It is now July 8, 2015! I NEVER EVER dreamed I would still be battling a chronic illness, fighting for my life and others with the same afflictions.
I look below at what was beautiffuly and kindly written by my best friend who suffers in secret, like so many. Tiffany Sheets, come out of those shadows, you deserve to be in the shining sun love!
OK, SO HOW AM I??? Well, in many ways I am getting better:) I have been on a new protocol for a couple of months now - always waiting to see what "drug" does what. It is finally getting through all these dang toxins in my oh so broken body.
My type of Lyme - Chronic Late Stage Lyme,
can not be cured, but it can go into remission - sometimes never to return. Becsuse I am not bedridden any longer, I am trying to get back to some assemblance of my old life, but I am older and will have to really fight to make it back into shape. If you know me though, you know I am very stronged willed so if I can come back from all this hell, I'll fight to get better and stay better!
I take my new regimen 3x a day. It took some time, but with REST and lots of clean water and juices and my Lyme meds and supplements it's doing some good stuff. I am grateful for any improvement!
HERE IS THE PART I DO NOT ENJOY AT ALL:
In order to keep getting better as I am, I will need about $5000 to keep up with these meds that are not only saving but changing my life. I want to be 100% again, and by the Grace of God I will. This money will do nothing but great things!!!! You will be helping us get a mommy and wife and coach and teacher back on her feet - you are helping to Give Me My Life Back! So many of you have contributed in any way you have been able give - I/we are beyond amazed by the continued love and compassion for this horrible situation we find ourselves in now.
In order to get to 'remission", I still have quite a way to go as far as making sure all the Lyme spirochetes are dead, and my doctors, herbalists, and supplements are doing what they should do. This means I have to have regular blood screenings to make sure my body is not rejecting or hurting my body. And as the harder things in my body do their jobs, they will be discontinued - as I already have many. (Under LLMD direction and plans)!!
So many of you have changed my life more than anyone could possibly know. I have met new loyal, kind, positive happy people who continue to build me and my family up with all their kindness and upbeat values. It's funny in a way because we are all so incredibly sick, yet we love each other fiercly and stand up for each other even though most of us only know the others from FB groups. To my FB family - thank you always:)
NOW I CAN FOCUS IN ORDER TO ASK WHAT I DO NOT LIKE ASKING. Dave and I have been having a harder time than most people can imagine. We are so blessed to have a great family and a few very very close friends who really know how bad things are right now.
We are asking for people to either donate on my GoFundMe account, or any way that makes you comfortable. I realize $5000 is a LOT to many many people, not so much for others, so please don't ever think this is something we expect. I will be one of the happiest people in the world when I am healthy and my family too, and we have just enough to not worry about $$ but can help anyone at anytime. There will be as much Paying It Forward as possible:)
So if you or someone you know is blessed monetarily and wants to help a family who needs it, please think of us. This is not where Dave and I saw ourselves 17 years ago, but we have each other and some other amazing people so THANK YOU. We WANT to WORK. We don't want to rely on the government or our family who all work so hard for their money. The economy is ruthless right now.
If any of you have any kind of information on a possible sales job with benefits, we just need to get someone who knows the people in the company to help Dave get his resume noticed. It's his job from there:). But after a year and a half with almost no hits except for the 6 second place finishes for some great jobs, we are desperate. We will move - even though of course we don't want to move the boys, but we will have to do whatever we can to make it.
And no, the $5000 won't go very far, but we won't waste a penny. Dave and I go without food before we do things other than things for our boys or family. I pray this gets to where it needs to go Lord.
Here is some information incase anyone needs it and please don't hesitate to call us and ask questions!! Dave's resumes are on every job site found, they were professionally done, he has won National, Regional, and State and Local awards from different Fortune 500 sales companies. He speaks very easily in front of large crowds and has been asked by other companies about his public speaking techniques. Dave has a Bachelor's Degree from The University of Tennessee 2001. He has been in sales for the last couple of years of college until now. So he has almost 17 years of sales experience.
Because Dave had to take care of my, it hurt his perception at work - even though all his numbers we either hit or exceeded. He was let go to take care of a wife he was scared to death was going to die. We have had some terrible things happen from being misdiagnosed several times over a period of years, to having procedures done only for them not to work and make it worse or give new symptoms.
I am reduced to my knees. Different thoughts like: What else could we have done, What could I do differently, Why, How do I get my family out of this Lord, Please fill my family and friends hearts with love and health and happiness, What the heck is going to happen, I can't let our kids go through this, Tears.....And smiles. Faith - Lord please continue to lift us all up in your love.
Thank you all again...The first story from one of my dearest friends, Tiffany Sheets:
Fifteen years ago Randi was living her dream with a degree from the University of Tennessee, teaching pre school & Coaching competitive
gymnastics. She then became very ill with fever, extreme fatigue, headaches & brain fog. Leaving her unable to work or live that dream any longer, she went in search for the reason she was feeling so awful. She was found to have Eipstein Barr Virus and told to rest because it might take a while to feel better since that virus causes MONO - so it's worse! After trying numerous medications & treatments that failed her, she was sent to an infectious disease Doctor who tested her for Lyme Disease. This test along with Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, Encephalitis, Cytomeglia Virus, Epstein Barr and Parvo returned with positive results, especially positive ++++ for many of the numbers the CDC consider to be most important in identifying the Lyme spirochete. Randi is currently also dealing with a condition called IC which means she has no lining in her bladder and thousands of Hunner's ulcers inside which make the bladder feel like it is on fire all the time.
Randi has been married to a wonderful man for 11 years & they have two young boys ages 9 & 6 yrs( Eleven and Eight and a half ). They have not had an easy life but have always felt blessed. They have dealt with many medical dynamics from her husbands car accident 13yrs ago, leaving him with out his spleen & almost losing his life. Again almost loosing her husband seven years later, to a bacterial blood infection due to not having his spleen. Randi's second son was born with a cleft lip and palateand underwent 8 surgeries by the time he was 4 and still has one big one to go.
Recently Randi's husband was laid off, leaving them with no income or insurance or treament options for Randi, her husband or their children. This causing them to deplete any savings they had. Dave is working hard to find another job & to provide for their family, but they have nearly $18,000.00-$20,000.00 in medical bills waiting to be paid. This does not incude those that are still being aquired. We humbly ask for your help by donating to the Denning's Medical fund. Any Amount will help! If your unable to help by donating funds, that's okay we thank you for taking the time to read their story & ask that you help by sharing this on your page or via email so someone else that may be able to help can. They will deeply appreciate it! God Bless you & yours!
-As an update on the last paragraph, we are on some government assistance, although it doesn't even come close to covering things. Unemployment is pathetic, but at least it is something. Dave can't just go work somewhere. We have to have health ins. No one will cover us because of the pre-excisting conditions, so we have to stay on Medicade until Dave finds a job with benefits and pays enough to pay our bills. We don't go to resturants, on vacations, on dates - everything we have goes to Paul and Ty and taking care of the house and bills. We are down and out friends. Oh, and any and all $$ received so far has gone to pay for treatments, medical bills, and other things we can not go without, so every bit has made such a big impact - you have no idea...It's like a drop in a fresh clear calm pond; as the drop creates more ripples, each kind act here hopefully creates positive waves of healing energy!
With love and gratitude,
Randi and Dave
- Paris Parker
- Angela Delahoussaye
- KATHRYN BACHEMIN
- The Trahans
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