Thank you family and friends and to everyone reading this page.
For those that dont know me...
For 10 years now i have been fighting to regain my health. It has been a very difficult time. 4 years ago i was finally diagnosed with nuerological lyme disease. Ever since, in truth, its been non-stop crisis. Still there is something inside of me that will not give up.
May of last year, with the massive support of family and friends we held a very successful fundraiser. The powerful support i felt and received from the community coming together raised me up on many levels and refreshed the promise of wellness, health and living life again. Looking back at that time i feel sadness and loss that shortly after i became violently ill from eating undercooked fish. Immediately my world was flipped upside down again. It was the combo of a crashed immune system and very aggressive parasites. I knew nothing of how destructive and life altering a bad case of parasites could be.
innitially i tried to maintain confidence that i could turn it around with anti-parasitic herbs, but so quickly realized i was playing a dangerous game. I needed help and pharmaceutical drugs for this. I landed in the ER multiple times with severe nuerological manifestations, gastrointestinal issues and utter weakness.
the ER trips didnt yield any conclusive results, while i was witnessing this thing progress in terrifying ways. thru research and connecting with other people that had gone thru similar things i started to learn that parasites and the realm of tropical medicine is a science that is very little understood in the US.
So many blood tests, numerous practitioners and doctors and an infectious disease doctor were all exhausted here locally during the desperate search for answers. All the while (months) this infection has progressed forward unchecked.
At last i am working with a Doctor I found who has extensive experience in treating parasites. He is one of a handful in the US. With renewed committment to see this thru, my mom has accompanied me on trips to saint louis missouri, where he is located. I am now embarking on the next stage of a comprehensive treatment with this doctor and his clinic to reverse a situation that became advanced. Healing needs to happen on all levels. the combination of supportive therapies like IV nutrition and vitamins to restore my body, nuerofeedback to heal damage caused to the brain, and working one-on-one with a professional to address PTSD and spiritual health insure the most success as a plan of approach.
Nonetheless the treatment itself can be trecherous. My system often reacts violently to pharmaceutical drugs. These ones are powerful and toxic, with multiple drugs needed, and are ridiculously and almost out of reach expensive yet simultaneously so very neccessary.
This parasite infestation is manifesting in horrifying ways daily. My brain is so impacted that some nights my brain is paralyzed for hours, I become catatonic, and experience amnesia, unable to move or take care of basic self-care.
I am determined to fight this.Its the choice I make each day.The generous financial gifts and support from last year's fundraiser have carried me this far and will continue to a little further. I am investing my hope into creating this new fundraising movement. I'm moving forward with faith that all will fall into place;I owe it to myself and my family ,after years of this struggle,to keep believing I can overcome.
This journey has exhausted us far beyond what we were prepared for. The toll it has taken financially,and how it continues to,is overwhelming. My parents had to file for bankruptcy last year over this financial hardship. I am fortunate to have my basic needs met by disability checks each month.But now because of circumstances, I am facing a mountain of medical bills (extensive diagnostic testing, treatment therapies,etc.). In addition, the cost of airfare and everything else that goes along with travelling to see a specialist in St Louis makes this feel insurmountable at times.
I am humbly asking for your help in whatever way you can. I need to raise a healthy sum of money to make this happen. I'm deeply grateful to all those that helped last year. It gave healing and meaning to this whole proccess.
I know i'm here to fullfill a greater purpose. realizing that truth for me is dependant on successfully reversing this. It is my greatest wish to give back with renewed creativity,as healing happens and let its transformative power flow back into my life, the community and surroundings and wherever its else its meant to positively impact and inspire.
thank you for directly helping to refuel this passion for life with your contributions. All donations will directly support this treatment. All money raised above the amount needed for immediate treatment will go towards medical debt.
thank you for helping to make this possible.