I'm writing to you with great humility as asking for monetary support is so not in my comfort zone. Yet here I am as the idea and encouragement came from two friends who were insistent I reach out.
And so with their push I have found the courage to ask my family and friends for help.
As some of you already know, I was diagnosed with polymyalgia rhuematica in August. Basically that means I have acute inflammation which causes debilitating pain in my legs, shoulders and wrists. I have been on prednisone since September to decrease the inflammation and I've cut out all inflammation producing foods from my diet.
Still on an average day, I wake up in the morning with a level 8 pain, take the prednisone at lunch and by 3:00 pm I'm at a 5-6. By 6 pm I'm at a 1-2. On my worst days, on a scale of 1-10, the pain has been a 12.
But There's Good News.
In September my friend Sarah told me about PEMF (Pulsating Electro Magnetic Field) technology. Over the years, with my physical disabilities I've been told about other technologies to decrease pain but I've always been skeptical but PEMF felt different so I decided to check it out.
PEMF technology is being used in Canada and Europe. Here in the U.S. PEMF is now being used successfully to decrease brain tumors.
For those who want to know more about the technology there is plenty of information out there but I've included 2 resources here.
This 10 minute video explains a bit about the science and includes some personal anecdotes.
This article includes PEMF use by NASA and Soviet space exploration and also how it's healing bone fractures and much more.
Since October, I've been using this technology three times a week. I go to Shana's house where I lie on the mat for 24 minutes. I also use other attachments, a probe for specific areas like my wrists and a small pad that I place on my shoulders.
I've been tracking the results. Two days on the mat and my pain level is a consistent 1-2 all day long including mornings when I wake up, a real relief. When I'm off the mat for more than two days, my pain level jumps back up to a 5-6, sometimes an 8. There is no other variable.
There are many PEMF devices on the market, but the IMRS system developed in Germany and Sweden is what I've been using and is one of only two that come highly recommended for effectiveness and is FDA approved.
More Good News!
Last week, Shana told me that the mat I've been using is for sale. A new IMRS mat, with all the bells and whistles costs $6235. The cost of this lightly used one is being offered to me for $4400.
With the results I've gotten, the decision to buy the mat, although expensive, was an easy one. This GoFundMe page to raise $1,500 will cover about half the cost.
PEMF technology is alleviating my symptoms but it is also a wellness device as it works on a cellular level re-energizing damaged cells through the inducement of electrical changes within the cell that restore cells to their healthy state. Long term I believe this technology can keep me pain free and healthy even after I no longer suffer from polymyalgia rheumatica.
My doctor supports the use of PEMF technology and once my pain level is a consistent 1-2 for seven days, I'll be able to get off the prednisone!
I want to thank you, friends and family for reading this and even considering my funding request which I will absolutely understand if you choose to ignore.
I send each and everyone of you hugs and love,
P.S. Once I get the mat, I invite all of you to come over so you can try PEMF technology for yourself.
P.P.S. The Twitter, Facebook and request to "share" this information are default settings from GoFundMe that I could not change. It was not my intention for you to share this with anybody so please ignore those sharing requests with my apologies.
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