Help Ash Find a Diagnosis

For: Ashleigh Butler
NSW, Australia
Organizer: Ashleigh Butler
Help Ash Find a Diagnosis (Ashleigh Butler)
$815
of $1,500 goal
54% Complete
Raised by 29 donors

The Story

One day I was a normal, healthy 21 year old girl and the next day I was burdened with a sickness that left me disabled and no one has been able to explain why. I've been searching for a diagnosis since September 2016 and I have spent thousands on medical testing and specialist opinions that didn't get me anywhere. I have been unable to work for the better part of the last 18 months and the minimal work I am able to do does not even come close to covering my medical expenses. My financial situation has slowed down my journey a lot, I've had to leave months between appointments to save up for the next. 

There is a silver lining, I have found a fantastic doctor who is close to finding out what is causing my mystery illness! However, he needs me to complete extensive testing over the next few weeks which will total around $1500 which I cannot afford which is why I am turning to you guys. 

No donation is to small, every cent will help me find the answers I need to be able to finally receive treatment. All money donated will go to helping me with my ongoing medical expenses and get me closer to finding answers after more than a year and a half of being stuck in medical limbo.

For those interested in my journey, please check out and subscribe to my blog: Finding Rainbows in the Dark  

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 11, 2018

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Posted on April 11, 2018

Through your generous donations I have been able to order my first test kit!

SIBO stands for small intestine bacterial overgrowth and causes symptoms such as bloating, diarrhoea, malnutrition, joint pain, fatigue and constipation. I tend to avoid talking about my “toilet symptoms” because I’ve suffered with chronic bloating/constipation/diarrhoea for as long as I can remember. This was improved by taking out gluten from my diet but still I suffer a lot of “toilet issues”.
SIBO is deeply connected to many other chronic illnesses that I potentially have and explains a small chunk of my health issues, but definitely not all.

SIBO is definitely treatable and sometimes it is curable too! However, treatment/cure requires a very very strict diet and a very long list of “do not eat” foods plus long-term antibiotic treatments.

Thank you for helping me afford this, I will keep you all updated on how I am using your generous donations!

Here is a short video I recorded today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HomvhyVWks


Posted on April 6, 2018

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Posted on April 6, 2018

WOW, in less than 24 hours you beautiful people have donated a third of my goal and my cause has been shared 120 times!
I am overwhelmed by the kindness and compassion I have received from you all.
Thank you for helping me get that one step closer to a diagnosis.

So much love for you all. 

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