My lovely Tumblr friends, I rarely ask for your help, but this is too important for me to ignore. A friend of mine is currently trying to raise money for her mother’s surgery. Her mother has uterine fibroids and requires a hysterectomy, but she doesn’t have insurance and they can’t afford to pay for the surgery on their own. They’re currently trying to raise as much money as they can to pay for the surgery.
My mother, at the age of 38, is dealing with something very common amongst African-American women; she has uterine fibroids. Although the medical procedures to remove uterine fibroids have been performed numerous times, on countless women, it almost seems impossible for her. In her case, she would require a hysterectomy.
My mother has worked full-time for the United States Postal Service for about six years, but does not have health insurance. Due to her job title, along with many other USPS employees, being kept as “Regular, classified as a sub-worker” she is not offered an affordable benefit package. This means purchasing health insurance through her job will require a premium that is over half of her monthly income.
After joining several clinical research trials, attempting to get health insurance with companies that will not accept her and applying for a number of financial assistance programs, my mother is left with being bedridden for days. She deals with menstrual cycles that come more often than they should for a woman, cause massive pain and severe blood loss. She is now almost severely anemic and it is taking a toll on her body.
As I watched my mother lay in a hospital, that was only willing to help disguise her symptoms, I felt everything I’m sure any other daughter would feel. There was the anger, knowing that there’s a simple solution out of our reach simply because of money. I felt anxiety because I know there’s only so much her body can take. I felt sadness because I’ve watched my mother work hard to raise my brother, sister and I and now she is no longer able to fully enjoy the fruits of her labor.
You are never really prepared to watch the person you love, unconditionally, suffer. You’re never sure how you are going to help them when they were always the one you looked to for help. For 24 years my mother has been the person I would run to and I didn’t realize how I just thought she was invincible until watching her go through this.
I’m not asking for anyone to give large amounts of money. I’m asking everyone to read this and help by doing what they can. If you can’t or do not wish to donate, please pass this along to your friends and family. Help my family help my mother, their daughter, their sister, their cousin get back to the strong and healthy woman she was.
All funds raised will go, only, to her surgery and hospital care. If there are any remaining funds, they will be donated as well. None of this will be used for personal expenses during her recovery or otherwise. I understand that some may have questions or doubts, so please feel free to contact me atHelpUs2HelpHer@Gmail.com and I will gladly provide you with additional information.