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If you would prefer to mail a check, you may do so in Michelle' name and send to 6764 M-33 Hwy Cheboygan MI 49721

Hi, my name is Michelle Drake and I have severe Mitral Valve Stenosis. I was born with this but was not diagnosed until April 2012. For the last 12 years I have been dealing with severe asthma, anxiety attacks and chest pain only to find out that it has been my heart the whole time. Each year it has gotten worse. At the beginning of 2012 I found myself a 23 year old college student unable to exercise anymore and a short walk into a building left me out of breath and unable to talk. In April I went into the emergency room for what I thought was a bad flu. Within 4 hours I was in heart failure, on max oxygen and my heart was racing out of control. Luckily I was transferred to a bigger hospital where I was stabilized and found out that I had Mitral Valve Stenosis. As scary as it was I was very relieved to find out what was wrong with me all of these years. I was suppose to have heart surgery no later than May but I have no Insurance, have been denied for Medicaid because I have no children, and have not qualified for any medical programs. I have been on bed rest for 3 months and on Leppressor as any activity causes me to go into atrial fibrillation and puts me at high risk for a stroke. This has put a big strain on me as I am unable to work, live on my own and pay for my own schooling. I was born and raised in Cheboygan, MI but for the last 2 years I have lived in Powell, WY where I attend Northwest College. There I am double majoring in Equine Riding and Training and Equine Management. I am a very active person and I'm hoping to get back in the saddle and attend fall 2012 classes. All donations will go to medical bills and traveling expenses. Any donations are greatly appreciated!
If you have any questions or would like to speak to Michelle or a family representative please feel free to email drakemichelle@yahoo.com
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