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  • Chattanooga Local 820 Member needs Help
    Posted On: Oct 21, 2017

    Chattanooga Local 820 member needs our help. Please read this from his GoFundMe page. Link to the page is below.

    Hello, my name is William (Ryan) Crackel and I am the husband of the kindest, most incredibly strong, loving and courageous woman I have ever had the dumbest luck of stumbling into. Her name is Shae. For over a year ago now Shae started having symptoms of a very rare condition called Gastroparesis (GP In a nutshell is that her brain is not communicating with her stomach and intestines, rendering them partially or completely paralyzed). It came on very sudden and almost overnight, started taking control of her life. It has taken several doctors and many monotonous and un-solved ER visits to get a next day referral from her Primary Care Provider to a wonderful Doctor at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tn (Which almost never happens, due to a long waiting list. Shae was that critical.) who came up with the diagnosis within a few hours.  American Health Care right? She is currently on about ten different medications to help her with nausea and vomiting, and a list of other symptoms. There are few treatment options that really only slightly suppress SOME symptoms and as of a statement from the Mayo Clinic on this condition, there currently is no cure. So the status of her progression in this condition is severe and the next step in her medical treatment is a feeding tube. HOWEVER, her lovely Mother came across a Naturopathic Doctor in Vancouver, Canada that has seen and given a natural regimen of treatment to many people with GP and other gastrointestinal issues and they have all had wonderful success and even REMISSION over a years’ time. There are still a lot of unknowns and a ton of questions to ask about it, but this just might be her saving grace and the answer to our many prayers.  This is a last ditch effort before we let the doctors here in America put in a feeding tube.

    We are hoping to raise enough money by the end of October, due to the wait time on our passports and it will allow me to work and earn as much as I can for this/these trip(s). Her struggle is every day and every minute of the day. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and I urge you to take the time to read about the disease. It is very serious and has only been known for a few years. Thanks again and God bless!!!

    - William Crackel




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