Elric E. - A Life on Hold

In the last 13 years Elric has gone from barely existing to being someone who is very health conscious, an active martial arts practitioner, a fur dad to his dog Ladybird, is in a loving relationship with his partner Serena, and has been doing postdoctoral work in cognitive neuroscience at CU Denver which is his passion. We have many mutual friends and to know where he came from and what he has accomplished thus far in his life is indeed miraculous. He is an incredible human being with a big heart and he needs some help as he is at the end of his rope.

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Elric is presently experiencing terrible health problems that have left him with mounting expenses as he continues to seek a diagnosis and treatment which his insurance isn’t covering and he needs financial assistance immediately. Additionally, he is unable to work full-time which further adds to his financial needs for living expenses.

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The backstory: In February, Elric (above - front row, third from right) began having trouble concentrating, brain fog (that often impairs his ability to speak), extreme physical weakness that includes occasional difficulty in walking (and it crushes him that he can't take care of his dog Ladybird the way he used to be able to), and sudden inexplicable bouts of intense anxiety and depression.  His condition worsened, and in mid-June of this year he was finally admitted to Swedish Hospital where numerous tests were run. His doctors considered several dreadful, debilitating illnesses, but tests revealed no markers for these, so he was discharged with no diagnosis and a $42k bill which his insurance refuses to pay because they deemed it “medically unnecessary”. He was referred to other neurologists who couldn’t see him for 6 more months. He simply couldn't wait.

Elric grew more helpless and more hopeless. He became suicidal. Recently, through consulting with several other sources, he realized that he might be suffering from a traumatic brain injury. He remembers hitting his head in late December 2019, experiencing several days of extreme headaches, recovering, and never reflecting on that incident again. Now it seems possible that this is the cause of his increasing decline. He describes his current situation as "unbearable" and he is at the end of his rope.

His best friend Bill S. did some research and found a Traumatic Brain Injury clinic nearby where he was able to be seen almost immediately. His initial diagnosis was a mild TBI and he began some treatments and none were covered by his insurance which were very costly. Elric has spent thousands of dollars trying to find answers. I have been giving updates as he is learning more and as of mid-August Elric has been diagnosed with a Chiari Malformation and continuing on the road to a solution so he can get back to his life.
Stay tuned in to the updates and thank you!

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Thank you for taking the time to read this and for considering if you can donate some amount, large or small, to help Elric. It will matter. It will make a real difference.

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And, should you wish to learn more about Elric’s academic background, you can watch a lecture he gave entitled “Consciousness in non-human and human animals” at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz1v5WvCmcU&t=3s

Donations

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  • Kylara Parker 
    • $200 
    • 5 d
  • Patrick Collins 
    • $50 
    • 8 d
  • Jane Carden 
    • $100 
    • 17 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 19 d
  • Denisse Rocco 
    • $50 
    • 21 d
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Organizer and beneficiary

Jennifer Wilson 
Organizer
Austin, TX
Elric Elias 
Beneficiary
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