A woman’s family holiday has left her unable to walk and lying in bed for up to 23 hours a day.
Samantha Calby was a healthy 15-year-old when she jetted off from Liverpool in the UK to Italy to spend a holiday with her family.
However, after just a few days in the sunny country, she was on a flight back home after being struck down by a tick bite.
Now 29-years-old Samantha is desperately fundraising for treatment, having spent the last decade in a wheelchair and unimaginable pain.
Since then, she has spent years in and out of hospital, with doctors stumped by her condition.
She was diagnosed with “several chronic illnesses including ulcerative colitis” but she claims something still “didn’t feel right”.
In 2014, Samantha was so sick she could “barely even talk” and felt like she “was going to die” when she was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
“I was told I had to learn to live with it and that there was nothing they could do and I would just have to learn to pace myself,” she wrote on her GoFundMe page.
“I was devastated to be told that at 26-years-old my life would not be the same and my dreams of one day being healthy had been dashed.”
Then, this year she underwent private testing for Lyme disease and the results came back confirming she has it.
“I feel like I have been fighting my whole life and do not even know what it feels like to not be in pain or suffering anymore with disabling symptoms,” she wrote on her GoFundMe page.
Samantha lives with daily symptoms, including blackouts, blurred vision, night sweats, palpitations, fevers, tremors, twitches, constant infections, speech problems, brain fog, severe fatigue, sensitive to noise and light, facial paralysis, weakness, balance problems, memory loss, confusion, breathing difficulties, dizziness, muscle and joint pains, headaches and sleep issues.
“I spend at least 22-23 hours laying down looking at four walls every day and it feels like a prison sentence,” she said.
Samantha has decided to take matters into her own hands “before it’s too late” and is crowdfunding for $116,000 which will go towards lifesaving treatment.
“I know it is a lot of money to ask for and I would never ask if it wasn’t my life at stake but this amount is to cover the full cost of all treatments,” she wrote.
“It would be an amazing start to 2018 knowing I am one step closer to getting the life back that was taken from me.”
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