Make James's Health Great Again

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Raised by 270 people in 8 months
My name's James Delingpole - writer, blogger, podcaster, total hero/person you love to hate...and now victim of Lyme disease.
It's that horrible thing you can get from diseased tick bites. If undiagnosed, like mine has been till now, it really messes you up
I suffer: brain fog, migraines, panic attacks, arthritis, crippling fatigue, insomnia, depression, shooting pains, plus one or two other things so embarrassing I'll spare your blushes. Oh, also I learned recently to my great delight - not -  it makes it more likely you're going to get cancer. And it won't go away: if it's not treated it's there forever and just gets worse and worse.
But I really don't want your sympathy - just your help nailing this pest once and for all.
Chronic Lyme is fiendishly complicated and expensive to cure - but it can be treated at specialist clinics, mostly in the US and Germany. These are all private, of course: the public healthcare system, such as the NHS, just doesn't want to know.
I hate asking for money, let alone so much. But friends familiar with the disease have warned me that this may be a long, costly journey. The cost of specialist treatment, travel expenses, drugs, supplements, dietary changes, disrupted work, and subclinical wellness measures can run into the tens of thousands. If - as is possible - my wife and kids infected, it will be more expensive still.
I'll keep you all posted how my treatments go. Whatever happens I promise to spend your money well: getting me back into fighting form so I can do all the things you know and love me for, rather than fading away into miserable self-pitying decrepitude...
And if there's anything left over after I'm fully cured I'll sort out my horrible teeth and buy my wife a proper holiday. If there's one thing (almost) worse than Lyme disease, it's living with a person who has got Lyme disease...
Anyway, thanks for caring: I appreciate all your thoughts, prayers, good wishes or whatever donation you care to make however small. And yes, it goes without saying that each and every one of you is my Only Special Friend and there are no others...Honest!
One more thing for my American Special Friend: £100 = $130 or, put another $100 = £77
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Hello, lovely everybody. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU so much for your kind thoughts and generosity and concern. By now you should all have had messages thanking you personally - and if you haven't then this is a horrible oversight rather than ingratitude. If you were thinking of donating and haven't done so yet, let me ask you a favour - or, indeed, if you're American a favor: go to my Patreon instead which you'll find here https://www.patreon.com/user?u=13938649 The reason for this is good news rather than bad. Thanks to everyone's generosity I think I have enough to see me on the way to recovery from Lyme. Well I hope I do. As I've said before it's one of those conditions that can be fiendishly hard to cure - and if I have some terrible relapse I might have to rethink. But what I don't want to do is find myself in the embarrassing position of trespassing on your generosity and raking in loads of money for treatment that isn't needed. If you're going to give me money - and trust me, you should: it's a great idea - I'd much rather it was as a reward/incentive for the work I do, than just because I was unlucky enough to get bitten once by an infected tick. So that's why, even though I've only raised half of my original target, I'm going to suspend donations. Consider it a sign of faith that the treatment I've had so far may be working: though I gather I won't know for at least a year. I'm certainly feeling much better in my head anyway - much more positive, which is half the battle. I'll give you a much fuller account of my Lyme experiences in a piece I'm doing for the Mail and which I'll link to here. But here's what's great: thanks to all of you my life is back on track again. I no longer get that horrible feeling I used to get every single day from the moment I awoke until the moment I went to bed that my useful life was drawing to an end, that my health was going to carry on failing, and that I had no old age to looking forward to because I'd be so messed up with health problems by then it wouldn't be worth living. So cheers, everyone. You've helped save my bacon.
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Thank you lovely friends for your kindness and generosity which is touching, humbling and life-affirming! I've been learning some interesting things about Lyme - not the least of which is the bizarre reluctance of the medical establishment to take this horrendous silent epidemic seriously. In the US there are now estimated to be 300,000 new cases a year; it's rife in Germany; increasingly prevalent in the UK. Yet a lot of regular doctors just don't want to know. Definitely one of my new missions, with your support, is to spread the word. For every bile-fuelled message I get from haters telling me "Chronic Lyme doesn't exist" I hear the personal stories of people whose lives have been ruined by it. Not so long ago the medical establishment believed stomach ulcers were caused by stress - in other words they were a form of mental illness. Then along came Marshall and Warren who proved it was caused by helicobacter pylori - in the teeth of fierce opposition by a medical establishment which just knew (because all the text books said so) they were talking nonsense... Anyway, the Lyme deniers have picked a fight with the wrong person. Thanks again for all your support. And remember - keep Making James's Health Great Again!
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