I am a 31 year old set designer/Art Director. My love for the arts and entertainment was developed at a young age, and I have dedicated my life and educational pursuit to artistic achievement. I am blessed to have the passion required to develop a career in film and television. I have had the opportunity to work in some truly amazing art departments! Some of these productions include Jerseylicious, The Steve Harvey Talk Show, Glam Fairy,The Conspirator, Swedish Auto and SpongeBob II.
I hold a Master of Fine Arts in Production Design from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Art and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. I would be eternally grateful for any campaign contributions. It would offer me the opportunity to undergo essential medical treatment and return to my life as a more healthy and able artist.
- The condition that I am currently facing is a result of a rare bone disorder called Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis or SCFE. I was diagnosed at age 10 and underwent immediate surgery. Only 10.8 cases per 100,000 children experience this complication. SCFE is a developmental bone condition of the hip joint. Weakness of the growth plate in the upper end of the thigh bone causes the head, or “ball” of the thigh bone to slip off the neck of the thigh bone.
The treatment required a series of two surgeries. The purpose of the firstsurgery was to pin my femoral neck in place for one year, allowing my bones to fuse to my growth plate. The secondsurgery was needed to remove the pin after the bones obtained growth maturation.Unfortunately, due to the fragile state of my femur after two very invasive surgeries, I suffered a fall which resulted in a broken hip, just 6 months following the pin removal. This accident was devastating for my recovery of SCFE and now required a third major operation. This time my surgical team placed a large plate and several screws into my femur in order to keep it attached to my hip. I found myself facing a year long recovery with several of those months spent in the bed and on crutches. The doctors informed me that the hardware in my hip would be permanent and that I could resume “normal” activity as long as my hip would allow it. Unfortunately, this ruled out activities like skiing,horse back riding and contact sports due to my limited range of motion. Those pins remain in my hip today, as well as a 10 inch scar and a moderate limp that I have long made peace with.
Honestly...the chronic pain has forced me to take a break from what I love - working in a hight pace production environment. My daily activities became increasingly difficult and I found myself trying to hide my pain and my limp. I was diagnosed by a nationally recognized hip physician in the Washington DC metro area. He informed me that my hip was in such a severe state, that I would need a full hip replacement as soon as possible. He confirmed my accelerated loss of range of motion and diagnosed me with Sclerosis of the hip. This condition is a result of bone on bone contact and can be seen on x-rays as a heavy white build up on bone contact areas. I currently have a plate and screws in my hip, my surgery will be more complicated than traditional hip replacements and require a higher level of caution during recovery. The road to a full recovery will take 9 - 12 months, due to the high rate of dislocation of the new hip.
- The time that I will be unable to work in a production capacity after surgery will be significant. Due to the fact that I am privately insured, I will also be facing significant medical bills, as well as, basic living expenses. Out of desperation, I began searching for a way to fund this critical surgery. As always, I tapped into my inner creative and decided that Indiegogo was an excellent option!
WHERE I AM TODAY:
What We Need & What You Get
- The Project ABLE Campaign has set a goal of $10,000. This amount will be used to pay insurance premiums, co-payments and living expenses during surgery and recovery. Every contribution helps!
I value all donations and would like to express my gratitude with a few sincere perks! Since I personally know the impact of the bone disorder SCFE (Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis), I want to help others in same situation. I have decided to provide an art themed care package to children hospitalized with SCFE. You can have this care package sent in your name if you donate at the "From the Imagination" level.
- Other perks include limited edition, signed prints by artist S. Ross Browne, a bottle of my favorite wine, as well as, a hand written thank you note.
Honestly....the impact of Project Able will be HUGE!
- It will help me, a 31 year old young woman get back to a life without constant pain! I pray for the day that I can walk up a flight of stairs and not clench my teeth with discomfort. I can't wait until I can swim again, without relying on the strength of my arms alone. My bathing suite will be proudly worn, despite the scars that I have spent too many years hiding. I can't wait to reclaim my life!
I hope to raise awareness about Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis, as well as, lift the spirits of children hospitalized with this condition. Treatment of SCFE leaves patients with a lot of time spent out of school and away from their normal routines. An art themed care package would provide children with a creative outlet while recovering. Because SCFE is such a rare disorder, I hope to encourage families by letting them know they are not alone!
Other Ways You Can Help:
If you are unable to offer financial support, you can still contribute to this campaign!
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