Our Trans sister, LLLL (like the letter but more of them) asked me if there was anything I could do to help a dear friend, Christy Moyer. Christy supported LLLL through transition and remains a close friend to this day.
Because Christy is a special friend of LLLL, Christy is a dear friend of mine and a dear friend and ally to the entire Trans community.
Now it is the Trans community's turn to support Christy. Let's surround Christy with love and support.
Please, dig deep into your pockets! If you cannot afford a donation, send positive thoughts to Christy.
Support her in any way you can.
A good friend of mine is in need of help. She's been living with a horrible chronic pain condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (or CRPS). It makes it feel like her skin is constantly on fire and she can't get away from it. It started in July of 2009 in her arm and has spread through her entire body, from the top of her head to the tips of her feet.
Although there is no cure, she has been getting treatments for it to attempt to put it in remission. In particular, she's seen one of the few experts in CRPS, Dr. Schwartzmann of Drexel University (who has been the head of Neurology for over 35 years and has trained more neurologists in the USA than any other doctor) who is convinced that he can help her get rid of the pain. Her best bet is a procedure that requires her to travel to Mexico where she will be induced in a coma for five days while ketamine, an NMDA receptor antagonist or pain inhibitor, is pumped through her body. The reason that she has to travel to Mexico for this procedure is that in the United States it is illegal to induce a coma for more than 48 hours. And since their health insurance is based in the US, this treatment is not covered.
The whole process is going to cost her about $50,000, which she doesn't have. She's looking for donations which can be sent through PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to send a donation in another manner, she asks that you contact her or her husband at email@example.com.
I've known Christy since middle school. She's an absolutely amazing person, and one of exactly three of my (cis) childhood friends who continue to talk to me since I came out as trans (one other being her wonderful and awesome husband). Ever since she's been out of school, she's been helping people by working with people with mental disabilities in a nursing home as well as helping young children with school. She hasn't been able to do either as of late due to the advanced stage of CRPS. Anything you can do to help, even if it's only donating $5, it will help tremendously.
For more information, as well as a link to her PayPal donations, please visit Donations For Christy Moyer.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Posted by De Sube at 1/25/2011 09:07:00 AM