Help me please with an acute medical problem

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(TLDR - I was recently diagnosed with a metabolic disorder of unknown origin and severe potentially life threatening osteoporosis; insurance won't pay for treatment or further research)

I'm an English teacher, currently living in Georgia🇬🇪, but previous to this, I lived and worked in another country for 16 years. I'm reaching out to you today in the hopes of securing the support I need to access the essential medical treatments and research that can save my life. Your contributions will not only alleviate the financial burden but also provide a ray of hope for a brighter and healthier future. Beginning in 2017, I began to develop strange, sudden health issues, which had a strong negative impact on my life. Throughout this period until last year, strange things happened; I went to hospital with acute coronary syndrome, anxiety syndrome, and reactions to vaccinations, among other things, but since my employer at that time was only obligated to obtain very minimal coverage of health insurance, I wasn't able to get tested to diagnose the core problem.

In September 2021, while on my way home from work, I tripped and fell down hard on my elbow, effectively shattering it, and if it weren't for the kind strangers who helped me to get to the hospital, who knows what condition I'd be in now, but surgeons tried to reassure me that 'everything would be alright' , so I had hope.

However, after an unusually long surgery, a cast on my arm which remained there for three weeks, and its subsequent removal, I learned that things were not okay; my left elbow was not able to bend at all, and attempting to do so caused horrible, constant, intense pain. This was due to the great number of metal pins and implants that (apparently!) were needed to stabilize the joint until the bone healed - normally these do not need to be removed, but in this situation, it became completely necessary, as they not only restricted the joint movement, but pierced muscle, bone and nerves, a completely horrible situation.

I spent money unnecessarily on consultations with surgeons who not only didn't speak English well, but had wildly different opinions about what to do, but eventually, the consensus was that all this metal should be removed, and at that time it was so unaffordable as to be impossible for me. And my general health wasn't getting any better, without any chance of a diagnosis as to why this was so, although I did manage not to become sick from COVID.

In May of 2022, I was able to move to Georgia, where I am now, and personal health plans were much more generous; not so cheap, but affordable, and even though as a first time subscriber to the plan, I couldn't get the cost of surgery covered, I did manage to save enough money for the procedure, and removed the metal; the difference in experience of hospitals was, for me, as if I had gone on an all inclusive resort holiday to Bali, yet my health problems still did not improve.

Finally, upon renewal of my policy this year (with a higher premium), I could take advantage of getting all the tests done to work out what really was wrong with me - a problem especially with calcium metabolism (reasons unknown at the moment) and severe osteoporosis, potentially life threatening, as an unfortunate fall might cripple me permanently. Before I moved here, lots of doctors 'assured' me that I didn't have osteoporosis at all - well, perhaps they exercised both lazy and incompetent practices. Nevertheless, it does seem to explain why, for example, that my teeth have been literally exploding out of my mouth, I lost nearly two inches of height, and why my elbow broke so badly.

Sadly - although treatment is available and effective, my insurance company will not pay for it, once again making me face an impossible situation, since it costs much more than I can personally afford. What is worse, the company I worked for at the time of my injury, allowed me to continue working for them online - and now refuses to pay the arrears of my salary, some of it from almost a year ago. It will go to court in the near future, but certainly there's not a lot of optimism about there being a successful judgement in my favour, and it could take quite a long time - something which I feel is running out fast.

Most days, I can feel exhausted; even though my work isn't physically demanding, it can still take a lot of energy from me - I occasionally, and unpredictably suffer from arrhythmia, limiting how much I can work so saving enough money is like an endless treadmill for me. I didn't want to resort to asking for help, but this is really my last hope - a chance to feel human again! These funds should cover the cost of the medicine, and I'm hoping to finally begin physiotherapy for my still severely limited elbow.

Your generosity can make a significant difference in my life, and I'm deeply grateful for any support you can offer. Together, we can overcome these challenges and continue the journey towards better health and well-being.

Thank you for being a part of my story and helping me on this difficult path

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  • Paul Andrew Chownyk

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Nov 10

Many, many thanks!

Update posted by Paul Andrew Chownyk at 09:19 am
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It really is miraculous, I never expected such a response to my plight so quickly... Thank you doesn't seem to be enough for me to say, but my gratitude to all who have helped me will be enduring! Thank you🙏🌹❤

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Nov 10

Surgery success!

Update posted by Paul Andrew Chownyk at 09:16 am
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Just came out of surgery; outpatient, only local anesthesia, thank God! And there was no extra charge 😻Still, it was stressful, I'm exhausted - but the pain is gone... Monday or Tuesday I may be able to start the treatment, but my vitamin D and B12 are still quite low,

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Nov 09

Surgery is tomorrow...

Update posted by Paul Andrew Chownyk at 05:12 pm

living through this pain isn't easy, once again I've lost use of my left arm, but after much effort, I was able to get an emergency procedure booked - wish me luck🍀🤞!

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Nov 08

First donation, and a little bad news :(

Update posted by Paul Andrew Chownyk at 04:28 am
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Yesterday, I got my first donation, yay! But also - a complication... one piece of metal which couldn't be removed in December has decided to escape from my arm; it's incredibly painful, my bones are turning to dust :( I'm hoping the surgeon will write back to me soon!

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