Roslyn’s story goes back to when she was 21 years old…young, full of optimism with her whole life ahead of her. She was just finishing her university degree in Science (with honours) and was looking forward to a career helping others in the field of biomedicine.
Epilepsy – The Condition That Has No Answers
Then, Roslyn’s life took an unexpected turn. A traumatic assault triggered a series of seizures, which led to a diagnosis of EPILEPSY. Like 250,000 other Australian’s, she suffered with this debilitating condition - endless visits to neurologists, constant changes to medication, random seizures, inability to continue with her career and regular hospitalisation.
In 2006, the nature of Roslyn’s seizures dramatically changed, becoming more frequent and far more severe. Her condition was so bad that she was hospitalised every three to four days. Her medical team could not explain this development – they tried new medications and stronger doses, but nothing worked. A leading neurologist who was an expert in complex epileptic cases was consulted and he recommended that Roslyn undergo brain surgery. Although Roslyn went ahead with this life-threatening procedure, it did not provide the relief from her condition she, and her family, had hoped for.
The Lifelong Burden
Unfortunately, twelve years on, Roslyn’s condition has not improved. Her quality of life has been severely damaged. Roslyn cannot drive a car, isolating her from friends and services. She can’t work in her beloved field of science, nor hold any other form of employment. She struggles to read and write. Her brain is continuously fogged and confused. The thing that is most strange about her condition is that her seizures recur on a weekly cycle. Once again, her medical team cannot explain this phenomenon. Every week, when her seizure arrives she requires 36 hours of full care. She is unable to eat, to shower, to use the bathroom, to speak. She is sleepless, her body fidgets and her eyes stare into space.
A New Hope…With a Lyme Twist
Despite this, Roslyn and her tireless family persevered, and finally the mystery of this bizarre and debilitating medical condition was recently solved! Tests conducted by medical teams in Melbourne and in Germany show that Roslyn has contracted a rare range of bacterial infections and as a result has now been formally diagnosed with LYME DISEASE. This parasite-borne illness better explains the nature of her seizures and their weekly cycle. Furthermore, the timing of the onset of symptoms perfectly aligns with her overseas trip to Vietnam, where contracting such a disease is far more common.
With renewed energy, hope and a diagnosis that (finally!) fits her condition, Roslyn is now preparing for what will hopefully be the final chapter of this story. She has been accepted to a facility that is a world leader in Lyme Disease treatment, based overseas in Cyprus. There she will conduct a series of treatments and therapies over a course of weeks to strengthen her immune response and fight the infections that cause this disease. The facility has an outstanding success rate, particularly with individuals who have experienced the chronic effects of Lyme Disease over many years.
After a total of 22 years of fighting for her health, Roslyn now desperately needs our help!
The expenses of such a program are beyond reach for her and her family, who have exhausted themselves physically and financially for the last two decades. Her treatment, medical and travel expenses are expected to top $45,000.
A treatment window has emerged in April, 2018. With your help, let’s send Roslyn to Cyprus and change her life…
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