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Matthew Rizza- Miracle for Medical

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Hello. My name is Jeannie Rizza for those of you who don't know me. Sometimes in life circumstances come our way that are so heartbreaking and difficult there's no other option but to ask for help. Over a year and a half ago my oldest son Matthew who will be nineteen in November, became extremely ill almost overnight. He had difficulty breathing , horrible reflux, heartburn, and brainfog. Extreme (and I mean extreme) food sensitivities followed. He has had a colonoscopy, endoscopy, barium swallow checking his gallbladder and kidneys. His small intestines were checked for a condition called gastroparesis ( which he has). Hes seen an endocronlogist who confirmed Hashimotos. He was checked for cystic fibrosis, seen two lung specialists, seen allergists a pediactric cardiologist , been to the Ash center in NYC and seen a physician who specializes inadvanced metabolic medicine. Our primary physician who is also a lyme specialist originally and correctly diagnosed Matthew with a lyme coinfection called Babesia. She also last April diagnosed him with Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome caused from Biotoxin Illness. She and our clinical nutritionist agreed upon this diagnosis from genetic testing and specific bloodwork. In laymens terms about 25 percent of the population are unable to detox properly because of their genetic makeup. Once he was infected with this coinfection it compromised his immune system and now hes pretty much "allergic" to the world. He has heavy metals, mold and parasites which are hard to treat due to the leaky gut they have caused. Almost anything he injests sets off an instant inflammatory response throughout his body affecting him physically and cognitively. He is no longer able to shower at this time because of the chemicals in the water. He recently moved to his Grandfather's home due to the fact that there is no basement or high humidity there. He was told to do this awhile ago but it was difficult because he was still in school.This all sounds so hopeless BUT the good news is we have JESUS in our life. Without Him I wouldnt be able to function. He has brought us comfort through so many people I'm afraid I will forget to mention them all. Our family has been so generous and caring, we would have never survived financially especially without my dad. Co-workers and clients who have become dear friends have been so supportive again I know this was from GOD. Our lyme doctor has always been there responding to texts, emails and calls endlessly. We found an amazing clinical nutritionist from my new dear friend who has also been a blessing. Matts an extremely difficult case but we have great confidence and hope that he will beat this. In closing we need help financially to be able to get Matthew healed , however and whatever it may take. All specialists, supplements and eating only organic are obviously not covered. We are selling our home but sadly it isnt enough. Below is Matthews college essay written when he had hopes of attending college this fall. Unfortunately that wont be happening. Here is my sons perspective Thank you in advance for any help you can provide. GOD bless. ..


Food: amidst darkness, it is light. Amidst triviality, it is significance. Amidst a harrowing world, it is an airy delight, riddled with flavor - not to mention, comfort. Altogether, food is a wondrous thing. The beauty of food lies within its implied plurality. Despite singularity in structure and usage, the word “food” always manages to assume a state of diversity and tangibility. Never is it limited to a certain shape or size. Never is it restricted to the confining labels of sour or sweet. No - food knows no boundaries. In a cosmic sort of way, it is infinite. To the average person, all of this stands true. I am one of the exceptions.
Last December, on Christmas day, I sat motionless in my dining room chair. My mind was sludge and my breaths were labored. With droopy eyes, I looked at my dinner plate. It held my gaze. A vast, swirling wonderland of creaminess, the parmesan cheese danced atop a blanket of marinara and penne. Deceived by hunger, I reached for another bite of poison. My parents looked on in fear, trading worried whispers while they contacted our doctor. It was clear that something was very wrong with me.
Everything can change in a day.
Ever since that day, I have been diagnosed with Babesia (a lyme co-infection), which has led to leaky gut, gastritis, and severe food sensitivities. On the surface, nothing has changed. I would like to say that I’m healed, but I am not. I would like to say that I can eat whatever I want, but I cannot. What I can say is this: after pouring every ounce of hope into faith, and every ounce of faith into hope, I needed closure.
Everything can change in a day.
