|Tonya and daughter Miranda. |
Photo copyright Tonya Harris, 2014; all rights reserved.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Tonya spent yesterday at the doctor's office, her blood pressure dangerously high, and was not able to take care of pawning what few items she could to pay the application fee and certain bills that are due today. The $25 housing application fee MUST be paid today, or she will lose her chance at getting the mobile home. There are other small bills that must be paid today, too, but those are bills that could be paid directly to the creditor rather than waiting for funds to clear for Tonya to do it. If you can help with any of these, please e-mail Tonya directly at tonyahky [at] yahoo [dot] com to find out how. Personal thanks from me to anyone who can do what I can't, which is to help her out this way this morning.They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
Or, sometimes, it just delays the inevitable.
This is one instance where I'd like to make sure that it's NOT inevitable.
You may remember that last summer, we mounted a fundraising campaign for Kossack tonyahky, who could not even schedule desperately-needed major surgery without the capacity to hire a full-time caregiver for one of her daughters, who has profound disabilities. We were fortunate enough to raise the funds she needed, and she was able to get the surgery — and then she learned that what she thought was a painful, disabling, potentially dangerous temporary situation was instead both chronic and much more complex. Life-threatening, in fact.
Last summer, she believed that her only real health problem was an extraordinarily large fibroid tumor that could not be treated; it had to be surgically removed. The pain, fatigue, and illness caused by the tumor eventually made it impossible for her to continue to work, and made day-to-day functioning difficult at the best of times. Now imagine dealing with this while caring for a daughter with a profound case of autism and the special needs and sensitivities that accompany her condition. [You can read all about it in detail here.]
LIFE-THREATENING MEDICAL CONDITIONS
While awaiting surgery, Tonya was given injections of Lupron to try to help slow her heavy bleeding and perhaps shrink the tumor a bit, but she was advised that it would not be enough: The only solution would be a complete hysterectomy. Meanwhile, she grew increasingly ill; by late July, she was forced to see a different doctor just to get the surgery scheduled for September. Her condition reached a critical point during the middle of her fundraiser, forcing her to go to the emergency room at her local medical center, Baptist Hospital. Doctors there diagnosed her condition as severe anemia and told her she needed a blood transfusion. Once it was over, an area Kossack was kind enough to arrange to pick her up at the hospital and take her home. The following day, she heard from her doctor about her next Lupron injection.
And things got really frightening.