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Raised by 72 people in 12 months
This is so difficult to even write.  This past year began as an adventure and ended a nightmare.  I am also so grateful to many of you reading this who have been there every day emotionally supporting me through this journey, talking to me on the phone or at the gym, and helping me get to the bottom of all of this. 
Anyone who has been in daily contact with me has watched over the last year as my health has slowly deteriorated.  It began as migraine headaches of increasing frequency and severely until it became daily, debilitating migraines.  Along with the migraines came chronic fatigue, back and neck pain, nerve pain in my ribs, tingling in my head, neck, back, and hands, cognitive deficits such as difficulty with language processing, attention, and tremors.  I began to have personality changes like being afraid to go out for fear it might hit me while going grocery shopping or getting my hair done and I became anxious and depressed.  This increasingly alarming situation landed me in the ER and countless doctors and alternative doctors' offices where no one could figure out what was going on.  Finally things reached a tipping point when two weeks ago I was rushed to the hospital for a seizure I had while working a gymnastics meet.
I was beyond desperate for answers and began pouring over resources which ultimately led me to search for toxin exposure and environmental causes.  At this point, I searched my home and found black mold in the garage which came from a previous leak in the master bedroom window.  Upon professional inspection it was confirmed that we had pathogenic mold growing  in the master bedroom wall and carpet lining the wall next to my bed. We are unable to stay in the home until mold mitigation and remediation is completed, the carpet in the house has to be completely removed and replaced, the HVAC system has to be HEPA cleaned, we have to get rid of our mattresses, pillows and any porous organic item that could provide a food source to the spores all before we can return home.  On top of that we have mounting medical bills from my innumerous tests and ER visits. This is why it is with humility and urgency that we ask for your help. Thank you so much to you, my village, for your consideration and support during this very difficult time.
Just as an update on my health and our status:  I have been out of the house for one week and can already feel a difference.  I have not had any new onsets of migraine headaches or  seizure-like occurrences  which is pretty miraculous considering the past six months.  I do still have some of the other immune response  issues and will be continuing medical care.  We have learned that a genetic predisposition is what can cause such toxic reactions in certain individuals, which can be deadly.
We are staying in my mom's basement until this can be resolved and some good friends have offered to provide temporary homes for our pets.  We are scattered and commuting like crazy, but we are out of the toxic environment and together.
This whole experience has given me a new appreciation for life and health, and I beg you to check your homes for mold and be very diligent about water damage. To learn more about mold and mold illness you can check out the following website: 
http://www.survivingmold.com/
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We wanted to post an update to thabk everyone and to keep every in the loop as to what has been going on.

First, I am feeling much better as I have not had any migraines or seizures since we left the house, I have started my medication, and I am going to see a biotoxin specialist next week for further treatment.

We have begun remediation and have gotten rid of the contaminated items like carpets and mattresses.

We were able to decrease our goal by 3900 after getting approved for our home insurance claim!

We have covered the remediation and floors and are now trying to wrap up our campaign looking to fund mattresses, HVAC cleaning, and junk haul away.

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and shared our story. The support and generosity has been so overwhelming and we are so very grateful to each and every one of you!
Please share our story if you can,
With lots of love and gratitude,
The Garcias
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