Recently, a friend of mine asked me a simple question, one that I have been avoiding for quite some time. The question was, “What if you don’t get better?”. Cringing at the thought, I blindly denounced the possibility. Then, I took a step back and reconsidered my life anew. For the better part of a year, I let my illness dominate every single situation. It was then that I realized the true meaning of this inquiry. It wasn’t a cynical interpretation of the future; it was a call to self-evaluation. Looking back, I watched as a lighthearted, carefree boy by the nickname of “Smiley” transformed into a depressed, defeated being. Besides becoming well-versed in the films of Quentin Tarantino, I had not progressed as a human. I was no longer curious to learn, no longer willing to explore the world. I was consumed by sickness. It will consume me no more.
The very thought of eking out a bleak existence, coupled with the fact that I was wasting my youth, lit a fire in me. It marked the dawn of a new era - a metamorphosis of mentality. Seclusion was no longer acceptable, for I had potential to prove, and people to help. With a new set of eyes and an infectious smile, I can confidently say that I am free from the shackles of suffering. Now, I live for the present, not for what lies ahead. I have also learned to live for both myself, and for others, too. That is why I have made it my life’s mission to utilize the knowledge I have gained along my journey in order to heal others and their afflictions, as well as mine.
As I write this essay, I am content in mind, yet relentless in spirit. I will not give up until I, and all of those I come into contact with, are healed. If I had any advice to give, it would be this: never underestimate the value of appreciation, because in a day, everything can change.
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Hi everyone, this is Matt! We are beyond grateful for all the support you have given us so far. Just wanted to provide a quick update regarding treatment, as well as an insight into my world. I have been continuing to receive IV infusions of glutathione and phosphatidlycholine to aid in eliminating heavy metals such as mercury and chromium, while also supporting the regeneration of cells. In the beginning of my IV treatments, I experienced what it felt like to be somewhat normal for a single day. It was nice. Very nice. Yet for some reason, it seems like my body develops a resistance to things very quickly. In other words, treatment is absolutely helping me in detoxification, but I am unable to feel the benefits, simply because my body had become so sensitive to virtually everything, so my theory is that it perceives most things as potential dangers. I am stuck in a chronic flight or fight response. This can be attributed to these sensitivities, which are gradually getting worse, to the point where if I drink a type of water (even a sip), or eat a type of food other than the one that my body seems to accept, I will be confined to my bed, experiencing full body weakness, anxiety, shortness of breath, etc... for literal DAYS. It is insane. I can not afford to make even a minute mistake, or else I will pay the price. So, my main issue now is the sensitivities. I have been trying my best to remediate these by adhering to a program called Dynamic Neural Retraining System. It consists of a series of videos in which you are taught how to think and act in light of potential triggers, for me, those being food/water/supplements/fragrances etc. It does work, but it is extremely hard for me, since I deal with constant heartburn and shortness of breath, so I need to think greater than how I feel. You need to be vigilantly strict with your thoughts and beliefs, and you need to immediately dissociate the thing that caused a reaction with the reaction itself, and instead, flood your brain with positive neurotransmitters by going back to a good memory from the past. It requires patience, and strict practice, but it helps. Alone, this is not enough to rid of my reactions, though. I have about 4-5 more IV sessions scheduled, and after that, the plan is to tackle the sensitivities. There are a number of modalities my doctor and a colleague of hers are considering using, including LDA/LDI (which introduce an allergen in small amounts, diluted in a solution), apharesis (blood cleansing to eliminate toxins and autoantibodies, plus lessen immune activation), and others. Also, I am continuing to receive colonics in addition to all of this. As you already know, it is all incredibly expensive, and I couldn’t have gotten this far without your overwhelming support, both emotionally and financially. It means the world to me and my family, and I cannot wait to give back one day. I feel horrible that I have no progress to show physically, due to my sensitivities, but please know that your support is making a HUGE difference, I just cannot feel it yet because my body is silly. But I got a taste of what it is like to feel even remotely decent, and I have to say I haven’t felt that in about 4 years, and I thank you all for that, even if it did not last long. In that moment, I could think, I had energy, I felt unburdened, and my vitality returned from its southern flight for the winter. Without a doubt, I am certain that I will feel good once again once my immune system is modulated. Once that happens, I can actually consume the things necessary for full body healing, then I will be back in action. It may take a long time, but I am prepared, and I will do whatever is necessary, along with my loving family. If it wasn’t for all of your support, and the grace of God, I wouldn’t have the courage, patience or hope to endure. To be honest, I did not think I had a chance to regain my life for the longest time. Just recently, I have experienced an indescribable sensation that tells me otherwise. Thank you all so much, and we will continue to keep you posted!
