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Please help my sister

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Raised by 48 people in 5 months
Created October 24, 2018
“Ever heard of this??" Me either...until my sister Melanie was diagnosed with it!!

Please help my sister!!
Melanie is a smart, fun, beautiful, compassionate, generous person, who lights up a room when she enters. She is an artist, she loves people and gives a lot of her time to help and support others. Sadly, Melanie suffers from severe Crohn’s disease with several Perianal Fistula tracks accompanied by Chronic Internal Abscesses. She has spent almost three decades living with Crohn’s Disease and its escalating and very painful complications. Her medical treatments are very expensive and they are mentally, physically and financially exhausting her. I am praying that with your help we will raise the money needed for her to continue the treatments that are currently helping her, and send her to another country for medical treatments that are not available in Canada.

In order to explain why your help is so important, let me first tell you what a fistula is. In her case, it is a hole in the colon; that goes from the inside to the outside of the body (which was created by an internal abscess). The body is smart, it created a fistula tract to get the Infection out. However, this is very painful and dangerous for a multitude of reasons. Having fistula tracks puts you at high risk for sepsis (blood poisoning), organ failure and dangerously low blood pressure. They also have the potential to create passageways inside the body to the organs or anywhere else, which can create all sorts of issues in the body. Melanie currently has three holes in her colon, with very complex fistula tracks that have branched out several times. She now has nine external holes (tracks that lead to the outside of her body). She has four Seton drains installed to ensure that the toxins have a way out.
Melanie has had seven surgeries in the last year. All related to her Crohn’s disease, fistulas and their many complications. Western medicine does not have a cure, all they can do is try to minimize the damage being done to her body. She deals with severe chronic abdominal pain and cramping. This illness causes her to have bowel movements up to 15 times a day. She looses a tremendous amount of blood, and is intermittently anaemic as a result (requiring iron infusions at the hospital). This illness is also affecting other parts of her body. She has issues with her vision (inflammation in her eyes/requiring surgery) as well as arthritis, and a painful skin condition that flares up with her Crohn's.

Melanie is determined to heal all of this. She has found many complimentary treatments and therapies that she is using in conjunction with western medicine. These treatments are helping her tremendously!! We have seen so much improvement doing them all together that it fills us with hope! With much research Melanie has found a doctor in India that offers a specialized fistula treatment. Clinical studies show a 95-97% success rate curing Fistula’s with this treatment. “Many people who have been cured had similar stories to mine.” – Melanie

This treatment could drastically change her quality of life and even provide a cure for her most serious complications. Western medicine has no cure for fistulas, in fact statistics show that the surgical procedures offered here in Canada for fistulas are more likely to not be successful. This treatment in India is not available here in Canada, but it has cured many people that were in the same peril as Melanie is now. With your help, we hope to send Melanie to India for a procedure called Kshar-sutra to be performed by Dr. Prasad Bapat of Pune, India. This doctor has over 21 years of experience treating/healing fistula tracks.
*see bottom of page for excellent video explanation of Kshar-sutra)

About The Treatment
The three main objectives of Kshar-sutra are; the removal of infection, destruction of the fistula track and the creation of healthy tissue. This particular doctor has had success treating patients from Canada, the US and all over the World. Many of his patients were so blown away by this treatment and their results that they posted video testimonials on Dr. Bapats website. Melanie has spoken with two Canadians and three Americans who have successfully had this treatment, in order to answer all of her questions (links at bottom of page). This treatment does not come without some risk but the success rates are huge!! When you have had health problems for as long as Melanie has, without relief... surgery after surgery, after surgery...and then see and hear about these amazing results…well... Sometimes you need to trust and move forward with faith, especially when this doctor specializes in her areas of concern. Melanie has been in the western medicine model for a very long time. Although it helps many people with many different aliments, she is one of the people who have fallen through the cracks. Her doctors are running out of options. One of her specialists went as far as to say “Western medicine has failed you.” This medicine is not the only medicine available or the only recognized form of treatment out there. Melanie sees the value in western medicine as well as many other forms of treatment. She plans on continuing to try to heal with the help of western medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. She also has plans to document her trip and treatment in India, in order to raise awareness and help advocate to create changes where our system is lacking the ability to help people like her.

Melanie is only 41 years old and has more diagnosed conditions than I can count on my fingers. Is it with great sadness that we have do this, but we are so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to ask for your support to help her fight this fight so she doesn’t have to do it on her own!! Melanie has tried to work and function for the last 20 years, right up until all of these surgical procedures over the last year. She is determined to heal and takes stellar care of her body. Now it is time for her to rest, heal, and conquer this illness once and for all!!

