Daily Archives: March 11, 2011

Operation Layla: How We Can Help!

Have you heard about #operationlayla? If you’re on Twitter, chances are high that you have. What is it? It’s a donation to support our dear friend Layla (ohdearitslayla) get the surgery she needs. She is such an amazing person and is always there to lend support and put a smile on your face. This girl is as real as it gets and she needs help. Her surgery costs $4,000 and we are already OVER halfway there! DONATE HERE to help raise the rest! The remainder of the money that is donated will also go to an amazing cause, The Red Cross Japan and South Pacific Relief. So friends, there’s no better time than now to help those who desperately need it!

Here’s her story and a dashing photograph of her and her hubby!

Isn’t she just the prettiest thing you ever did see??

Three years later, Layla was in horrible pain that affected nearly every aspect of her life. Temporarily uninsured due to a job change, she paid out of pocket last October to go to the doctor and make sure the cancer had not returned. Thankfully, it had not. However, her doctor believes that she has pelvic adhesions and Endometriosis due to the previous surgery, but it can’t be diagnosed until an additional surgery (laparoscopy) is performed. The doctor also found out Layla has cervical stenosis, which basically means her cervix has completely shut down due to the scar tissue from the previous surgery. These issues make her miserable most of the time, making simple things like going to the bathroom and menstruation horribly painful, and sexual intercourse impossible. He stated that if she wanted to have children one day, even sperm could not pass through her cervix, and she would have to have intrauterine insemination.

The doctor wanted to schedule surgery as soon as the insurance at her new job went into effect. Her company fired her the day her insurance became valid, ten days before Christmas, plainly stating that it was because of her health issues.

Fortunately, she got on her husband’s insurance, which went into effect February 1st. As soon as she could, Layla scheduled surgery for March 22nd. Then her insurance company dropped a bomb: because she went to the doctor (even as a self-pay patient) within a three month period prior to her enrollment date, they were considering her health issues to be a pre-existing condition, and would not insure any doctor visits, medication, or surgery for 388 days.

When you are in near constant pain and can’t work, 388 days is a long time to wait. The sooner Layla can have this surgery, the sooner she can return to work (hopefully with a nicer company!) and start living her life again. Her doctor has been nice enough to work out a deal with her if she can pay as a cash patient: he decreased the amount of her surgery to $4,000, and the cost of the anesthesia to $500, with additional fees for biopsies of removed tissue to be determined.

The problem is, Layla is unemployed due to this, has used her savings to pay for living expenses and medical bills, and has been denied loans for the surgery because of her unemployment status. She does not have close family, so she can’t ask them for help. Surgery is scheduled for March 22nd, and Layla and her husband are still trying to secure a loan through several banks.

[Story from Operation Layla]. Visit the blog to stay up to date on donations and to bid on goods for our bake sale on Monday!

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Friday’s Fab Finds: Unique Save the Dates

Although our save the dates turned out fine, I really wish I had put more time into them. We made them online, used our engagement photos and printed them on post cards. All in all, they were cute and served the purpose. However, now, when I see people using corkscrews, balloons and playing cards as their save the dates, I kick myself for not being more creative in the assembly of ours.

Instead of weeping about something I can’t change, I’m going to feature some fabulously unique save the date ideas for brides out there who are trying to find a creative way to tell their guests to hold their special day. I’m in serious save the date envy right now with some of these amazing ideas!

Floppy Disk Save the Date - Fun Clever Save the Date Idea

Floppy Disk Save the Date - Fun Clever Save the Date Idea

Floppy Disk Save the Date, Etsy
I love how retro & geeky chic this idea is. This is a great idea if you or your hubby work with computers!

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