I am trying very hard to raise funds to take my sister and caregiver a once in a lifetime trip to thank her for everything she has done for me in my life, especially these past 12 years. Twelve years ago, I left an abusive relationship and, Cheri took me in and helped me to develop independence and self-esteem. Adjusting was difficult because at the age of 35, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and went through some rough times getting my head right, but Cheri was always there helping me get through the times of mania, panic and paranoia. I was not easy to deal with. She stuck by me through thick and thin and never gave up on me.
In 2011, I got a small puncture wound in my wrist from a cat. It turned into necrotizing fasciitis which required immediate surgery. What we didn't know then was that there was an underlying condition called common variable immunodeficiency and, the infections just kept occurring, These infections kept me in and out of the hospital for almost 2 years. During one hospital visit, I threw blood clots to my lungs and, almost died as a result of them and an infection that went septic. I also had a type of hepatitis caused by one of the antibiotics called Ceftriaxone. Through the entire ordeal, the days in hospital, the subsequent doctors' appointments and the weeks of illness, Cheri was there! I now have 2 blood clotting disorders too. I can't work anymore as a result of all of this mess. I was a licensed practical nurse. I was deemed permenently disabled and only receive $597.00 a month to live on. I would love to take my sister to Playa del Carmen, Mexico to some all inclusicve resort where she can have fun in the sun and be spoiled for a week or so. She works two jobs to support us, but never complains. Cheri's heart is as big as the state of Missouri and, I really would like to acknowledge how appreciated and loved she is. I hope you can help me fund this trip. It would mean the world to her. She's a good woman with integrity and loyalty. Please help me show her why she is the best sister in the entire world! She spends so much time doing right by others that it sure would be nice to do something nice for her.