Mental Health Assistance Rehabilitation Centre

Update posted by Maria Coetsee On Jun 06, 2018

When Nickholis was just a few months old he was taken to the Doctor for an ear infection, but the Doctor soon realized that something was wrong. His head was abnormally big and referred him to a paediatrician.

For the next eight years of his life, he has visited 18 different doctors across South Africa, had 2 CT scans, an MRI, different blood tests and a lot of different medication. No one knew what was wrong with little Nicholis. The last doctor he saw made the Autism diagnoses but he could not provide answers or help to the little boy.

Desperate for answers his parents came across the Family Hope Centre in Philidelphia. For 35 years they have helped over 15 000 kids with Autism. Once a year they visit South Africa. With the grace of God and the help of friends an family, his parents were able to get Nicholis seen by the Centre’s Specialist in February. They immediately realized that Nicholis had Severe brainstem Corteks Limbic brain injury and only 31% brain function. They gave him a therapy program to do at home, but because the funds are limited he still does not get the complete therapy he needs.

Nicholis drinks medication and supplements but he needs Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy. The nearest centrum is 500km away in Cape Town and one session is very expensive. A Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen chamber costs about R130 000. If the family can get a chamber they can help Nicholis and also want to give the communities children with brain injuries free entry to use the chamber.

Nicholis also needs Cranio Sacral Fascia therapy which is 100km away and also very expensive. He follows a strict diet to relieve the symptoms of the brain injury.

The visit to the Family Hope Center costs $5600 American dollars and a deposit of $1000 needs to be paid by the 1st of December 2018 and the total amount by the 1st of February 2019. Accommodation and transport to Gauteng is also a problem.

It is for the family very difficult to ask for help but they have no other choice.

For donation by internet transfer, use the following account. Please just make the reference Nicholis.

Absa Bank: M Badenhorst * Account no: 9339663716 * Branch Code: 632005

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Update posted by Maria Coetsee On Jun 01, 2018

Dominique Karlien Janse van Rensburg was born on 22 November 2016 at 31 weeks and weighed 1.4kg.

She was a fighter from the moment she was born but she was diagnosed with scoliosis hemivertebrae t10-t12. With this condition, she learned everything just like a normal little toddler.

What is Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. While scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the cause of most scoliosis is unknown.

We were lucky to get an appointment with Prof Robert Dunn and he wanted to wait until she was 6 months old. He now has seen the new x-rays and has informed us that her condition has become worse and she needs to get an MRI urgently on the 12th of June 2018 and then she needs the operation and after that rehab.

We ask you to please help us so that our little girl can keep running and not become paralysed.


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Update posted by Maria Coetsee On May 23, 2018

Bruce Snyman (50) well known in the Africa Wrestling Federation (now called Africa Wrestling Alliance AWA), was a legend on his day and wrestled professionally under the name Big Bag Bruce from 1991 to 2004. Before that, he was an amateur wrestler for 21 years and acquired Springbok colours, in 1987, in the army.

The highlight of his wrestling career was in 2004 when he won against the African warrior on national South African TV. The match can be seen on YouTube.

Other than wrestling he starred in 150 international adverts, 3 national ads in South Africa and in the movie Diamond Hunters with Will Smith.

Sadly his life changed at the age of 35 when he was diagnosed with Diabetes.

Since 2011 he has had 21 operations and by 2018 lost both his legs.

Today he wants to spread awareness about diabetes and with the help of Brian Mitchell (World Champion Boxer) open a boxing and wrestling club in his hometown, Oudtshoorn.

Bruce’s sister, Gerda Tait is currently looking after him but she needs help. That is why we are here to ask for your help.

Help Us Help Bruce and many others like him!

Thank You for taking the time to read Bruce’s story.

View his video here:

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Update posted by Maria Coetsee On May 20, 2018

Anxiety is a normal reaction to danger, the body’s automatic fight-or-flight response that is triggered when you feel threatened, under pressure, or are facing a stressful situation.

In moderation, anxiety isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It can help you to stay alert and focused, spur you to action, and motivate you to solve problems. But when anxiety is constant or overwhelming—when it interferes with your relationships and daily activities—you’ve likely crossed the line from normal anxiety into the territory of an anxiety disorder.

Since anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions rather than a single disorder, they can look very different from person to person. One individual may suffer from intense anxiety attacks that strike without warning, while another gets panicky at the thought of mingling at a party. Someone else may struggle with a disabling fear of driving, or uncontrollable, intrusive thoughts. Yet another may live in a constant state of tension, worrying about anything and everything. But despite their different forms, all anxiety disorders illicit an intense fear or anxiety out of proportion to the situation at hand.

While having an anxiety disorder can be disabling, preventing you from living the life you want, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health issues—and are highly treatable

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Update posted by Maria Coetsee On May 20, 2018

Depression is a common and debilitating mood disorder. More than just sadness in response to life’s struggles and setbacks, depression changes how you think, feel, and function in daily activities. It can interfere with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and enjoy life. The feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness can be intense and unrelenting, with little, if any, relief.

While some people describe depression as “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of impending doom, others feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic. Men in particular can feel angry and restless. No matter how you experience depression, left untreated it can become a serious health condition. But it’s important to remember that feelings of helplessness and hopelessness are symptoms of depression—not the reality of your situation. There are plenty of powerful self-help steps you can take to lift your mood, overcome depression, and regain your joy of life

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Update posted by Maria Coetsee On May 20, 2018

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme mood swings from high to low, and from low to high. Highs are periods of mania, while lows are periods of depression. The mood swings may even become mixed, so you might feel elated and depressed at the same time.

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