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Douglas needs our support, in order to help him pay for surgery, related to his Crohn’s Disease. Reighlan Douglas has a great mind, and intellect. He is caring, considerate, and uniquely gifted. He is one of the most inspiring individuals that I have ever come across in all of my years and travels, and he is a beautiful man. He has the potential to lead a great life and make a difference in this world, but due to his on-going illnesses, he has been unable to lead this life to his full potential. It is a heart breaking scenario and one that needs to be remedied. I am asking kindly, friends, families and caring hearts, to help us to get the surgery that he so desperately needs; so that he can move forward in his life in good health. At 14 years of age, Douglas was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease; an inflammatory bowel condition which effects the gastrointestinal tract. Its a chronic and painful disease, and though treatable, there is no known cure. At the time that Douglas was diagnosed, there was not a lot known about it, and the treatments were somewhat radical. Douglas was placed on two six month courses of prednisone - an anabolic steroid - which caused him to develop the characteristic moonface symptomatic of this class of medication. When these courses were complete, the puffiness subsided, but Douglas was left with an exaggerated plasticity to his facial skin, a much greater degree of elasticity. As he’s grown older, this excessive skin laxity has worsened. The looseness of skin in his forehead has caused his brow to sink to the point that it occludes a third of his vision, and the skin of his midface has sunk considerably causing a great deal of scleral show and concomitant dry eyes - all at the age of 30. In order to stem this dryness and loss of vision, and to prevent the appearance of being sad or angry which is caused by the resting place of his brow, Douglas has to constantly squint and arch his eyebrows. Without knowing or understanding what had occured with the symptoms of the medication, Douglas normalised this tension until it became a second nature, and has lived with it for over a decade now. Its not an easy thing to explain or express, but living with this constant tension for so long has spiralled out of control and caused him to develop what can only be likened to combat fatigue; constant stress and anxiety, an inability to move forward or to be physically or mentally present due to the tension, and a great deal of fatigue and pain. I’ve started this fundraiser to help raise the money for the surgery which will correct the side-effects that the steroids caused him as a child; so that his quality of life may improve and so he can move forwards with his life without this debilitating condition. We have consulted multiple surgeons both nationally and internationally and have found a doctor in Boston with great expertise in this field, who is able to help him with the surgery that he needs. Medical insurance, however, does not cover any of the costs. Notes from the surgeon: “You also have significant mid-face skeletal deficiency which, combined with the effects of the steroids, limits support to your cheek and lower lids resulting in round eyes and scleral show (with concomitant dryness) The upper mid-face could be built up (intraorbital rim implants) and your cheek soft tissue elevated. To better correct your lower lid descent, I think that spacer grafts (which splint the lower lid) would be helpful. The surgeries could be done individually or all under the same anesthesia. A simple hairline-incision brow lift, combined with brow bossing will correct the drooping of your brow.” Here is a list of the following costs that this money will go towards, to help Douglas: 1. Physical Consultation $200 2. Price range $30-35K (includes surgery, anesthesia, implants, surgeon, and overnight fee in facility) 3. Transportation, housing, and food for the week of surgery and recovery $1500 Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I realise that photographs illustrating the nature of Douglas’ tension would be help to better express the degree of the condition, but Douglas, at heart, is quite a proud and private man, and I know its something he would find very difficult to put into such a public arena; he was reluctant enough for me to begin this fundraiser in the first place. Its an extremely traumatic thing to have to live with, and is not very easily expressed perhaps, unless you’ve had similar experiences or sympathies. Its not a common thing, or a well-publicized condition, and is obviously not as straight-forward as other conditions out there; as a result, please don’t hesitate to write me if you have any further questions, or if you want to discuss any of this further.