My name is Chrystal Barringer, I am 63 years old. I have been in the natural health and healing business my entire working life. For the last 5 years I had been running my own natural product demo business. Two years ago I became very ill. My legs became very weak and my entire body extremely exhausted. I developed severe insomnia. I experienced so much pain in my foot and back that I was not able to stand long, walk far or sit long. I lost 30 pounds in a few months and weigh 96 lbs now at 5'6". It became impossible to perform my demos, but I kept trying for a year until I turned 62 to get my social security to survive. I made it till last February, and then collapsed. Since then I have been all but housebound. My husband, who is 70, does all the errands for the house. After short periods of activity I need to lie down. I went to several doctors at a low income clinic, but they were no help. They did a bunch of tests and prescribed medications that made things worse. The prognosis was low thyroid, arthritis and tarsal tunnel, but there is more then that going on. I have no insurance, so I had to pay for all this out of pocket. I went on my own research project to get well. I ordered my own lab tests. Turns out my thyroid was actually hyper active with Hashimoto's syndrome at the root of it and was being mistreated all along. I also found adrenal exhaustion and pretty bad osteoarthritis is hurting my body. I am now treating myself with natural thyroid supplements, and am improving some, but am still very sick. I have daily chronic pain I manage naturally with a little help from buffered aspirin and a chiropractor. I take herbs to help me sleep, but still suffer from terrible insomnia. I eat a very strict diet. I really need some professional medical help from a specialist, but have no more cash or credit to pay for it. During this whole process I've run up a ton of debt, both medical costs and monthly bills from loss of work. I thought I could handle it, but I can not. I am now drowning in my debt. The monthly interest is more then I can pay and it keeps building. My parents have been dead for over 20 years and I am an only child, so I have no family to ask for support. If anyone is even reading this anymore, the burden has become so great that I now am having trouble affording my food budget any longer and have to cut back on the amount I eat - I still weigh 96 lbs. I only eat fruits, vegetables and millet, no meat. I only drink water and herb tea I make from bulk. I have been trying not to make this story sound desperate or pathetic, trying to keep some dignity, but it is getting really bad. I just want to continue to get well and have a fresh start in life. I have been a fiercely independent person all my life, but I need a little help now.