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Fukushima Survivor and Chronic Lyme Warrior

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Raised by 9 people in 3 months
Created October 5, 2018


At the end of March 2018,  I went hiking off the trails to the hidden sinkholes in Florida, with my boyfriend. Before I knew it I was covered by 15 ticks. Unfortunately they were nymphs and I didn’t recognize all of them and until a couple of days later. Flu like symptoms hit me about a week later. Raging fever, nausea, vomiting, extreme joint pain, fatigue, myalgia, mental confusion and the list goes on. I thought I had the Flu. After visiting the first doctor, she refused to put me on antibiotics even though I told her the story on how I was covered in ticks. Instead she sent me for an emergency ultrasound on my abdomnen that was $400.00 and refused
to give me the standard blood work to test for any tick borne illnesses.

I didn’t find a doctor who would start me on antibiotics until three weeks later.  They only tested me for Erhlichosis and the Elisa for the Lyme test instead of the standard western blot test. One negative erhlichosis test and two negative (Elisa) Lyme tests later, my doctors began to treat me like I’m crazy. Of course this is after raking up my medical expenses by almost 9,000 after just two visits. 

Not only did I have to battle this violent disease alone, I was accused of being a drug addict by my employer. One of my former supervisors showed up at my house during my approved sick leave and accused me of being a drug addict after months of having to endure a hostile work environment,
I was forced to resign in early July.

Current Status
Unfortunately, during the time I became ill, my mother claimed to have no revolution of the exreme abuse I suffered as a child. I do not have a stable family member in my life at this moment and could really use your support.  I’ve lost my career, my family, my friends, my security, my savings, and almost my sanity through out this entire process.  But I refuse to give up. After eight months of excruciating pain, I have begun alternative therapy. I haven’t seen much improvement yet but I’m damn determined to get back to Nature!
If you have any questions, concerns or are looking for a new friend please don’t hesitate to contact me❤️ 

Please share or donate if you can. Thank you so much

33522748_1542171604232712_r.jpeg33522748_1542171731641332_r.jpegCurrent Symptoms:

 I am beginning  to have extreme light sensitivity in my eyes, that is mainly effecting my right eye. 
My knees are still swelling and feel like they’re being stabbed with shooting pains all down my legs.
My shoulders ache so bad, deep in their sockets and bones and my fever continues to spike through out the day.
I fall over all now all of the time and I’m in tears every time I have to move.


Hope

The instilled stubbornness continues to push me to go outside everyday. Whether it’s for five minutes or five hours, I push myself to continue to do the things I have always enjoyed. I refuse to let this disease ruin my dream of working one day as a nature conservationist. Never give up and I hope you find your inner stubbornness to keep fighting too. Thank you so much for your time!
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Update 3
Posted by Rebecca Oakley
2 months ago
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Thank you so much for all of your support!!! I can’t thank you enough from the bottom of my heart. I was able to pay off quite a bit of my medical bills today, and I am now anxiously saving up for an Igenex test. The Igenex test is much more sensitive when testing for tick borne illnesses than the standard CDC tests. Unfortunately, my health insurance doesn’t cover the cost of the test and it is $2,418.50. After I’m able to get my igenex test, I’m hoping to start intravenous antibiotics as soon as possible. Today I found out that since I’ve lost my job due to my health issues, I’m no longer eligible for health insurance in 2019. Since Florida doesn’t offer Medicaid, I was informed my only option would be to go to the health department. I’m now in a time crunch to get treated as soon as possible before I fully lose my health insurance in January. Thank you again for your support and please continue to share my story if you can ❤️. I love you all.
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Update 2
Posted by Rebecca Oakley
2 months ago
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Still fighting fevers and muscle and joint pain. I haven’t been able to afford to see a doctor yet. It feels like it’s scratched but I’m not really sure. I do know, tick borne illnesses are no joke and I’d give anything to be healthy again. If you wouldn’t mind sharing the post I’d be greatly appreciate. Thank you and keep
Hiking ❤️
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Update 1
Posted by Rebecca Oakley
3 months ago
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Below are just a few examples, of the ongoing medical bills that keep coming in. I was naively unaware that I would be informed of my copays on my labwork, and I also mistakenly assumed since I paid over $500.00 a month alone on health insurance that there were no extra copays on labs. Not to mention how drastically high my copays were to see specialists. I was hit with a $150.00 copay fee every time and I paid for all of it. Sometimes my symptoms were so bad I had to see a specialist more than once a week. I’ve been paying my own way since I was 16. It’s absolutely heartbreaking that I’m having to ask for your help. If you have a few seconds to share my story I would sincerely appreciate it.

Thank you for your time and all of your support❤️❤️
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