YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- The community and Yorktown Police are rallying around a local officer who is straddled with medical bills after a series of operations that have left her on disability.
Lauren Raczynsky, a Yorktown Police Department officer since 2011, has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and stage 4 endometriosis, according to a GoFUndMe page set up by the department.
She has had three surgeries so far and she and her husband have spent more than $20,000 out of pocket. She was forced to resign from her post as a police officer and isn't eligible for a pension, according to the GoFundMe page.During her time on patrol, Raczynsky was always community-oriented and known for caring for the well-being of others. Assigned as a domestic violence investigator, she was tasked with following up with victims of domestic incidents and she was trained in the area of victim assistance.
She is loved both within the police department, as well as the community, the page indicates.
Raczynsky and her husband married in 2012, and after failing to conceive a child after trying many ways, she began having severe pains and battling constant illness. She ended up with a hysterectomy but doctor's discovered the endometriosis was much more widespread than previously thought. It was also discovered she had adenomyosis and cysts. Her appendix had to be removed, and an emergency ileostomy performed, the GoFundMe page says.
She woke from the surgery having a bag similar to a colostomy.
The pain still continued and she was forced to contact an endometriosis specialist in New York City. She was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis, which had spread throughout her pelvis. The specialist urged her to have her neurological issues evaluated, according to the GoFundMe page.
She was eventually diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. Multiple sclerosis affects the central nervous system, and can lead to difficulty walking, muscle weakness, blurred vision, numbness, overall body pain, and difficulty remembering and processing information. She has lesions on both her brain and spine. She takes injections three times a week to try and keep the MS from progressing, as there is currently no cure.
A third, eight-hour surgery removed the majority of the endometriosis but a large portion of her colon was affected and needed to be removed. Surgery number four is not too far in the future.
All donations will help fund Officer Lauren Raczynsky's current and future medical bills, as well as her loss of income.
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