Below there are some links about the treatment in India as well as the treatments she is currently doing in Canada. I have included a link for a blog done by a Canadian woman who has done this Ayurvedic treatment with great success to heal her fistulas just last year as well as two others who have also had success. I have also provided a break down that details all of the costs associated within the amount we are asking for in order to obtain this treatment for my sister. There are 1,521,000 people in Calgary alone, If 50,000 people donated one dollar we would meet our goal for treatment for less than it would cost to buy a coffee or tea.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read my sisters story. If you are able to please donate and help her on this journey (any amount is a blessing) to change her heath and therefore her life. Melanie, myself, our family and all of the people who love her would be so grateful. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

**If you or someone you know is dealing with similar health issues and would like to ask Melanie any questions about her surgeries, medications, treatments or about India, please reach out. She would be happy to answer any questions you may have

Break down of financial help we asking for:
Some of the costs mentioned include Melanie’s husband, who will be taking two months off of work to travel with her and act as her medical attendant through the two month duration of her KsharSutra treatment.
Kshar - Sutra Treatment cost - $10,000
Herbs to assist with Crohn’s disease ($200 per week, for a duration of 8 weeks) - $1,600.00 ,
Testing required throughout treatment – $2,000.00
(Multiple tests over 8 week period, paid by patient each test, each time, MRI’s, X-Rays, blood work and Fistulogram. MRI’s are about $300 each time.)
Wound care and medical supplies; wound dressings, safe/sterile needle kits for testing. Gloves for wound care. - $200.00
Travel Vaccines for Melanie and Steve (Such as: Dukerol, Japanese Encephalitis, Tetanus, Hepatitis, Typhoid, Malaria, Azithromycin, Imodium, Electrolytes) - $3,000.00
Additional medications required for this treatment include; pain killers, anti-nausea, electrolytes, and gravol. - $400.00
Travel Visa’s for Melanie and Steve - $300.00
Flights: Round Trip from Canada to India for Melanie and Steve. - $4,800.00
Accommodations (two months) in a clean hotel that can accommodate Melanie’s special diet required through the duration of treatment - $10,000.00
*This hotel is recommended by other Canadians who travelled to India and successfully completed KsharSutra.
Food (for two people for two months) - $6,960.00
*It has been recommended by previous patients to eat in a reputable restaurant only, as the standards of cleanliness differ from ours. The restaurant in this hotel was highly recommended for the special diet required through the duration of treatment;
Money to pay someone to stay in their home to watch their puppies for two months, shovel walk ways and also for home insurance purposes - $1,000.00
Money to cover expenses at home during the duration of treatment for two months; Total bills and expenses -$8,000.00
Transportation to and from weekly medical appointments, to and from regular testing and to and from the pharmacy to pick up medical supplies (medication/wound care) - $2,000.00
Total expected cost of treatment $50,000.00


These are some of the treatments she has done at home to maintain stability, up until she was no longer able to afford them. These treatments made a huge difference for her, sadly none of them are covered and they are quite costly.
Regular weekly treatments

1. Ozone IV therapy;
One IV treatment is $125.00 and is required at least once weekly.
As it is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal (aiding in the prevention of sepsis and C-diff which are both life threatening). It can also help prevent more internal accesses from developing.


2. Myer's IV therapy; one IV treatment is $122.00. This treatment provides her body with trace minerals and vitamins that are small enough for her body to absorb and effectively use. She has suffered from chronic malnutrition/malabsorption for over 20 years and only has a very small section of her colon left. Studies have also shown that this treatments also helps heal surgical wounds. This should be done weekly.

3. Acupuncture; $110 per visit, plus herbs. She requires this once weekly. It helps to support her organ health and a multitude of other things, including pain management.

4. Naturopathic Doctor visits, supplements and treatments. One visit is typically $100.00, plus recommendations made by the doctor. Supplemental support for her micro-biome, digestion and healing. This one is only required once monthly.

5. Massage therapy; $85.00 per visit. She requires Therapeutic massage weekly, to assist her in managing chronic pain and headaches.

6. Chiropractic treatment; $85.00 per month

Total monthly treatment cost ***$1,953.00



Links:
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Kshar Sutra – Dr. Prast Bapat Explanation of treatment video

https://youtu.be/vWv6_GdtcBA

Testimonials from some of Dr. Bapats patients

https://youtu.be/8pnnQYV9-eY

Norma (Canadian)

https://youtu.be/3RAj-CzWMaw

Anthony (USA)

https://youtu.be/aKEdOf_Vt1c

Harpinder (Canadian)
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Update on Mel!
Melanie had 3 surgeries in 1 month and other pressing circumstances that created an urgency to get to India. Because of this rapid deterioration she had to make some very hard choices. She took a leap of faith, maxed herself out and left for India while Dr. Bapat thought he could still help her.

I am pleased to share that her and her husband Steve are in India and Melanie has had her first few treatments. The pain is unbearable at times but the treatements have already shown some really exciting improvments. She is not out of the woods yet but her improvments continue to give is all hope and help to motivate her as she fights her disease amd its many complications.

She needs our help, love and support more then ever now. I cannot even imagine being in the situation she is in.
Thank you for reading this and Thank you to all who shared, donated or sent her love your support means everything.

Thank You
Jessie
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A message from Melanie:

I have had severe Crohn’s disease for almost 30 years. I ended up back in the hospital on Friday, and just had another surgery. I am still healing from the two surgeries I had last month. I have now had 8 surgeries in the last year. It is a very humbling experience to continually face your own mortality. This has definitely been one of the hardest years of my life. Yet, all I can think about is how grateful I am to have so many amazing people in my life. To everyone who calls and messages me just to see how I am feeling, tell me they are thinking about me, send me love, or see if I am ok...words can’t describe how all of these things fill me with gratitude. Things have not been easy, but within that struggle there has been a very profound gift...pain has been my professor and I live my life differently as a result. All of this love and support, has been my guiding light...and often my beacon in the darkness. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am so grateful for each and every one of you. Your love and support mean the world to me ❤️❤️❤️
Love Mel
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