IF YOU ARE ENTERING FOR THE RAFFLE TICKET COMPETITION BELOW IS ALL MY MEDICAL AID DETAILS. TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED FROM ME DIRECT AT [email protected]
THIS IS MY DONATION PAGE SO ONLY FOR PEOPLE WANTING TO MAKE A DONATION WITHOUT PURCHASING A TICKET.
Dilene Webster Medical Help
Hi my name is Dilene, I am 30 years of age this October. I grew up in a small town in the Free
State in South Africa and currently reside in the beautiful coastal town of St Lucia.WHAT
WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?
When I was 23 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogrens disease. At age 27 they added ankylosing spondylitis to mix and recently aged 29 fibromyalgia. They are all auto immune conditions and have no cure. I also have leaky gut syndrome and arrhythmia.
WHAT ARE THESE DISEASES
WHAT IS RHEUMATOID DISEASE
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system –
which normally protects its health by attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses –
mistakenly attacks the joints. This creates inflammation that causes the tissue that lines the
inside of joints (the synovium) to thicken, resulting in swelling and pain in and around the
joints. The synovium makes a fluid that lubricates joints and helps them move smoothly.
If inflammation goes unchecked, it can damage cartilage, the elastic tissue that covers the ends
of bones in a joint, as well as the bones themselves. Over time, there is loss of cartilage, and the
joint spacing between bones can become smaller. Joints can become loose, unstable, painful
and lose their mobility. Joint deformity also can occur. Joint damage cannot be reversed, and
because it can occur early, doctors recommend early diagnosis and aggressive treatment to
Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly affects the joints of the hands, feet, wrists, elbows, knees
and ankles. The joint effect is usually symmetrical. That means if one knee or hand if affected,
usually the other one is, too. Because RA also can affect body systems, such as the
cardiovascular or respiratory systems, it is called a systemic disease. Systemic means “entire
Is arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved. It causes
inflammation of the spinal joints (vertebrae) that can lead to severe, chronic pain and
In more advanced cases this inflammation can lead to ankylosis -- new bone formation in the
spine -- causing sections of the spine to fuse in a fixed, immobile position.
AS can also cause inflammation, pain, and stiffness in other areas of the body such as the
shoulders, hips, ribs, heels, and small joints of the hands and feet. Sometimes the eyes can
become involved (known as iritis or uveitis), and -- rarely -- the lungs and heart can be affected.
The hallmark feature of ankylosing spondylitis is the involvement of the sacroiliac (SI) joints
during the progression of the disease. The SI joints are located at the base of the spine, where
the spine joins the pelvis.
An immune system disorder characterised by dry eyes and dry mouth.
With this disorder, the body's immune system attacks its own healthy cells that produce saliva and tears. Sjögren's syndrome often occurs with other such disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
Widespread muscle pain and tenderness.
Fibromyalgia is often accompanied by fatigue and altered sleep, memory and mood.
Widespread muscle pain and tenderness are the most common symptoms.
HOW HAS ALL THIS AFFECTED ME??
Well the above is the science behind it, living with the disease is a completely different story, I
have been diagnosed with a very aggressive strain of auto immune which means that I will become permanently disabled eventually, but with treatment there is hope to slow the progression of the disease.
There is no cure for these conditions. They are life long chronic conditions.
A GLIMMER OF HOPE
In October 2016 my specialist physician suggested that we try a treatment called BIOLOGICS. That its the most advanced treatment and that it is the top medication for slowing auto immune conditions down.
WHAT IS BIOLOGICS??
My face was absolute to confusion the first time the doctor mentioned this, but for the first
time I heard some type of hopeful talk for patients like me, doctors are pretty straight forward
about this. She explained that because my medical aid THE EXPENSIVE PLAN) fell into a very special class of patients and that she wouldn’t even of bothered mentioning the drug if it wasn’t for the funding from the medical aid.
She explained there are different classes of medication and that this was like business class for frequent flyers….
Because I had been on chronic medication for six years straight without major uplift they could apply.
They would however need to motivate the medication for me and that the application could go
either way, It took six months of tests and letters from my rheumatologist to get
me approved for this from The South African Rheumatism Arthritis Association
One day I got the phone call, a lady called Sheryl, she said I had been approved and that I would
need to get admitted into hospital for the final stage of the process, it was simple, they had to
rule out any infection or I would die from the medication. Sounds soothing, she said that she
was from now on out my ENBREL nurse and that she would check in with me once a week to
check if I was still alive. I’m still alive and speak to Sheryl once a week, we Whatsapp, facebook
and are well acquainted by now.
THE MAGIC MEDICATION - ENBREL
Etanercept is a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor, which means it interferes with TNF.
TNF is made by the body's immune system. It encourages an inflammatory response that is needed for the body to fight disease. But, this stimulation of the inflammatory response is also what causes many of the clinical problems linked to autoimmune diseases. People with these immune disorders have too much TNF in their bodies. The role of TNF is to transport white blood cells to areas of inflammation. In doing so, it can make an inflammation worse.
Etanercept inhibits, or prevents, the action of TNF. In this way, the drug can reduce the body's inflammatory response.
The inflammatory response is a reaction in which the body releases various substances and chemicals that allow it to fight infections and other harmful cells.
THE MEDICATION IS NOT AVAILBLE FROM THE STATE.
YOU ARE APPROVED BY THE MEDICAL BOARD OF SA FOR THIS TREATMENT IT IS NOT SIMPLY A TRIP TO THE DOCTOR OFFICE AND A SCRIPT
THE MEDICATION IS EXPENSIVE – AROUND R 9000 PER MONTH
MY MEDICAL AID IS R5000 PER MONTH AND COVERS THE MEDICATION AND MY OTHER CHRONIC MEDICATION.
SO LOGICALLY A MEDICAL AID IS THE WAY TO GO
What am I asking for?
Anybody that can help me financially to keep my medical aid going
Why am I asking?
Because simply put, I cannot afford a medical aid that expensive.
If you have any more questions please give me a shout
If you want to help me you can do an online donation through paypal
or do an EFT
Dilene Medical Account
for info on the medication please look at
I cannot explain my gratitude to everyone helping me.
Please understand that this is life changing treatment
for me and you’re helping safe my life. How do you ever
say thank you for that.