I have no energy. A little chore seems like a huge task for me to get done.

Margie’s Many Battles

Margie Hamilton has been battling several medical conditions for many years. They have caused her a great deal of suffering and interfered with her hobbies and life. Margie’s family needs help paying for her medical bills and trips to the Mayo Clinic.

The two most important things in Margie Hamilton’s life are her family and God. She married her high school sweetheart, Mike, and they have one son. Margie enjoys going to church and spending time with friends and family, but those activities have become increasingly difficult due to her many health problems. The recent loss of her husband, who unexpectedly died December 3, 2013 after suffering a heart attack, now adds to Margie’s pain.

Margie has been battling serious health issues for twenty years. In 1993, she went to the doctor for chest pain caused by arrhythmia. After three surgeries—two ablations and a pacemaker—Margie has lived with recurring pericarditis. To correct this, her doctors inserted a pericardial window to help drain fluid. Today, Margie’s pacemaker is no longer able to track every beat like it should. In October 2013, she underwent an ablation procedure to fix this.

In addition to her heart problems, Margie suffers with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). MCTD is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s defense system attacks itself. Organs such as the lungs, heart, and kidneys may be affected. For Margie, MCTD has already affected her heart, joints, lungs, and now her kidneys. She’s had part of her right lung removed and part of her stomach. Margie is also fighting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, cancer of the lymph tissue, and undergoing chemotherapy treatments. For Mike, seeing his wife battle so many health issues was most devastating.

Margie’s treatments leave her feeling very weak. “I have no energy,” she said, “a little chore seems like a huge task for me to get done.” Throughout all her struggles, Mike was a constant support for Margie. He did everything he could to make her feel better. Lafe Riggs referees basketball with Mike, which is what Mike was doing the night he passed away. “The little extra money he made from refereeing went to Margie’s treatments,” said Lafe, “He was always there for her.” In fact, every three months Mike would travel 13 hours from their home in Marion, Kentucky to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota with Margie for her treatments. These trips are very expensive, yet necessary for Margie’s care. The couple started this project together. Meeting their goal of $10,000 would help Margie focus less on bills and more on getting well and holding her family close through this difficult time. Margie is hopeful about the outcome of this project. “It would be a blessing to my whole family,” she said. Let’s help Margie with her trips to Mayo so she can get the treatments she needs to win her battles, in loving memory of her steadfast husband Mike.

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  • RockyDoom

    Blessings, my friend! You are in my thought!

    -RockyDoom February 1, 2014

  • Anonymous

    God bless you.

    -Anonymous January 14, 2014

  • Red Basket

    Donation by Woodmen Chapter 92 in Princeton KY

    -Red Basket December 23, 2013

  • Addison & Dane

    we love you!!!!

    -Addison & Dane December 17, 2013

  • Anonymous

    Please know that you are not alone.

    -Anonymous December 16, 2013

  • Anonymous

    May God bless you and your family.

    -Anonymous December 16, 2013

  • Angie H.

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts! Many blessings to you this season.

    -Angie H. December 16, 2013

  • The Stewart Family

    Praying for you and your family. The Stewart Family

    -The Stewart Family December 12, 2013

  • Jay Davis

    Margie, I know first hand, this may be one of the worst feelings we

    -Jay Davis December 12, 2013

  • Anonymous

    Love, prayers, and thoughts to your family.

    -Anonymous December 11, 2013

  • Jared, Terri, Travis and Abigail Champion

    Praying for you and your family!

    -Jared, Terri, Travis and Abigail Champion December 11, 2013

  • Terry L Ford Insurance Agency, Inc.

    Thoughts and Prayers to the entire family during this very difficult time.

    -Terry L Ford Insurance Agency, Inc. December 11, 2013

  • Paula Porter

    I am praying for you daily, Margie, and I know many others are, too!

    -Paula Porter December 10, 2013

  • Billy, Sharron and Cameron

    Praying for God's strength, guidance and to take care of your needs.

    -Billy, Sharron and Cameron December 10, 2013

  • Tammy Brantley

    Love you, Margie!

    -Tammy Brantley December 10, 2013

  • Jim, Meg and Will

    Our prayers are with you and your family

    -Jim, Meg and Will December 9, 2013

  • Grant and Beth

    Thinking of you... prayers for some comfort in the days ahead

    -Grant and Beth December 9, 2013

  • Larry Thompson

    Margie, can't come with the correct words to let you know how much I thought of Mike. He was a great official and a even better friend! Hang in there, things will get better. In you need anything just call. Larry and Kathy Thompson

    -Larry Thompson December 6, 2013

  • Anonymous

    Hang in there Margie! Things will get better!

    -Anonymous December 5, 2013

  • Trish Milburn

    Margie, my heart goes out to you and your family. I hope that better days are ahead for you.

    -Trish Milburn December 5, 2013

  • Jenny

    Prayers for Margie and family.

    -Jenny December 4, 2013

  • Jason, Jessi Champion and girls


    -Jason, Jessi Champion and girls December 4, 2013

  • Laura Poindexter

    continued prayers throughout this difficult time.

    -Laura Poindexter December 4, 2013

  • Brian and Kay Kirby

    Love you, Margie. Anything you need, just call.

    -Brian and Kay Kirby December 4, 2013

  • Red Basket Administrator

    Good Start Donation on behalf of Good Start fund

    -Red Basket Administrator December 4, 2013


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