Let me first introduce myself. My name is Barbara Dumont. I’m 34 years old and live in Los Angeles. I love God and enjoy swing dancing. I’m a daughter, auntie, and friend. Unfortunately, I also need a kidney.
I have had kidney issues since my infancy. At age 11 I received a kidney transplant that lasted 10 years. For the last 10 years I have been on dialysis. A transplant will allow me to be as healthy as I can be with the added benefit of a longer life with all of you!
I am now eligible to receive a new kidney because I’m at the top of the list in Los Angeles. With my health deteriorating over the last 3 years, I feel an urgency to move forward. A transplant will greatly increase my quality of life.
Although I do receive some money, it is very little and not enough to cover expenses.
This is what I need in order to move forward:
– Stable housing for a caregiver and me, close to/near UCLA Medical (2 bedroom place for a minimum of 1 month)
– Compensation for Caregiver(s)
(At this time, no single person can care for me
throughout the necessary time. I have multiple people available to me.)
– Daily parking at the medical center
– Daily needs such as: food, gas, parking.
At this time I estimate my need to be between $8,000-$10,000.
I have chosen to fundraise with Help Hope Live in part because Help Hope Live assures fiscal accountability of funds raised and tax deductibility to the full extent of the law for donors. Donors can be sure that funds donated will be used only to pay or reimburse medically-related expenses. To make a tax-deductible donation to this fundraising campaign, click on the Donate Now button.
For more information, please contact Help Hope Live at 800.642.8399.
I love my life and the lives of those I’m able to share my love and time with. I am thankful to be part of this wonderful world and would love to continue as fully as possible. Thank you!!
September 3, 2017
Thank you all for helping me reach my fundraising goal. Unfortunately, due to my poor health over the last year, I had to spend some of your donations. I need to raise roughly another $1,000 to make up the difference.
I’m getting in some lovely lapel pins that you can purchase. All money raised will go here, into the campaign. Thank you all! Your generosity is felt and your prayers have carried me through some rough stuff. Blessings!
March 7, 2017
Well everyone, hello! I had the surgery to put in the peritoneal dialysis catheter. In about a month, I’ll be able to start my “regular” routine again. I honestly can’t wait. I felt a small relief at the idea of no longer doing hemodialysis. It just takes too much from me.
I’m also moving forward with becoming reactivated on the transplant list. First I will be meeting with the UCLA Cardiologist, Dr. Lee. After he clears me, I’ll meet again with the UCLA Kidney Transplant team. Then if they find all is clear to proceed, I’ll get any tests that need to be renewed and I’ll be active once again.
Thank you all again for your continued support and prayer!
February 24, 2017
So… this is what has happened so far:
– I had peritonitis. It took 2 months to get rid of it. That was midway thru July and into September. During that whole time I was on antibiotics.
– Rest of September was a severe and painful rash on my chest where my dialysis catheter is. That was 2 more weeks of meds.
– Beginning of October I contracted Cdiff. This is basically intestinal spores. Most likely caused by the amount of antibiotics I had been on already and required 2 more weeks of meds.
– Near end of October I developed pancreatitis. The pain was severe, but the inflammation of the pancreas was minor.
– November I finally was able to take antibiotics for the cough I had this entire time which turned into bronchitis.
– Early morning, November 30th, I went into cardiac arrest. A defibrillator was required. Ventricular fibrillation (v-fib for short) is the most serious cardiac rhythm disturbance. It is a type of arrhythmia where the lower chambers quiver and the heart can’t pump any blood, causing cardiac arrest. Ventricular fibrillation is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death. I was unconscious for a few days and still have no memory of those 5-7 days.
Where does all of this leave me now?
I mainly rest. I stayed with my mom during this ordeal. Lori Dumont and Carrie Anne Johnson have been unbelievable. As have Jack B Kelly and Anton Fair. Both an amazing help to me and my family. Thank you all that got the word out for people to pray. Feel free to invite them to this page and I’ll try to keep updating.
Next up: my outpatient surgery has been approved so that I can return to peritoneal dialysis. I’m in the prep process now.
September 20, 2016
Please forgive my lack of update. Here is how everything stands right now.
After getting my peritoneal dialysis tube removed, we were able to isolate and get the most affective antibiotics possible. I was on antibiotics a total of 2.5 months. Although the significantly weakened, I am finally improving, slowly.
I am now on hemodialysis. The plan is this:
1. Draw updated blood for transplant
2. Ask UCLA, based on results, what do they
estimate is wait time for a match.
3. If 3 months or less, I will stay on hemodialysis
to prevent too many surgeries. If 6 months to a
year, I will have surgery scheduled to go back on
Thank you all for your support and prayers!
September 3, 2016
You are all so wonderful! I have been very ill for July and August. Last night I didn’t get sick and I slept a whopping 12 hours. I feel weak, but not sick. Your prays have helped a lot.
