Guillain-Barre Recovery Help

I am a young woman who randomly got attacked by Guillian-Barre Syndrome(GBS). I thought I had the flu and then suddenly couldn't walk. I learned that GBS attacks the nervous system causing paralysis and sometimes death.  I am lucky that I was very proactive about my health and got treatment early. I went from walking miles daily with my dog and hiking to not being able to walk, talk well, facial paralysis, and loss of use of my hands and more.  

I have been in the hospital since August 10, had to do hemoglobulin IV therapy and wait for GBS to run its course. I was a fairly healthy person before, no drug use, non-smoker, active, self-employed stylist, responsible and charitable towards many causes. Now, I find myself the one in need of help, laying and waiting unable to move, work, or be with my dog. 

The fortunate thing about GBS is that although it caused me to be temporarily paralized due to nerve damage, the nerves do repair themselves and I am getting stronger every day, now doing physical rehab and learning to walk again and use my hands. I can smile again and talk without slurring my words. I never knew how hard it was to just simply stand up and sit up when your body won't cooperate.  I am hoping that I can leave the hospital soon.

My biggest fear right now is that because I am a self employed stylist, GBS could take a while to fully recover from and although I am a responsible person having both business and health insurance, I never thought I'd need insurance due to not being able to work because I am in my 20s and I've always worked hard and only ocassionally gotten a cold. 

I have run through my small savings and I find myself needing help now to pay my hospital and personal bills or I will lose my home, my car,  and quite possibly my business.  GBS attacks people of all ages randomly, so I didn't catch it doing something I shouldn't. I have always given generously, when I was healthy, to many charities revolving around animals and children, like St. Jude. Right now I find I am the charity most in need and I hope you will help me get through this time to fully recover and get back my life. Thank you so much.


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Tabatha Brown 
Honolulu, HI
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