Disease Debilitates This Single Native Mother of Two

Disease Debilitates This Single Native Mother of Two
Opportunity To Assist Family In Need
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Ginger Rogers, American Indian Education Center Director

Ginger is 28 years old and is from the Hoopa Indian Reservation.  After high school she went away to college, first to Southern Oregon University in Ashland and then to San Diego State University.  She put herself through school and obtained a degree in American Indian Studies with a minor in Psychology, all while raising two young sons (currently ages 7 & 5) on her own. This in itself is a huge accomplishment. However, Ginger had more challenges than other young single mothers putting herself through school because at the same time she suffered from very poor health. At one point Ginger was bedridden for six months and had to take a medical leave from school. The doctors could never agree on a diagnosis. She was misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus, to name just a few.  One doctor was even considering multiple sclerosis. However, no treatment helped and her condition continued to deteriorate.
But there is some good news!  Ginger has finally made some helpful connections, thanks to knowledgeable friends.  She has now seen a doctor who knows what is wrong and can treat her. Ginger has discovered that she has Late Stage Lyme disease.  The devastating part is that Ginger recalls the tick bite. She was even tested for Lyme disease in 2005 and her test actually came back positive. Unfortunately, since there is such widespread misconception that Lyme disease is rare in California, her health care provider at the time told her it was a false positive. As inconceivable as it is, because Lyme is not yet recognized by the medical establishment as a "real" disease, insurance companies will not cover the cost of treatment. Her doctor visits and medications have to be paid for out-of-pocket. Our goal is to raise $8,625 to carry Ginger through the first year and a half of these medical bills. 
Ginger has a small group of friends who are helping her.  We have all pitched in and paid $1,050.00 for her first medical visits and medication over the last couple of months to get her started. Unfortunately we just can’t manage it all on our own and we are asking for your help.
Please help us get Ginger healthy.  We want her sons to know her as we have known her, and we want her to be able to do the good work she loves to do on the Reservation.
Please join me in supporting Ginger Rogers in order for her to get access to the medical care she needs.
 Every dollar is appreciated! - To see more and donate go to: http://bit.ly/GingerRogersLyme

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