Lyme Treatment for Adi!
Why this is urgent:
Recently things have intensified substantially, which is saying a lot considering what Adi has survived over the past decade and a half. Several months ago he went from being housebound to being houseless and living in his car. Adi also has Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS, which is exacerbated by the Lyme and makes living in a car even more difficult than it would be already for the average person. MCS means that you physically become ill in response to everyday particulates and chemicals that many people do not even notice. This includes things like perfumes, fuel, detergents, soaps, plastics, pollen, dust (the list is endless) and this is not simply a dislike or a headache - this causes a huge wave of allergy-like inflammation throughout his entire body that is cumulative and lasts for days with each exposure. Worse, each exposure increases his overall sensitivity. Last week Adi stepped in soap in a public restroom and is now allergic to his shoes even after washing them. Adi had to get a coat recently because Winter is coming and so are the colder temperatures. He is now very sick from the chemicals in the coat. He had to take the risk in order to stay warm. There is no end to exposures when you are forced to use public restrooms, have no kitchen to cook in, and have to be parked in public places where you are constantly surrounded by people wearing perfume, smoking outside your car, or sitting in their cars nearby and allowing the motors to run. This sensitivity will continue to grow until he gets treatment. For this and so many reasons, treatment is urgent. Because he was housebound for so long, Adi doesn't know a lot of people with financial privilege. Many of his friends have Lyme Disease and therefore are also financially stretched. His ability to receive treatment depends upon the generosity and compassion of strangers.
Plans for treatment:
Adi plans to remain living in his car and all donations will go toward treatment at a clinic in Sonoma County, California that specializes in treating Lyme Disease and co-infections. Treatment for Lyme Disease is expensive and there are a lot of initial costs. We set our first goal at $15,000 to cover Adi's consultation with a doctor, testing, supplements, and some treatment. Those of us who have struggled with Lyme can attest to how expensive it is to begin treatment. Because there are a lot of initial costs, Adi needs a large chunk of money to even get started. If you can donate now, that would be ideal. If you can't donate now and can later, please consider doing that as well - the funds will be needed. Treatment is expected to cost more than $15,000 over time, and it is vital that once treatment has begun Adi will be able to continue on with it. This campaign does not have a deadline. Donations of all sizes are appreciated at any time. I will be sending out updates along the way so that you can get to know Adi, be kept up to speed about how the treatment is going, and know specifically funds will be needed for at any given time.
The Adi we love:
Now let me share who Adi is, for those of you who do not know him personally. Adi is all heart. He lives for justice and to love the people in his life. He is funny. He is positive. He is honest. He is a survivor. He emotionally supports so many people in the Lyme community and beyond with his love and compassion. He asks for nothing in return. I've had to ask several times over the past few months if I could please begin a fundraising campaign, and finally he has agreed, but he was only willing to do so if the funds went toward treatment, not housing. Recently Adi spread the word about a fundraiser my friends began to get me a sauna. A sauna. He doesn't have a bed to lay in, but he wanted me to have a sauna. He wrote to me about how much joy it brought him when the goal was reached. Many of you have never met Adi, but I promise you, even when he is living in his car he is making this world a better place. Imagine what would be possible for him and the world if he were able to get his needs met? That is a world I want to live in. So many of us love Adi. He brightens our lives immensely and brings us the strength we need to keep walking our own paths. I'm asking from the deepest of depths to please contribute whatever you can. Let's get creative and figure this out. Maybe donate in honor of loved ones instead of buying them a Christmas gift. Please spread the word to anyone you know. Share, share, share. Many hands and hearts make light work. Let's do this!
As some of you know, we had a quick holiday special to raise money that would be split two ways - half would go toward Adi's Lyme treatment and the other half would be given, by Adi, to the houseless person of his choosing on Christmas Day. Adi has been houseless for 4 months and knows the struggles well. He wanted to show compassion and recognize the humanity of another who may have been forgotten.
Adi specifically sought out someone who was alone and found Chris. Thanks to the generosity of many, Adi was able to give him $100 in cash, 2 shirts, shorts, and a pack of sport socks. Chris immediately said he would share his gift with others. As thanks, he also played a song on his harmonica. All of this happened as Chris and Adi took in a beautiful Christmas sunset - a moment that would have otherwise been spent alone by both of them.
And equally wonderful is that Adi received the other $100 for treatment. Thank you Adi for everything, thank you Chris for giving and receiving, and thank you to everyone who contributed to make this magical moment possible.
The fundraising continues for Adi, and 100% of the proceeds once again are going toward his Lyme treatment. He has a long way to go before treatment is possible but he is getting closer and every little bit counts, as does sharing the GoFundMe page.
Here's how it works: from December 6th to December 23rd, half of all donations made on his GoFundMe page will go toward his Lyme treatment. The other half will be gifted to a houseless person of his choosing on Christmas day. Giving and receiving is what gives life meaning. Let's make this a Christmas that neither of them will forget! Imagine how powerful this will be for both the recipient of this prize and for Adi, who cannot be with loved ones over the holidays because they are saving their money for his Lyme treatment. If you can, please play a part in this beautiful cascade of gift giving. Any amount will be greatly appreciated by Adi, all of us who love him, and whoever Adi decides to bless on Christmas Day. If you can't donate, please share the link with your people. Thanks so much!
In Adi's words: "It breaks my heart to think of someone completely alone and abandoned on Christmas day. Even if we could just help one person feel cared for..."
PLEASE NOTE: 100% of donations made before December 6th and after December 22nd will go toward Lyme treatment for Adi.
So the next step is to get funding to cover Adi's testing. The clinic needs to retest him to find out how to best approach treatment. Because there are so many varying infections and bodily responses that go along with Lyme and develop over time, his doctor needs a clear view of the current situation.
Many of us will soon be with family over the Thanksgiving holiday. Becky - the love of Adi's life - had booked a flight and hotel to visit Adi over the holiday weekend. Together they have decided that treatment is too urgent and canceled the flight and hotel reservations so that the money they would have spent can be put toward medical costs. This difficult choice means that Adi will be spending the holiday without loved ones. I am going to shamelessly ask you to dig deep and find some money to contribute right now or in the coming days even if it is just a little bit. Let's remind him that treatment is on the way by getting him that much closer, and that he is not alone in the midst of a sacrifice made in favor of reclaiming life.
Thank you so much, to so many people. Please spread the word even if you can't donate. And thank you, Adi, for giving us the opportunity to tap into our hearts a little bit more. You can do this! You are doing this! And we love you!
Has he considered trying Bee Venom Therapy? He can contact Debie Elder on FaceBook or Amber Rose. There are several people with late stage Lyme that are doing much better using live bee stings for treatment. Many of them previously spent $10s of thousands on long term IV treatment, abx, and other treatments for Lyme that failed. Doing BVT with live bees can cost as little as $40 month and can be done anywhere.