Hey everyone, I have a little favor to ask you all.
Kelbe Goupil has been a dear friend of mine since high school days, and she has been recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s. Hashimoto’s is when your immune system attacks your thyroid. Hashimoto’s is a complicated and difficult disease to manage. It can easily take over your life and interfere with your ability to do many things. This is what Kelbe has been experiencing since June, as hers seems to be a particularly aggressive case. This chronic illness has affected Kelbe in major ways, making it difficult to do many things. She experiences constant symptoms of severe fatigue, brain fog, malaise, insomnia, muscle weakness, and others. It has interfered with her ability to walk and stand, to work, and to enjoy social activities. After visiting many doctors, they have found one that can offer the type of treatment that she needs to improve her health and get her back on her feet. This clinic specializes in healing the immune system and lessening the possibility of a flare-up, which is what causes recurring damage in the body of someone with an autoimmune disease. The doctors at Red River Wellness Clinic are specialists in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, and Kelbe has connected with a doctor there who is very knowledgeable about Hashimoto’s, and has had a great deal of success helping patients with this disease. The goal of this treatment is for Kelbe to learn what her body needs to heal from the major flare-up she has suffered through, what can trigger a flare-up, and how to manage this disease long-term. The treatment program is about 6 months long. It will require frequent blood work to track progress. It will also require 1-2 doctor’s visits each week during the beginning phases, with those decreasing as she experiences improvement and independence in managing her symptoms.
Kelbe hopes to be able to run, hike, climb, stand to cook dinner on a regular basis, work full-time, and possibly attend grad school in the future.
Unfortunately, this clinic is an independent practice and is not covered by insurance. Kyle and Kelbe would not be able to afford this treatment on their own. They need support, and are grateful for any financial or prayer support that their friends and family can offer. Below is a breakdown of the total costs, as well as a list of ways that you can be praying for them.
$4, 500: Treatment Cost (all doctors visits for entire program)
$600: Supplements required during treatment
$1000: This remaining amount will go towards gas money to drive to the frequent doctor’s appointments, as well as any labs that may not be covered by insurance.
If you would like to stay connected with Kelbe and read about how she is doing, you can follow her blog: kelbedanielle.wordpress.com/
and if you’d like to donate you can check Kelbe’s Gofundme page.
Thank you very much.