LODI, N.J. — One moment changed Lodi resident Courtney DiPiazza's life.
DiPiazza, 27, felt a sudden pain while making dinner in April 2014. Doctors discovered internal bleeding, then diagnosed her with endometriosis, pelvic floor disfunction, pelvic congestion syndrome, and adenomyosis -- ailments that require a hysterectomy.
Although she hates asking for help, DiPiazza started an online fundraiser to help pay for the surgeries that she needs. Her GoFundMe page had raised more than $800 as of Sunday evening.
DiPiazza has several surgeries planned for early 2016 that she hopes will allow her to still have children some day.
"It's something that I think is a woman's right basically," she said.
DiPiazza grew up in Garfield before moving to Lodi 10 years ago. She studied marketing at Pace University.
Her illness disrupted her career, which, coupled with the expenses of her surgeries, led to the fundraiser.
"It's been way more than I expected," she said of the support. "That's just been way more than I could have ever asked for. It's amazing. The first person to donate was someone I hadn't even spoken to in 10 years."
DiPiazza will travel to Atlanta for a week in February for her surgeries. The operations include removal of her left ovary and a nerve that sends pain signals to the brain.
For now she said she has a lot of "bad days" with pain. The surgeries should help, she said.
"This is supposed to give me my life back," she said, "and at least give me a chance for fertility."
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