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This fundraiser ended on 10/31/12

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Please join in helping us raising money for our friend, Kate Hoover, and support her during her battle with Cushing's Disease.

Kate was first diagnosed with Cushing's disease years ago, where they took roughly 3/4 of her pituitary gland. Since then, she has been bound to the cyclical nature of this disease battling a gamut of symptoms such as fatigue, dangerously low sodium levels, weight gain and loss, and slow healing of common injuries.

A few months ago, her doctors decided to perform brain surgery to remove a suspected tumor. They did not find a tumor. Rather, they found an over production of brain/spinal fluid and fluid leak. A lumbar stent had to be inserted to relieve the pressure, and some fatty tissue was taken to plug the hole where the spinal fluid was leaking from. The wound from the donor site still has not healed, and she is battling a pretty severe infection. They also discovered her thyroid has stopped functioning, and her adrenal glands are not far behind. All symptomatic of Cushings Disease, which causes over production of cortisol, which has a subsequent effect on her ability (or lack of) to heal, and the failure of the rest of her endocrine system.

Kate lives a modest life, and would never ask anyone for anything. Nor would she really let on exactly how she is feeling. She has done a pretty good job of shielding most of us from it. We, as her friends, have decided it is time to step in and provide some financial help. This will help her not feel the necessity to have to take odd jobs in order to make the ends meet. We would like to enable her to focus on her recovery.
This fund will help Kate pay for things such as medical bills, prescription co pays, food, and other basic necessities. Some immediate pressing needs are a shower chair, and new hand held shower head.

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Thank you all!
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