This is a request for help. Let's pool some extra money to help Ritchell with her battle against lupus. Let's help her get the surgery she needs. Please take the time to read her letter below and you may send your donations here: https://life.indiegogo.com/fundraisers/ritchell-s-battle-against-lupus/x/12239414
Million thanks to you!
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My open letter: A Plea to Walk Again
September 26, 2015
Good day!. I am writing with great hope, to ask from your generous heart, prayers and if possible, financial help for a surgery that we are challenged to prepare for.
In 2011, I was diagnosed to have a chronic illness called Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) or simply LUPUS. It is an autoimmune disease in which there is a disorder of the immune system, there’s abnormal production of antibodies (auto-antibodies) directed against the tissues of its own body. This illness, I am fighting for almost 5 years now, has no cure according to doctors and for management, they only prescribe immune suppressants and corticosteroids to prevent it from flaring up. Since then, I am taking Prednisone (oral steroid), which as its side effect, has a high possibility to cause Avascular necrosis, a condition when there is loss of blood supply to the bone, which causes the bone to die.
In 2012, persistent pain in pelvic area had been eminent and my limitation to move started, and in 2013, after giving birth, I was allowed to have an x-ray of the pelvis and I was diagnosed to have Avascular Necrosis -both of my left and right femoral heads. Now, the extent of the necrosis (dying) shows that it is in a stage where only total hip replacement surgery should be done. I can stand but cannot walk, I am suffering for its pain and its condition is getting worse day by day. I am using a wheelchair for almost 2yrs now.
The surgery will be done at Philippine General Hospital (PGH). As per their requirement, we need to raise between P350 – P400 thousand to cover the expenses needed for the operation and hopefully including the rehabilitation.
After graduating college, Iv'e been a laborer to help my family.. I even became the breadwinner when my father lost his job. I’ve been a young minister and still a minister at church in spite of my condition. Teaching in DVBS and Sunday school, mentoring the youth, speaking in programs, organizing programs for couple’s fellowships, doing Bible studies, and leading in worship singing. I am currently not working, first because of my chronic illness and second, because of my disability. By the grace of God, I am living my everyday life meaningfully as a house wife and mother of my 2-yr old boy with the help of a computer chair (wheeled) at home.
I am praying fervently for the surgery to happen because I am longing to walk and be physically able again. Financially, I can say, that I am blessed to have a husband who provides for our daily needs, including all of my maintenance medications. But the monthly income of my husband is always just enough for our daily living. We are trying to save for the surgery, but this amount we need is really beyond our reach, even if we save for a year or two. Or even if we do, surely by that time the condition already worsen. I would like to help my husband, Alex de Loyola raise the fund needed for my surgery. That is the reason why I have decided to do this.
Our family will deeply appreciate your prayers and any amount that you could share, as the Lord leads you.
For us, the amount is impossible, but to God, by His will, we believe that it is possible. We believe that our mighty God will see us through for He promises us hope and a future. We believe that His provision is always there, and He sometimes gives it through those He wants to use as channels for this kind of ministry--giving. For whatever pledge you will give, you give for His cause and for His glory. We, who receive, will recognize and glorify Him.
Thank you so much for considering this request for your support. We will keep you updated on the progress of the surgery and also the status of the financial contributions so we may all witness God’s mighty hand at work. The Lord richly bless you and keep you!
Ritchell Anne Bravo Ritchell Bravo-de Loyola
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lupus, or Lupus erythematosus, is a disease of the immune system. It is chronic, which means it does not go away. It is an autoimmune disease, where the person's immune system attacks their own body.
The immune system is partly made up of white blood cells in your body that fight off disease. In lupus, these white blood cells think that the healthy cells of the body around them are diseased, so they end up attacking healthy parts of the body. Lupus can be deadly. It causes swelling and tissue damage, and can attack any part of the body. It most commonly affects the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, kidneys and the brain/nervous system. Some symptoms include: fatigue, fever with no cause, hair loss, mouth sores, sensitivity to sunlight, a skin disease, and Raynaud's syndrome. There is treatment for lupus, called immunosuppression, which is medicine that stops the white blood cells from damaging healthy cells for a while. After a while, this medicine wears off, and then the white blood cells go back to hurting healthy parts of the body again. For the disease of lupus, there is no cure that stops the white blood cells from attacking healthy parts of the body forever, but doctors are not giving up on finding a cure.
Lupus takes its name from the Latin word "lupus", meaning wolf. This is because a lupus-caused rash on a person's face makes the person's face look like the face of a wolf. In the United States alone, there may be 270,000 to 1.5 million (1,500,000) people with lupus. Worldwide, it is estimated (not known for sure, but a good guess) that over 5 million (5,000,000) people living with lupus.[source?] The disease mainly affects young women, but men can be affected as well.
Famous people with lupus[change | change source]
• The pop singer Michael Jackson was diagnosed with systemic lupus in 1986.
• Toni Braxton has systemic lupus.
References[change | change source]
1. Jump up↑ http://lupus.about.com/
2. Jump up↑ http://www.billboard.com/
Avascular Necrosis of Femoral Head
Avascular Necrosis of femoral head can cause hip joint pain. It is defined as, death of the femoral head following partial or complete obliteration of its blood supply.
Avascular necrosis of the hip occurs when blood flow to the top portion of the thigh bone (femur) is interrupted. The affected portion of the bone consists of the head (the ball-shaped piece of bone that fits into the socket of the hip) and neck (the portion of the thighbone just below the head). When it’s deprived of blood, this part of the bone begins to “die,” breaking down and causing the cartilage on top of it to collapse..
Symptoms of Avascular Necrosis of femoral head
Although avascular necrosis often affects both hips, you may feel pain in only one. Or you may feel groin pain that radiates down your thigh.
At first, the pain will be slight. Then, as it becomes more intense, you’ll probably develop a limp and start to lose mobility. Next, hip pain at night develops. Eventually, pain accompanies any movement or activity and joint motion becomes restricted.