Through fandom, I have met lifelong friends, and one of them is Jamie.
Jamielou Lynn, 33, has been suffering Sciatica since August of 2014. Her dad walked out on them when she was 4, and now she lives with her 59-year old mom. She’s been working to support her mom and herself since she was 17 years old, and it seems like all the hard work had already taken its toll on her body.
According to the doctors, she’s got mild to moderate herniation of the L4-L5 and L5-S1 spinal discs. The soft tissue in between some of the vertebral bones of her spinal column have started getting ruptured, and are now compressing and putting pressure against the long nerve that runs from her lower back to her lower limbs. Because of this, she’s been in constant excruciating back pain that’s stopping her from walking normally. She can stand up but can’t walk farther than 10 to 20 meters without feeling pain that wouldn’t go away. The pain starts from the lower back and then runs down to her right leg. As of recent, she’s beginning to feel the same shooting pains on her left leg as well.
Despite the pain, she was initially still able to go to work and avail of the medical benefits that her company offered. Aside from Sciatica, she’s been dealing with a hodgepodge of other ailments: she’s got vertigo, mild hypertension, gastritis, fatty liver, polycystic ovary syndrome, acute carpal tunnel syndrome, and plantar fasciitis, all of which she’s dealing with at the same time. She’s been going back and forth to the doctors, and in the process, slowly using up the coverage of her health card. She then got hospitalized last June 2015, where she had to take one of the strongest pain medications (next to morphine) just so she can endure the back pain. She underwent an MRI procedure, after which the attending Orthopedic Surgeon suggested for her to undergo surgery. She couldn’t go through with it, unfortunately, because of two reasons: one, it scared her to go under the knife, and two, her health card couldn’t fully cover the operation expenses. She opted for a more conservative treatment involving physical therapy and medication.
The treatment was starting to work, and the pain was growing manageable, however, in July she and her mom had to move houses because of abusive neighbors. Since there was no one else to rely on with moving stuff around (she wouldn’t let her mom do all the work) she had to lift stuff herself. The pain came back. She had to go on an extended medical leave and as such, she hasn’t had any source of income for therapy sessions, medicine, rent, and, sometimes, even food. She has not been able to go to work for the past five months now, and her health card had maxed out. Her mom has no pension yet, and she’s run out of loan options. They tried asking for government assistance, but because they aren’t registered voters, it’s been quite difficult.
We met Jamie more or less around eight years ago. She’s been fun to be with, always smiling, and for some of us, she’s been a good elder sister. We want to help her out in this trying time so she wouldn’t worry about food, rent, and medicine, so she can focus her energies on getting better and going back to work in order to eventually get the surgery she needs. If we reach the goal of this campaign, we can possibly help her get that surgery out of the way. She needs all the help she can get right now; we thank you for your kind generosity. Any donation is greatly appreciated.