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Corey
Corey SAYS:
Yesterday we received three …
Yesterday we received three checks in the mail that brought us past our goal. We are now just shy of $12,000.

We have not only hit our goal - we've passed it. Because of you! Thank you!

Also through the hard work of one of our donors Miguel Cima, Nahleen has finally gotten the medication she needed to help her through this flare-up of MS and lupus. Many of you also offered help and support, pointing us to contacts and resources. We cannot thank you enough. We knew there was a way.

So now what?

Nahleen has 4 more days of this treatment to go, including today. Hopefully that will restore her system and get her out of this flare. If so, we will begin the slow journey to rebuild and then move into the day-to-day management of her diseases.

As for this campaign, we originally intended for it to run until the end of this year. We thought we would need two months to raise over $11,000. Instead you got us there in less than 20 days! We never imagined...!

Everything we receive will continue to be put aside only for Nahleen's medical fund in 2015. Everything over our goal will go toward not just maintaining but improving her care, particularly things not well-covered by insurance, such as:

-Mental health: Depression is very common with chronic diseases and is a specific symptom of MS. Nahleen has benefited from therapy in the past but insurance would only cover a limited amount. We can now commit money to her getting this important help again.

-Diet: Working with a nutritionist is something we've wanted for her for a long time. It's been proven that diet can affect inflammation in the body, particularly with MS and lupus. The trick is that Nahleen has a number of food allergies as well as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), so she can't necessarily eat what people think would help her. Working with a nutritionist will allow her to navigate her allergies and find a diet that works for her.

-Holistic: Nahleen has responded very well to acupressure and acupuncture but again insurance coverage is limited and sometimes non-existent. We want to return this to her treatment, and also explore ways outside of traditional western medicine that are safe and effective in improving her day-to-day life.

So if you know someone who was thinking of giving but hasn't yet (or dare we mention, you want to give again), please know we can still use help. As we've seen, every bit helps.

-Corey, Nahleen and Cleo
4 years ago
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Corey
Corey SAYS:
Hello, We are now at 90% of…
Hello,

We are now at 90% of our goal! Thank you so much for helping us secure a medical fund for Nahleen. We are so amazed. It's never easy asking for help, and we were nervous about putting ourselves out there, but you have been so kind.

Thank you also to those that have shared a link to our campaign. Some of you have donated because you saw a friend or family member share this, and that is really amazing to us. If you are so moved, please share our CrowdRise campaign for Nahleen's medical fund.

Since launching our campaign on November 1st, Nahleen continues to struggle through a flare-up with her MS and lupus. The medication her neurologist prescribed has been denied by our insurance twice now, deeming it "not medically necessary". After a second trip to the ER and Nahleen nearly losing the ability to move her body during a shower, we disagree with their findings. We continue to fight this decision. If you'd like to watch our progress and help us add pressure to Blue Shield of California, check out @CoreyBlake and @NahleenBlake on Twitter. Even a simple retweet can help.

The good news is that our kitty Cleo continues to do amazingly well with her new treatment. As I write this, she is snuggled up by Nahleen offering her comfort and healing purrs.

Again, thank you so much.

-Corey, Nahleen and Cleo
4 years ago
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Corey
Corey SAYS:
Thank you so much for your d…
Thank you so much for your donation, Gilbert. That is such a huge help to us. What you donated is the equivalent of two months of co-pays for Nahleen's lupus medication. We are so honored by your compassion and generosity.
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Gilbert Chilvas
Buffalo, NY United States
CROWDRISING SINCE: Nov 04, 2014
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