Sheila Foley Fundraiser

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Sheila Foley became concerned when she began experiencing visual changes, headache and couldn’t find her words. Medical experts ran a barrage of tests on her brain and heart which revealed a previous infarct on the left side of her brain, and a congenital birth defect affecting her aortic valve which will require surgery.  Ultimately she was diagnosed with a very rare disease called Moyamoya Syndrome, which affects 1 in a million people.  Moyamoya is a blood vessel disorder where the carotid artery in the skull becomes blocked or narrowed, reducing blood flow to the brain; the exact cause of Moyamoya is unknown.  Sheila will undergo a bypass surgery on the left side of her brain to increase blood flow and oxygen, and potentially on the right side as well.  Once stable in her recovery they will proceed for consultation with a cardiothoracic surgeon to discuss the treatment plan for her heart defect.  Sheila and her husband, Curt, live in Fargo.

Family members have stepped forward to coordinate this fundraiser to help ease the financial stress that the diagnosis has caused.  All money raised will go to help pay for medical expenses, prescriptions and lost wages. Lend A Hand Up will boost your generosity by 20% when you donate online!  Cash/Check donations should be made payable directly to Sheila Foley and dropped by Bell Bank | 3100 13th Ave S | Fargo, ND 58104.

“It is difficult to ask for help, but we know without a doubt that we need it.  Our medical bills alone are piling up, and I will need to be on leave for an extended period of time. We are so very thankful for each of you and anything you can contribute. There is no better time than this next holiday of Thanksgiving to remember all that we have to be thankful for. From the very bottom of our hearts, thank you.”  – Sheila and Curt 

 

  • a:3:{s:4:"date";s:8:"11/29/22";s:5:"title";s:19:"First Surgery Done!";s:7:"details";s:1830:"Sheila underwent her first brain bypass surgery the day after Thanksgiving. She is now at home recovering. We are so thankful for all the prayers and ask that they continue. Today she has more pain than right after surgery, but we are sure that is to be expected. Especially since even the minor things like doing stairs, she wasn't doing in the hospital! Not sure that the one sided mohawk haircut is really in style (see picture), but about the time her left side starts growing out, it will be time for them to do the right side! They took a portion of her temporal artery and muscle and actually created a bypass connected to her carotid artery inside her brain. This will help generate new blood vessels and increased blood flow. The muscle tissue is used to secure everything staying in place. It truIy is incredible what has taken place. I (Chris) am staying with them this week so that Curt is able to work. Wednesday's activity.......Sheila gets one of those once in a lifetime (except for her it will be 2) opportunities to get a super cute and funky hairstyle! Stay tuned. :) Once she has her 6 week follow up, they will start to discuss and evaluate the blood flow situation on the right side of her brain. Then still later, the heart surgery will need to happen as well. One of the local TV stations aired a story on Thanksgiving Day so I have included a link here: https://www.valleynewslive.com/.../fargo-couple-learns.../ Even through tough times, it is evident how God is present and we are incredibly grateful for faith, family, friends, medical professions, health care, a roof over our heads and the kindness of peoples hearts and organizations like Lend A Hand Up. If you haven't had a chance to donate yet and you are able to, they are greatly in need, and appreciative, of it. Thanks so much.";}

    First Surgery Done!

    11/29/22

    Sheila underwent her first brain bypass surgery the day after Thanksgiving. She is now at home recovering. We are so thankful for all the prayers and ask that they continue. Today she has more pain than right after surgery, but we are sure that is to be expected. Especially since even the minor things like doing stairs, she wasn’t doing in the hospital! Not sure that the one sided mohawk haircut is really in style (see picture), but about the time her left side starts growing out, it will be time for them to do the right side! They took a portion of her temporal artery and muscle and actually created a bypass connected to her carotid artery inside her brain. This will help generate new blood vessels and increased blood flow. The muscle tissue is used to secure everything staying in place. It truIy is incredible what has taken place. I (Chris) am staying with them this week so that Curt is able to work. Wednesday’s activity…….Sheila gets one of those once in a lifetime (except for her it will be 2) opportunities to get a super cute and funky hairstyle! Stay tuned. 🙂

    Once she has her 6 week follow up, they will start to discuss and evaluate the blood flow situation on the right side of her brain. Then still later, the heart surgery will need to happen as well.

    One of the local TV stations aired a story on Thanksgiving Day so I have included a link here: https://www.valleynewslive.com/…/fargo-couple-learns…/

    Even through tough times, it is evident how God is present and we are incredibly grateful for faith, family, friends, medical professions, health care, a roof over our heads and the kindness of peoples hearts and organizations like Lend A Hand Up.

    If you haven’t had a chance to donate yet and you are able to, they are greatly in need, and appreciative, of it. Thanks so much.

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