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Amy's Recovery from Brain Surgery

Organized by: Sofia Wahaj

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THE STORY:

Here’s the good news: Amy finally got the surgery she has needed for years, and she is recovering very well! 

 

Here’s the bad news: Brain surgery ain’t cheap!  


We could use a bit more help from our friends to help Amy move to the next phase of her life without a hole in her finances to match the new hole in her head.  She could not get this done with an in-network neurosurgeon, and the initial $9K raised has quickly evaporated.  The cost of surgery and recurring visits is steep.


For folks wanting more detail, here is what has transpired over the last couple years since we initially launched this fundraiser. 


About two years ago, we requested some help for Amy.  She needed brain surgery, and without it, she was looking at a heavily medicated and sedentary life, lacking simple pleasures most of us take for granted.  Aside from being in constant pain, she had to contend with seizures, loss of balance, light sensitivity, food restrictions, and a complete disruption of her sleep cycles.   


We had a specific doctor, specific fundraising goals, and what appeared to be a path forward. Suffice it to say, things did not go as planned.  Considering only a handful of surgeons in the US even consider removing pineal cysts, it was very discouraging to lose Plan A.   

Because things got a little crazy in the search for a new doctor, we hit the pause button on the fundraising activities.  It seemed inappropriate asking for help with so much uncertainty around the situation.   

Amy eventually found Dr. Barkhoudarian.  He put her through the paces, carefully vetting whether removing the cyst was the right thing to do.  When he saw the size of the cyst and assessed it was severely impeding the flow of her cerebrospinal fluid, it was a no-brainer (worst PUN ever?)  Amy had a successful surgery on Oct. 27th, 2017, and she is tracking nicely through her recovery.  

 
Amy has endured more than I can imagine. We’re hoping she will enjoy newly attained well-being without the struggle of an overwhelming financial burden.  A normal life sounds wonderful. 

 

$9,197

 

26% Raised of $35,000 Goal

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  • Sean and Lindsey

    $200

  • Kara Thompson

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Kamiah and Matt

    $50

  • Rebecca and Matt

    $50

  • Steve and Cathy Hilde

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Omer Wahaj

    $50

  • Gigi

    $25

  • Sarah & Scott Talkington

    $50

  • Lauren Kent

    $50

  • Warren

    $20

  • Lura and Brandon

    $500

  • Roland

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Sandy Kingdon

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Lora and Josh

    $100

  • Deanna Ashikyan

    $100

  • Jenn Welsh

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Mike

    $100

  • Rafa

     

  • Campos Family

     

  • Brian M

    $50

  • Stephanie Wingert

    $50

  • Angela Campolla-Sanders

    $50

  • Michael and Tracy Runyon

    $100

  • Steven Smillie

     

  • Jason Wahler

    $10

  • Bryanne Atwood

    $150

  • Jared beard

    $50

  • Alondra Lopez

     

  • Trey

    $500

  • Aaron and Julie Mowbray

    $100

  • Kendra Porter

    $25

  • jesse and leslie

    $100

  • Sean Cowdery

    $200

  • Kimberly Cokkinias

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Erin La Vallee

    $100

  • You know who....

    $5,000

  • John Fleming

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Stephanie Wingert

    $50

  • Cathy & Gabe

    $100

  • Fab Fontana

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Virginia

    $32

  • Brian

    $25

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Sofia Wahaj

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Donor Comments

Brian

Brian

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Virginia

Virginia

DONATION: $32

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 years ago

Fab Fontana

Fab Fontana

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Cathy & Gabe

Cathy & Gabe

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Stephanie Wingert

Stephanie Wingert

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

2 years ago

John Fleming

John Fleming

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

You know who....

You know who....

DONATION: $5,000

2 years ago

Erin La Vallee

Erin La Vallee

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

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