My 3 children, husband and I all lived on a beautiful acreage at Sunshine Acres Hervey Bay. We spent our days enjoying life with our horses, playing sports and growing our own vegetables. Being on an acreage with horses we had seen many ticks but never really payed much attention. One day while out in the stable I noticed something on my thigh, which I paid no attention to other then scratching it off and getting on with my duties. That night I felt a burning pain on my inner thigh on and off throughout the night. The next morning I noticed I had something small embedded in my thigh and a big red ring around the area. We removed it and I went on with life. Within a week I started having some severe flu like symptoms, cognitive issues, numbness and weakness, fevers, chills, head pressure, high blood pressure, fast heart rates, collapsing, vision problems, fatigue and much more, It was extremely difficult to be able to do day to day tasks. After many doctors visits, specialists, hospital visits we finally found a doctor who run many tests. The tests come back positive for a bacteria called Borelia along with some other tick born illness co infections confirming the doctors suspicions of tick born illness. Getting a diagnosis was only the start. The last thing we needed was for their children to become sick with the same symptoms as well. When my eldest daughter who was 13 at the time and my youngest daughter who was 5 started complaining of excruciating joint and muscle pain, tremors, extreme fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, migraine headaches, vision issues, joint swelling, dizziness, sleep problems, constant flu like symptoms, fever, chills, throat swelling and lots more everything started to fall apart and we knew we were in trouble. We started treatment with a naturopath and a medical doctor straight away however treatment has been extremely expensive and hard to get here in Australia. As a result, our personal savings have been exhausted and we have struggled to afford the medical help we need to be able to make a full recovery.
There is a possibility that the Walsh family can go into full remission and become symptom free but the treatment options left are very extensive and expensive and we must travel and stay away from home for treatment. IV therapy which is extremely promising, the cost for the treatment starts at $10,000 for the 2 girls. There is also the use of a PEMF/Rife Ampcoil Machine which is approximately $12,000.00. As with any major illness medicare only covers so much but due to limited studies tick born illness is not yet recognized and therefore not covered by her health insurance or medicare at all. All her doctor visits, therapies, medications, supplements, and expenses to just live day to day with all the items needed are mostly out of pocket for our family and an overwhelming to financially handle.
This illness has caused our girls to miss out on so much schooling, most of the time they are unable to participate in sport or activities due to extreme joint pain. We have had to sell everything we own and start again from the basics. Every single donation is a blessing and means the world to our family. Bless you all Thank you from the Walsh family