Cheri “Rat Girl” Needs Help!

This post was written by Form & Reform on February 21, 2009
Posted Under: Friends

Cheri is in Turkey in need of surgery and needs our help! The operation is only $2000, which is a lot of money there, but very little for us rich American friends!

Danny Girl has set up a pay pal account below. It should only take:

  1. 15 of us who really care @ $100 each
  2. 20 who care, but are too poor @ $20 each
  3. 20 who will give up a fancy beer @ $4 each
  4. 20 who only have pocket change @ $1 each
  5. The rest of you can pay for the flowers.


You are here to help our mutual friend Cheri “RatGirl” ! Thanks for coming! We all love her for different reasons, some for her creativity, some for her warped sense of humor, some for her sense of adventure, and some of us don’t even know why we love her but we just do! please use the paypal button to donate or email Dannygirl at if pay-pal is inconvenient. Thanks again, you all rule. –D.G.


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When Cheri went in for her Biopsy it came to the attention of her Surgeons that her Appendix was perforated, and they rushed her into surgery. They removed her appendix, as well as the tumors and Ovarian cyst. Her infection was one of the worst that the surgeons had ever seen, so that is what Cheri is dealing with now. She came home Monday, and is getting lots of rest and injectable antiBiodics and Iron. She is very weak and tired, but very greatful to all of her friends. If we hadn’t raised the money for her, she may not have gone in for the biopsy when she did, and may not have found the infection until too late. so far we have raised $3,500! I think we should keep raising until Cheri is completely in the clear. The amount we have received so far will cover her current expenses, but she is likely to have more medical bills later, not to mention rent money while she is unable to work. Thanks again to all those who care and all those who donated. Love to you all, Dg

Reader Comments

1) Who is Cherie “Rat Girl”?
2) What is the operation?
3) Why isn’t she paying for her operation herself? Or why aren’t realtives helping her?

Written By Made in DNA on February 22nd, 2009 @ 4:37 pm

her name is Cheri
You should ask her about the operation
We are her family and $2000 is a lot of money in Turkey where she lives.

Written By admin on February 22nd, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

I admit that calls for help like these get me engaged very easily, even if I never heard about the person in question before. However, this is about the most unspecific call for a donation that I’ve seen in a long while.

First, Turkey is in the process of becoming a member state of the European Union. Thus I strongly suspect there is a social security system in place that pays for medical bills whenever someone can’t afford necessary operations. And that raises questions about the nature of this whole thing. Also, major surgery is usually more expensive than $2000.

I realize I’m being somewhat of an ass, and I’m probably crazy for putting my real name on this post – but count me in as one of the people who would probably help this person if only there was an actual case being presented here.

Written By Udo on February 23rd, 2009 @ 12:02 am

Hey thank you very much for posting this 🙂 Actually my “relatives” have no money, my parents are broke, otherwise they would help of course. And my financial situation here in Istanbul is bad, work is more scarce now (as it is there), and yes although $2000 is not a ton of money, it is when you don’t have it and don’t make enough to get it anytime soon. And yes, my friends ARE my family! Hugs to everyone and thanks for everything, especially your love and wishes.



Written By Cheri Ratgirl on February 23rd, 2009 @ 12:52 am

There is a session in the Paypal URL which is expired making the link not work.

Written By Mark on February 23rd, 2009 @ 6:58 am

New link now, thanks!

Written By admin on February 23rd, 2009 @ 8:52 am

She is an American artist, from the Bay Area working in Turkey while she travels abroad. Maybe she can tell you more about her operation, but I know money is tight for her there and I thought we could help out. We (bay area artists) are the social security system for one another. It might be good to start our own insurance/retirement plan.

Thanks for the questions, I assumed most people that donated would know her, glad to see complete strangers caring enough to write wanting to know more.

Written By admin on February 23rd, 2009 @ 9:00 am

UPDATE – It’s been a little over 2 weeks now since my combined surgery involving the removal of a torublesome fibroid uterine tumor, a cyst, and an unexpected emergency perfotated appendix and abdominal abscess. I was in the hospital for 3 days and then confined to home for 1 week before slowly venturing outside and building my strength back up. Because I had such a dangerous infection and severe anemia I was getting between 5-6 injections of antibiotics and iron a day in the bum, which totally sucked and let’s not mention the condition of my bum right now :(thanks to my roommate for having the guts to give the injections). I have to continue with oral antibiotics for at least 2 more weeks and possibly longer as the doctor does not want to take any chances of the infection re-occuring (my fallopian tubes were completely blocked with infection and they wanted to remove them, but couldn’t because they needed my signature and I was under anesthesia). My doctor continues to emphasize the fact he’s done 10,000 surgeries and this is only the 3rd time he’s seen such a bad infection. I am lucky they diagnosed the appendix when they did, I had already had 1 trip to the ER 5 days before and they couldn’t find the problem. My recovery is going well, my incision is about 5 1/2 inches but not too painful anymore. Yesterday I returned to work and it feels good to be getting back to normal life. Again my thanks to everyone who helped me emotionally and financially, you all helped more than you could possibly imagine. And many thanks to you Jon for posting about my situation on your blog. I think your idea for a retirement plan is a good one, how do we start??

In answer to a previous post about conditions in Turkey, I have lived here a litle more than a year and a half and I can honestly tell you that it is highly unlikely that Turkey will ever become a member of the EU. Secondly, there IS a state insurance card for people who do not have money so they can get treatment at government hospitals, but you MUST be a Turkish citizen to receive this insurance. There is absolutely NO help for foreigners whatsoever. And lastly surgeries ARE that cheap here, and maybe this is a good reminder of how much we are being robbed in the US for medical care. Since the Turkish Lira keeps falling in value against the US Dollar it made it even cheaper. I understand you couldn’t possibly know all of his since you don’t live here, so I am not offended. Thanks for your concern. If anyone has any questions or wants to say hi they can e-mail me directly at


Cheri RG

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