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Tina needs multiple reconstructive surgeries

Organized by: Tina Rakes

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I WILL BE POSTING A VIDEO SOON!

My entire adult life was taken from me beginning at age 20 when I got a tumor on my pituitary gland eg. Cushing's Disease which caused numerous health issues severe muscle fatigue, excessive weight gain  350lbs at 5'6" with 90% of weight being in face & tummy making me look like a person who had been stung by many wasps or bees and had an allergic reaction by swelling everywhere. I wasn't diagnosed for 13yrs. Unknowingly had osteoporosis and diabetes. In 2007 tumor was removed when I had become so sick I was bed ridden. An allergic reaction to morphine made me hallucinating 24/7 for 2 months, violently puking for days which loosened the seal to my skull causing spinal fluid infection giving me spinal menengitis then a coma. On 3rd day and no reaction my kidneys started shutting down and I was given mere hours to live. After emergency prayers I came out of coma, recovered and all symptoms went away leaving nerve manage in feet and losing 100lbs over a years. After that year I broke one of my VERTEBRAE in half and by another miracle was not paralyzed but a slow chain reaction of spine damage started. I was made a single mom of a 10&12yr;. Old girls a year before tumor was removed once I broke my back due to osteoporosis damage and just riding in a dune buggy with no wreck I had to keep working full time 40hrs a week on my feet at walmart with a full back brace and a boot on my foot. Then a yr. After that I got BREAST Cancer losing my right BREAST. During breast reconstruction the dr. Gave me size DD cup after I requested my natural Full C cup. Through the years my back damage is progressively getting worse. The pain is double and triple what it should be bc of the weight of the extra hanging skin all over after losing a total of 170lbs, the weight of my too large breasts. I need 3 phases of technical surgeries to stop the pain and damage that WILLA end up making me permanently disabled in a wheelchair by next year. I have 12 abcessed teeth that broke off even with the gums under my bridge after the osteo and chemotherapy weakened my teeth to the point of breaking. I need major dental to pull all the abcesses and make a permanent upper denture bc I have no bottom back teeth to balance it when I bite down. Just one abcess can kill. MEDICARE will not help me at all even though this is all medically necessary. I couldn't be the best mom I could be when my girls were young Bc I was too sick and at that time didn't know why. I now 41 with a nearly 2 yr. Old grandson and another grandbaby due in February. I can't let my ability to enjoy my grandchildren, live a normal life, perform basic house chores, and be part of my kids and grandkids lives be taken away a 2nd time. I've had 21 years of my adult life made miserable bc of a disease and cancer that nearly took my life. God helped me survive numerous times for a reason but I need help raising money to get the medically needed procedures so I'm not permanently cripple and pain ridden for the rest of my adult life. I pray this finds compassionate people and anyone U raised past my goal I will donate to a fund specially used to aid CUSHING'S disease survivors. The surgeon who specializes in working miracles on people who have survived Cushin's Disease and is an expert in the type of reconstructive surgery I need is in California while I'm in Texas so part of the funds needed is for travel expenses. He just sent the final quotes last week. The 1st two surgeries will be $21,500 each & the last one is $15,500 that includes 6 months of post op check ups but not travel expenses. The quote from the oral surgeon states all together it will cost $22,000. Any amount even $1 helps. God Bless and please share this story. the more who see the more likely the goal will be reached. If anyone can get any kind of celebrity involved even if it's just to sponsor fundraisers please don't heaitate to ask them for their help. 

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