Sinus Wars: Living on the edge

Hello followers!  This post is a personal post from me to you.  If it wasn’t for my followers, I wouldn’t enjoy writing as much as I do today.  So this is a big thank you!

THANK YOU

. . . see, told you 🙂

Throughout the years I’ve been going through some medical procedures, and it has been very draining; draining from the pocket and mentally draining.  I never had enough money when it all began, but now I completely hit a brick wall.  I’ve been trying my best to make a little more income here and there, taking entrepreneur jobs, and others.  It becomes very difficult when I’m a full-time college student, in which I’m also having to take a minimum of 10 hours non-paid internship each week.  I’m not about to let that go after waiting until my 30s to begin my college education – I want to make something of myself once more!

So, with that said, I’m looking to you to help me get back on track.  I know times are tough for most, and I get that, but every little bit of your contribution counts.  Here is my story below that you can also find on gofundme.com/AngelasCause.  You are welcome to make a donation by clicking the widget provided below or copy and past the above link in your browser.

Angela is in desperate need to undergo FESS (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Sinus Surgery).  It might not seem like a serious surgery, and in most cases it is not, but for Angela it is much more complicated.  Here is her story:

Throughout Angela’s childhood, she has gone “under the knife” several times because of problematic and recurrent ear infections.  Children often get ear infections, right?  So, the problem was overturned and the family thought it would just “run its course”.  In 2005, she underwent Tympanoplasty (reconstruction of her eardrum by graphing from her own tissue/membrane beneath the scalp) after 12 years living with a ruptured eardrum.  Most eardrums heal on their own – Angela’s did not.  Eventually, her eardrum began to degenerate and lost 40% of her hearing.  Good news is her surgery was successful – almost hearing too well, haha!  After 12 long ears she was finally able to enjoy water activities, flying, and even take showers without worrying that water would get inside her ear.  However, two years after the surgery things began to drastically change.

Angela began to not feel right – not like her usual self.  She would have severe vertigo that she’s never experienced; dizziness, long-lasting eye pain and facial numbness/twitching; nasal mucus discharge, foul-odor earwax discharge that dribbled out whenever wherever; migraines, sinus pressure, sinus headaches, face swelling, facial bones crackling, and other debilitating symptoms.  Today, almost 8 years later it has only gotten worse.  Angela has tried every therapy in hopes of relief, but to no avail.  Trying traditional and broad-spectrum antibiotics orally and through IV,  steroid therapy, allergy testing, environmental control, etc. – you name it, she’s probably done it (even suggested therapies she’s too embarrassed to repeat, haha!).  If antibiotics do work, or work to a degree, symptoms come back fiercer within 6 weeks.  To add to the drama, Angela also found out last year she has cancer on the nose and in the cartilage where this surgery takes place.  After numerous doctor visits and her records stacked in three different manila folders, a doctor finally ordered a CT scan on Angela’s sinuses.  Angela knew it wasn’t going to look pretty, but she wasn’t expecting a poor prognosis if left untreated.

The doctor asked Angela to come into the office to go over the CT scan results.  In basic terms, the doctor stated to her that she has soft tissue disease of all the sinuses (frontal, ethmoid, maxillary and sphenoid – all bilateral).  The types of soft tissue disease in the sinuses can vary in each individual.  For Angela, it was best described as a “bony erosion” due to chronic sinusitis and “can result in bone shifts in the skull, possibly leading to cerebral spinal fluid leakage, meningitis, vision impairment/loss, bouts of vertigo, and spread of bacteria or fungi into other parts of the body, which can become serious or life-threatening.”  Furthermore, with other questionable neurological impairment that she is having, the doctor continued that  “it is a possibility – and it’s only a guess – that with the sinus swelling and chronic infection within them may be pressing on some nerves, so surgery may give some relief.”  Of course, most are worst-case-scenarios, but the odds have been stacked up against Angela after years of sinus and ear problems.

Angela has come across a few medical obstacles in the past decade, that’s for sure, effecting her schooling, employment, social functioning, finances, and livelihood.  But she perseveres, holding strong, and hopes the endoscopic sinus surgery will be a BIG step in the right direction for a healthy living.

Your contributions can be known or anonymous.  With your support and contribution, you can help fund Angela’s surgery and aftercare. Below are some areas that your contribution will go towards:

– Pre-Op, Op, Post-Op, Anesthesia, Recovery, Surgical facility, and Aftercare
– Routine follow-up exams, diagnoses, and/or treatment.
– Allergy skin testing (performed before or after surgery)
– Medical Research (if needed)
– Donations to the hospitals or facilities where treated

What is the cost of the procedure?  Below you will see the estimated cost per the surgical center:

– Surgical Operation / Use of Facility: $8,205.23
– Anesthesia: $1,105 (price est. for 2 hours)
– Surgeon / Physician: $425
– Follow-up appointments will have fees (price varies)
– Allergy Skin Testing: $479

Thank you all for reading and for your loving support.  Every little bit goes a long way!

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