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Debilitating facial pain

Stephanie Raville, owner of Star Bright Daycare, suffers from both trigeminal neuralgia, also known as “suicide disease,” and atypical facial pain. Both are a debilitating pain disorder of the face.

Two independent Younique Cosmetics consultants will donate all their commissions from orders taken in the next 10 days to help raise money for Stephanie Raville, an Absarokee woman profiled in a story in Wednesday’s Gazette.

Raville seeks to have a neuromodulation device implanted in her cervical spine to alleviate trigeminal neuralgia, a condition nicknamed the “suicide disease” because it drives many people to suicide in search of relief.

Insurance will not cover the $72,000 procedure because it is not yet FDA approved.

Windy Lindquist and Karla Purdum saw the story and wanted to help out.

“We just want to do something to help her out. I can’t imagine going through the pain she’s in,” Lindquist said.

Anyone who orders $100 of Younique Cosmetics or more by Monday will be put in a drawing to win a trio of lip glosses.

Orders over $200 or more by June 30 will be entered in a drawing to win a makeup kit.

Purdum is at 406-945-0351 or

Lindquist is at 406-381-7340 or

A fund for Raville also has been set up at Altana Federal Credit Union, and a benefit will be held June 27 at the Anipro Arena on Highway 78.


Managing editor at The Billings Gazette.