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For those that don't know me, my name is Melissa. For the last few years I have been struggling with my health. I made a lot of changes and even lost 50 pounds! Though I felt better, I still felt like something was wrong. In May of 2016 I started a 6 month program with a Functional Medicine doctor who has helped me by tailoring my diet and supplements to better fit my issues. I started to improve but my blood work showed that my body still seemed to be fighting a mystery.

That mystery started to unravel in January of this year when I began to get sick again and felt so much pain in my abdomen that I could barely move. I was scared and desperate for answers. After seeing three more doctors, getting more blood tests than I can count, and having several diagnostic tests and procedures done, I was officially diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease on March 7th, the day before my 26th birthday.

Crohn’s Disease is an autoimmune disease that attacks the GI tract. My symptoms are varied including everything from flu-like symptoms to ulcers and chronic inflammation in my intestines. Crohn’s is labeled as an incurable disease but it’s not all bad news, as many Crohn’s patients have been able to go into remission and live full lives. It just takes a lot of trial and error and loads of patience.

Trying to get a diagnosis meant I stacked up a large medical bill very quickly. Not all treatments I’m receiving are covered by medical insurance, either. During this time I've been in too much pain to work. This cut back my work hours significantly, which has added to my financial strain.

Would you consider a financial gift to cover the medical bills I’ve already incurred as well as future treatments? Crohn’s Disease is greatly affected by stress—as you can imagine, having such a large financial burden on my shoulders has caused plenty of stress. When you give today, no matter how much the amount, know that you have helped me not only financially but emotionally and physically as well!
 

Heidi (from Canada)

2017-04-18 10:18:43

Hang in there Melissa!

Dale Jimmo LL

2017-04-18 09:07:04

Praying for you!

Salli Miller

2017-04-08 13:41:25

Sweet Melissa ~ we love you and pray often. May God's glory be seen as you gain your healing.

wendy manaco

2017-03-30 14:30:07

You are so strong and brave and I love you!

Jennifer Young

2017-03-21 12:56:40

We love you! ~Jenn, Eric, Logan

Anonymous

2017-03-17 14:31:30

Praying for COMPLETE HEALING in Jesus name

Diane Bickle

2017-03-16 09:45:33

Jesus loves you Melissa and we do too! We stand with you unto complete healing!

Graeme and Sabrina Walsh

2017-03-16 02:51:09

Praying and standing with you for total healing.

Samantha Davage

2017-03-15 06:32:20

Love you Mel!

Noah Reagh

2017-03-15 01:53:51

Praying healing for You Melissa!

Rebekkah Hacke

2017-03-14 22:12:21

Love you Melissa!

Jenna N Falk

2017-03-14 19:29:02

Tough journey to walk though. Praying for healing for you! Love from Canada

Juli Ann. Bickle

2017-03-14 19:22:54

love you Mking!

Update #1
March 23, 2017, 2:59 pm

QUICK UPDATE: 
 Thank you to all those who have given. We hit the first $1,000 of my $10,000 goal and it has already made a big impact in my life. I was able to cover some payments on my medical bills and am able to make an appointment with a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor I've been wanting to see. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been proven to be very effective for managing Crohn's symptoms and now because of your help I can afford to try it out! I'm excited to see additional improvements in my health and continue to return to a full life.

Update #2
April 5, 2017, 12:20 pm

April 7th marks my one month anniversary since I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. It’s been a whirlwind of a month mixed with good and bad things. Some things that have happened…

  • Found new Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor that uses acupuncture and herbs/roots to help treat my symptoms and reduce stress.
  • Decided to stop seeing one of my doctors due to not responding well to treatment and lack of affordability.
  • Had a couple “flair up” days where my usual symptoms ramp up to a 10 and had to take a few days off work.
  • Switched to a new insurance, since I aged out of the one I was on the same month I was diagnosed. It will provide good coverage but it does have a high monthly payment and a high deductible I’ll need to pay off.
  • I stabilized my weight. I was losing weight way too fast in March mostly due to not being able to eat.
  • Slowly but surely adding new foods I am able to eat and discovering ones I can’t.
  • Have been in an ongoing battle with my previous Primary and Secondary insurances to try to get coverage. I’m not done yet, but I’m becoming an expert and slowly getting everything sent to the right people to make sure claims start to get covered so I don’t get stuck with an additional $11,000 debt.  Prayers appreciated on this point as I continue the process.
  • Have been able to return to work about 25-35 hours a week depending on frequency of doctor appointments and sick days. Blessed to have a good friend filling in for me and understanding bosses.
Overall, this month has been more challenging than anything I’ve experienced. But I’ve also found a strength and determination in me that I wasn’t sure I had. Words cannot describe how touched I have been by my caring friends and family who have held me when I cried, understood when I cancelled plans or adjusted our plans to accommodate my limitations, they gave me with encouragement just when I needed it, and have let me vent on more than one occasion. My loved ones have helped me face each day this month imparted joy and strength to me when I had none. Thank you, to all who have given and been a part of this journey with me. 

Update #3
May 17, 2017, 9:28 am

This past month I started tapering off the steroid medication that I've been on. On Saturday last week, I had to go to my lowest steroid dose and it's been a rougher adjustment then expected. My secondary long term medication has not fully kicked in yet. My pain level and symptoms spiked and I had to take some time off work. I'm still struggling to eat but I'm drinking really good cold pressed juices and eating very small light meals so I can try and still get some nutrients without so much work for my digestive system. The other issue is I'm becoming aware of how much damage the steroids have done in regards to adrenal fatigue. It causes a lot of insomnia, chronic fatigue, shakiness, trouble focusing, depression, stress etc. I'll be off the steroid completely in 4 weeks so then I can start to recover hopefully.

Even though this past week has felt like a setback it's not all bad news. I got blood work back showing that the medications have not hurt my liver at all and I am tolerating them well. Also my platelet levels and white blood cell counts have gone down which shows my body isn't fighting as much as it used to be.

Now for an update on finances: I've gotten one out of 10+ claims covered by my insurance but I'm still waiting to know exactly how much of the thousands of dollars I'll be owing out of the other claims left. In addition, I'm spending $200+ weekly on alternative treatments that are not covered by insurance. I'll be keeping this fundraising site up for a couple more months to help cover these bills. Please consider donating. Even a small amount takes a huge pressure off of me. Thank you for your prayers and support!

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Heidi (from Canada)

37 day(s), 05 hr 56 min ago

Hang in there Melissa!

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Dale Jimmo LL

37 day(s), 07 hr 8 min ago

Praying for you!

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Salli Miller

47 day(s), 02 hr 34 min ago

Sweet Melissa ~ we love you and pray often. May God's glory be seen as you gain your healing.

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wendy manaco

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You are so strong and brave and I love you!

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Jennifer Young

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We love you! ~Jenn, Eric, Logan

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Praying for COMPLETE HEALING in Jesus name

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Diane Bickle

70 day(s), 06 hr 30 min ago

Jesus loves you Melissa and we do too! We stand with you unto complete healing!

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Graeme and Sabrina Walsh

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Praying and standing with you for total healing.

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Samantha Davage

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Love you Mel!

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Noah Reagh

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Praying healing for You Melissa!

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Rebekkah Hacke

71 day(s), 18 hr 3 min ago

Love you Melissa!

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Jenna N Falk

71 day(s), 20 hr 46 min ago

Tough journey to walk though. Praying for healing for you! Love from Canada

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Juli Ann. Bickle

71 day(s), 20 hr 52 min ago

love you Mking!

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