Our dear friend, Angel, is praying for your help, and she has made it clear to me that your PRAYERS are what is most important to her. I seriously had to twist her arm to let me start a fundraiser for her. She is a hard worker who doesn't want to ask for help, but she knows she and her family are finally at that point. They need help. Angel, a 31 year old mother, has battled some serious health issues these last several years. In 2011 she was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/polycystic-kidney-disease/home/ovc-20324501). In 2016 she was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer (https://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/thyroid-cancer/papillary-cancer). Her thyroid was removed since she was having trouble with food and pills getting stuck in her throat. While her thyroid was covered in cancer, she could not have radiation treatments due to the kidney disease since radiation is hard on kidneys. So she can only have routine scans on her neck and throat, in addition to routine bloodwork to monitor the thyroid antibodies and look for any new growth. She currently has a suspicious-looking spot on one side of her throat, but it is too small to biopsy. In March 2017 doctors at the Mayo Clinic confirmed that Angel had been sexually assaulted as a young child. This explained why she was prone to so many sicknesses. Her body was so damaged during that assault that it is unable to empty all of the toxins that a normally-functioning body can. Her GI and bladder muscles had been destroyed. She was diagnosed with Hypertonic Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. Recently, pre-cancer cells were confirmed in another exam, which led to her Hysterectomy this month. Due to her past bout of thyroid cancer, her doctor recommended this. A week later she was re-hospitalized due to an abcess from the surgery that caused a major infection. While the infection improved while hospitalized, her bladder function worsened. On August 15 another surgery took place to check on her bladder, which is still not working. Now that her bladder is unable to function properly, due to the assault and the Hysterectomy, she has had to learn how to catherize herself, and she has to do that three times each day. THREE TIMES...EVERY DAY. She also has the option of a colostomy bag or giving herself enemas multiple times each week. I know this may seem like too much info for some of you, but this is currently her reality. I can't imagine what this is like, and it breaks my heart for her. Throughout all of this, she has had such a great attitude and still has her amazing sense of humor.
While battling so many issues during her stay in the hospital, she was most upset about missing her kids first day back to school. They have been so sweet to her. She came home from the hospital about the same time they were coming home from their first day of school. So they pretended that their second day of school was their first day just so that Mama could pretend she didn't miss it! Currently, they have a mighty financial need because of all of the medical bills and the time that Angel hasn't been able to work. As a self-employed hairdresser, she doesn't get paid time off. This has caused them to get behind on their mortgage, car payments, and utility bills. Angel was forced to file bankruptcy in 2016, and now has a monthly bankruptcy payment due in addition to all the other bills. She bought her home as a single mother, and she prays she doesn't have to surrender it. This is where you come in. If you've read this far, chances are that you love Angel and want to help. I believe, if we all pitch in together, we can help Angel keep her home that she worked so hard for when she was a single mama. Also, they need electricity, and your donations will help them to not live like cavemen in the dark! They also need to pay off a vehicle to avoid losing it. As you can imagine, her medical bills are sky-high. Angel has been doing everything she can to avoid asking for help. Not only did she return to work at the salon a week after her Hysterectomy, she is also selling the amazing Monat hair products on the side to try to supplement her income. They have been blessed with meals and groceries from family, friends, and some of Angel's clients. However, they will need help with groceries soon, too, as we don't know when or even IF Angel will be able to return to work full-time. I ask each of you to imagine yourselves in her shoes and in her children's shoes, and consider blessing them with whatever you feel led to give, whether that's keeping them in your prayers, adding them to a prayer list at church, and/or blessing them financially. Also, we ask that you please SHARE this and encourage others to do the same. They are such a sweet, fun family! Angel believes that Jesus is her ultimate Healer, and that's why your prayers are of the utmost importance to her. She appreciates any and all of it so much. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to read this.
Love and Blessings to Each of You!
Lori on behalf of Angel and her family
Galatians 6:2 -
Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the requirements of the law of Christ [that is, the law of Christian love].
Matthew 25:35-40 -
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’"