Jodee's journey began as a young girl when she was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes also known as Type 1 Diabetes. Jody is now 34 years old and has managed to live with her disease very well. She lives a full and happy life as an energetic self-employed entreprenuer in the Pet Sitter Industry and is a proud member of the PSA.
But on May 11, her 34th birthday, tragedy struck. Jodee had a mild-moderate stroke in the left temporal lobe of her brain. She's recovering now, but the immediate result was that she lost mobility and feeling in her right arm below the elbow, which seems to be slowly coming back.
The cause seems to be three blood clots that have been discovered in her brain, one at the base that has restricted blood flow from her carotid artery by 60%-80% and two more near the center of her brain. She's in imminent danger, and needs surgery to remove the clots and put a stent in her brain to release the blockage. This vascular complication, as well as, other health issues stem from having Type 1 Diabetes.
Jodee is uninsured because she is a Type 1 Diabetic, which insurance companies consider a "pre-existing condition" that renders her uninsurable. Alltogether with her loss of income, her lack of insurance and her continuing struggle to obtain insurance at any level has left her in dire need of financial help. This help is crucial to cover her insulin/medications, surgeries and overall living expenses while she recooperates. Jodee is slipping through the cracks of our health care system, and since it cannot help her in her time of need, her friends and family have a precious opportunity to show her how important she is. It's time to donate. Challenge yourself to give the most you can. Re-invent Jodee's future and shine in this very serious time of need.
HH's co-editor, Cara Mae's Note: Right now 23.6 million children and adults in the USA have Juvenile-Type 1 Diabetes. This disease increases one's risk for many serious health problems which include stroke, heart disease and heart attacks. Fact is, 2 out of 3 people with diabetes die of a stroke or heart disease. And not only is Jodee dealing with this disease daily, but I do too as the mother of a Type 1 son. Our world was turned upside down on December 8, 2008 when Ben was diagnosed at the age of 10 with this scary disease. And to hear what she is going through is extremely heartbreaking to us. From my family and the Helmet Hair community, we send our positive thoughts and support.