I am battling Lyme disease and need to raise $20,000 for treatment within the next two months.
This battle has been going on since the summer of 2011, although I didn't even know what I was suffering from until eighteen months ago because so many doctors had misdiagnosed me before I found a true expert.
For these past eight years, I have suffered from many symptoms that have drastically affected my life and my ability to be a writer, professor, and journalistic activist. The symptoms keep growing worse and worse.
Lyme disease can affect every organ and system in the body. I have mental fog, sometimes so heavy I can't remember my phone number, my son's birthday, or my direction home. My feet suffer from peripheral neuropathy, as if I were wearing tight iron moccasins. It keeps me awake at night, and sometimes forces me to use a cane because I only partly feel the ground beneath me.
I have blurred vision making it extremely difficult to read—obviously something crucial to my work. There is physical exhaustion lasting hours, sometimes days. I can't do anything but just lie there. Then there are the bouts of dizziness that have me staggering around the house and sometimes falling down. I get tremors in my hands, at times so violent that I can't text. I always have trouble typing. I am plagued with sleep disorders and serious intestinal problems. Many days I just generally feel terrible.
I had spent many thousands of dollars on alternative treatments—nearly ruining me financially—before I recently learned about hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). A patient lies in a chamber filled with pressurized pure oxygen, which when pressurized, reaches everywhere in the body, even into the bone and brain.
The organism that causes Lyme disease cannot tolerate pure oxygen and simply dies off. The treatment overwhelms the disease. HBOT not only kills off the Lyme organisms, but the oxygen actually repairs damaged nerves and other tissues. A patient may need as many as 60 sessions of HBOT, though sometimes fewer suffice.
The longer I go without proper treatment, the worse my symptoms will become because the Lyme disease gets harder and harder to stop.
Will you please help me raise $20,000 in the next two months for my life-saving HBOT sessions?
Thank you for any and all help you can give me as I struggle against this insidious disease.
Mark's nine years of suffering with Lyme disease have not only caused him untold pain, they have distracted him from his life's work, which is to help defend American democracy by urging people to snap out of the hypnotic trance induced by state and corporate power. For decades, Mark has pursued that work as a writer, teacher, actor and producer, always striving to reach as many people as possible. Many of us know of his efforts through News from Underground, his daily distribution of important news that has been blacked out or distorted by the corporate media. There's also the Forbidden Bookshelf series, which Mark created to bring back essential books that were variously killed at birth by higher powers.
Through such projects, Mark has worked with other activists worldwide, to break the spell of all that cunning propaganda, and ultimately bring down the machine that pumps it out. It is a daunting task, but Mark believes that it is possible, if more and more of us live up to Orwell's famous maxim, "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
Mark’s mission is more urgent than ever. Let’s all please help Mark get well for good so we can finally bring that revolution on!