Julie's Neuro Treatment
I invite you to participate in the prayer and funding of a treatment plan to ameliorate 6 years of serious illness and help me get back into life again!
In March, Steve and I have the opportunity to travel to see a renowned Craniomandibular Disorder Specialist who has invented mouth appliances that alleviate movement disorders; airway obstruction during sleep; and improve the muscle balance, alignment, and pain of the head and neck muscles. The atypical seizures that I have suffered every day have a clear cranial nerve component, complicated by a longstanding temporal-mandibular disorder (TMD); my tight muscles and jaw/head/neck/teeth misalignment press on these twelve nerves and appear to trigger the convulsive episodes. The attacks, in turn, exacerbate the TMD pain in a viscous cycle of symptoms. Extensive neurological , infectious disease, toxicity, manual therapies, nutritional, and even counseling approaches have been unsuccessful in stopping the convulsive episodes. I still go to bed with them every night, often wake up with them in the middle of the night, and even wake up with them in the morning. This new, bio-mechanical, functional approach to treatment simply makes sense to my medical practitioners, Steve, and myself.
Four initial appointments are required from February 19th to March 5th for a comprehensive evaluation and fitting of upper and lower dental appliances; four to eight follow-up appointments will be required at the specialty clinic for adjustments during 2018. Steve and I will travel together out of State for the first 4 appointments as I am unable to travel alone at this time. Thereafter, I am hopeful to be able to travel more economically alone for the follow-up visits as I improve, thus the fundraising campaign budget reflects these savings.
We are humbled by the faithful friends, family, and prayer warriors who have held our hands and hearts during these past six years. We simply could not have endured the intense trials posed by this illness without your continuous prayers, cards, calls, text messages, meals, rides to appointments, "likes" and words of encouragement on Facebook, and more. You have been "Jesus with skin on" in the darkest of times for Steve and me. Thank you! God bless you! Let's keep it going just a little longer with faith that the Lord Himself has led us to this exciting new direction in my care. I look forward to good results and a mighty fine celebration with praise and honor to the Lord for His goodness always. These trials have not been wasted and for this I am exceedingly grateful.
UPDATE 3/21/18: The seizures are down EIGHTY PERCENT!!! I am healing slowly but surely with increasing ability to take care of my activities of daily living. Please check this site for additional updates. Steve and I are praising the Lord for you and this change in my life. Yeah God! He is Good! Take care all, Julie
Just a quick note to let you know that I am safely back from my second medical trip and things overall went well. I was able to travel alone for the first time in 11 years! This is a significant victory and I am in rest-and-recovery mode now. My next visit to Dr. Ralph Garcia's office will be in about 2 months as the visits get spaced further and further out with the healing process. While there are still other factors in the serious illness I have endured for 6 1/2 years, the progress is continuing, slow but sure.
If you would like to follow my story more closely, I invite you to "FOLLOW" my blog at www.justjuliewrites.com Below is a link to my latest post with a brief update on this past trip and how the Lord is orchestrating the care of a beloved family member into each visit; my Doctor's office is near the same town in which she lives! How amazing is that?
Take care and thank you for your love, support, and care. God is good all the time and He cares for the details in each of our lives. Please let me know how I may be praying for you too, k?
With love, Julie
Here's the link:
Thank you for your prayers and support in so many ways. I hope to be back with Steven Horney and the pup in June for the next adjustment of the splints. Thank you Jesus for this wonderful way to "restore the years the locusts have eaten!" Our God rocks!
The trip will also allow me to check in with my Aunt Lori as her unofficial/official caregiver too. I am so glad that Steve and I are able to be there for her. Isn't God amazing how He worked all this out?
Thank you for your prayers and support everyone. You are making a difference and I am hoping, as my health improvements progress, to have a celebration for local folks maybe when the weather is warmer. The time to celebrate is coming soon! Yeah God! Take care, Julie
I have had 2 completely seizure-free nights, waaaay fewer and smaller tic episodes, the new onset of ankle/foot edema is nearly gone, sensory reactivity is significantly less, and the headaches-n-dental pain are waaaay down as well. Looks like the healing is continuing, requiring extra rest and lots of teeth-brushing as I juggle 2 dental appliances. No problemmo!
Steve and I are home now and getting our lives back in order for this exciting new chapter. Looks like I will need to return to Dr. Ralph Garcia's office in 6-8 weeks for adjustments so your support is greatly appreciated. We also wish to extend a big thank you to friends and a family member who have donated privately. We continue to be amazed, humbled, and grateful for all of you reaching out to us at this time in our lives. We give thanks to the Lord for you and for the healing that is occurring. Praise the Lord for His goodness and mercies! I'm kinda thinkin' we will need to celebrate together sometime this year too.
Love to all, Julie