Any more donations will help as I’ve had to dip into funds to help with where I’ve been.
As far as prayer, I want to get stronger so I can go home (I’ve been staying with my mom and she’s been amazing). I also want this peritonitis to be completely gone.. For good.
Love you all and thanks again!
July 25, 2016
Guess what??? I am now officially LIVE on the list for a transplant. What does that mean? It means that if a match is found, I will receive a call. I will have 1 hour to respond and 10 hours to get to the hospital.
Thank you all for helping me reach my $8,000 goal before surgery! You’re all amazing. I feel so loved.
My final goal is still $10,000. Hopefully I’ll get that before I come home from surgery. Blessings to you all!
July 9, 2016
Hi all! I’m still not live, but I expect to be before August. We are almost at $8,000! I’ll be posting a linked soon for clothing I’ll need after surgery if funds isn’t how you want to go. Love you all! Thank you. Thank you so very much.
May 25, 2016
I finally get to go back and do a follow up evaluation. It’s scheduled for Tuesday, June 7th. June is actually all booked up, but found a cancelation for me.
There’s a chance I’ll go Live on the waitlist that day. I need around $8,000 to ensure everything will be covered for the first 6 weeks. Love you all! Your support and prayers have been amazing.
April 29, 2016
I need your help. I need somewhere for my sister in law, her youngest (less than a year), and I to stay post transplant. I was looking into pricing and for two weeks it’s about $4,000.
With what I am hoping to raise, we will be covered. It just seems like a lot. That’s the deal with Los Angeles. We need to have a kitchen, room for the baby, and not too far from UCLA.
So, If any of you can help me find a place or just donate… pray… ask around… whatever. Thank you!
April 22, 2016
You break my heart. I was recently thinking about a friend I love very much. They aren’t in my life in a way that reflects that love. Right now, it seems they aren’t in it at all. The most painful thing I’ve experienced in this life is having love towards someone with whom I’m unable to bestow it.
I love you, anonymous. You made me tear.
April 18, 2016
I’m so sorry it has been so long! I had some health difficulties in the last 6 months. I tore my quad tendon and needed surgery to repair it. My leg is recovering nicely.
During this time my dialysis became insufficient for my physical needs. We changed things up a bit and so I’m doing much better now.
So! Let’s get back to business. Kidney time!!
August 31, 2015
OK… So I met with Dr. Steven Han, a liver specialist at UCLA. I’m scheduled now for a biopsy, an outpatient procedure, on Sept 10. Thank you for your prayers. Also, the donation number will soon decrease as a donation ran into issues. If you’re able to donate to help make up the difference, please do.
August 27, 2015
Tomorrow I go to see a Hepatologyst. This is only a consult so I may not learn anything just yet. My spirits are low and there little fight in me. Please my dears. Thank you.
July 23, 2015
Hey everyone. I’m going in tomorrow morning for an ultrasound appointment. I talked with my transplant coordinator today. We still have to check to see if my recent hospital stay is going to have any influence on my getting a transplant. Prayers appreciated!! Let’s reach $8,000!
June 24, 2015
Your continued generosity has been uplifting. You may be one or many, but your kindness in prayers and finance still moves me. I’d love to show you my gratitude in some way, but as you are unknown to me, I shall pray:
Father, I ask that with every dollar and dime that anonymous has sown into my health, you would sow into their dream and breakthru; the impossible one. I know you value and treasure their heart and their desire, so please encourage them towards that impossibility in your one-on-one time. May it be by your word, your voice, and in dream. Thank you for blessing anonymous in supernatural breakthru. In Jesus name always, amen.
I love you and only wish I could do more. Thank you.
June 24, 2015
Hello everyone! Wonderful news… I feel back to normal! This is a big deal as pain is gone, weight is normal, and appetite is back since leaving the hospital earlier this month.
I still need stamina and my soul needs to recover from some of the trauma. I’m finding it challenging to move forward. Your prayers would be much appreciated. ^_^
May 26, 2015
Sorry about any difficulties. Transfusions weren’t great. First one was fine. O+. Second unit was A+, which is my blood type, but it came with an allergic reaction. Not a fun day. My body is still not back to normal. Your prayers are needed and donations are appreciated. Thank you all!!
May 20, 2015
Hey everyone. I’m moved into North Hills which is in the valley. This week is a bit of a set back as I’m having to receive 2 units of blood. I’m ok, but this will create antigens. These antigens can delay my transplant. We don’t want antigens as they will cause kidney rejection.
Please pray for my body so we can get this show going. I’ll be talking with the team once my final unit is in. Thank you again for all your prayers and blessings.
