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URGENT: The Waggoner Family Needs Your Support!

Dear Friends,

It's a beautiful day! I sure would like to be out enjoying my life and the lives of my friends and family. I would like to be walking in the park. Eating a hot dog at the local ball park and taking the grandkids to the mall, but I have joined hospice and I am dying. I don't have much time left.

My doctors have told my family that a double-lung transplant will save my life. but we can't afford the cost of the surgery to transplant lungs, and insurance will not cover all that is needed to save my life. We can no longer fight this life-threatening illness alone, my family and I are reaching out to you, across the globe, for hope, help and support,

I suffer from a rare, debilitating lung disease called Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH), combined with COPD, and cor Pulmonal (Right-Sided Heart Failure).

Copd is a combination of illnesses most commonly referred to as Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, and Asthma. I have Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema. If you've ever had Bronchitis or Pneumonia, then you know how difficult it is to breathe, but with the PAH it's always life threatening.

My breathing has becoming so bad that I am forced to confinement at home, in a small room, in the back. The room is just slightly larger than a prison cell. I have a bed and a computer in my room and a small TV that is broken. The rest of the room is filled with medical equipment to keep me alive.

I'm unable to participate in walking to the mailbox, or taking a shower, just moving from the bed to a chair are practically impossible for me. I get out of breath just eating my meals, so I have to eat small snacks all the time to keep up my strength and nutrition.

I can no longer walk in the park on a sunny day, or enjoy catching snow flakes on my tongue, a dance with my son at his wedding has become a distant dream now, and I'm unable to travel to watch a grandchild's soccer game, or ballet class. I can no longer shop for Christmas gifts for my loved ones or make cookies. It is impossible to swing on the porch and enjoy the evening sunset. Not being able to breathe takes so much away from people and those that love them. These illnesses have affected every aspect of my life and the lives of those that I love.

I often have a "flare up" of my symptoms, called an exacerbation, that sends me to the ER where the doctors paralyze me, and put a tube down my throat (called intubation) so I can continue to breath. The doctors have saved me many, many times. I've had several collapsed lungs and respiratory failures.

I'm sure some of you know what that's like, and agree that it's no way for anyone to live. It does allow me to continue being with my family though, until I can get the lungs that will make the need for intubation unnecessary.

The Pulmonary Hypertension has forced me to become completely dependent on oxygen and a ventilator to breathe and I have to use these electricity-dependent life-support machines, 24 hours a day, non-stop.

Your support is my ONLY HOPE for a double lung transplant, to save my life, give me more time with my family, and let me to dance with my only son at his wedding.

Insurance will not cover the full cost of the transplant surgery. Paying hospital bills, copays, and other cost associated with these medical problems have depleted our savings. My husband has had to quit work to stay home and care for me. We are living on my SSI and Food Benefits, until I can get the transplant and go back to work as a Medical Administrative Assistant.

With your help we can make it to the transplant and at the same time continue to pay for all the medical needs and any medications. This is why we are fundraising, to help with the costs of the transplant which is said to be over a million dollars. We simply cannot afford that much money to keep me alive and we desperately need your help.

Thank you for taking the time to read our story and if you can leave a little something to help us, it would mean a great deal, if you can't afford anything now, that's ok too. You can always come back later and contribute. We appreciate any amount, and prayers are always welcome. Small amounts add up, and every little bit makes a huge difference in this momma's fight for life.   


-The Waggoner Family

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