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This fundraiser ended on 08/01/11

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I had raised $3,925.00 in my last fundraiser. With your continued help and support I will be sure to reach my goal! Thank you!

In 1997 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was being treated for that for a couple years but I was still having pains in my joints and always getting sick. In 2001 I was lucky to have seen a specialist that knew what was wrong with me by the symptoms I was having. He then sent tests and the tests came back positive for Lupus. The doctor hard warned me that Lupus may attack my organs. So I went through Chemotherapy for about a year to control the Lupus. Going through Chemo was one of the worst experiences of my life. During that time I felt like I rather die then to go through chemo. After the treatment I was okay for a couple of years.

In October 2005, I was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease or kidney failure. The Lupus had finally shut down an organ. I have been on dialysis for 5 years now going on 6 this October. I thank GOD that there is dialysis to keep me alive. The only problem is that a real kidney works 24 hours a day 7 days a week and dialysis is only 3.5 hours a day 3 times a week, so even though the machine keeps me alive... I am slowly dying. With a new kidney I will be able to live my normal life.

During 2010 I was facing some heart conditions which required me to have a Defibrillator implanted in my chest, which was just done in April of this year. My cardiologist suggested that it be implanted if I am going to be getting a kidney transplant. So i had that first step done. Now I am off to the bigger challenge but I need help getting there. Getting a kidney transplant is very expensive. Unfortunately we do not have a transplant center in Guam so I will be living with my uncle in Nebraska. I have Medicare but I would still have to pay 20% out of pocket. I am asking for your prayers and any donation you could possibly give. I have been through so much in my life but I will not give up! With the help and support from you, my friends, and my family, I know that everything will work out!

**It is now June 23rd. I am here in Nebraska and just had my first dialysis treatment here at Davita South in Bellevue, NE. I love the faculty and staff that I had just met. I am so excited to get this process going. Thank you to all my family, friends, and friend of friends that is making this dream come true! I thank you all for your continued prayers and support! I LOVE YOU ALL!

If you have any questions or would like to talk to me please feel free to call or email me...

Thank you so much,

Matthew Joe Nauta
402-981-5436
matthewjoe.nauta@gmail.com
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