Hi, I’m Cass.
Whilst working and studying fulltime in 2014 in my dream career, I contracted a double-Shingles Virus that altered the course of my life.
I very quickly dropped to 32kgs, was unable to consume solid food without vomiting. I had violent nausea all day, every day, nerve pain that left me bedridden and I was too dizzy to walk without assistance.
It took many frightening months of uncertainty, hospital stays and appointments before I was diagnosed with two post-viral conditions.
A simple virus has left me with nerve damage, causing daily nerve pain and vertigo; and a stomach condition which leaves me with daily crippling nausea and severe abdominal pain upon eating.
As a result of this, I have temporarily lost my ability to work and study since 2014.
I am one of the few sufferers who had savings behind me, and have been using them to survive and cover medical costs (I do not qualify for the Illness Allowance). I also have a pretty awesome support group.
My new reality was a very hard one to manage, let alone accept.
Most days are hard, but I hold hope for the good days; they are everything.
Through creating a blog to document my journey, I discovered thousands of worldwide sufferers of illness; some diagnosed, some undiagnosed and even some who were misdiagnosed.
Illness has forced me to reflect on how much I took for granted; especially the little things.
Opening packages is one of those little things… oh, the feeling you get when you have ordered online and delivery day comes!
The Chronically Ill don't have the money to spend on anything except medical bills, appointments and treatment. The only mail received is medical related.
I wanted to give these Warriors a reason to smile, and thought of sending boxes of gifts worldwide.
This project is titled “Be Kind To One Another Boxes” (a favourite motto by the Kindness Queen, Ellen Degeneres).
I originally hoped to send 5 boxes using my savings, but once word spread about my project, I was overwhelmed with donations from people who wanted to help make my idea a reality.
In November 2016 I raised $479 and mailed 25 full gift boxes worldwide.
I was asked back by popular demand in 2017 and raised $671 worth of donations (a total of $1150 for both years!).
In the month of March I mailed an additional 36 boxes.
I have been blessed by donating companies to be able to send a huge 40+ boxes in July 2017 but we are in need of funds...
As there is a countless amount of illness sufferers, I have requested that members of this community perform an act of kindness themselves and nominate each other to go into the draw to win.
You wouldn’t believe how many of these warriors battle daily, and still manage to brighten the days of others.
My heart warms to every company who has donated.
A few companies who donated over both years were: Mecca Cosmetica, Gemma Watts, Hurraw!, Go-To-Skincare, Dusty Girls, Carman’s Kitchen, and WooHoo! Body.
As we all know international shipping is costly.
One full box of gifts mailed internationally this year was estimated at 30-45(AUD).
Our next draw is July, with hope of mailing another 40+ boxes.
This would require more fundraising, so I have increased our fundraising to $2000 (meaning we need $850)
Money raised, and left over, goes straight towards the packing and shipping of these gift boxes to winning recipients.
If you’re in a position to donate, ANY amount would be greatly appreciated!
Your simple act of kindness will make the day of a stranger in desperate need of a smile.
(Keep in mind that YOUCARING take 2.9% + .30c of your donation. This page is in AUD so if you are overseas, please check conversion rates before donating as they cannot be refunded!)
This is primarily Instagram-based, so if you would like to find out more, see the companies I’ve collaborated with, or the winners, please follow me:
I can also be contacted at:
Many have called this idea crazy.
Maybe they’re right, but I know first hand how emotionally and physically challenging illness can be. Although my illness is not leaving, I am growing stronger by the day. I would like to make the most of my better days by doing something nice for people who are worse off, than I.
There is no greater gift than the gift of giving.