In 2014, our dear family friend Laura Jo was hit by someone running a stop light at 78 mph. Over the past 10 years, LJ has endured over 30 surgeries as doctors have sought to put her body back together, all paid for my LJ’s own pocketbook and personal insurance after deductibles.
Laura Jo has suffered two failed hip surgeries (and is still in need of hip replacement), a neck fusion with severe complications, and three knee surgeries. She has a tear in her elbow that also still needs a surgery but which requires an 8 week recovery. LJ has severe nerve damage which requires her to have her nerves cauterized 2 to 3 times a year. She also requires regular trigger point injections to deal with her chronic systemic pain.
This past year, Laura Jo required three different back surgeries to keep her spine from collapsing, which inevitably required her to take a significant time off work. As a result, LJ was let go from her job this past July and all resources have been exhausted financially. As managing her pain and recovery has taken up most of her time and energy the past few months, she has been unable to find and work a new job the past few months. As a result, 2024 greets LJ with debt from accumulated medical bills that will keep her from being able to pay her mortgage. Her insurance, connected to her previous job, is also about to end, so Laura Jo will not have funds for her continuing medical needs either.
LJ is one of the sweetest women you will ever meet; someone who loves on her neighbors and rescues any person or animal she finds in need. Right now she provides a home to several dogs, cats, goats, and two horses, one of which she rescued from the pen and the other which is her old barrel horse who has been her long companion since before the accident.
Laura Jo will do anything she can to help a friend or save a suffering pet, but now she needs us to do what we can to help her pay the bills and save her home. Without help from somewhere, LJ will not be able to pay her bills this month. She needs about $20,000 to help settle medical bills and her mortgage through March, while she recovers enough to find a new job again.
Anything you can contribute will make a difference as we work together! Give big if you can, but even $5, $10, $50 will help Laura Jo know she is not alone and there are people praying for her, wishing her well, and helping her keep hope.
“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40