"I want to thank everyone who has kindly donated to assist with my medical treatment. I have been humbled by the generosity and kindness shown across suncorp. Some people have never met me and others I have met only briefly or a very long time ago in my career. Thank you to both Angie and Kim also for creating this page, it was a wonderful surprise and act of human kindness. I promise you all that every dollar does count and will be used solely for much needed medical treatment. I am eternally grateful to you all. Xxx "
We need your help.
Please help us raise some much needed funds to assist Jacqui in getting to Cyprus for urgent treatment.
Our Team Leader at Suncorp, Jacqui Burnell, has been diagnosed with a neurological version of Bartonella/Lyme Disease.
There are many articles on the internet about the illness, however for each person the bacteria can manifest differently and will continue to be more and more debilitating without the right treatment.
Jacqui's core symptoms at the moment are;
Neurological and central nervous system predominant:
seizures, arm tremors like Parkinson's, short term memory loss, impaired vision, slurred speech at times, no executive skill, frozen black box - speech or mobility stuck, chronic nerve activity of spine, legs and head, severe pain in the head and neck, blurred vision, numbness in the extremities, memory loss, balance problems and severe headaches.
All of body:
chronic pain of bones, joints and muscles 24/7, chronic fatigue, mobility issues - difficulty walking, unstable - collapse, faint and dizzy spells - can't shower without aid, cant sit up for long - vertigo, back pain, fluid in legs, feet turn blue (bed bound), chest and heart pain,
PLUS a gazillion other sysmtpons that come and go....way too many to list.
"My mind stays strong, but is tested daily and I refuse to go into a wheelchair or see myself like this for life"
Jacqui is off to Cyprus to be treated by a Russion doctor who has been treating patients for over 30 years with her illness.
Jacqui will be going from bed bound to a long flight into 6 days of treatment over 5 weeks. "It will be mentally and physically hard and a lot of work to push my body to get there; I refuse to let this beat me and I need to at least try what is available. This won't be a cure, but it is the solid bumb my bacteria needs to decrease it and help my body build strength and immunity to fight it".
Jacqui hopes the above information is of use or interest to anyone who may be wondering where she is.
Jacqui signs off with...
"All the best and thank you to everyone sending me texts and warm messages - they are so appreciated and really keep me focused on beating this"
Yours from the bed-cave,
- Angela Goossens Suncorp Group
- Naomi Smith
- Stacey Taylor Suncorp Group
- Suncorp BD Team
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