Imagine if you had a chronic physical illness, no family support, no job and no transport. How would you get back on your feet?
Claire is a survivor, she has stage 3 Lyme Disease, Tick’s Encephalitis, Bartonella and carries Chlamidia Pneumonia, however she's lucky with this last one as it remains dormant in her body. Despite her long list of ailments some of which she's been fighting since she was 8 years old, she managed to complete school and university studies, learn English (she's French) and discover how to manage her symptoms through keeping to a very strict diet of meat, fish, cauliflower and zucchini.
I met her while she was travelling here in Australia looking for work in the diving industry, the pressure from deep diving actually assists her symptoms. However, her jobs here were not what she'd been led to believe, either not really being about diving at all, or not being able to actually pay her. Upon returning to France her relationship with her family broke down in a very extreme way. She has been couch surfing for the past two months. It's summer season there and Hyeres is on the coast where the rent goes from €350/month to €500/week during the months of June to August. There's almost zero affordable accommodation and what little there is, often has rising damp and mould growing in out of the way corners. This wouldn't be such a problem if Claire's illnesses didn't make her particularly susceptible to mould causing her severe migraines and vomiting.
Claire desperately needs funds to buy a car so that she can search for a house without mould and hopefully pick up some form of employment that doesn't exacerbate her illness.
If you would like to read more of Claire's story you can do so here: Claire's Story.pdf