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Hello everyone. It's been awhile since we updated you on Matthews progress. I apologize for the delay hoping for more consistency regarding symptoms and treatment but his situation is complex and seems to be ever changing. We currently have a new doctor taking over Matt's overall treatment. She has a clinic with a wonderful staff and seems to be very confident in Matthews prognosis. She has taken a large amount of bloodwork initially and sent some of the specialty labs to Germany which revealed that Matthew has many metals and a large amount of glysophate (which is round up) a pesticide used on crops and foods. Apparently it has bound to a gene (SOD) which isnt allowing Matthew to detox properly. Because of his genetics which already were weak in this area, the babesia , working in a metal shop, having an innoculation around the time he got sick and other factors she felt it was the perfect storm. Matthew always had mild gastrointestinal issues growing up and after having him tested for celiac disease which came up negative we were told he had food sensitivities and it wasn't anything too serious. He was always able to have a normal productive life. We didn't know about any genetic component that was compromising his ability to flush things out until truly overnight his life has dramatically changed. So many things are affected when your "gut isn't function ing properly. At this time his food and environmental intolerance have heightened which is hard to comprehend. He was approved for the picline( which has been life saving)due to the chronic heartburn and breathing issues that arise whenever he injests anything. He had started detox through his pic line as well. Initially it was going well but sometimes the detox side effect is a,rash near the pic line. This happened to Matthew and so it had to be pulled out and a port was put in. Matthew is doing well with the port but we are not comfortable at this time to continue detoxing via the port in case the same problem should occur. He needs the TPN nutrician to survive. Matthew gets colonics twice a week which relieves his bowels and is a form of detox and is doing well with this. We are hoping as his body heals he will not need colonics. He will be getting another endoscopy , more genetic testing to determine if there's another mutation or syndrome that were unaware of amongst other diagnostic tests which we will discuss further with his physician. We feel we know what needs to be addressed but due to his extreme sensitivities it has been beyond challenging. We're hoping to calm down his inflammation first in order to treat the metals mold parasites and gastrointestinal issues. I have to say our son is our hero. Any parent watching their child suffer for a long period of time understands the pain the entire family feels. Even if your child is healthy as a parent just imagining this im sure touches your soul. Matthew sadly cheers myself up when I should be the stronger one encouraging him. He tries to be positive everyday battling breathing, eating, heartburn extreme fatigue and im sure loneliness. Honestly we can and do get very discouraged but I have to say because of our faith and our sons determination we know better days are ahead. You all have been so generous and have taken a huge burden off of us. It's hard enough to worry about your child's health and we are so grateful to be able to help Matthew in any way we can. This would have not been possible without all of your help. Again I have to thank my dad and family, friends and ofcoarse JESUS whom without we could not bare this. We love you all and look forward to celebrating his restoration.
God Bless
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Hi everyone! Matthew and our family are overwhelmed by the love and generosity you all have given us. Words cannot express the extreme gratitude we have for all family, friends, and people we have never even met. Once again the Lord through people gives us comfort, help and hope. During our darkest hour you all have given us light. Matthew is amazed by all of this and wants to thank each and everyone for taking a huge burden off this difficult situation. We want to update you are our most recent doctors appointment which took place today. Due to Matthew's inability to tolerate any food without creating a histamine response and extreme heartburn we are seeing a specialist in metabolic medicine tomorrow in hope for the approval of TPN.This will provide nutrician through either a port or intravenous enabling him to get the nutrients he needs by bypassing the stomache allowing it to heal. We are praying for approval from the insurance company and for the specialist to agree with what we and our primary physician feel is the next best step. We are also going to explore plasmapheresis which is a process in which the patients blood plasma is replaced with a pure solution of saline or albumin. From what I gathered it's a process when they cleanse the blood and put it back providing the best immediate relief. I'm hoping we can have this approved in the United States because our doctor mentioned a clinic in Germany which may be our best option to receive this. We're just taking one day at a time and are very hopeful that Matthew will be completely restored. Thank you for making these things possible. We love you all and God Bless.
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