~Hi everyone, Natalie here!! Just an 'Events' catch-up. I turned 50 last Dec. & 3yr Anniversary 11/19/12. It definitely has been an adventure of some sorts...many trials & tribulations that will continue for my lifetime. ~My new lungs are being real troopers, though I've had an episode of pneumonia and only 2 admissions to hospital since beginning of Nov. 2015...Yay Me!! ~I'm in the 'midst' of preparing for my Kidney Transplant that I will be needing sooner than later. ~The costs of co-pays and my medicines are shockingly expensive along with daily living and weekly IV I do for myself. ~Your donation is a blessing in disguise .My bff did a garage sale and Julie Raftery & crew threw a Poker night. I became so ill so quickly there wasn't much time for Fundraising. So maybe for this time you'd consider a donation, pass this on & help me along my journey with this rare genetic disease called Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. ~ Transplants are life-saving but financially draining. Even with insurance, I am facing very high out-of-pocket expenses extremely costly post-transplant monthly medications, co-pays, lab fees, and more. I need your help. ~To help with the financial burden of my uninsured expenses, a fundraising campaign in my honor has been established with HelpHOPELive, a trusted nonprofit organization that has been providing community-based fundraising guidance to patients and their families for more than 30 years. All donations are tax deductible, are held by HelpHOPELive in the Great Lakes Kidney Transplant Fund, and are administered by HelpHOPELive for transplant-related expenses only. Please consider a contribution.
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Natalie D. Riggs 216-645-4872 << less
Mar 31, 2016
Natalie Needs Your Help!
My name is Natalie Riggs, just 49 years old (soon to hit the big 5-0 in December). I was a practicing nurse for over 25 years before I had to retire for medical reasons. In 2008, I was diagnosed with Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. That is when I learned I would need a lifesaving double lung transplant. On November 19, 2012 I received that gift of life.
I am now 2 years post-double lung transplant! I have enjoyed a wonderful life, and now in my second life, I work very hard to stay healthy. My lungs are doing great through immunosuppressant medications. However, natural causes have put me in stage 4 (of 5 stages) kidney failure. Fortunately, I have yet to start dialysis but I imagine that will happen in... >> more
Mar 31, 2016
~Hi everyone, Natalie here!! Just an 'Events' catch-up. I turned 50 last Dec. & 3yr Anniversary 11/19/12. It definitely has been an adventure of some sorts...many trials & tribulations that will...
Sep 21, 2015
Hello Everyone & Happy Fall Equinox, when Mother Nature shows her beautiful colors.
I'm checking in & updating my assist page here. I have been doing really quite well until the end of August....
Jul 10, 2015
Hi everyone, I am settling into my new place quite nicely. I really like it very much. I made the move to Irwin, Pa to be closer to my Dr.'s at UPMC. I am doing many, many tests for my kidney...
Apr 16, 2015
****MOVING PARTY**** I am in need of some assistance or rather 'a little help from my friends'. I have very expensive medications every month, but I am moving to Irwin, Pa May...