BY: Janine Mitchell
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PLEASE HELP! The entire proceeds of your first session will be donated to my friend and colleague who needs life saving surgery.
#SaveSamantha. All proceeds of your session will go directly towards Samantha’s life saving treatment.
My friend Samantha is a 30 year old single Mum of two fantastic children. Recently her life has been turned upside down by a rare genetic condition which has been causing havoc throughout my body. Prior to this, she was a successful psychotherapist, helping hundreds of others in her busy practice.
In December last year, after a lifetime of pain and 8 years of tests, misdiagnosis’s and ill health, she was finally diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a connective tissue disorder, also known as EDS Type 3. EDS is a genetic condition that effects the connective tissues throughout the body.
EDS is when the ‘glue’ that holds the body together is faulty and too weak, causing joints to dislocate or sublux (partially dislocate), cardiac abnormalities, stomach issues (Gastroparesis), autonomic nervous system malfunction effecting heart functioning, blood pressure, digestion and much more.
Despite all these issues and constant pain Samantha has remained largely independent; she is a single mum who owned a business and worked as a Psychotherapist.
She has also since been diagnosed with Crainocervical Instability (CCI) caused by the EDS. CCI is when the ligaments in the neck are too stretched and weakened to support my head, when this happens the top of the spine squashes the brain stem under the weight of the skull and my spine compresses my spinal cord. This is an extremely rare illness. Samantha is running out of time.
She needs to raise over £100,000 by July to get life saving surgery. There is NO neurosurgeon in this country that can operate, so she has to go to Barcelona to receive this treatment. If she does not receive this in the next few weeks, we can only fear the worst. There has been a recent update since her recent visit to a neurosurgeon in Barcelona.
Sam’s condition is far worse than was originally thought.
The initial stage of fundraising now needs to be brought forward.
We have less than 7 weeks to raise the first £100,000 for the first two lifesaving surgeries.
Due to the rate at which Samantha is dramatically deteriorating and the need to have her body as strong as possible to aid recovery, she must have these operations no later than the first week in July. She still need to raise funds for these in order to book the operations ASAP.
How can you help?
Prior to Samantha becoming unwell, she had a thriving practice as a psychotherapist. She has helped so many people within her job as an amazing psychotherapist. She can no longer help others. She needs this life saving surgery in weeks.
The entire proceeds of your first session will go directly to Samantha’s life saving treatment.
Ideally, you would be expected to book in for four sessions, however, if you wish to come for a one off session and all the proceeds go to Samantha’s funds, that is entirely okay as well. It is my mission to ensure Samantha gets the crucial funds she needs.
How can I benefit from sessions?
I can help you with the following – stress reduction, manage anxiety, improve confidence, develop public speaking skills, pain management, achieve business goals.
How much are sessions?
Sessions are hourly, £75 per session. All proceeds of the first session to go to Samantha’s life saving surgery.