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Well, it’s drawing to a close. Just six hours left, and we’ve made a majority of what we needed. Your contributions, love, and donations have changed my life both internally and externally. I’ll be forever grateful, and keep you all posted on my progress over the next few weeks. I look forward getting healthy and joining the world again. Thank you. Sincerely.

I am still a little short of what I need for the surgery, so if you could look at my campaign before it ends, I would appreciate it. Indiegogo, Paypal, and the credit card companies absorb 13% of the funds donated, so I need an additional 400.00 to reach the goal of down payment for the surgery.

To the owners of the forums and lists who allowed me to keep my posts up, a very sincere thank you. It won't be forgotten.

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13% being lost to processing fees is outrageous, hopefully you reached your goal anyhow. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Musician and Artist Dale Lindsay is raising funds for a lifesaving surgery after a medical diagnosis he received on October 6 and has no insurance or way to pay for it. The surgery is not optional. Without it, he will die. The doctors will not do the surgery without the down payment, but his family does not have the money. Details here: http://www.indiegogo.com/p/253939

Text from the Indiegogo page: "Hello. My name is Dale Lindsay. I'm a lifelong musician and artist who is without insurance to pay for my recently diagnosed medical condition. On October 5, I was diagnosed with a severe form of nasal polyposis. Nasal polyps are fleshy growths that grow on the mucous membranes inside the sinuses and block air flow in and out of the nose, and sometimes the back of the throat. My ear, nose, and throat specialist, Dr. Leary at the Austin Regional Clinic-Far West in Austin, Texas, did a CT scan on October 6 to determine the severity of my situation. The CT scan showed that my sinus cavities are 100% blocked by the polyps. It is also possible that I have a fungal infection in the sinus cavities behind my cheeks from being exposed to black mold this summer from my window unit air conditioner. (We moved out of that housing.) I was immediately scheduled for surgery to occur on October 11, but found out on October 8 that there was no way I could afford the down payment for surgery. The problem of the polyps will not cure itself over time, and if I don't get the surgery, they will not only make me suffer, but the complications will eventually lead to my death.

While some cases can be mild, I have a rare and aggressive form, and I need surgery as soon as possible. Any help, even $1, will be much appreciated. That dollar might just the the one that allows me to make the down payment to get the surgery I need. It's my intention to get the surgery as soon as possible and recover as quickly as I can so I can get back to work -- not only at my job, but also on my upcoming album and the other artistic endeavors I've started over the last year. (For instance, I have an etsy store that I've been working on to sell my statuary art.)

I've spent most of my life following the DIY (Do It Yourself) ethic. I love to create art, especially music, but also statuary and paintings. I make music that's a cross between Boards of Canada, Autechre, and orchestral soundtracks. I'm reaching out now to the public because this is something that I can't handle on my own. I need help to pay for this surgery and save my life. My friends will tell you that I'm independent, and I do my best to help those around me. I've been involved in animal rescue my entire life. I've donated time at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and battered women's shelters. I've taken part in fundraisers for many different causes, from children's medical services to equality marches for all races and genders.

Everyone who donates, no matter how little or how much, will receive a handwritten thank-you letter and a dedication in my upcoming album. $1 to $10 will get a high quality (FLAC) digital download of the album. $11 to $49 will receive a digital download and a cd in a hand-decorated case. $50 and over will get the digital download, the handmade cd, and a hand-painted Dia de Los Muertos skull. Even if you can't donate, a word of encouragement goes a long way.

The total amount of donations needed breaks down in the following way:

The bill for the surgery is $18,464.00. This is the complete cost for the hospital, the surgeon, and the anesthesiologist which will all bill me separately. I also need $1,500.00 in aftercare costs for six months after the surgery. This total will also help when paying my bills and rent for the one-three weeks that I will need to be in recovery and away from work. Unfortunately, I will need aftercare for the rest of my life. Polyps re-occur in 70% of all cases without the proper aftercare, so the weeks after surgery are crucial to my recovery. I will need to find an allergist to run tests and figure out what exactly I'm allergic to that caused this condition, or if it was the exposure to black mold, and prevent it from happening again. If the situation flares up, then I can treat it early before it gets to the point of having another surgery. I've also added $1,400.00 to cover the fees tied to this fund raising effort.

