Organized by: Hillary Nix
October 11, 2016
Let me introduce you to my friend Kelly Laughlin. She is a 30 year old, wonderful beauty who God bless me with as a friend. Not only do i work with Kelly, but we are also close friends outside of work. Kelly is the sweetest person you will ever meet, she is a hard worker, fun-loving, and just all around the most amazing person i have ever met. She has a heart of Gold. She is compassionate and is in need of your help.
Kelly was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the Age of 9, it's a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin.It typically appears in adolescence. Symptoms include increased thirst, frequent urination, hunger, fatigue, and blurred vision. Treatment aims at maintaining normal blood sugar levels through regular monitoring, insulin therapy, diet, and exercise. Those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes must inject insulin several times every day or continually infuse insulin through a pump, as well as manage their diet and exercise habits. Her mother noticed her wanting to sleep all the time, and then running to the bathroom constantly. As she took Kelly to the doctor, she thought of she probably has a kidney/ bladder infection, that was not the case. Its been a hard road for her.
I'm going to try and describe her vision issues the best i can, forgive me if I'm not so accurate:
Kelly started noticing her vision in her right eye began to get a little "spotty". She was at the beach visiting her sister and obviously didn't think much of it, and who goes straight to the doctor when something comes up like that, ESPECIALLY when you are on vacation. When she returned home she made an appointment with her eye doctor that did her lasix surgery three years prior, her worst fears were confirmed. Her diabetes was affecting her vision. Diabetic retinopathy affects blood vessels in the light-sensitive tissue called the retina that lines the back of the eye. It is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults. At only 30 years old. Basically when you are diabetic, and your body doesn't produce enough insulin it causes your blood vessels to constrict, and sometimes they burst. That's what was happening behind her right eye, the blood vessels had burst and there was blood pooling around the back of her eye. Crazy right. They started her treatment by injection her eyes, like straight into her eyeball, and well basically she has undergone three of those. And then the left one start getting spotty, they injected the left one and it cleared up right away. So,place your right hand half-way over your right eye, its black and dark right? The little area that you would see out of is full of spots, that is what she sees on a daily basis.
Now here she has received 3 injection in her eye, I repeat into her eye, which are very painful. But as you can tell her vision is very important to her. She followed up with her eye doctor last week and heard the worst news, but could also be good news as well, she needs surgery. Basically they will make three incisions on the white part of her eyes, clean up the blood and scar tissue that is causes her vision to be bad, because not the scar tissue is pulling on her retina and could possible detach. Once her surgery is over, she has to lie face down for 4-6 weeks. FACE DOWN----like looking at her feet for 20 hours a day. What the? why you ask? It's because they are going to put a gas bubble into her eye to make the retina stay away from the scar tissue. Needless to say her vision is very important to her but she can't raise her head, if she does the bubble could move. She can't lay her head back to wash her hair, she can't raise her arms over her head, and the list goes on. On top of all of this, we do not have vision insurance at our work. This is all coming out of pocket, plus she doesn't have short term disability. Her surgery is October the 4th, and she needs $1000+ for a surgery that these doctors state SHE HAS TO HAVE or she will loose her vision.
Once you are aware of what is going on with Kelly's eyes, it makes you think about the long road ahead of her with lots of laser surgery, etc to help her vision improve. Financially it is already taking a toll on her. I wanted to see if we could all pitch in to help ease some of that burden for her. She is such a kind and deserving person. Maybe if we could help her at least pay for one of the treatments or payments she has that would lift her spirits. She works really hard and is always willing to help any of us. She mentioned yesterday that one of the treatments was $300. Anything you could contribute or spare would be appreciated in a big way.
I've provided a website for you to read more about this eye issue if you would like. https://nei.nih.gov/health/diabetic/retinopathy
Q: Is there a cure for diabetes? A:: Unfortunately, there is no known cure for diabetes at this time. While there are ways to manage the effects of diabetes and diabetes complications, scientists have yet to find a cure.