Hello. I am not requesting money for myself, but for my niece. My niece’s name is Wynter. She is a beautiful 13 year old that is very intelligent. Unfortunately she is going through a very tough time right now.
About 2 years ago she went through some trauma that has affected her mental health. My father, her grandfather passed away from stomach cancer. He was diagnosed in January and had passed by March. She was so close to her grandpa. Ever since she was little grandpa had watched her when needed, would go visit with her during summer vacation and was always there for anything she needed. This was a tremendous blow. Then a few months later her other grandpa had a stroke. Fortunately he survived this but has many health and mobility issues. This was a lot for an 11 year old kid.
She started having issues with anxiety and depression. She was seen by her doctor and was given a medication to help her with this. She also started counseling which helped. One problem is she is a perfectionist. She is an overachiever at school and needs to have straight A’s, her room has to be perfect and over all she just needs to be perfect.
About 6 months ago she started volleyball for the first time. They did a lot of conditioning for volleyball. She really started to like that part. When she wasn’t at volleyball she was exercising at home every day multiple times a day. She was always a healthy eater but she started just eating salads and fruit. Then is progressed were she wouldn’t use condiments on with her food and she started not eating as much. So with exercising and not eating enough her health was disintegrating. Her parents started bringing her to her primary doctor for help with this. After a few months it just wasn’t helping. So the doctor said that she needs to see an eating disorder doctor.
She was seen the next day. At this appointment her weight was 75 pounds, and her BMI was at 13. It was decided that the best care for her would be residential treatment for anorexia. She was admitted that day. At first the plan was she would be there for 7 to 10 days. The plan is now she needs to be there for 2 or 3 more weeks. This is the best way for her to get the help and tools she will need to beat this disease.
Now for the money part. My brother is a very hard worker and a wonderful dad to Wynter. Her mom also works hard, but she has colitis which causes her to miss work occasionally for infusion treatment. During this treatment time both of them have missed many days of work. My sister in law’s work has been letting her work remotely while she is at the treatment center and she has PTO hours to use. Unfortunately her dads work is much different. If he is not at work he is not getting paid. There are days he needs to be off for appointments with Wynter. He is a very involved father and will do anything for his little girl. Do to this there has been lost income to pay for normal bills. Plus the added expense of treatment costs. Even with insurance the out of pocket cost is quite significant. She will also need out-patient treatment after residential and anything else that is needed.
No matter what she will get the help she needs to get healthy again. It breaks my heart that she is going through this and it is tough on her parents. Anything can help the family with the financial strain that they are going through. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
If you would like to donate the my pal link is: paypalme/helpwynter