If I can reach at least $3,966.00, then I can make the required pre-payment to have the surgery done and incur the rest as a future debt. Any money over that amount will go towards aftercare, and the balance that I will owe the hospital.

EDIT on Oct.17: I've since found out that I have to pay the doctor and the anesthesiologist up front, which means the down payment has increased to 6,469.00.

The down payment now breaks down like this:

Hospital: 3,966.00

Doctor: 1,146.00

Anesthesiologist:1,357.00

I first knew something was wrong in September when I went to blow my nose and could feel something that shouldn't have been there. This is while I was being treated for a H.Pylori bacterial infection that had debilitated me. Over the next two weeks, the symptoms from the polyps became much worse. They've progressed to the point that I can't breath at all through my nasal cavity. My nose, lips, and other parts of my face swell up as the infections set in. My teeth are in a constant state of low agony which makes it hard for me to chew my food. I can feel pressure and pain behind my left eye, and my vision is blurry in that eye when I wake up.The polyps at the back of my throat make me feel like I'm choking when I wake up or swallow, and they've distorted my voice to the point that people don't recognize it's me when I'm talking to them on the phone. The pressure and pain behind my face keeps me awake at night, along with the anxiety of the situation.

I spent what little savings I had recovering for three weeks from the h.pylori, so I'm basically one paycheck away from losing my apartment. I live as cheaply as possible in government housing, and work a job in retail, which means that even with a steady paycheck, I'm incapable of paying for this surgery on my own.

The surgery for polyps is endoscopic, which means they stick a couple of long tubes up your nose and use a machine to chew up the polyps and surrounding broken bone structure. While the average surgery for polyps takes 45 minutes to an hour, mine are bad enough that the surgery will be closer to three hours. The debris taken from the sinuses is then sent off to a lab for examination since polyps can be the sign of a pre-cancerous condition. The surgery is a delicate process which can also have its own set of complications including Meningitis and a loss of spinal fluid from the brain. Thankfully, both of these complications are rare.

If not treated, the complications from nasal polyp growth include vision loss and eventual blindness from the pressure of the polyps on the ocular cavities and nerves. Since the fluid naturally created by the sinuses can't drain, sinus infections and migraine headaches are common. If the infection spreads to the eye, it can also lead to vision damage and blindness, or if it infects the surrounding bones it can lead to Meningitis, which is an infection of the brain and spinal cord. The nerves in the sinuses are connected to the nerves in the teeth, so toothaches are common. The polyps can also disrupt the natural flow of blood through the head and lead to blood clots and aneurysms. Once the polyps reach the back of the throat, they can result in sleep apnea and asthma attacks. The pressure created by the polyps destroys the honeycomb like structures in the sinuses, and eventually breaks down the bones in the face leading to disfigurement and eventually death.

I've looked into getting an insurance plan to pay for the operation, but so far, I've had no luck. All the insurance plans I've found except one will not immediately cover a pre-existing condition. They want me to wait a year or more to receive benefits for pre-existing conditions, or they will not cover me at all. The only one that would accept me is the U.S. government's PCIP insurance, but I have to be rejected by insurance companies in order to qualify and it is expensive. Just getting the responses back from the insurance companies will take six weeks, and then another month to qualify for the PCIP insurance. With my current job, I can't even afford to pay for the insurance. I need the surgery quickly to avoid further damage.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Dale Lindsay"

This hangout is to raise awareness of how broken the American Medical System is and to help Mr. Lindsay's family save his life. 
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We're in the last three days of the campaign, and Indiegogo has informed me that this campaign will be the featured campaign on twitter tomorrow. So, I want to draw as much attention to the campaign as possible. If you could post the link to this campaign on your facebook, twitter, or other social media, it would mean a lot to me. 

At $5,400.00, we're at 25% of the total funds needed to cover the surgery, and an amazing 83% of the total needed for the down payment on the surgery. That means that I need to raise a total $7,120.00 to get the surgery after fees are subtracted. That leaves a current balance of $1,720.00 still needed. Whatever you can do to help will be sincerely appreciated. I just want to feel better and get back to a normal life.

Even if I don't reach the goal, it's been an amazing experience with the amount of love and caring that people have shown me.

Thank you, everyone!

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I wanted to say thank you to everyone that's contacted me and contributed so far. I'm at the half-way point for the down payment that will get me the surgery I need. Thank you. Sincerely.

