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Help Sarah with Infusion Thearpy

$1,600 of $2,700 goal

Raised by 20 people in 1 month
Created November 7, 2018
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My name is Sarah Carpenter; I have been suffering from multiple chronic illnesses for the last two years. It is never easy and quite embarrassing to ask for help but after prayer, my family and friends have encouraged me to reach out. I am asking for help to pay for medical treatment not covered by insurance. Because of my health, my mother and Steven have been stretched to the limit financially and can no longer take on any out of pocket expenses. Since I’m unable to work, I am pursuing disability services and have a lawyer working on my case, but the state of Washington has about a 500-day wait for a hearing.  

 
As many of you know, I had a hysterectomy in Jan of 2017. During recovery, we found out I had a reactivation of the Epstein Barr virus and never got better. I was forced to quit the job I loved and focused on my health.  About 3 months later, after seeing many different “oligist” I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. In addition to pain, I have also experienced many of the other health issues that come along with it. My doctors have tried a variety of medications and therapies, but nothing has worked.  I tried to go back to work in spring 2018 but after a few weeks, I was back in the hospital for 4 days. In March of 2018, I was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis which added another layer to the pain and fatigue from Fibromyalgia. My doctors have been monitoring blood tests over the past two years and discovered that I have two viruses that alternate reactivating and most likely was ill before the hysterectomy. I’m currently on a 6 month trial of anti-viral medication to see if we can lessen the fatigue and other effects of the viruses, but nothing is helping the pain.

The last time I was pain-free and functioning was following a sedated colonoscopy.  Since my health issues have made me resistant to sedation drugs they tried a cocktail that included Ketamine. This cocktail not only worked to sedate me during the procedure but improved my depression drastically and I was pain free.  Battling Treatment Resistant Depression since I was a teen, it felt like a miracle to see that the “fog” lifted for a few weeks. The effects of the medication allowed me to function for about 3 months with little pain

As you can imagine, I have a large number of doctors on my care team and we have decided to pursue an Infusion Therapy that includes Ketamine. Because the treatments are still relatively new, they are not yet covered by most insurance companies. Each infusion is $450. In the first two weeks, it is recommended the patient receive 4 infusions.  Next is 2 more infusions during the next two weeks.  This is called the loading phase. After the first 6 infusions, it is unknown how often a patient will need treatment in order to maintain the positive effects. Some people need boosters every month, some every few months, and others only a couple of times a year. Because of my previous success with the Ketamine cocktail, we expect positive results. 

 
As stated before, it’s never easy to ask for help but after two years we’re hoping these infusions will provide some relief so I can get some of my life back. I can start treatment as early as next week allowing me to finish just in time for the holidays.

If you are unable to give financially, we would appreciate your thoughts, prayers, and shares. Thank you for your continued love and support.

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Tomorrow will be two weeks since my 4th Ketamine treatment! 2 more to go!
We still haven’t hit our GoFundMe Goal but am hoping to use Christmas and Birthday money to help cover the costs of the last two treatments. Things were getting so bad we decided to go ahead and start treatment without having the full amount and I’m so so glad we did!
I honestly can’t believe I am still functioning. I’m so thankful this treatment is working.
Steven and my Mom noticed a change almost right away with others to follow! Lately I can tell the pain is slowing getting worse, but I’m still leaps and bounds from where I was. I’m pretty sure I did more Thanksgiving weekend with Mom and Steven than I had in the 2 past holidays combined. I was really feeling the after effects of the fatigue so am working hard on retraining my brain to slow down. Just because I’m feeling so good doesn’t mean my body can be superwoman. Halfway through a lap around the dog park without my walker Steven and I were impressed, so impressed I did it again the next day. I didn’t plan on not having the walker with me but had to take it out of the car for more room at Thanksgiving. Somedays I can’t put my finger on how I’m feeling, but then we have experiences like that which would not be possible before starting infusions. Since starting my Infusions I’ve been able to help a friend online and become a Virtual Assistant, and most importantly take better care of myself & home. For the first time in so long my mind is daydreaming and planning for the future. I’ve even worn makeup on a few outings!

I just wanted to update y’all on how things are going and thank you again for all your support.
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Just wanted to say thank you again to everyone that has donated and shared! We have raised enough for two infusion treatments!!!
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Raised by 20 people in 1 month
Created November 7, 2018
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