Life After NMDA Encephalitis

In 2015 i was misdiagnosed initially with a mental health problem. As a result my actual neurological condition got dangerously bad extremely fast, especially because the antipsychotics they gave me made the illness hop into overdrive. I had Anti-NMDA receptor autoimmune Encephalitis. Living with the effect of that have been very hard on me. There is very little known about how to help other people with the same illness as I. There really aren't many of us. There is no financial support. I have been turned down for disability 3 times, even after 2 car accidents and a fall at one of my old jobs. Its horrible. After rehab and occupational therapy are through, there isn’t much. There is brain trust canada, but they cannot provide me any of the help i need as i have tried. Just because the government can’t see “whats wrong” they don't think its real and flat out refuse to help.  Brain injury has a similar stigmatism as mental health. I am cursed with both. Brain injury, ptsd, manic depression, and adhd. The only thing that seems to bring me much joy is working on cars at my job as apprenticing tech. I may seem frustrated at times but i enjoy it just the same.

I attempted school in 2017 and ended up having to drop out. It was not something i was passionate about therefore i had a bit of a breakdown/meltdown during my practicum. I am a woman in trades, not an educational assistant. Thankfully while working my other job, i was approached by an auto shop that i got to regularly and bugged for years for a job and they have hired me and one if the mechanics there has agreed to take me on. I am so incredibly thankful. I am terrified to go back to school, so i have decided to take the much harder, but much cheaper route, and get my hours and challenge the test.

I still have the looming debt that follows me everywhere and i can never seem to get out if my head. I have had an extremely hard time paying it off and i am hoping that someone out there is willing to help me even just a little bit. Thank you!


  • Laura Vander Steen 
    • $100 
    • 3 mos


Kimberly Champion 
Vernon, BC
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