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Mike's Battle & Medical Expenses

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Mike Kennon  PLANT CITY, FL
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Hi, my name is Mike Kennon, when I was young (age 10) my father died of a brain tumor, 2 years later my mom remarried a man that was mentally and physically abusive and I started running away. Adding to those challenges, I was sick. Was on Ritalin from 5 to 14, had adhd,  severe food and inhalant allergies. As I got older, the illness got worse, but since it was so difficult to diagnose, I went into denial.

From my teens to mid-twenties bad lifestyle choices compounded my health problems, and then my wife and I were exposed to mold in 2003 creating a 'severe exacerbation' (docs words) of my symptoms.

I was finally diagnosed with systemic candidiasis in 2012 (yeast showed up in lab results when I was 14 years old and may now be in my bloodstream). Read what the CDC says about Invasive Candidiasis. This describes me to a tee! https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/candidiasis/invasive/definition.html) The doctor said this could have been in my body since birth, and could be fatal if left untreated.

For me, this disease often mimics dyslexia and dementia making it very difficult to function and created a laundry list of symptoms and infections, including sinus infections, ear infections, lung infections and others--which I have been on antibiotics every year for over 20 years (sometimes more than once a year and often when I was younger). In my early teens, I had what the doctor called a symptom switch; to chronic fatigue, chronic depression and chronic bronchitis, to now, sinus pressure, a constant tension headache since 2010, inflammation, gerd, a bleeding ulcer in my esophagus, severe brain fog, severe tinnitus, bleeding, raised body temperature, shortness of breath and plantar fasciitis.

I've actually filed for disability with Social Security with more than enough proof and documentation (from several very highly respected doctors and labs) but was denied (no explanation and cannot afford an attorney to fight it). In 2010, Dr Allan Lieberman, North Charleston, SC did a 4.5 hour consult and gave me a several page yeast eradication plan. The cost for the yeast eradication plan that I need could easily exceed 14k!

Currently, with all the tests, drugs, supplements and diets (just to stay functional), we cannot afford to fight this illness. 

Unfortunately, almost all my family is now gone--also from health issues (mom, dad, aunts, uncles, and grandparents--both sides). 

The financial burden of fighting a seemingly endless battle has been overwhelming. Any help is greatly appreciated, along with your prayers and support! Again, thank you so much in advance !!

PS, something, anything,...$5 will help!

Please read recent updates for full disclosure of where the donations will be going, history and progress. Even small donations will go toward maintenance and just staying functional. If I can meet my goal, I will continue treatment and help pay down some of the debt that has been occurring for years due to my illness. Doctors, hospitals, tests, lab work and treatment have already exceeded in the hundreds of thousands!
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Update 6
Posted by Mike Kennon
1 month ago
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Thanks to Operation Sight, I have an appointment to get cataracts removed!

I've been feeling better the last couple weeks. Unfortunately was sick right after Christmas until then.

The daily regiment picture is just some of the products that has been helping (aka about $7000 a year!)... oils, veg juicing, Reliv, green stuff, etc; also, trying to stay active and get sun!

I still need your help! If not financially, then by spreading the word, especially with a doctor in alternative medicine. I have not gotten into detail about my symptoms because it's waaay too lengthy (I'll save that for the docs); however, I have my medical history ready to be emailed to a doctor, facility or med school that would be willing to take me on!

PS, when it rains, it pours: Besides for things deciding to break all at once in our house recently, we still have not been able to afford to fix the AC unit for our house and summer's coming. We do have a 1995 Ford Mustang GT Convertible for sale or trade for new AC. No AC is like an incubator for my disease so the car has to go!
https://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/cto/6042174383.html
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Update 5
Posted by Mike Kennon
3 months ago
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Yeast Eradication Plan for Mike's Battle

Thanks again for your donations and support! It's been tough for me to share because this has been a very difficult and personal battle! It's probably also why I work for myself. When I get sick, I can deal with it myself and I've always 'looked' healthy, so very few people knew.

I don't want to put too much emphasis on my symptoms cause my strength comes from the Lord, not my circumstances, but the fact is, I'm still spending a little over a third of the year in bed and it's breaking my spirit.

As you may have read in my previous update, one of the suggestions someone made was to talk with a university professor at a med school, and I will continue to make that effort.

In the past, I have consulted with many doctors, facilities or investors willing to take on my health case but it's getting to the point that I may need an intercessor! And, trying to get this covered under an 'affordable' insurance plan (or covered at all) has been--and continues to be--futile!

