Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that you heal my body and rid me of all this pain. Lord, I don’t want to suffer, but should it be your will then I ask that you allow me to be an instrument to touch others and bring them to you. Please don’t let my suffering be in vain. Amen.
I would like to introduce you to my friend Belinda. We first met last year in a blogging group. Belinda is a wife and mother of two. She has two blogs, Pinterest Fanatic, and Giveaway Fanatic. She has been a tireless supporter of her fellow bloggers.
Belinda has a rare disease called Chiari Malformation. This is a serious neurological disorder which causes debilitating pain, as well as many other horrific symptoms. Here’s a graphic from Team Belinda that explains the condition:
The surgery Belinda needs to relieve her symptoms is called Posterior Fossa Decompression. This surgery needs to be performed by a Chiari specialist – a brain surgeon who is familiar with Chiari Malformation.
Here’s a graphic that shows what one part of Belinda’s surgery will look like:
Unfortunately, Belinda had to travel out-of-state to find a Chiari specialist. In addition, although she has appealed their decision, her insurance has refused to cover the surgeon’s fees. The surgeon has graciously extended a 20% discount as long as the fees of $50,000+ are paid in full prior to surgery on 4/16/14.
$42,725 has been raised so far, but there is still a long way to go. Won’t you help?
We at Team Belinda are asking that you donate even as little as $1 to help our dear friend. If you can help, you can donate at youcaring.com or through a Paypal donation to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or send cards, words of encouragement and donations to:
Belinda’s Brain Surgery
P.O. Box 1937
Woodstock, GA 30188
In addition, there are many fundraisers ongoing in which you can participate. A list of current fundraisers can be found at http://www.facebook.com/belindasbrainsurgery
Belinda is a very special lady. She is so grateful for all the prayers and donations that people have provided. Here is a prayer she wrote as part of a blog post last Wednesday:
God bless you, Belinda!! ((hugs))