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I first saw Jill on a sunny afternoon at the train station. It was our first time to meet each other in person after so many online conversations, but immediately it was made clear to us that the connection we felt was real. She’s sweet, funny and kind. The best part of my day is seeing her bright smile and hearing her contagious laughter as she sprinkles our conversations with her signature dark humor.
Jill is strong-willed and stubborn. It’s not always like that sunny afternoon full of new beginnings and butterflies in our stomachs, but we make it work. We’ve become closer than either of us could have ever imagined when we started, and we are slowly building a family together.
But now, we find ourselves in a bit of a predicament.
A few years ago, Jill woke up and found herself unable to move – she was completely paralyzed. She was rushed to the hospital and that’s when she was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation Type I and Syringomyelia.
These were the types of illnesses that should have been diagnosed as a child. But she was already in her late 20’s by then, and the disease had already caused extensive nerve damage.
Since then, she’s already had various surgical operations and rehabilitation in order to mitigate the damage. The pain was excruciating, but she bore through it without complaints.
At present, she still suffers from intense chronic pain, and many of the other symptoms related to her illness like loss of sensation in certain body parts, trouble with balance, and fine motor skill problems. Waking up is a hurdle as she starts everyday in unbearable pain. Walking is a chore as she must coordinate and consciously think about getting each foot on the ground.
Over the years, she has visited several doctors, and each one of them has been amazed when they see her walk into her office. By all accounts, if one were to look only at her MRI scans, she shouldn’t even be able to walk. Jill has heard, “This will be your last year,” at least three times, but here she is, beating their “deadlines” and proving the impossible is possible through sheer will. I told you she was stubborn.
Old models of neurostimulators weren’t enough due to her extensive nerve damage. They couldn’t connect the device to her nerves. Fortunately, newer models are advanced enough to do this, and she can finally get her surgery. This will get rid of her chronic pain and manage her other symptoms.
We are already selling our house and have taken out loans. This will cover the three operations she has scheduled this year and will partly cover the operation and rehabilitation for the neurostimulator. We only need a little bit more so we can afford the latter.
Despite all these, Jill retains her sweetness, kindness and humor. Everyday, I’m greeted with a smile on her face and a kiss on the lips. She’s one hell of a fighter, but even the toughest fighters can’t do it alone without a support system. I would like to help her in her fight.
I’m hoping you would too.
Please share this with your family and friends, and (if you can) please consider making a donation. Every single euro will help. I would love nothing more than to spend the rest of my life with this beautiful woman and our growing family.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.
With much love and hope,
- Anne Divina
- Campaign Owner
Recovery First WeekUpdate posted by Anne Divina at 06:35 pm
❗ This update contains graphic pictures.If you're quite sensitive to seeing such pictures, please feel free to skip this one. ❗You can go check out some sneakers in the meantime because the sneaker sale is still on! The nurse came again earlier today to clean the wounds on Jill's back.. . . . .
Valentine's Day UpdateUpdate posted by Anne Divina at 11:31 am
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! We hope your day is filled with love and warm hugs!The surgery to implant the test neurostimulator system last Thursday was a success! Jill is now back home and is in recovery. Anne wasn't allowed in the room due to the Covid rules, but here are. . . . .
Vigor Support, New Tikkie, New Crowdfund InitiativeUpdate posted by Anne Divina at 05:49 pm
Hello everyone! We have a lot of news to share with you with this update so please keep on reading 😊 Support from Vigor Family The crowdfund workout hosted by Vigor Antwerp was a success! They managed to raise €600, and had the highest number of attendees since they started. . . . .
Info on the NeurostimulatorUpdate posted by Anne Divina at 01:59 pm
We had an appointment with the pain coordinator yesterday and were able to confirm new details about the neurostimulator.The neurostimulator will be made by Boston Scientific. The specific model will be the Precision Spectra Spinal Cord Stimulator System. You can click on that link if you'd like to know more. . . . .
Small Victory with the First Procedure and a New Crowdfund InitiativeUpdate posted by Anne Divina at 03:27 pm
First Procedure of 2021 Jill had her first medical procedure for the year today! We were the first to arrive at the hospital, it wasn't even open yet. They still had their cool holiday decorations on the front doors Instead of just freezing the nerve, the doctors had to take. . . . .
New Year, New Milestone Reached!Update posted by Anne Divina at 06:36 pm
｡.．ﾟ：ﾟ・*──── 🎆 A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE 🎆 ────*・：ﾟ．ﾟ.｡ We're excited to share with you a couple of great news since our last update. First off, we've reached 20% of our goal! We don't want to sound like a broken record but we are truly absolutely grateful to. . . . .
The Holidays are HereUpdate posted by Anne Divina at 12:24 am
♥ It's the most wonderful time of the year! We've surpassed 15% of our goal! Thank you, everyone! ♥We've received quite a number of new donations, even from people who don't know either of us personally. Thank you so much for continuing to support us. This is such a wonderful. . . . .
First milestone!Update posted by Anne Divina at 09:01 pm
We've reached 10% of our crowdfund goal! Words aren't enough to express our gratitude to everyone who has donated and shared this page. We are overwhelmed by the outpour of support we have been blessed to be on the receiving end of. We started this crowdfund to show Jill that. . . . .
Thankful for the donations and more picturesUpdate posted by Anne Divina at 10:24 am
Hello family and friends, A huge THANK YOU to our new donors! We are almost at 5% of our goal and we would like to thank everyone who has shared this crowdfund. There have been four new offline donors as well who we will keep anonymous (either as per their. . . . .
First Update! Plus new donation methodUpdate posted by Anne Divina at 02:25 pm
First off, a very big THANK YOU to everyone who has already donated and shared this page. Our hearts are full knowing that there are so many willing to lend a hand. Huge thank you as well to the following offline donors. We truly appreciate that you made the effort. . . . .