If you would like to help, please post the link to my campaign on your social media such as facebook or twitter. The referral traffic keeps me at a higher ranking, which means more people see my page. The more visits, the more donations I get. I went from page 54 to page 6 in just three days.

Thank you. 

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Hello, everyone. It's been a week since I went through surgery, and I'm doing good. It was strange learning how to breathe again, and the recovery has been a bit gross, but I'm doing so much better. As soon as I woke up in the recovery room, I could breathe properly. I was given a clean bill of health as far as the polyps were concerned, and Dr. Leary assured us that I was fixed. I have a post op with him on Friday, and then I get to go home. I still have some intermittent photo sensitivity that comes and goes. I had to wear my sunglasses around the house for a couple of days due to the inflammation around my optic nerve, but it's much better today. It should be gone in 4 to 6 weeks.

I want to thank all of you sincerely for helping me. There is absolutely no way I could have done this on my own. My quality of life is already many times what it was before the surgery. The simple joy of smelling food or my wife's hair makes me smile every time. I've already started on the perks, and I'll be going full force once I get home and I'll have them out to you as soon as possible.

Thank you!
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I'm going to try and make it home from work on time to join in. Victoria will definitely be here for the interview.
 
Musician and Artist Dale Lindsay is raising funds for a lifesaving surgery after a medical diagnosis he received on October 6 and has no insurance or way to pay for it. The surgery is not optional. Without it, he will die. The doctors will not do the surgery without the down payment, but his family does not have the money. Details here: http://www.indiegogo.com/p/253939

Text from the Indiegogo page: "Hello. My name is Dale Lindsay. I'm a lifelong musician and artist who is without insurance to pay for my recently diagnosed medical condition. On October 5, I was diagnosed with a severe form of nasal polyposis. Nasal polyps are fleshy growths that grow on the mucous membranes inside the sinuses and block air flow in and out of the nose, and sometimes the back of the throat. My ear, nose, and throat specialist, Dr. Leary at the Austin Regional Clinic-Far West in Austin, Texas, did a CT scan on October 6 to determine the severity of my situation. The CT scan showed that my sinus cavities are 100% blocked by the polyps. It is also possible that I have a fungal infection in the sinus cavities behind my cheeks from being exposed to black mold this summer from my window unit air conditioner. (We moved out of that housing.) I was immediately scheduled for surgery to occur on October 11, but found out on October 8 that there was no way I could afford the down payment for surgery. The problem of the polyps will not cure itself over time, and if I don't get the surgery, they will not only make me suffer, but the complications will eventually lead to my death.

While some cases can be mild, I have a rare and aggressive form, and I need surgery as soon as possible. Any help, even $1, will be much appreciated. That dollar might just the the one that allows me to make the down payment to get the surgery I need. It's my intention to get the surgery as soon as possible and recover as quickly as I can so I can get back to work -- not only at my job, but also on my upcoming album and the other artistic endeavors I've started over the last year. (For instance, I have an etsy store that I've been working on to sell my statuary art.)

I've spent most of my life following the DIY (Do It Yourself) ethic. I love to create art, especially music, but also statuary and paintings. I make music that's a cross between Boards of Canada, Autechre, and orchestral soundtracks. I'm reaching out now to the public because this is something that I can't handle on my own. I need help to pay for this surgery and save my life. My friends will tell you that I'm independent, and I do my best to help those around me. I've been involved in animal rescue my entire life. I've donated time at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and battered women's shelters. I've taken part in fundraisers for many different causes, from children's medical services to equality marches for all races and genders.

Everyone who donates, no matter how little or how much, will receive a handwritten thank-you letter and a dedication in my upcoming album. $1 to $10 will get a high quality (FLAC) digital download of the album. $11 to $49 will receive a digital download and a cd in a hand-decorated case. $50 and over will get the digital download, the handmade cd, and a hand-painted Dia de Los Muertos skull. Even if you can't donate, a word of encouragement goes a long way.

The total amount of donations needed breaks down in the following way:

The bill for the surgery is $18,464.00. This is the complete cost for the hospital, the surgeon, and the anesthesiologist which will all bill me separately. I also need $1,500.00 in aftercare costs for six months after the surgery. This total will also help when paying my bills and rent for the one-three weeks that I will need to be in recovery and away from work. Unfortunately, I will need aftercare for the rest of my life. Polyps re-occur in 70% of all cases without the proper aftercare, so the weeks after surgery are crucial to my recovery. I will need to find an allergist to run tests and figure out what exactly I'm allergic to that caused this condition, or if it was the exposure to black mold, and prevent it from happening again. If the situation flares up, then I can treat it early before it gets to the point of having another surgery. I've also added $1,400.00 to cover the fees tied to this fund raising effort.

