Family and friends of Lisa Leedom are raising money for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to fund uninsured medical expenses associated with transplantation.
Lisa has chosen to fundraise for Help Hope Live in part because Help Hope Live assures fiscal accountability of funds raised and tax deductibility to the full extent allowed by law for contributors. Contributors can be sure donations will be used to pay or reimburse medical and related expenses. To make a tax-deductible donation to this fundraising campaign, click on the Give button.
August 24, 2019
I have been type 1 insulin-dependent diabetic for 33 years. During those years I have suffered unconsciousness, seizures and near-death episodes of low blood sugar on several occasions. At one point, I was in Des Moines, driving on the interstate 65 mph and had a seizure. Thank God my sister was a passenger. She somehow took over the steering wheel and maneuvered us off of the interstate, through 2 stop lights and into a parking lot safely without injuring us or anyone else. She had to go into a gas station and get me orange juice right away to increase my blood sugar. Two years ago, on Christmas Eve, I passed out having a low blood sugar and had to have an injection of Glucagon (a medication to release sugar from your liver) in order to live. The very next day, Christmas Day, I suffered a seizure from a low blood sugar and had to have another injection.
In the beginning, I was more aware of low blood sugar symptoms. Now, after 33 years, I no longer have awareness of these things happening. Diabetes treatment has come a long way in 33 years and it is amazing. Now, I have the opportunity to have a pancreas transplant which would be an instant cure!!
It is an amazing opportunity. I have been through an extensive workup to prepare. I would have to be off work for 6 weeks and will have to have someone available 24 hours a day for at least 3 weeks after the surgery.
I have worked hard my entire life. I have raised 2 amazing children. I am 50 years old and I need some help. I am not asking for assistance to pay for the procedure, I have and pay for private insurance. I do have some short-term disability while I am off work. I need assistance with living expenses while in Madison, Wisconsin, and with travel back and forth.
If possible, please consider making even a small donation.
August 18, 2019
As of Friday, August 16, I was added to the Pancreas Transplant List for the University of Wisconsin. As soon as my skin infection in my ear is clear, I will become “active.” When I do become “active” I am the #1 candidate for transplant!!! After 33 years of type 1 diabetes and all of the complications that I have suffered with it, I am more than ready!!
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September 3, 2019