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We are raising money for Cassie to have a weight loss surgery. She needs this very bad she is 400+ lbs, 24 and has already had 16 + surgeries. Over half of these have been on her joints and she need a double knee replacement after weight loss.

Hello, my name is Cassandra Meyers, I am 24 years old and I am from the Cleveland Ohio area. I am a disabled student, currently working toward my bachelors in psychology.
I am writing because I need help, and I am going where ever I can to find it. I have written President Obama also and I am going to keep finding people to tell my story to until someone will help me or point me in the right direction, because if I find out where to go maybe it will help someone else in my situation down the line.
When I was a child, I was never very active, and I was considered obese. When I became a teenager/adolescent my weight just kept going up. Then when I was 14, in gym class I was accidentally hit in the wrist with a lacrosse stick. This made my wrist swell to 3 times its size and my parents immediately took me to the doctor the next day. The doctor ordered an x-ray and became very concerned when the results came back. The doctor sent me for a whole battery of tests. What came back was surprising but not too alarming. The doctor told my parents that the joints were not formed correctly but they shouldn’t be a problem because they were in my arms and I just needed to be careful. No one was prepared for what came next.
Over the next few years I continued to gain weight, as well as have problems with my joints.
I fell one day in gym class and sprained my ankle, which is when they found the deformities in my ankles as well. Eventually I had to have surgery to clean up the cartilage and bone fragments, but my ankle eventually deteriorated to the point that it had to be permanently fused in place. I no longer have function in my right ankle.
Then one day I had a lot of trouble climbing the stairs, we figured it was a fluke thing, but it happened again and again. So back to the doctor I went, this time the doctor referred me to an orthopedic surgeon. He found that the groves that hold your knee cap in place were deformed. So 3 times he went in trying to get my left knee to “track”. It never worked and I have had 3 more surgeries since then just on my knee.
These sequences of these events are not in order and I am sorry for that, I can get documentation to prove that these things have happened.
The first knee surgery was when I was in my JR year of high school; I was going to a special trade school so I could become a state tested nursing assistant and then go on to be a surgeon, medical stuff has always interested me. Since I missed a lot of class because the surgery was unsuccessful and left me in a major amount of pain, so I never got my state tested nursing assistant license. Then the next year they would not let me back into the class because I physically couldn’t handle the curriculum. So I had to go back to my regular high school which there were around 3000 kids at. It was still very hard for me to walk and I had more surgeries to have so my parents had me placed on something called home instruction so that I could graduate. This meant that I stayed at home and missed my senior year to have a tutor come out once or twice a week and help me with home work that was so easy the tutor only had to actually come out once a month to collect my work.
I got my high school diploma at least, and then I decided to attempt college through the mail. I did very well and had great grades, until my father (who is a drug addict) tried to rob a pharmacy, then took everything we owned and took off to Las Vegas to he didn’t have to go to jail. They caught him anyways like they always do catch criminals who run, and by the time he came back everything was gone. He was a totally different person and that is when my dad died, now I have a father who is a shell of the man I once new. Because of what he did my mom was not able to pay for my school anymore and I had to stop that. After that my mom lost our home because there just wasn’t enough money and we moved into Cleveland.
Once in Cleveland I decided to try to get gastric bypass. I went to the seminar and even had the doctor talk to me. He told me I would be a GREAT candidate because the surgery would prevent me from having diabetes, high blood pressure, and it would help my joints last longer. Well I didn’t make it through the psych evaluation because I was too depressed. Well I was 20 and all of my friends had kind of pulled away from me because I couldn’t do what they could. They wanted to go to cedar point and have fun not push their friend in a wheel chair. I completely understand why this happened and it wasn’t their fault they didn’t know what to do or how to handle the situation they were just kids, but it made me even more depressed. So over the past 4 years I have been having surgeries and gaining weight very rapidly right now I weigh over 400 lbs. I cannot even cook without someone else helping me, I’m only 24 years old and I wanted to kill myself because I couldn’t stand the pain anymore. I got the help I needed with those thoughts now I’m trying to get the help I need with my physical state. I do not have much longer before I start to develop high blood pressure and other things like that, and I don’t have much longer on these legs. I have to force myself to get out of bed every day because the pain is unbearable.
So I am asking for help in raising the money for weight loss surgery, I want to live. And I’m scared that if I don’t get this surgery that all that is going to happen is that I will get bigger and bigger and keep slowly dying a little more each day. I want to work and help people, I want to be productive. I am not looking for a hand out…. I am looking for a hand up, if there is anything at all you could do for me I would be extremely grateful and would do whatever you needed me to do.
Thank you for all your time.
Cassandra M Meyers
 

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