May 8, 2015
I can’t see all of you, but I’m moved by who is choosing to donate. Your help is touching. Thank you. Wow. Blessings upon you, your families, and your future anything! Anonymous… I want to find omyou out so I can thank you properly. Sly thing. Love isn’t a secret to God. He’ll find you out and bless you. You’ll see. Watch that dream of yours come true. I prayed for you. All of you.
April 24, 2015
Every time I see an update on the donation bar I can’t help, but thank God and all of you for all you’ve done! I’m so touched by all your generosity.
I have to schedule my last test, give my change of address, move in, and activate! That’s only 2 weeks away! Keep up the shares n stuff.. Still need to cover the other 2 months of recovery. ^_^
April 12, 2015
I have a place to live!! Thank you for your prayers. We are here early at the primary financial goals that I can get activated on the list. 🙂 That’s it and we can get this puppy started!
April 10, 2015
Hello everyone. I have reschedule my ultra sound as there was some confusion. Only $400 more and I’m at my preliminary goal and I can activate on the list. At this time I’m looking for a room, a place to live. Your prayers are appreciated!
March 31, 2015
This morning I’m headed to my pre op appointments. I’ll be very hungry by the end of my morning!! Thank you all for your prayers! $1,200 more and my first month is covered. Then we can have some action! Thank you all again and again!
March 28, 2015
You are all so amazing!! Thank you family, friends, and strangers. Officially the first month of fund raising and we nearly covered one whole month (the largest portion) of my expenses!!
Again, once my first month is covered ($4,500), I can activate on the list and then it’s a ticking clock! Any day and I’ll get my transplant. 🙂
Im so blessed by your donations and efforts! Please sign my guest book. I want to know who you are!
March 23, 2015
Hello Friends!! Do not be discouraged if the counter does not change. Donations will be officially logged the next business day. They are being received. Thank you!! Also, sign my guest book!
March 22, 2015
Yes!! Only $80 more and I’ll be covered for a place for the first month I recover! You are all wonderful and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Please continue to share as we need to cover food, gas, and parking. Thanks! Maybe even pay the full time care giver for 2 weeks.
March 17, 2015
Thank you so very much! Your donations are bringing me closer to getting a kidney. I think may have found a place to stay… We will see.
We almost have enough to cover a place for me to rest the first month!
Next we need to pay basic bills such as gas, food, parking, and medication. ^_^
March 11, 2015
You all are so wonderful!! Thank you for everything. I have pre op appointments on March 31st. Let’s get it Rollin in!!
*please remember to sign my guest book! ^_^
March 4, 2015
I’ve learned that some of you who are donating are friends of my friends! Thank you to all I don’t know, but have found it in your heart (and pocket book) to bless me. ^_^
I’m currently looking for a stable living situation. Once that is settled, I can proceed with my pre operation tests!
March 2, 2015
Thank you for your donation. Don’t worry that the fundraising indicator didn’t jump when you donated. The folks at HelpHOPELive need to manually update the donor bar and this will happen within 24 hours
March 2, 2015
Nearly 10% of our goal! Thank you everyone!
February 28, 2015
Hi guys. I’m unsure why, but funds are not posting to my page. They are being received! Thank you for your gifts everyone! I think all will be ok on Monday.
February 27, 2015
Thank you so much for visiting my webpage. Please make a donation and tell your friends! Click on the social share buttons and share my story on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you!
February 6, 2015
Let’s get this party started!
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September 9, 2016
Barb!! Love you girl!! xoxo poodle skirts and plaid laced up shoes and all :)
April 28, 2015
Barbara, I remember your contribution to the "Gotta Jump" album and I'm glad to be able to help you at your time of need. May God bless you with a better quality of life as you move forward, and a long one.
April 28, 2015
Barbara - I'm praying for you and have been since well before your first transplant. I am looking forward with joy and excitement to what the Holy Spirit is going to do and the new health that you'll enjoy. Blessings,
April 25, 2015
We dont really know each other but we have shared a dance floor many times. I hope my small contribution helps to keep you on that floor swinging your heart out. Best and healthy wishes,
Kim and David
April 25, 2015
The things you find out about people on facebook :) Lots of positive wishes and thoughts and prayers and hugs to you from the us!
Ben and Sheri and the kids!
March 30, 2015
Hi Barbara! I found you through Instagram (my west coast twin!)... I'm a struggling single mom - otherwise I'd send you everything I have. I'm so sorry you are going through this. How do I know if I am/could be a match for you? ~ Maureen from NH (treehuggermum73)
March 27, 2015
Stay strong as you have always been.
March 12, 2015
The Lord will keep thee and shine His face upon thee!! I love you very much my beautiful daughter!!! I pray the Lord empowers you with great comfort, rest and peace!! That you would have an army of Angels by your side!! Also Gods love will get you through it all!! In Jesus name, Amen!!!
March 4, 2015
You rock, Babs!
March 3, 2015
Love you Barbara!
March 2, 2015
Edward Scissorhands loves you!
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