Dear Family and Friends,
We are writing to raise funds on behalf of our niece Markisha Beckett hospitalized in intensive care since April 24. She experienced a critical drop in blood pressure related to congestive heart failure. She is only 33 with three children who depend on her. Currently recovering, her prognosis for the future is good with your help.Many of you may know she has been unable to work because of symptoms related to lupus but you may not know she has a second auto-immune disease scleroderma causing her heart and lung problems. Sometimes it seems when it rains it pours. Social Security Disability has denied her application and she is in the process of appeal. I don’t have to tell you how important it is to have peace of mind and reduced stress around financial issues when recovering from heart problems. That is why we are creating a fund with an initial goal of $10,000 for living expenses. Help with medical expenses is also need. We are seeking every available charity resource and your donations will be appreciated.
My mom is Markisha Beckett and all my life she has been the super volunteer mom at school, Girl Scout Leader and super transportation mom taking me everywhere for my numerous activities. She was always there to advocate for me and chaperon our special events and trips. When she worked she always found time to attend my performances and be active in my life.
I am seven years older than my younger siblings Sa’Nae and Sy’on and have had more time to love my mother and understand her health challenges, which are quite unfortunate. I have memories of my mom in excellent health that my younger siblings do not share.
She was diagnosed with lupus several years ago and it became very difficult for her to adjust in the beginning, but doctors were able to get the incapacitating symptoms under control so that she could resume many activities and her involvement in our lives.
Recently in the fall of last year my mother became extremely ill to the point that she could not go about her everyday life without using oxygen tanks and machines. At this time she was only 32 and never smoked or abused her body like so many others. This was a major change in my mother’s health.
My mom and stepfather separated in early 2012. My mom cannot work because of her health and Social Security Disability denied her application for assistance twice. She ended up sleeping on my grandmother’s couch allowing Sa’Nae, Sy’on and I to share a bedroom. She is always so selfless putting us first without complaints.
The situation took a toll on her health and it wasn’t until she was admitted into the hospital in April 2012 did I know she was critically ill. While lupus was being controlled in the back ground, scleroderma caused congestive heart failure.
Social Security denied her disability financial assistance and Medicare, because they believe she can work. This denial is heartbreaking; because doctors say to survive my mom needs a level of care and medications that are available under Medicare and not paid for by Medicaid.
She has wonderful doctors and advocates working with her to get other charity benefits and Social Security Disability approved giving her access to the care she needs. Social Security Disability will take several months and we need your help to raise the funds needed to pay for the expensive yet essential life-saving medicines and treatment until she is approved.
Thank you for all your prayers and support.