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The daughter of Diane S. is publicly displaying her unconditional love for her mom to raise money to assist with costs of her illnesses.

‎Hello, and thank you for taking the time to reading this. My name is Ashley, I'm twenty-three years old, and quite frankly, I don't know what it is that I'm supposed to do anymore. I'm at the end of my rope & my sanity. I never thought I'd ever say this, but I desperately need assistance.

I've had the quit my job. I've had to quit school. I've given up my life & my friends & all the other sterotypical things that twenty-three year old girls worry about. But, the reason I gave all these things up, well that reason means more to me than any of those things ever could. The reason is my mother.

My mother suffers from an Optic Nerve Brain Tumor, for which she recently had her third surgery to remove & replace her old Lumbar-Peritoneal Shunt. A shunt is described as a tube or catheter and is designed to bypass or redirect bodily fluids from one point in the body to another. LP Shunts are used in neurological disorders, in cases of chronic increased intracranial pressure to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from the Subarachnoid cavity associated with such conditions as hydrocephalus and Benign intracranial hypertension (BIH) also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) and pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), idiopathic intracranial hypertension is the preferred name for the condition.

On top of the brain tumor & intercranial pressure, my mother also suffers from;

- Diabetes
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Connective Tissue Disorder
- Chronic Fatigue
- Fibromyalgia
- Lumbar Facet Disorder
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Arthritis
& many more serious health issues..

Thus, as you can tell by the information above, I had to give up all that I did to care for my mother & her wellbeing (And do NOT mistake what I stated in any way. If I had to make the decision all over again, I'd drop everything for her all over again a million times straight). Due to my mother's health issues, she is labeled by her group of Doctors & medical professionals as 100% disabled & is thus unable to work. She worked 60+ hours a week for her entire life, up until she became so ill, & is now expected to live off of less than $900 a month with no government assistance other than Medicare (of which she has to pay for).

We are drowning in debt. We are on the verge of losing the two bedroom apartment we cram 4 people into. Our electricity is about to be turned off when my mother is on oxygen & a nebulizer. The engine in out car blew & now we have no vehicle to transport my mother to all the medical appointments that are vital to my mother's health & wellbeing. We can't afford to get the medications that she needs to survive & not live in constant, chronic pain. It's a task just to keep groceries in our home. We are drowning in debt from credit cards that we've maxed out just trying to make ends meet. We can't afford the everyday common neccessities needed for any human being to survive. We spend every second of every single day hoping & praying for the best, but it seems that our luck has run out unless we can find assistance to help us keep our heads above water. There's no end to the constant suffering in sight, there's no light currently at the end of the tunnel. It's gotten to the point where it's hard to believe that things will get better, because it's been such a long, long time since things have been simple.

I've run myself down & dry trying to do all that I can to save my family, my mother, my home, our lives.
I've come to the realization that I can't do it on my own, & pride aside, it's time to ask for help from the kind souls in the world who I know God will send our way to lift us out of the pain & suffering, back into the joy of life.

To be quite plain, I don't know how much longer I have with my family as a whole, how much longer I have before my mother is beyond help. I want her to feel honest & true joy, I want to witness her happy & smiling & relieved & at ease.

Thank you for your time, & I hope that your heart can find a place in it to feel compassion for my family...

God bless.

- Ashley

I can be reached at (518)-389-5685 if need be. Thank you.
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