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This is the Linzi Linzmeier Surgery Fund. All donations will be used to pay for costs related to my cat Linzi's life-saving surgery.

My beloved cat, Linzi, was recently diagnosed with Chylothorax, which is a rare condition with no direct cause/reason which causes lympatic fluid to leak from her lympatic duct into her chest cavity. All this fluid causes Linzi to go into respiratory distress since it compresses her lungs and does not allow them to expand for her to breathe. Essentilally, if left unchecked she begins to suffocate from the inside. When we rushed her to the animal hospital last week, she was crying/screaming, drooling and her tongue was turning blue. It was horrible to watch.

After draining the fluid, she was released, only for her to have to take her back four days later when the labored breathing returned. Apparently, the duct has not repaired itself nor is the amount of fluid decreasing. The vet has assured us she needs a critcal surgery to ligate/tie off the duct to prevent the fluid from leaking through the wall of the duct, or we will have to put her to sleep. She is only five years old and in good health and I am doing all that I can to save her life.

My husband and I love this cat. She came to us as a stray one night while sitting outside. She basically ran up to us begging to be picked up and cared for. Since that day, she has remained a part of our families and in our hearts.

Some people may think I am crazy for trying to save her life and pay for this surgery, but until they experience the unconditional love that a pet can offer and see the absolute trust in her eyes when she sees me, they will not understand.

I go to visit her every day at the vet and hate to see her in a cage rolling around and purring and I am not able to take her home. She has to remain in veternairy care due to the chest tube used to drain the leaking fluid.

I have sought credit assistance but have not been offered enough to cover all expenses. My husband and I have been struggling financially for the past year due to the economy and a sluggish small business and a major cut in my pay as a state employee. We have lost our home due to the crash in the housing market and a failed loan modification.

I refuse to let our financial issues be the reason that Linzi will not survive this. I am asking for your help. Please consider a donation so that she can receive this life-saving surgery and return to her life at home with her brother Smokie and sister Daisy, watching birds and enjoying belly rubs.

Thank you for your consideration of my request.
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