Hi all dear friends. I've decided to write a very difficult message now today. I am reluctant to share something so private but do not feel I have no choice. Not many people know that I have an autism diagnosis and it has gone so far now that I want to get stem cell treatment abroad since Norway does not offer it. The treatment costs as much as 55 000 euro and I must therefore begin a fundraising campaign for advice otherwise I had to have sold the apartment ...
I'm not a good writer but will write about my illness:
I was born with a diagnosis of a-typical autism in January 1993. Like many others with autism I just thought that I was just a little different children, but I was more and more often with age the more psysisk and physically ill. I remember even as a 6 year old that I got epilepsy and things turned so I when I went to sleep I never felt properly rested. I always struggles to relate to other people and changes in everyday life / situations. Being exposed by many noises and bright lights. I struggle so much today with my vision that I have difficulty seeing clearly. Worst of all is my immune system. Only I get a little too cold or hot I get a sick fever. I often throw up and then have to go sleep for 12-14 hours before I wake up again. Autism has also meant that I have poor circulation of oxygen in the brain. It is given treatments today as hyberbar oxygen therapy and gluten-free diets but stem cell therapy is the only thing that has proven to work permanently. As life is now, I feel that much has been put on standby and I do not get done activities that I enjoyed doing before since I've never have the energy to it. Just going for a walk sometimes, or read a book feels like an accomplishment.
I want to thank everyone who wants to contribute to make me well. It means a lot to me.
- Sincerely Fredrik Gruen Østerstrøm