Well yard sale Day 1 was a fail. Made $8 but then it decided to rain overnight which blew my canopy away and the tarps I had covering the sale items leaving some of them damaged and the canopy I had borrowed was destroyed and I will have to replace that. It is still raining so I have not been able to open up for Day 2 which means today may also be a bust. I am super frustrated that with everything else I have going on this one thing couldn't just go smoothly. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. :(
Nov 30, 2017
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Aug 25, 2017
My dialysis bills are really cutting into the amount Help Hope Live has listed that I've raised which ($17,000+) does not reflect what I actually have available. If I drop below the minimum of...
Mar 12, 2017
It has been a rough few months. After a month and a half of peritoneal dialysis I was unfortunately forced to stop and have a different access placed to begin hemodialysis. Between mid-November...
Nov 29, 2016
Well it is nearing the end of November and I suppose it is time for another update. I wish I had more upbeat news to report but since my creatinine has still been increasing I had surgery on...
Oct 06, 2016
Just got an update from my kidney doctor regarding my recent labs.
Creatinine- 4.5 Kidney function- 12% Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Surgery- November 3rd Dialysis- Scheduled to start within...
Sep 16, 2016
Hey everyone, time for an update on my quest for a kidney. Unfortunately since I have not found a donor and my labs have started getting worse, I have been referred to the surgeon who will place my...
Aug 08, 2016
There's been a lot going on in the last month or so, so here is your update on how things are progressing. As my previous update mentioned I was admitted just under a month ago for a hypertensive...
Jul 12, 2016
This is Melissa reporting to you live today from Gulf Coast Medical Center in Ft. Myers, Florida!
I had to come to the ER last night due to a hypertensive crisis accompanied by chest pain and a...
Jul 11, 2016
Had to go see an orthodontic surgeon the other day because I have a wisdom tooth that has started to decay. This is not typically a big deal for the average person but for someone like me who is on...
Jul 04, 2016
On July 1st my transplant coordinator called to inform me that the medical board at Tampa General Hospital has FINALLY approved me for the kidney transplant list! It has been a long 14 months of...
Jul 01, 2016
Struggling over the past year to get on the transplant list has taken a huge toll on me emotionally. As of late I have had to begin taking antidepressants and anxiety medication because of the...
Jun 02, 2016
TEAM TUFF T-SHIRT SALE -- Be a part of "Team Tuff" by wearing one of these fun t-shirts I designed to help spread the word about my search for a kidney donor. Please click...
Jun 01, 2016
Yet another setback :( My transplant coordinator called me yesterday to go over some things prior to my case going to the board for approval to be placed on the waitlist and I was informed that I...
May 24, 2016
Unfortunately getting listed at University of Michigan was a no-go. Because I live in Florida and my only secondary insurance is my share of cost Medicaid (which is barely insurance since it pays...
May 03, 2016
I know it's been a minute since I last updated and I apologize but I've been struggling to adjust to the loss of a significant relationship in my life with the person who had also agreed to be my...
Feb 19, 2016
Having a strong support structure in place is just one of the many requirements to be deemed eligible to go on the transplant wait list. In my case since I am not married, I do not have a close...
Feb 12, 2016
Wow. I am so overwhelmed and obviously incredibly blessed. I just checked my page today to see if I had met the milestone for the "Challenge Grant" that is offered by HelpHOPELive and then I saw my...
Feb 04, 2016
Okay everybody...here's the latest!
(Better grab a snack or a beverage because it's a long one!)
I finally found a specialist locally who realizes the importance of getting me medically...
Jan 20, 2016
My story was featured on the front page of the local newspaper! I'm so happy that people are learning from my experiences with kidney disease and transplant. My hope is that by putting myself out...
Dec 22, 2015
Just a reminder when purchasing all of your last minute holiday gifts please consider giving the ultimate gift that cannot be found on a shelf in a store or under any tree. It is the gift that...
Nov 13, 2015
Thanks to my family over at the Center for Spiritual Living Cape Coral and the Halloween Benefit/Party they just held for me, I'm just under $2500 away from the $12,584 needed to be wait listed for...
Nov 02, 2015
WOW! Our Halloween FUNdraiser was not only a ton of fun, it was also a BIG success! We have raised over $4000 so far with a few more contributions still pending! This makes a HUGE dent in what I...
Sep 06, 2015
Our first major fundraising event is set! I met with members from my spiritual center today to finalize details on the event they will be hosting on Halloween to benefit my kidney transplant fund....