Dear Friends and Family,
Many of you know my husband Jim Bottomley. Jim was born and raised in Philadelphia. He spent decades there in a career in residential and commercial carpet installation and is still known for his artful and professional work ethic and always ‘being on time’.
In 1997, we moved to North Carolina, for the ‘simpler life’ living in the Great Smoky Mountains. Some of you know Jim from his service work with the Healthy Carolinians of Macon County (NC), the Macon Co Substance Abuse and Mental Health Task Forces and as advisory on the Board of New Life Women’s Shelter in Hayesville NC. He brings not only his years of personal experience in the recovery community but also the experience he has gained volunteering his time and efforts creating mental health and substance abuse resources for Macon County residents. “His passion to help others comes from receiving help himself and he definitely pays it back in spades. He shows others that hope never dies and that hard work, the kindness of others and taking things one day at a time really does pay off.”—Teresa Mallonee, Chair/Healthy Carolinians of Macon County.
August 15, 2016
Unfortunately, Jim has now been waiting a liver transplant for 6 years…having never been the sickest patient on the transplant list…which has for him been good and bad news.
As many in the liver disease world now know, BIG PHARMA companies have come through with some remarkable new drugs for the treatment/cure of Hep C worldwide. In the US, Jim Bottomley has had the good fortune of being recipient of these new drug treatments on a research study basis. Unfortunately, these new drugs have failed to maintain a ‘cure’ for Jim thus far, despite advertised claims of a 99% cure rate. So, the research and study continues…and the wait continues.
Not too much can be done medically for Jim to make the waiting less painful and affecting, and less costly.
During the waiting period, pre-transplant testing occurs annually, the prescription maintenance drugs continue daily (13 daily in all so far), and the cost of healthcare increases annually.
I know I am asking for too much; however, I feel hopeless to do less. If you should ever have us in your thoughts and minds, even though you have not seen or heard from us over these past years, donation to this fund is always something you can do to help.
Your compassion and thoughtfulness will forever be appreciated.
With love and thanks from the family of Jim Bottomley,
Ivy Bottomley Riddles
October 13, 2015
Sept 2015 Jim Bottomley has now been a patient of the Liver Clinic at UNC Chapel Hill for 6 years, 5 of those waiting on the transplant list along with thousands of others. This past yr Jim has had the golden opportunity to be a recipient of new Hepatitis C drug treatment, a liver disease patient’s ‘miracle’ drug. Jim has always believed a treatment would come, and it did. The treatment is complex and expensive, as is all medical care these days, so we keep contributing to this fund to help with some of the costs.
We so appreciate all of our family and friends who have made contributions to HelpHOPELive on Jim’s behalf, and for all the prayers, help and good wishes for us along the way. Thank you.
Tina and Jim Bottomley