I'm a neuroscientist running research on chronic pain and emotional disordrs, 29 years old, have a wonderful family, great colleagues and friends. I'm used to help the others and try to "save the world" but this time the world has to save me first! The problem is that I'm suffering from Crohn's disease, which is yet impossible to treat completely but possible to maintain in remission with some effort.
I was living in Germany for the last five years, working at the University, paying taxes and insurances. As I was a normal member of the society, I could use the state medical insurance which covered all necessary treatments to the large extent. But nearly half a year ago I left secure Europe for a beautiful life in the middle East. Here in Israel I also work at the University, pay taxes and insurances and I love it here. However (it took me quite a lot of time to discover it) unlike Germany, I'm not a normal member of the society without being an Israeli citizen. I'm not entitled to a state insurance and there is no private one that would cover my disease treatment.
Well, I thought I will find a way to become a citizen and will survive until that - I naively believed in the power of cheap conventional therapy in a combination with warm climate, great food, exercise and good mood. Indeed, I will become an Israeli in a year from now! But a plan to survive without proper treatment for some time was too optimistic. I had a bad flare recently and had to start a therapy with the antibody against the cytokine TNFalfa (Infliximab) combined with an immunosupressive drug.
Unfortunately, antibodies are terribly expensive and now I need to find ca. 9000 NIS a month for the drugs, infusions and regular check ups. It's unaffordable, as my income is only 7000 NIS/month. Other options are exhausted and the only way to get this money is to ask for help! It is just for this year, after that I'll get it from the state. My first goal is to collect the money for the next 5 month, but most likely I'll need help till the begging of 2018. Of course, I am ready to provide all the specifications about the costs and receipts upon request.
All together we can easily help me having a healthy life this year, climbing new heights and enjoy the sun. Thank you!