Melissa Needs Your Help!
Melissa Brandle was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1995 at the young age of 13. Diabetes has taken its toll on Melissa’s health in many serious ways. At 16 she underwent a skin graft to repair a diabetic ulcer on her leg; at 20 she had cataract surgery to restore her sight. Again at the age of 32 she underwent eye surgery for diabetic macular edema in both eyes. By the Grace of God and Dr. Sippy her eyesight was saved. Last year at the young age of 33 she lost kidney function and was forced to start dialysis treatment four hours a day, three times a week.
September 26, 2016
It has been almost three months since transplant day. I have been to many doctor appointments and my labs have been great. I have had to make several trips to Utah and stay over night which kinda gets a little expensive so I will be doing a fundraiser at some point to raise money to help. I am designing a shirt and will be selling those to help raise money for travel and medical needs. This journey has been tough on me and my loved ones. I have a great support system to help me when I am down. I have down days and am sometimes really sad or mad it is kinda confusing to me. I know some of it is related to my meds tho. I am so grateful for this chance at life and my goal is to let people know how important organ donation is. I will post more later
August 24, 2016
Things have been going very well since the transplant. Thank you to everybody that has helped me along the way with prayers and financial help. I thank God everyday for this wonderful gift. I am doing everything I can to stay healthy and do what the docs tell me. I have a long way to go still but I have faith that I will get stronger everyday.
February 26, 2016
You're an amazing woman so full of strength Melissa and though today was a rough one (I'm sure)-know that God is holding out for the right donor, the right kidney, the right time. Keep your faith sweets!
Jodi (star gazer)
February 18, 2016
Melissa, I hardly know what to say. Wow! You have been through so much. Stay strong, keep fighting and I wish you the best!