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Auto immune disorder

Organized by: Leandru Edwards

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THE STORY:

Hello All, My name is Leandru Edwards. I am twenty (20) years old and from the island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, located in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. On September 24th, 2015 I became very ill. I began getting weak all over my body and this weakness was accompanied by numbness in my legs and face. I also suffered from terrible headaches, pains in my lower back, blurred vision, swollen lymph nodes caused by an over-active thyroid, increased and decreased heart rates and respiratory problems. Doctors had trouble diagnosing me and the constant weakness all over my body and partial paralysis in my extremities baffled them immensely. After exhausting all avenues available to me on my island, I left its shores in November 2015 to seek medical attention in the neighboring island of Barbados. I did an MRI scan on my brain to see if there was a growth there that was causing the headaches and the excruciating pain in my lower back. The MRI scan showed there was nothing wrong, but a neurologist, upon examining me and reviewing all previous tests done and notes made by other doctors, diagnosed me with Guillan Barré Syndrome. This is a condition where the nerve endings in your body are destroyed due to the body actually fighting itself instead of fighting bacteria and foreign invaders to the body. This is caused by the brain receiving and in turn sending incorrect messages to the rest of the body, thus altering the way different organs work and causing chaos. ​I have no medical insurance and my father had to take loans to pay for costs incurred during my illness. ​I was told that there is no cure for my condition and that my recovery time would be between 1 -3 years, and that the best way for me to recover is to change my diet, and do physical therapy so I can regain the strength in my muscles and the rest of my body. ​Any amount of money offered to me would be greatly appreciated and would be used to aid in my continuing recovery and to assist with getting insurance to help pay for my outstanding medical costs and to offset any other costs should a relapse occur.

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