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Trying to raise money for Alice Woolf's treatment for CFS/M.E. and other illnesses at the Breakspear medical group> Please support her!

The main picture is me in bed where I spend most of my life. My name is Alice Woolf and I’m 32. I became ill with a flu-like virus during the summer of 2001 while in Italy studying for my languages degree. Month after month I experienced disabling symptoms including weakness, crippling fatigue, night sweats, and vertigo. I was eventually diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), a misunderstood, little known illness. Imagine having the world's worst flu along with brutal sleep deprivation, a hang-over, and jet lag—all at the same time. Nothing ever looks better in the morning. Instead, every morning I face another long, housebound, bedridden day of physical suffering, boredom, loneliness, and isolation. I suffer constantly with heart palpitations, breathlessness, severe widespread pain, migraines, and terrible exhaustion.

The good news is that progress has been made in understanding CFS. If some of my conditions including leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia, orthostatic hypotension were properly addressed I would have a chance to heal and recover. There’s a clinic near London (where I live), the Breakspear Medical Group that does the types of testing and treatment that I need. This clinic tests and treats food intolerances, GI issues, viruses/bacteria and Candida, nutritional deficiencies, hormone replacement (adrenal/thyroid), environmental toxicities, and more.

I have not been able to benefit from these treatments because the health system in the UK doesn’t offer them. I currently live on state benefits, which barely covers food and rent. There have been times that I’ve stopped dreaming for a future in which I can actually live, but now I believe that with your help and generosity I can have my life back.

My goal is to raise ₤ 7000 (around $11,000), which would allow me to get proper testing and treatment for my health conditions so that I can recover, and live again.

Please help me live again. Every penny I receive will go exclusively to medical treatment.

Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.

For my American friends 1 British pound sterling = 1.6158 US dollars
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