Hello! Welcome to our quest to Mend Mindy's Migraines! Mindy McCartney is a good friend of mine from high school who is a NICU nurse in Albuqerque, New Mexico. She has struggled with a brain tumor and other neurological problems since her second year of college in 1998. She lives in constant pain due to extreme chronic migraines, but we finally see a light at the end of this tunnel! The light is provided by a doctor specializing in chronic migraines; unfortunately, Mindy lives in Albuquerque, and the doctor is in Denver. This campign is raising money to help Mindy and her husband travel to Denver to get the care she needs to live a full, normal life.
What We Need & What You Get
$1200 for the initial evaluation in Denver, CO. This includes:
$177 for blood work, $475 for a 2.5 hour complete physical, $175 for a 1.5 hour explanation of findings, $169 for special tailored vitamin/mineral supplements, $165 for two 30 minute sessions with a nutritionist.
Travel/lodging to Denver
Follow up care including medications, treatments ($70) and phone consultations ($150). A doctor here in Albuquerque will coordinate care with the doctor in Denver, but the initial consultation and some follow up visits must take place in Denver.
ANYONE who donates will get a handwritten thank you note from Mindy.
Mindy was diagnosed with a cavernous hemangioma (blood vessel tumor) in 1998. She has been through 15 surgeries, including removal of the hemangioma (1.5 cm of the hemangioma still remains), insertion and calibration of a lumbar-peritoneal shunt and insertion and calibration of a ventral-peritoneal shunt. The changes in cranial pressure cause her to see double occasionally. She has seen too many neurologists and neurosurgeons to count over the last 15 years. At this point Mindy's neurologist and neurosurgeon have tested everything they can think of and have basically told Mindy she will have to live with the unbearable pain of the headaches for the rest of her life. Someone, hopefully the doctor in Denver, will be able to offer Mindy hope. Telling a young woman she has "to live with this" is just not acceptable.
Throughout all of this Mindy graduated from Trinity University with a BS in Biology and Psychology in December of 2002. She got her BS in Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences in 2006. She became a registered NICU nurse in February of 2007 (Mindy had worked as a technician in the NICU since 2003).Mindy is an amazing NICU nurse. She is the one who monitors the premature newborns day and night to make sure they get the medications and care they need. Most importantly, Mindy spends quality time with the nervous parents to explain what is happening to their precious children and comfort the parents and newborns. She cannot give 100% of herself to the patients and parents because of the excruciating pain in her head. Mending Mindy's migraines will not only affect her life and the life of her husband, family and friends, it will also affect the lives of everyone who must spend time in her NICU.
Right now Mindy can only work 2 days in a row. She gets 2-3 days off in between 2 day work shifts, and this is not enough time for her mind and body to recover. This has impacted her time with her husband, family and friends. With no time to relax she can not find any time for herself. She can't ride her bike or go to the gym because overexerting herself leads to a tremendous increase in pain. Bending over also makes the migraines worse, which makes simple tasks such as doing laundry and feeding her 2 dogs and 2 cats a lesson in pain. We must mend Mindy's migraines so she can regain the carefree spirit I remember from our high school years!
Other Ways You Can Help
If you aren't able to donate financially, consider the following to help Mindy:
1. Share share share her story! Posting on your Facebook page will help get the word out.
2. Prayer, sending happy thoughts towards the westside of Albuquerque, whatever you feel comfortable doing spiritually.