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This site was made for my Aunt who I call MIMI. She is sick and needs prayers and I know this site will help her to get better. Having prayers and people to be there will help my Mimi get better soon. I love you Mimi. xoxo Love, Jasmine. 



My name is Marie J Mello. I am 32 years old, and am a Mommy to 3 young children- a 10 year old sweet girl, and boy and girl wonderful twins who are 6 years old. I suffer from Systemic Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and now have Colonic Inertia (slow colon transit time) and Gastroparesis (paralyzed stomach). I also have a very rare bleeding disorder and that could jeapordize my health during surgery to have my colon removed (and possibly my small intestine). 

I have fought my whole life- have been abused and conquered 28 years of that, have had a cancerous breast lump removed (suffered terrible healing time and embolisms after the surgery), and thank God for taking Tamoxifen, I conquered that also, have had my appendix removed and had a really long recovery time (most likely due to having hypersensitivity to pain due to the systemic lupus). I have made it through so much in my lifetime, and thought I was on top of the world- Until a few months ago, my "stomach aches" and "attacks" got worse and I started to lose a LOT of weight. I had a hard time eating and realized my skin was turning yellow sometimes...I knew something was wrong. I called my grandparents asking if cancer ran in our family, and my loving grandparents both suffer with it now but didn't want to let me know. I only asked because my GI dr. asked me. I am glad I had that knowledge because he ran lots of tests and they showed that there is something terribly wrong in my colon and stomach, showed I have high liver enzymes and have a nodule on my lung, and other strange symptoms such as pale stools and overall feeling very sick after eating. 

I went from being ok, and dealing with my other illnesses, to being practically bed-ridden and laying on my couch every single day. I am in so much pain each day that I can't do the normal daily tasks a normal mother can do...it takes so much effort to simply get up to go to the bathroom, and I dread getting up, because the pain in my entire abdomen is so intense. The pain is a signal that something is very wrong, and so far I have failed most all of my testing that the surgeon has given me. I got referred directly to the surgeon after taking a sitz marker test- the little rings were scattered around my entire colon! When they should have already been expelled.  My GI dr. sent me right out the day of the sitz marker test to the surgeon. Each test I have gotten has been a big fail...showing that my colon is not working anymore, showing that my stomach is not working, and it keeps blocking up on me. I know that my liver is a mess and also know that everything has seemed to stop working anymore, and I am sick about 6 days per week. I got sick really quickly- I used to only have "stomach attacks" of pain and vomiting etc once in awhile- but then suddenly became extremely ill and it was much more than simple constipation that the ER kept sending me home with a diagnosis of. 

My surgeon is wonderful and is doing each test known to man to find out what is wrong and I find out tomorrow (2-12-2013) what the results are. I find out what is going on, what is invading my body and causing the blockages, and what is making me so ill. 

I am asking for help to pay for a visiting nurse, so that I won't have to stay in the hospital for too long after surgery. I have exhausted ALL options- have reached out to several local agencies and I don't fit the "criteria" to have a visiting nurse, and have to pay out of pocket. I also need help for my dear Niece Jasmine, for a nanny to help her with the children during my extensive hospital stay, because she doesn't drive and may need things during that long stay of mine. Also, prayers....Lots of them. I need to get better and be the Mommy & Auntie I used to be. 

Marie J Mello- 

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Jasmine Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Feeling a little better.".

I went to the hospital on the 15th and was there from morning until evening. I found out that I have a HUGE blockage from all of the tests- it seemed to have shut my ... Read more

sherry todd signed Marie's Guestbook.

Easy to find you here, Marie! Holy cow you do look thinner in your photo. A lump? sheesh. What next?! I, too am going to try the home enema deal---so you have a sister ... Read more

Jasmine Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Feeling a little better.".

I went to the hospital on the 15th and was there from morning until evening. I found out that I have a HUGE blockage from all of the tests- it seemed to have shut my ... Read more

Jasmine Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Pain and Problems from Tests!!".

I had my FULL set of Several tests: AnoRectal Physiology done on Tuesday, and since then, I have had SEVERE sharp pains in my lower abdomen, (not localized, but ALL over ... Read more

Jasmine Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Very Upset and out of sorts. :(".

Not doing so good. I was able to see the surgeon and had MANY tests done- had the complete set of Ano-Rectal Physiology. I am still in the midst of figuring out pain ... Read more

Jasmine Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Had my Appt with Surgeon.".

I had my BIG appt today and it went good. I got lots of answers, and my surgeon is wonderful at taking extra caution and care with my body and health. I had the ... Read more

Jasmine Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Tomorrow is the BIG day.".

Tomorrow is the BIG day that I find out what is wrong with me. I will know if it's the BIG C or if it's just a dead colon and paralyzed small intestine. I pray it's the ... Read more

Jasmine Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Trying the best I can.".

I have been having a LOT of pain again after my 2 day break. I also have a couple new symptoms (stop reading now if you are queasy, lol):I usually have HARD and TINY round ... Read more

Jasmine Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Days Go By (in Pain)".

The days go by and I'm looking towards the future...no one knows what the future holds, or what kind of news I'll be getting at my final appt (final exam and set surgery ... Read more

Jasmine Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Fluoroscopy Testing.".

Tomorrow (early) morning is my Fluoroscopy appt. They will give me Barium and light up my colon like a fluorescent light....The part that has the blockage will be lit up ... Read more

Jasmine Johnson posted a new journal entry.

I've been here since 7:30 (it's now 9:35) and usually at a fluoroscopy for small bowel series you drink 2 cups of barium...I am on my FOURTH and have had 3 x-rays done and ... Read more

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