Lorese Needs Your Help
UPDATE: lung transplant completed!
She took her first breath with new lungs and the rehab part will be the biggest expense!
Lorese, otherwise known as “Reese” to many, has reasons to live despite very challenging circumstances. You’ll find photos of her new granddaughter named after her!
Reese was diagnosed with Scleroderma in 2013. This progressive, autoimmune disease has led to Interstitial Lung Disease and Pulmonary Hypertension. Reese is now on the Lung Transplant List at Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Reese has been disabled and without income since June 2017. There are many medical and prescription drug costs that fall outside what Medicare and other supplements cover. Even parking for hospital visits is costly for her and her support team. After the transplant, Reese will need to reside near the hospital for the following month, while still maintaining her permanent residence. Without fundraising campaigns, she will be without crucial support. Please consider donating and sharing this story with others. Anything is something. and friends of Lorese Howery are raising money for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to fund uninsured medical expenses associated with transplantation.
August 17, 2019
For the last 3.5 years, I’ve been snatching my oxygen cannula off my face before taking pictures due to embarrassment of being oxygen dependent. Also to avoid being “pitied” by others.
It seems so trivial and vain as I look back.
Those who know me personally watch me choke until I vomited. The sleepless nights fearing aspiration. The inability to leave home without carrying several large oxygen tanks because the portable Enogen brand didn’t provide a high enough flow in the last year.
I was pretty much bed bound and becoming agoraphobic worrying about running out of oxygen or having a major cough attack with no help in sight. A large tank only gave me an hour worth of oxygen. I carried so many tanks, I was afraid I would blow up my car if someone lit a match
August 13, 2019
Today is another beautiful day. I’m up and getting around. I can laugh without the fear of choking. I’m able to enjoy family and friends in moderations. I have to remind myself that my body is still healing. Sometimes I wear myself out and the pain meds can’t help. Either way, I feel better than I have In more than 4 years. I’m still amazed at the process. I often grieve for the family of the deceased. I wouldn’t be here without their loved one which often leads me with mixed emotions. I’m happy to be here yet saddened by what it took to make it possible.
I recommend that everyone consider becoming an organ donor. Your life could save so many others and you can continue to live through them.
I dont write on this page as much as I dont think anyone is still following. If there’s anyone who is still following this page, please send me an email or let it be known in the comments.
Again, thanks for helping and caring. I’m in a good place at this moment but the doctors say recovery could take up to a year!
Love you all!
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July 26, 2019
You can get all my coins. I’m here. Monthly. Love you forever. ❤️❤️
Zakiyyah Luvs Reese to lil Peecies
July 4, 2019
Wishing you a successful recovery Lorese!!!
July 4, 2019
Reese... as a coaster my friend gave me said: “You Got This!”
Would like to put your name in with a powerful worldwide group that does great healing meditation work. And, you are right, something great ahead for you! Love and prayers. Rita (Danielle’s Aunt)