If I can reach at least $3,966.00, then I can make the required pre-payment to have the surgery done and incur the rest as a future debt. Any money over that amount will go towards aftercare, and the balance that I will owe the hospital.

EDIT on Oct.17: I've since found out that I have to pay the doctor and the anesthesiologist up front, which means the down payment has increased to 6,469.00.

The down payment now breaks down like this:

Hospital: 3,966.00

Doctor: 1,146.00

Anesthesiologist:1,357.00

I first knew something was wrong in September when I went to blow my nose and could feel something that shouldn't have been there. This is while I was being treated for a H.Pylori bacterial infection that had debilitated me. Over the next two weeks, the symptoms from the polyps became much worse. They've progressed to the point that I can't breath at all through my nasal cavity. My nose, lips, and other parts of my face swell up as the infections set in. My teeth are in a constant state of low agony which makes it hard for me to chew my food. I can feel pressure and pain behind my left eye, and my vision is blurry in that eye when I wake up.The polyps at the back of my throat make me feel like I'm choking when I wake up or swallow, and they've distorted my voice to the point that people don't recognize it's me when I'm talking to them on the phone. The pressure and pain behind my face keeps me awake at night, along with the anxiety of the situation.

I spent what little savings I had recovering for three weeks from the h.pylori, so I'm basically one paycheck away from losing my apartment. I live as cheaply as possible in government housing, and work a job in retail, which means that even with a steady paycheck, I'm incapable of paying for this surgery on my own.

The surgery for polyps is endoscopic, which means they stick a couple of long tubes up your nose and use a machine to chew up the polyps and surrounding broken bone structure. While the average surgery for polyps takes 45 minutes to an hour, mine are bad enough that the surgery will be closer to three hours. The debris taken from the sinuses is then sent off to a lab for examination since polyps can be the sign of a pre-cancerous condition. The surgery is a delicate process which can also have its own set of complications including Meningitis and a loss of spinal fluid from the brain. Thankfully, both of these complications are rare.

If not treated, the complications from nasal polyp growth include vision loss and eventual blindness from the pressure of the polyps on the ocular cavities and nerves. Since the fluid naturally created by the sinuses can't drain, sinus infections and migraine headaches are common. If the infection spreads to the eye, it can also lead to vision damage and blindness, or if it infects the surrounding bones it can lead to Meningitis, which is an infection of the brain and spinal cord. The nerves in the sinuses are connected to the nerves in the teeth, so toothaches are common. The polyps can also disrupt the natural flow of blood through the head and lead to blood clots and aneurysms. Once the polyps reach the back of the throat, they can result in sleep apnea and asthma attacks. The pressure created by the polyps destroys the honeycomb like structures in the sinuses, and eventually breaks down the bones in the face leading to disfigurement and eventually death.

I've looked into getting an insurance plan to pay for the operation, but so far, I've had no luck. All the insurance plans I've found except one will not immediately cover a pre-existing condition. They want me to wait a year or more to receive benefits for pre-existing conditions, or they will not cover me at all. The only one that would accept me is the U.S. government's PCIP insurance, but I have to be rejected by insurance companies in order to qualify and it is expensive. Just getting the responses back from the insurance companies will take six weeks, and then another month to qualify for the PCIP insurance. With my current job, I can't even afford to pay for the insurance. I need the surgery quickly to avoid further damage.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Dale Lindsay"

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Well, the first week is over, and the campaign has done incredibly well. The total currently sits at $4,850.00, which means 23% of the overall total, and a whopping 75% of the amount needed for the down payment. Thank you, all! It’s been a roller coaster since I started this campaign, but now we’re closing in on the amount needed for the down payment. If I can at least get that much, then I can get the surgery completed, and move on from that point.

The campaign has managed to stay on the front page of Health thanks to all the activity, and page 2 of Popular.

Even if you can’t donate, please share the link that’s under the picture on the front page. I need more people to visit the site to keep the campaign high in the rankings.

Thank you, everyone!

Here's the link:

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