Krystall’s Road to Recovery

As most of you know, I’m as happy as they come. I am high energy and love to be around people but recently that’s all changed. My lungs have started to take a toll on me within the last few months physically, mentally and unfortunately financially. 

With this rare lung disease I have been repeating blood tests, X-rays, CT scans and even repeated lung biopsies within the past year (of course with no answer). Because there has been no improvement with my health, the doctors want to continue with a third lung biopsy, which is more advanced, more invasive and in the end much more expensive.   

I have not been very transparent about my condition becuase I felt it wasn’t necessary when the doctors advised me a month ago that there is not a diagnosis for the cavitary lung disease that I have. I thought it would be too much to speak my truth about my pain publicly but I know that keeping it all inside has pushed those closest to me away; this is my daily reality: Knowing I had no answer, I was completely discouraged, feeling hopeless not wanting to let anyone in. I knew my body was getting worse, my life was changing and I couldn’t control it. The sleepless nights causing me to feel insane, uncomfortable night sweats, intense hot flashes, on and off fevers, extremely itchy skin, pounding headaches, this continuous harsh cough leading me to vomit up my last meal, body aches leaving me bed ridden, all have robbed me of my energy and my happiness. At first I thought I was unable to get out of bed because I was tired and fatigued from my insomnia and night sweats but then a wave of depression hit me, I started crying for hours on end day after day, struggling to find myself. Struggling to remember what makes me happy, not wanting to step foot outside (if you know anything about me, I LOVE being outside). This disease seemed to be taking over my life. My mind was tainted with the bad report from the doctor, the weight of that report shutting me out from wanting to be around anyone, including my own husband. This disease putting me out on medical leave, leaving me feeling even more helpless.

I have come to the conclusion that I cannot fight this alone. Although I am sick, I have decided it will not control me. I have chosen to reach out and take the first steps to reclaim my life and proclaim my healing. 
I am asking for help, anything you can afford, not only for medical bills but also to assist in my research for different lung doctors around the country. With a second and third opinion, there may be an answer out there for me. 

I want to thank you for allowing me to be open and honest, for allowing me to share my deepest struggles. In advance thank you to those who can donate and help me on the road to recovery. 

Much love,
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Krystall Tanielu Lal
El Segundo, CA

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