Lend­ing a hand to Pam

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

ALL Pam Hoyle wants is to be well enough to look af­ter her two chil­dren, which a crip­pling ill­ness pre­vents her from do­ing.

It was about 18 months ago when Pam, 32, was di­ag­nosed with Lyme Dis­ease or Mul­ti­ple Sys­temic In­fec­tion Dis­ease Syn­drome (MSIDS), which dras­ti­cally af­fected her ner­vous and im­mune sys­tem.

The ill­ness causes symp­toms sim­i­lar to that of a stroke in­clud­ing im­mo­bil­ity, seizures, spasms, con­stant pain, blurred, vi­sion, dizzi­ness, nau­sea and more.

Due to a lack of fund­ing by the gov­ern­ment, Pam and her fam­ily are forced to come up with the money to pay for gen­eral bills and sky high med­i­cal bills.

With re­search and treat­ment mainly avail­able over­seas, Pam hoped to be able to travel to re­ceive the help she needed.

“I’ve just been try­ing to find treat­ment and doc­tors here in Aus­tralia that can help but we’re hav­ing not much luck with it,” she said.

In a bid to raise funds to help sup­port Pam, her hus­band and her chil­dren, a Go Fund Me page was set up by a good friend of Pam’s, Marnie Weste­cott, to raise up to $15,000.

“(With the money raised), we would go over­seas and get the proper treat­ment,” Pam said.

Hav­ing been a coun­try girl all of her life work­ing on cat­tle sta­tions, Pam said she was strug­gling to cope with her ill­ness.

“The last cou­ple of weeks have just been so over­whelm­ing,” she said.

“I have trou­ble walk­ing and I walk with a walker frame be­cause my legs don’t work prop­erly.”

See www.go­fundme.com /pamsmed­i­cal­may­hem.

SEEK­ING HELP: Pam Hoyle, hus­band Michael and chil­dren Jes­sica and Daniel are hop­ing to raise funds to help fight the ef­fects of Lyme Dis­ease that Pam suf­fers from.

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