Hi! My name is JoAnn and I am a 49 year old wife and mother of 3 boys. I am also facing the most difficult time in my life. I suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease due to bilateral hydronephrosis, which means my kidneys are always full of fluid and they are rotting from the inside out. During my last ultrasound in September, doctors realized that both of my ureters, the tubes leading from the kidneys to the bladder, were partially blocked and refluxing. A condition known as vesicoureteral reflux with obstruction. I was immediately sent for a CT scan to verify what they were seeing. I attached to still frames from that scan where you can see the fluid built up in the kidneys and how much I have already lost of the left. Its half the size of the other.
In order to stop the reflux and slow the disease, I have to have a complete ureter reconstruction surgery where they remove both of mine and rebuild new ones from pieces of my small intestines. The surgery is risky and will require in-home care for 2-3 weeks afterward and for me to be off work for 3 months recovering.
My husband’s job went to an all high deductible medical plan and so my medical bills will only be partially covered. Than there is my car payments, doctor visits, lab tests, and follow up CT scan. The cost of this procedure is almost too much to think about. Without it; however, I will go into kidney failure and die. So there isn’t much of an option for me. I am literally fighting for my life!
Asking for help doesn’t come easily for me, I have always found a way in the past. This time, I’m afraid it is beyond my ability to fix. I need help, no matter how hard it is to say. Please, I need your assistance to keep from drowning in debt from a fight I have to win. Can you find it in your heart to help me? I am forever grateful even if you can only send your prayers. Thank you for listening and God Bless!!!