Take Back My Life

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Raised by 199 people in 51 months

My name is Briana Beaver, and I'm taking back my life!

I have been overcoming extreme and extraordinary obstacles since my birth. An hour after I was born, I died. I was resuscitated, but the event left me with permanent brain damage, resulting in Cerebral Palsy. When I was 9 years old, I mysteriously started to experience health problems that included gastrointestinal, pulmonary, metabolic, and neurological symptoms.

But I never let this stop me. I pursued my passions, and did my best to live a normal life. I graduated high school in 3 years, and in 2011 I graduated from Chico State, Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in Sociology. It was then that my health became even worse.

The pain became horrifically intense. I had extreme sensory overload, so that every stimulus - sight, sound, and smell - everything caused pain. I was so mysteriously debilitated that I was unable to eat or drink. By summer 2012 I was in Stanford Hospital, wasted away to 75 lbs. The pain was so torturous that I welcomed the thought of death.

In December of 2014, my medical mystery was finally given a name: Lyme Disease. Since then, I have undergone an extremely expensive battery of treatments, none of which are covered by insurance. I have improved, but I’m still incredibly medically fragile. I’m currently unable to read for more than 10 minutes at a time, and can’t use a computer or TV for any length at all. I had to dictate this message because I’m unable to write it myself. However, I desperately needed to share how deeply I’m committed to moving forward. It’s time for me to FINALLY take back my life!

My family is organizing the Take Back My Life campaign to help pay for the extremely expensive treatments Briana direly needs, but isn’t covered by insurance.


For more information on my journey to health, 'LIKE' the TBML Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Take-Back-My-Life/617450741719036?


To better understand the devastating and debilitating symptoms of Lyme Disease, please visit www.lymedisease.org/

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This post brought to you by a decade of sleep deprivation, refeeding syndrome, desperation, stubborn commitment, unrelenting catastrophe and pure frantic fatigue. And the desire to live.

If you are gifted with the privilege to pursue your passions, mobilize for the sake of humanity, rebirth yourself with untamed abandon, cradle another's struggle, give and let love in, do it now. Do it now. Time is short and there are people like me who are giving everything for more of it.

Love,
B
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Hey everybody! Wonderful news: after about a month of trial and error, adjustment and perseverance, I am now tolerating my enteral formula from Kate Farms! This is a significant milestone as I am now able to consume complete nutrition for the first time in decades! (Cue the applause!)

I'm in the process of applying for insurance coverage for the formula which is providing more than half of my daily caloric intake. if you are interested in helping me continue to access my magic formula in the interim, that would be delicious! Thank you all for growing big and strong with me!
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Hello friends, over the past couple of months my nutritionist has determined the severity of my nutritional deficiencies. Prolonged malnutrition is the significant barricade to me moving forward with my healing. He has recommended a liquid formula to meet all of my nutritional needs and in a form that is the absorbable. I've already began with this formula, and now that we know it is a good match will need to order more. We are looking at $130 in order to provide me with a baseline supply. I would greatly appreciate if you could contribute anything to help me get nourished and get well. Thank you so much for all of your love and the incredible support.
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This! Moment. I have been renewing my driver's license for the past seven years in anticipation of THIS MOMENT! Spontaneous and oh SO liberating! As it turns out, I can still drive! Who knew?! YAAAASSS!!!! (Everybody is safe and no traffic laws were violated.)

Thank you for celebrating this joyous occasion with me! Briana
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Lois
3 months ago

Your fighting spirit is a great example for all who suffer! You’ll get through this & bloom in good health!

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Raised by 199 people in 51 months
Created March 24, 2015
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KO
$35
Katy O'Bryan
16 days ago

❤️

KM
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Karlyn Miilu-Maxon
17 days ago

You do so much to help others. I’m happy I can give back to you when I can! Sending lots of love ❤️

AL
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Aaron Logan
1 month ago
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You're awesome and deserving of support!

MO
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Michael Orosco
1 month ago
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Say hi to mom!

MW
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Marilyn Williams
3 months ago
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I am with the Lyme Disease Association of Delmarva, Inc. and we really appreciate your graphic of Lyme symptoms. Take care!

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Anonymous
3 months ago
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Alisha Dulon
3 months ago

You are so strong! Keep moving forward even if its one baby-step at a time!

MM
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Matt Mudry
4 months ago
MR
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mark reindel
5 months ago

It's personal.

$40
Cindy Ewald
9 months ago

You are an amazing person and role model!

Lois
3 months ago

Your fighting spirit is a great example for all who suffer! You’ll get through this & bloom in good health!

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