Good morning everyone out there! FIRST OF ALL, I wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to ALL OF YOU who have already made contributions toward my fundraising goal!!
This process is not short nor is it easy! Honestly, I knew that, and I didn't expect to just fly right through it. In the other hand, I totally did not realize how much of my strength, positivity, and perseverance I had ALREADY been using to get through each day! Then SURPRISE...here you go...KIDNEY DISEASE! So, I do what I've ALWAYS done before when being faced with diagnoses of a life threatening, progressive disease... I bow my head down showing my Aries Ram horns and let this disease know that I am NOT GOING DOWN like that!! I will fight this with all my might, all the way!
Having said that, I really am only human. This has to date been my hardest journey. There have been so many set backs and roadblocks that I've found myself breaking down more often. That's very hard for me to admit. It's always been very important to me that I stay strong and positive not just for me, but mostly for my son.
I've said all of this to hopefully express to you all of you that my "thank you" comes from the deepest part of my heart! I was having a very hard day just the other day. I was doubtful and was losing my positive outlook AND THEN I SAW MY PAGE! All of your thoughts, prayers, support, and donations reminded me that I'm not on this journey alone! You all brought me back up! Sincerely THANK YOU! - Lis (short for Lisa!)
Jun 22, 2017
Alethia or "Lis" (LēS) as she's known by has just started her journey for both a kidney and pancreas transplant.
A little about Lis: She is a single mom who just turned 42 and has been a positive and inspiring person, even with all the roadblocks life has put in her way. At age 8, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. At age 29, she had quadruple bypass heart surgery. A year later, she became a spokesperson for WomenHeart - the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease where she inspired and educated many. Unfortunately, her health issues became worse. She now, not only deals with the daily struggles of diabetes, she has neuropathy, CHF, diabetic retinopathy,and is in Stage IV kidney failure. She has been going to pre-transplant appointments and has been cleared by her nephrologist, but has had yet another roadblock. In order for her to even qualify to be put on the transplant list, she has to have all of her teeth removed and replaced with dentures (due to infection from all of the medications she has had to take throughout the years). The amount of $14,000 for her goal is to cover the cost of this procedure so she can get on the list.