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ASSISTANCE FOR CAROL CORTEZ'S MEDICAL SUPPLIES

Organized by: Carol Cortez

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I'm going to get Injections into my low back Today
February 11, 2016

Today I have an appointment to get steroid injections into my lumbar spine. I have to get anesthesia for this procedure, and feel awful for the See More

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I AM IN NEED OF A FEW MEDICAL SUPPLIES. PLEASE DONATE ONLY $1!! I KNOW THAT THERE 299 OTHER KIND, CARING PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU OUT THERE THAT CAN AND WILL DO THE SAME!! THESE ITEMS WILL HELP ME TO BE MORE INDEPENDENT DAILY, BE IN LESS PAIN CONSTANTLY, HAVE A BETTER OVERALL QUALITY OF LIFE, AND RETURN TO HELPING ANIMALS BY VOLUNTEERING AT AN ANIMAL SHELTER. PLEASE VISIT MY PAYPAL ACCOUNT TO DONATE AT: PayPal.Me/CCortez303. REMEMBER EVEN $1 WILL HELP SO MUCH! THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.    

BRIEF MEDICAL INFO:    

I HAVE A RARE AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE. IT IS CALLED BEHCETS DISEASE/DISORDER. I SUFFER MANY SYMPTOMS FROM THIS DISEASE, IT AFFECTS EVERY PART OF MY BODY, INSIDE AND OUT. IT CAUSES DAILY PAIN AND DISCOMFORT, AND OTHER OCCASIONAL SYMPTOMS THAT ARE JUST AS SEVERE AS WELL. I AM AT THE BEGINNING STAGES OF GLAUCOMA. I SUFFER FROM SEVERE MIGRAINES THAT, PUT ME IN BED FOR WEEKS AT TIMES. I SUFFER SEVERAL PROBLEMS WITH MY LOWER SPINE AND NECK AND CONTINUE TO CAUSE PAIN TILL THIS DAY FROM A CAR ACCIDENT MANY YEARS AGO  

MEDICAL ISSUES DETAILS:                                                                      The details of my medical problems are quite lengthy. Just to describe some of the symptoms I experience is fairly long as well. So, I'll include as many details as I can and still, try to be as brief as possible. First serious health problem I went through was when I was in my mid- 20's. I fell down a few cement stairs, injuring both my knees putting me on crutches for 7 months and even more to get done with therapy. My knees never really were the same again. The next major issue was when I was 30 years old. I was having a lot of abdominal pain for quite a few months. It ended up being endometriosis (basically, a diseased uterus). That required a partial hysterectomy (which does not include the ovaries). Only a couple of years after that, I was T-boned in a car accident. I have suffered from severe migraines since. They pound so hard my head literally feels like it is going to explode with each throb. They last up to 15 days sometimes more. For that time I can do nothing but, lay in bed in complete darkness. I had bad advice from the doctor I was seeing after that accident, and for many years after as well. Just 5 years ago I finally, had a doctor tell me what was wrong and had surgery on my neck. There were 2 discs bulging in my neck which, was pinching a nerve in my left shoulder blade. Since, there was nothing done for so long, the nerve is permanently damaged and still causes pain. I now have a plate in my neck fusing 2 vertebrae at C-6 & C-7. Although, I had surgery I am still in pain regularly and my neck doesn't move the same and hasn't since I was in the accident. I have a lot of pain in my lower back also from the car accident. From L-3 thru S-1 discs are bulging there too. I have arthritis there also, and there is a cyst from the friction from all the damage that is there. Surgery is not an option to try to correct anything in my low back. It may just cause more problems and pain, I'm not willing to risk that at all. At some point, I can't remember when. I was diagnosed with glaucoma in my right eye. So, I will eventually lose my sight in that eye. So, as if my health wasn't already bad enough. A few years later again, I got very ill. I was in the hospital for 7 days. I was diagnosed with a very rare auto immune disease called Behcets Disease/Disorder. It is similar in symptoms to Lupus or Chrones Disease which is much more common. This is probably the reason I had endometriosis as well. Daily I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. It affects every joint in my body but, the pain is mostly in my knees, elbows, wrists, and hands. I have a rash somewhere on my body at most times, not very often that my skin is completely clear. It itches so bad that if I start scratching I can't stop and it'll leave sores. It looks awful and is very uncomfortable. I get bad nausea many times daily, and also have continuous digestive issues from the disease. I must be diligent when being out in public because, my immune system is already compromised and fighting itself. I am susceptible to any cold, flu, bug, or virus that may be going around. Then, there are what are called "out-breaks" or "flare-ups". I think I have experienced most of the symptoms possible in an flare-up. I've had blisters in my mouth and on my lips. They have been so bad that, the puss and blood that oozed out when I'd keep my mouth closed (lips touching) too long, or slept for even just 15 minutes, it would literally seal my mouth shut. I would have to soak them with warm water for a half hour just to be able to open my mouth again. These blisters are extremely painful, they burn so bad that I cannot eat, or even swallow my own saliva. I have to use a suction machine like at the dentist. I also, get what looks to be pink eye during a flare-up. It is not pink eye, it is, inflammation of the vessels in my eyes (called uveitis). With each flare-up it affects my vision more, it can cause blindness. This along with my glaucoma, I have to accept the fact that my vision will continue to get even worse with time. During a flare-up I also, get nodules (lumps) inside my body, and ulcers (sores) on the outside of my body. For example at my diagnosis I had nodules in both my nostrils and in my lungs. The ulcerations are exclusive to the genitalia and anal areas. A flare-up can also make my joints swell incredibly, mainly my knees and ankles. That just makes it even the more difficult to walk between, the pain and arthritis that is already in my joints, and the problems with my back. The symptoms of a flare-up are extremely painful and are very uncomfortable to deal with. It is hard enough to get through the day with all the issues that I have daily, let alone the symptoms of a flare-up added to it                                            DETAILS ABOUT ME:                                 So now, I'll tell you about me in general. I am almost 43 years old. I have two adult children, my Son is 25, my Daughter is 21. I have a six month old Grandson, my first. I have been married for nearly thirty years. Yes, I was young. But, very lucky to have found him being so young. When I was able to work, I was a veterinary technician. I love to work with animals, to help them in any way possible. The most rewarding work was in the animal shelters. I would love to be able to return to helping animals. I know that I am not capable of the same work but, there are ways that I could still help. I want to be at a point where I can feel better a few days each month. So, my health wouldn't be my main focus daily. And also, be able to volunteer at an animal shelter even if it is just a few days a month. I am sure that the medical supplies that I am asking for help with, will help me to feel better, and make it possible for me to return to helping animals feel better also! This will help me to better my life and the lives of at least a few animals in need. 

 

 

DETAILS- ME:#2 GOAL BASED

So first of all, I'll tell you about me in general. I am 42 years old. I have two adult children, my Son is 25, my daughter is 21. My daughter made me a Grandma for the first time, 6 months ago with a Grandson. I have been married for nearly thirty years. Yes, I was young. But, very lucky to have found the love of my life being so young. When I was able to work, I was a veterinary technician. I love to work with animals, to help them in any way possible. The most rewarding work was in the animal shelters. I would love to be able to return to helping animals in shelters. I know that I am not capable of the same work but, there are ways that I could still help. If I could just feel a little better even if, it's just a few days a week, or a month even, my health wouldn't be my main focus. I want to be able to volunteer at a shelter even if it's just a few days a month. And I am sure that the medical supplies that I am asking for assistance for will help me to feel better, and make it possible for me to return to helping animals feel better also! This will complete my goals and objectives of this fundraiser!

 

 

 

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