About 6 years ago my husband and I fell pregnant with our first child after 5 years of struggling with unexplained infertility. At the time we were making a living by running a small hole in the wall business in our area. My husband also studied and did counseling in his spare time which was really his passion. He always loves helping others. It is this caring nature and selflessness which made me fall in love with him in the first place.
"It all happened without warning"
About 3 months into my pregnancy, my husband suddenly fell ill. The initial testing he went through at the hospital was inconclusive. For the next couple of months, one moment he would be fine and the next he would be flat on the floor unable to move, gasping for air.
Eventually after nearly a year of going through this torment and testing by various doctors and specialists it was found that he was suffering from a condition which affects how his brain sends signals to the various systems within his body. The scariest part was that the symptoms would come on rapidly and without warning.Unfortunately there is no medical cure to his condition; it can only be managed through medication and physical therapy. The cost of all the treatments became too much for us to handle and added to this was the expense of having our first newborn. Eventually we were forced to close down our business because my husband couldn't work anymore.
We had one vehicle which we were forced to sell, so that my husband could get the necessary treatments and put food on the table. Because it was an old car, the money we received for it only lasted us 2 months. We have also been selling off various household items, just to make some money to survive on. At this point it becomes a choice of either getting the needed treatments for my husband or putting food on the table.
We also have my husband's elderly grandparents living with us and his grandmother suffers from dementia. She also had a slight stroke which caused her damage to the left side of her body. She is still able to move around slowly, but is stubborn and refuses to walk with a walking aid. Because of this, she has fallen many times and injured her head and face.We desperately need to hire a qualified full-time caregiver who knows how to deal with such situations, but we cannot afford this, so we are forced to take care of ourselves.
We are desperately hoping to raise enough funds so that my husband can get regular treatments for the next couple of months. This will allow him to become more stable so that we can start working again and become self sufficient as a family.
If you can help our family by donating even a little bit, we will be deeply grateful.