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Medical assistance for Colleen Duffy, the musician Devil Doll. (rehab for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Mold Illness and neurological rehab.)

This is the medical assistance funding page for Colleen Duffy, the musician also known as Devil Doll. The following paragraphs are Colleen's story told in her words.

"Hi there everyone, and to all the Devil Doll fans that I love so madly and that have been so supportive over the years....
I was encouraged to open this page in order to explain to the fans why I have not released any new recordings, why I have stopped touring, why I started listing much of my personal vintage collection for sale... and to allow people an opportunity to help me, instead of trying to carry the burden alone and nearly dropping off the grid.

Over the past several years, my health has progressively gotten worse and I have found myself in and out of hospitals all over the country with mystery symptoms, having tests done, procedures and surgeries, accompanied with long bouts of paralyzing systemic pain. I even had a surgery to remove cancerous growth in an attempt to keep all my organs. (I am waiting for an update since the attempt was not entirely successful.) Needless to say, none of this has been fun. Frankly, it has been scary as hell. Hence, many unanswered emails and FB messages, no new music and no tour dates.

Not only has it been scary dealing with a cancerous situation, but there were days when I would be temporarily paralyzed with the feeling of electric volts shooting through my body. I couldn't even move to answer the door and spent a lot of time in bed. My body was doing crazy things and no one could figure out what was wrong with me. I have had every test done known to man. Finally, two months ago, I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndome type III. It is a connective tissue disorder that there is no cure for. I need to re-learn how to walk, sit, and stand, along with TONS of physical therapy. I also have had to have several rounds of nerve blocks and botox in my pelvis, just so that I could walk and not be bedridden.

Finally, we have discovered that I have been suffering from lead, mercury, arsenic and mold toxicity. Coupled with the aftermath of 15+ concussions, my brain and nervous system began to break down.  Due to all of the donations that have afforded me to seek out alterrnative care and resources,  we now have a detailed, comprehensive plan of  how to rehabilitate me! However, all of this has put me thousands and thousands of dollars in debt (more than $20,000) over the past several years, and there is still a bit of a journey ahead, requiring expensive detoxification supplement protocols, doctor visits, neurological rehabilitation, physical therapy, equipment, iv treatments etc. Mold illness kills people and it started to eat away at parts of my brain and nervous system. Thank God we finally figured out what was at the root. With your help, I can enter into the detox/ rebuild protocol along with it's expenses. This has been a very expensive process and it has financially broken me and my family. I could not do this without all of your support. I am glad that I did not listen to all the doctors that told me there was no cure, and the best I could do was to learn how to manage my pain. I kept asking WHAT IS CAUSING ALL THIS UNBEARABLE PAIN? I kept seeking and I'm glad I did. I still experience pain, but at least I am at a 40% functioning level instead of 5-10%. After all, I am sitting on so much new music, I can't wait to record it all!  *( my apologies for having to cancel all of the live shows last summer, but I was still so sick. We are not sure when I can return to playing)

So, with all of that being said, I am not able to continue without your support. Every single $5, $10, $20, $50 makes a HUGE DIFFERENCE and you can donate as much or as little as you want as many times as you want! Every single dollar donated will go to my rehabilitation and medical assistance so that I can get back to doing what I was meant to be doing... writing and playing music. Also, at the end of the campaign, every person who donates will receive a copy of the song, "Siren of the Sea" (via email), of a song I sang with the Irish-style, rockabilly/psychobilly band, Craic Haus! When you make your donation, it will ask for your email address. The following page will give you the option to choose how your name appears, if you want to show the donation amount, and if you would like to make a comment. If anyone wants to DONATE GIFT CARDS for living expenses, they can be mailed to Devil Doll, PO Box 2626, Pasadena, CA 91102.

****ENJOY the never-before-posted DEVIL DOLL LIVE VIDEO by clicking on the picture above!****

Feel free to share any Devil Doll experiences, your favorite Devil Doll song and why, or any bits of inspiration... at the end of the fundraiser, all comments will be printed out in a binder and given to me.

So once again, thank you for all the support you have given me over the years, ALL OVER THE WORLD... and I promise to keep writing the songs in the way that only Devil Doll can, and to get better as quickly as possible. Much love and many blessings to you and your families..."
Colleen Duffy


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