into colon cancer even more. Your help is greatly appreciated, and please share this with anyone who might want to help and who is able to.

Thank you so much.


I was told to post an update
August 20, 2023
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Not much has changed. I'm on payment plans with the different medical providers and for the personal loan to cover the pre-surgical expenses.

This platform sent an email reminder, telling me to post an update as a reminder. So here it is.

Just a reminder...
July 31, 2023
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...that I'm still here. 

Share this if you can.

Thank you!

An unusual Twitter request, and a little bit of an update
July 26, 2023
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First of all, if you've already donated, you're good. Give someone else the opportunity to help.

But, I have a request that you share this campaign because I'm prevented from doing so in the way which has usually been the most effective for me.

Most of my engagement from sharing this campaign has come from Twitter in the past. But I just got banned permanently from that platform for encouraging people to defend themselves from protesters who are threatening the life of their children. If you want the full details, here they are. Twitter doesn't approve of acting in defense if it means some attacker or socialist protester gets hurt-- but I doubt that surprises you.

I'll share this how I can, but I'm severely throttled now in how I am allowed to share it. That's why I'm begging you to do what I can't.

Share this with others. Particularly share this on Twitter. Sure, Facebook, Pinterest, Truth Social, your blog, and intrusive emails to all your contacts would also be good, but I wish this could flood Twitter. Let their ban-hammer prove to be ineffective in silencing me. Corporate censorship must fail every time it is tried.

And, of course, I still need donations, as I have already canceled one follow-up appointment because I simply can't afford to go at this time.

Funny thing about health care providers...
July 13, 2023
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...They want you to keep making payments until the whole thing is paid off.

So, if you can, and if you want to, please consider lending a helping hand.

Thank you!

They aren't satisfied
June 19, 2023
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The medical entities aren't satisfied unless I make a payment of at least $90 every month. I don't have $90 every month to pay them. Much less $180 per month to pay both of them. As well as money above and beyond that to repay the person I borrowed the pre-surgical money from.

If you can help out, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks in advance!

I'm still here
June 3, 2023
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I'm not pushing the campaign much anymore. This is just a reminder that It's still active and I'm still here. You know the drill.

Should I end this?
May 24, 2023
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I'm trying to decide whether to keep this campaign up. Interest in it has dropped and I'm kind of embarrassed to keep sharing it. I'm still far short of where I need to be-- obviously-- but maybe the well is dry.

All the regular supporters have already given so much, but it's not reaching anyone else who has any interest in helping. I don't want the regulars to keep feeling pressured to give again and again. Which I feel happens whenever I share this.

What do you think? Is it shameful to keep asking at this point? Should I keep it going just to give people the opportunity and see what happens? Or should I go ahead and take it down?

I went for a follow-up today...
May 5, 2023
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I'm much more upset over my follow-up appointment with the urologist than I should be. I had hoped I would be released from his care. I wasn't.

He wants to see me again in 3 months because he's concerned about future complications that might arise due to the damage the catheterization did. Damage we knew would happen.

He really wants me to see a specialist in one of the major metro areas, but as long as I have this medical debt I'm not going to consider it unless it becomes an emergency. Plus, I'm just now feeling healed and not looking to mess things up again.

If you can, and if you want to, please donate and share this fundraiser. 

Thank you so much!

(The past several shares I've done haven't gotten any attention, so interest may be fading.)

Amount owed, update... $6,500
April 28, 2023
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Just to let you know where I stand, I got a bill from the hospital today and the total I owe is currently just a few dollars shy of $6,500.Yikes.It could be a lot worse, and I don't know whether that was the only hospital bill I'll get. They said I can request an itemized bill, which I plan to do, but even that won't really tell me much.Maybe that $6,500 is all I'll need to raise. If so, I'll revise my campaign if I start getting close. We'll see.Thank you all SO MUCH for your help. Donate if you can and if you want to, and share this with others if you don't mind. Thank you, again!

Update #2: Surgery + 9 days
April 13, 2023
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I'm a bit over a week past the surgery. I made it and I'm healing. I've been home a week as of this afternoon. Still have some issues from the catheterization, and still on a soft diet, but getting better.At the moment I haven't yet started getting the medical bills that are inevitable. I know I need at least $2,800 to pay back just what I've shelled out so far. So, if I could raise that amount soon it would be great. I can deal with the rest when it starts coming.If you know of anyone who might like to help, please share my campaign with them. If you can help, and want to, please consider it.I really appreciate the help! Thank you!

The countdown begins
March 21, 2023
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First, I want to thank everyone who has helped so far.

One week from today I have to start paying for things related to this surgery. Particularly the "facility fees", which I have no idea what they will be until I get there for my preregistration next Tuesday.

Two weeks from today is the surgery, and I have to pay the surgeon over $1400 before then.

So, if you could help-- by donating or by sharing this-- I would appreciate it so much!


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