Help Give YiaYia Argyros a Second Chance
Organized by: Catherine Argyros
Catherine Argyros via Crowdrise
April 30, 2015
Hello Donors and Supporters;
Update on 8/3/2015 Monday. #3
I am updating the site with the new goal and recent activity. I apologize for the lapse of time it has taken me to make the changes necessary that you wi see posted here. I will continue to update the site now that I have the information I need and can relax a bit. I had pressure on me to research different stem cell programs. They all differ in price ($6,000-$12,500) and in required time of visit and stay. This is why you notice the goal has dropped significantly. The application process has different requirements. As with any new therapy (10 years) it changes as the studies show results. The success of the procedure for COPD / Lung decease shows very favorable rests especially for persons like myself, who have no other health conditions. Having shared this news with you, I will say the heat has been a challenge to stay active and moving in. I go out after the rain, after 6 unless absolutely necessary. It has allowed me to an more effeciently, pace my activity. This experience is a lesson in being thrifty in time, affort and application. One day this week my daughter and three grandchdren will visit and accompany me to the pool. I have not been in the beautiful ocean or in a pool all summer. Having someone there whe I wade or try leaving the tank on the side of pool as I go waist high is something took forward to. Having and watching the children swim and play is also a treat. Forecast shows rain each day but that changes too. Thank you again for your patience with my not posting earlier than today.
IWho is YiaYia Argyros:
YiaYia is a revered term given to a Greek grandmother. She is an example of faith, affection, strength, perseverance, wisdom, and is also a great cook. I am in my mid-sixties and have recently come out of twenty day hospitalization requiring seven weeks of home health care. I am now home bound. I am oxygen dependent 24/7. My lung capacity is 23%. The quality of my life has decreased drastically. Without a stem cell procedure continued deterioration of my body as a result of the disease is likely to occur. This will lead to a much shorter lifespan for me.
Since age five, I have suffered with asthma, continued infections, and hospitalizations. At age twenty-seven, I was diagnosed as having veinous bronchiectasis. I am one of the youngest people to have ever been diagnosed with this condition. Surgical procedures were not an option for me because the disease was not localized to one part of my lungs. My prognosis was living until age forty and/or living in an iron lung.
As a newly separated parent of two very young children, I could not accept this diagnosis. I set out to investigate every therapy and modality of healing and support that I could use to help me cope with this limitation. I am now in my mid-sixties and very grateful that I have lived this long to see both my daughters grow, marry and have their own families. I have five grandchildren ages five through thirteen that I adore. I have a lot of life in me and willingness to serve and continue to live life passionately and enjoy the many fruits of my labor.
Please consider helping me have a second chance in life. This procedure is not covered by insurance and requires that I pay the full cost of the procedure, travel expenses and the purchase of an oxygen concentrator. Any donation would be greatly appreciated.
Catherine N Argyros
Update for week #1 May 8, 2015
Thank you donars who supported me in this first week. I will post an update when I have changes or news that I want to share with you. I saw my pulmonary Dr. and we agreed I am making progress in strengthening my body and endurance. Thisi is important since it will allow for greater success of the procedure. I have received a donation of air miles for the ticket(s) and Visa card towards meals. I am able to lower the total amount needed for my fundraiser. I have some private donationsin checks which I am waiting on instructions to record. I appreciate your help and since Sharing is Caring please keep passing this link on to others. Happy Mothers Day.
Update #2 May 19,2015
I received this from StemGenex and wanted to share it with donors and general public. This is an inspiring story of a recipient with MS. Please copy and paste and read. StemGenex has a 97% rate of success with their recipients. I am grateful to be accepted and patiently waiting on the funding to have procedure done. There is a wealth of information on their website about those suffering from other deceases. Please share with others since you never know who you help by doing so. Thank you for coming to my site. Here is the link to the story.