This came across my desk this morning, and I just want to do my part to help a fellow cosplayer in need. Meet Callie. Callie is going through some really rough medical issues, and the doctors still are trying to diagnose her. As a young girl in college and without insurance, she is struggling to pay for her healthcare. She has a donation page set up, but you can also purchase prints to help offset the costs of medical bills and student loans. In her own words, Callie describes what she is going through:
“I lost insurance a while back before I needed a surgical procedure so the doctors could rule out lymphoma or another type of cancer. I saw 8 doctors who told me I needed to have the surgery, and was in and out of 3 hospitals frantically trying to find someone who would remove a lymph node before I got worse. All of the doctors were throwing around the “cancer” word while they kept ruling out everything else through seemingly endless amounts of blood work. I lost insurance officially back in November 2012, 7 hours before my scheduled surgery. The one that was supposed to rule out the scary thing the doctors kept telling my family and me. I have only gotten worse since then. My immune system has completely shut down, and all of my lymph nodes are still swollen. I continue to get worse in health, as the doctors cannot do the right procedures to figure out what is wrong with me due to the fact I am unable to afford all of the expenses. I am in pain all the time, and my body hurts so much it is hard to function in everyday life. I have endometriosis on top of this and have struggled with depression about my medical issues, and my overall health and well being. I have gone through hell and back, been stuck with needles hundreds of times and with no answers at all, aside from the fact that yes, something is seriously wrong.”
If you want to do something to help out an amazing costumer, pick up one of her gorgeous prints or leave a few dollars to help offset the costs of her medical bills!
Editor’s Note: After I asked Meredith to write this piece up, she verified if the story was true by talking to people who personally know Callie, and they confirmed the fact that she was really sick.
Black Widow: David Love
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