A couple days after Christmas I got sick (again). Most people that have issues (let's say, brain fog, fatigue, gerd, hay fever, sinus infections, allergies, inflammation, trouble breathing, etc) complain about them one at a time. Unfortunately, for me, it's systemic, so when one attacks, they all attack! and my body and brain just shut down!

As you may have read, I was the sickest from 2008 to 2014, and did not function well, putting myself at about 35% functional and spent almost 7 months in bed; spent all our savings and was unable to work full time. And then, like the last 40 years, all the sudden my body and mind rebound and I'm better... until the next attack.

I shared some of my history and struggles and now want to share some of my plans for better health, especially if it helps anyone with sinus infections or something similar to what I suffered from.

Last week, I contacted a doctors office that I had gone to in the past and asked them if I could share their 'yeast eradication plan' because I think it could help others and let those contributing know where the funds are going. They informed me that they could provide a general outline but cautioned about sharing the cost and procedure(s) since every individual is different. The cost for the plan I need has actually gone up to 14k 'due to the substantial increase in the cost of everything but especially the preservative free injectables required for IV therapy because they are specialty compounded.' He also reminded me that this is what it 'could cost'. Most people are not nearly as sick as my body is.

Here's a comment from one doctors office, 'sinus problems almost always being of fungal origin (Mayo Clinic study- I think- found 96% of chronic sinusitis cases are fungal) - antibiotics don't help with yeast & body fungi.' I share this because sinus infections are common, until it gets in your blood (and then, you become like Mike). Again, mine have become systemic--so I have issues throughout my body.

As I've also mentioned, I've had infections every year for over half of my life and antibiotics only made it worse (they feed candida infections), so, my options are limited. For me, anti-fungal medications are not yet an option because my body is too sick and rejects them (actually put me in the hospital...twice). So, really, the only option I know (without treatment) is diet. Like a plant based diet. Or, eating food with only one ingredient. That means, no bread, no processed foods or drinks and nothing that feeds candida: no wheat, sugar, milk, limited fruit or fruit juices. No alcohol or vinegar-containing foods--such as mayo, pickles, ketchup, etc. No antibiotics or over the counter meds that can feed candida. And, from what I've been told, could take 2 years (of this diet!) to wean me off candida!

If I can make one suggestion to anyone, it would be to concentrate on what you can have and crowd out what you can't have. I know from experience how hard it is to not be able to eat what I call the typical 'American diet', especially when you're young. When I was in my teens, I went on an anti-fungal diet and took Nystatin, but it was already too late and went into septic shock.

What I'd rather concentrate on is what I CAN have, which is plant food; some fruit, vegetables, proteins (small amounts of meat without antibiotics or growth hormones is OK--if not allergic), nuts and seeds (except peanuts and pistachios), good healthy oils, whole grains that are not processed and that do not contain yeast or sugar and there are several beverage options. From what I understand alkaline, ionized water is a very good healer, along with many types of herbs and essential oils (pretty much what the Bible tells me...and I believe).

My body was either born sick or quickly became sick at an early age, and I've been battling it ever since! So now, the only way for me to recover, is with help.
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Update 4
Posted by Mike Kennon
3 months ago
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Someone gave me a good idea yesterday and I think it's about the only thing I haven't tried! She suggested talking to a university medical professor, maybe be a house project.

In sharing this on gofundme, let me also share my motives; to ask for your help so that I can continue what I'm doing and to seek out suggestions and or referrals and then share my findings to help others.

This would hardly be the 1st time I've tried to 'donate' or 'sacrifice' myself for the cause, but haven't thought about a med school. I've looked into clinical trials but those scare me. Like I mentioned previously, I've lost track of how many traditional docs I've been to, but have been to--or conferred with--some of the top specialists in the country!

So, that got me thinking... candida can be a source of medical issues and health problems for a lot of people. I'd like to share my journey and start submitting it to doctors, facilities or professors willing to take me on.

I have to be honest, I gave up on a proper diagnosis and getting treatment a long time ago (I always dreamed I was going to be on Mystery Diagnosis--once I was cured)! Read what the CDC says about Invasive Candidiasis. This describes me to a tee! https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/candidiasis/invasive/definition.html

I'll try to be as brief as I can (although, if you haven't noticed, once I get started I tend to get carried away), but let me share some of my history.

From 5 to 14, I was on Ritalin. At this time my mom did not know about diet or inhalant allergies, so I ate what I wanted...like bowls of sugary cereal every morning, peanut butter sandwiches for lunch and more comfort food at night (lots of milk, sugar, and wheat).

From about age 6 til about age 10 or so, mom took me to countless docs including psychiatrists. I was diagnosed with ADHD and severe food and inhalant allergies.

