by Linda Kaserman, admin for Bydls.com
(editor’s note: Christine is a long-time friend of mine, and I hurt so much for her right now. She has done so much for our community and while I almost never post things like this, I am in big favor of supporting her in this time of crisis. xo, Jenni)
Christine Miserandino, health advocate and author of The Spoon Theory, has had a really tough year.
Christine was due to deliver a beautiful baby girl in March 2016. She was hospitalized after suffering months of constant nausea and vomiting, then weeks of renal failure and trying to keep the baby to term. On January 26 she had a c-section to deliver her stillborn daughter.
This heartbreaking and soul-crushing experience affected the whole Spoonie community, too.
Christine reached out for comfort and assistance in getting through this devastating event in her life. The response was amazing; she received so many responses of encouragement, of support and sympathy, and lists and lists of resources to help her climb out of her depression.
While living with this grief, Christine faced serious jaw surgery. Christine’s teeth are literally falling out of her mouth and she’s needed six teeth extracted, four root canals, and too many fillings to count. The effects of 20+ years of steroids, plus many months of throwing up many times a day during her pregnancy, plus saliva issues from Sjogren’s, have taken their toll. Christine literally lost her smile – well, she still has a few teeth in the front.
Plus, there are more dental surgeries and repair work for her mouth and more huge bills to come for Christine’s smile. Dental surgery, implants, and dentures don’t come cheap. The financial aspect of all of this has given her a new symptom: panic attacks and anxiety.
The events I’ve described have been physical, mental, and financial. There is a mountain of hospital bills already. The amount is staggering – upwards of $50,000. Christine and her parents are using their credit cards, too – and those are nearing the max.
At the end of the day, Christine is a Spoonie, too, and after pouring her life into helping us all, she needs us to help her by giving a little back.
Christine finally allowed her friends to ask the chronic illness community – all her fellow spoonies – for help:
We’ve set up a page for donations and you can read her entire story at her GoFundMe page: Help Christine Smile.
Every little bit helps and Christine would be so thankful for your donation. We’ve also set up a Facebook page where you can “like” us and offer support and share her story.
Christine is one of the original chronic illness bloggers; she started her site around the same time Jenni started ChronicBabe. She’s been a long-time advocate for us all. Let’s show her some support. Thank you!