This campaign exists to encourage continued support for the medical needs of Tom in the journey to recover his health and well being. Help us reach above and beyond our limitations to further support his recovery!
Over the past two years, Tom has experienced many health issues that have led us on a journey to understand what is going on and how to help him heal. During this time, the many doctor, hospital visits, procedures, and treatment costs have totaled up significantly. However, our focus has never been on the cost of these but rather finding help and getting him on a journey to recovery. Tom had to resign from his main line of work in ministry due to health and we have not been living on our own due to limited financial means. Disability has not been an option as the diagnoses are not compatible with SSA requirements. For now are a basically living as a single income family with many medical bills and debt due to the situation. This has been a huge challenge, but our focus has always been to keep searching for answers and help that would further the progress of his recovery.
This year we have been able to rule out (for now) some major and serious health concerns and have also been able to find some of the players behind his current issues from lab testing. From our best knowledge, it appears that Lyme and mold illness has caused many of his issues along with gut infections and dysfunction. In the past several months, Tom has made the most progress and has actually been able to get outside a bit more on good days. Still, on those not so good days his time is spent mostly resting and trying to control the 25+ symptoms and pain that come and go.
At this time, we feel that it would be wise to seek out another practitioner who has more experience (an expert) with complex health cases as Tom's in order to move forward in our journey. We plan to keep Tom's primary care doctor still under our insurance, but have not felt confident that they are able to move us forward in healing at this time. We are hopeful with the right focused treatment and putting the bigger picture together that more progress will be made this year in recovering his health.
How Can You Help?
Since many of our basic needs are being met for which we are extremely thankful for, this campaign solely focuses on health care and medical expenses. Any donations will go toward meeting these type of needs exclusively and be reserved for them alone. We would also be greatly blessed by your prayers and words of support and encouragement during this season. Although we have been reluctant to ask for help during this season, the Lord reminds us that he provides both directly and often through others. If we fail to ask, then we should not be surprised if we have not received. We seek his help in being obedient and praying this as we ask him to help meet our needs.
Tom is pursuing a comprehensive support program that has helped thousands recover from Lyme, Gut infections, and other related conditions. The doctors who have designed the program have clinically worked with Lyme patients over the last 15 years and have fully recovered from the illness themselves. They know all too well that Lyme can cause a host of chronic conditions that affect every system of the body. The program is highly individualized to each specific patient. Tom has experienced major health issues due to this illness and we want the best for his recovery. Working with those who have a great deal of knowledge and experience with these issues is very important. The complexity of these health issues is quite an investment on many levels. We understand that it takes the right treatment and time to gain progress. We are looking for others who would be led to help support us with that investment.
The program is membership based and will cost $425 a month. It will cover up to 3 doctor visits a month along with specialized nutritional coaching and access to the full program support team. We expect the duration of the program to be at least six months and possibly up to a year. This will depend on the progress being made and the individual needs as time goes on. We are looking to gain support by finding monthly sponsors who can help us meet this goal for the duration of the program. You can use this fundraiser as a means of support on a monthly basis or contact Tom directly as well. Each month once the goal is reached we will post an update letting everyone know. If giving is beyond that it will be allocated for any additional medical needs. We are prayerfully considering starting the program in the coming weeks if possible.
While we continue to move forward in this journey it is our hope that one day we will look back on this season as time of personal and spiritual maturation. Whether in full recovery of health or not, it is our goal to continue trusting in the Lord who provides us with all things necessary and keeps watch over us day by day. It is him we trust with our lives and in him we hope for a brighter future.
Erin and Tom
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