By 1974 (age 13), my mom became an advocate for food and inhalant allergies. She went to work for Dr Gary Oberg in Crystal Lake, IL, a diagnostician, allergist, and immunologist. She became a dietitian, certified nutritionist and I spent a great deal of time under their care for the next several years.

Around 19, I was told by a doctor that I was so deficient in (I believe) magnesium, B? and I think it was fatty acids? that I would not make it to 20.
Soon after, I did a detox program under the care of Dr Gary Stone in Northbrook, IL. Several more tests all the way til about age 39 showed almost identical results.

To follow would be cytotoxic testing, thyroid tests, parasite test, hair, blood, urine, stool samples, etc; elimination diets, multiple controlled and restricted diets, fasts, yeast eradication diets (die off effect was brutal on me). Tried everything on healthfood store shelves and for the next 33 years, my mom excelled in her field and did everything she could to help me. For years, if not the next few decades, I tried to eat right, take supplements and treat holistically but to no avail.

My mom was highly decorated, acknowledged and respected for all her contributions included a book she wrote called 'The Allergy Survival Guide and Cookbook', by Janice Beima (mom) and Carolyn Stone (a good friend and associate of my mothers).

Unfortunately, my mother passed away in 2009, but even the doc she worked for said she left 5 drawer filing cabinets scattered throughout his building that they still refer to and help others with today! She helped countless people for decades when they had given up all hope. Unfortunately, I was not one of them.

In 2010, I did a 4.5 hour consult with Dr Allan Lieberman ( http://www.coem.com/), even had a historian go thru my past prior to arriving. Soon after I tried a month long yeast eradication diet (no milk, sugar, wheat and basically ate and drank a Biblical diet--which, I had tried before). Dr Liebermen said that I may have had this in my body since I was born and it may take a controlled environment and program (over $14k) for me to recover.

(And sorry for being so lengthy and redundant) By 2010, I was so sick that it landed me in the ER, twice. Symptoms were vast and lengthy and I put myself at about 35% functional and began a dialogue with several specialists from my past. In 2012, I became inspired to start vegetable juicing after watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead ( http://fatsickandnearlydead.com/ -- which I highly recommend watching!) and estimate it put me back to 50% functional but still had all my symptoms. In 2014, I started on a product that I believe is what's keeping me alive today (read that story at http://youtosuperyou.com/my-story/ ).

BUT, my saga continues and is a very lonely one. Only the (alternative health) docs that know my history (and, there are several) and patients going thru this can relate.

I'm not going to give up and if there is a cure, I hope I can be one to help and inspire others. But, again, this is something I'm done dealing with alone. No choice.

Thanks again for any contributions, listening and please feel free to share this and make contact with me!
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Update 3
Posted by Mike Kennon
3 months ago
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Happy New Year !!

Thought I'd just share a little bit of what's been going on this week. We had a wonderful Christmas with family but I got sick right after Christmas, same as last year. I'll spare you the gory details but just say I wouldn't wish this disease on my worst enemy and want to share in case I can help prevent it from happening to someone else!

Ever since I was diagnosed with systemic candidiasis, I've been researching it a lot (here's one description... 'A candida infection that spreads throughout the body. If it invades major organs such as the brain and heart, death may result. It is rare in healthy individuals and tends to occur in immunocompromised individuals. The disorder is difficult to diagnose as it can invade almost any organ of the body and hence the symptoms are hugely variable.'). Here's the CDC definition... https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/candidiasis/invasive/definition.html

My interpretation or best way to explain it is by telling someone I have severe allergies and or sinus infections, but is not caused by bacteria or inhalants it is caused by diet (and unfortunately for me my immune system is so compromised my infections are often, as one doc put it, 'bacterial, versus viral, verses fungal').

As I explained before, this disease is treatable, however, I may have had this in my body for 50 years so it's not going to be a quick or easy fix.

So, before any of you has to start their own 'gofundme' campaign, I implore you to watch your diet! Personally, I'm focusing on what I can have and my goal is to crowd out what I can't have. Cause here's a short version of what I'm dealing with: I spent about half my entire week in bed--unable to breathe, focus or function. On Thurs right after I woke up, I sneezed continuously from morning until that eve, when I finally plugged my nose and tried to sleep--virtually until Fri morn... and that's a new 'old' symptom!

Again, anything you can donate really helps and I'm grateful to those who have contributed. I'm still seeking out an investor or doctor willing to take me on. If you've read the http://youtosuperyou.com/my-story/ you know what has worked best for me the last couple years. Most healthy people spend less than $5 a day on this stuff. Me? I have to take it when my symptoms occur which is about every 3 hours and about 5+ times that of a healthy person. But again, I can't even do this without your help!
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