Sara-Jane Folsom is my best friend and she has been for three years now. She is an amazing young woman who puts everyone before herself. She is always helping me, our friends, complete strangers, and animals. Even when somebody has hurt her or upset her the moment she finds out something has gone wrong in their life she sets all of that aside just to be there for them, even if all she can do is offer words or small gifts. When I was at a low point in my life she gave me a teddy bear, and to this day I still have that little guy sitting on my bed and he is one of the most important possessions I have, because somebody was thinking about me. Somebody cared- and she's been there for so many others that just needed to know they were loved.
Sara is 24 years old, and in the past year she has been through more turmoil physically and emotionally than anybody should ever have to. Especially someone with such an outstanding spirit. About a year ago she started to exhibit strange symptoms. Muscle spasms, quivering vision, cramps, extreme cases of vomiting that caused her throat to bleed, fainting spells, urniary tract infections, confusion, and bouts of pain that have made her sob and want to do nothing but sleep. In the past year she has seen a handful of regular Doctors, and even more specialists; none of which have been able to give her any diagnosis other than a low Vitamin D count and carpal tunnel in both hands.
She has seen a nuerologist, rhuematologist, urologist, cardiologist, endocrinologist, orthopedist, gastro, gynocologist, and a few primary care providers. Even a psychologist because her parents thought she was just suffering a mental issue (who informed them that she was indeed very sick and did not need him). None of these Doctors have been able to give her a diagnosis. She could have anything ranging from Lyme Disease to Multiple Sclerosis. With all of these Doctors come a slew of tests. Needles in her hands, needles in her rectum, water pushed into her bladder, things that a person who is already in pain on a daily basis does not really want to go through. On top of all of this she feels constantly guilty that she is putting so much strain on her parents because she does not have enough money to pay for everything herself- and she can't go to work. She lost her job because she couldn't go for months. She can't even get out of bed or take a shower without the urge to puke or without her leg or back flaring up with a pain that seems to burn her from the inside out.
The point of this fundraiser is to help Sara-Jane while she greets every day praying for an answer, greets every new Doctor without hope that they can give her one. Most of these Doctors are telling her that she needs to go to a clinic where they can keep her and monitor her, have several Doctors and students around to try and find out what it is that's keeping her from living the life she wants to live. She can't even really meet the boy she is interested in, there are days when she can't draw (which she loves to do) or crochet (which helps take her mind off of it all). These clinics cost a lot of money, money the don't exactly have. Money she certainly doesn't have on her own.
We all know that funds are hard to come by, but every cent, every dollar, every share or good comment can help. Whatever money is made (even if it doesn't reach the goal, or exceeds that goal) will go to Sara-Jane to help her pay off hospital bills or just put food in her mouth. Anything that can take the strain off of her and help her at least sleep easier will make a huge difference. No matter what the donations will be going to a good cause, so please just donate fifty cents or at least share this fundraising page wherever you can.