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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
@08:04Thank you so much for watching!
We have a letter we plan on sending all those ignorant doctors, I know a piece of paper can't do much, but words certainly can!
It sadly is happening to many other people :( it has to stop
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A short film to raise awareness of Lyme Disease by Sarah Vafidis. There are some spelling errors, very sorry and some of the slides are a little short - you can always just rewind a little if you don't catch it the first time. I hope things change for us suffering from Lyme Disease soon, Australia needs to just wake up and accept the facts. Why is it they recognise ticks on dogs and not Australians? We are treated worse than our beloved animals...

I first uploaded this on YouTube and seem to be getting a good response, people are sharing it around which is amazing and I really appreciate the support. Each watch and share means one more person is educated. That makes me happy.

I put a mature content on, just to be safe.

Thank you for watching my personal journey. Sadly I am not the only one who gets treated this way.

~Sarah Vafidis

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ChrisMillerGU Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Good Lord. I'm going to pray for you, Sarah.

I'm unfamiliar with the law in Australia, but I'd try and sue those doctors for malpractice. They were grossly negligent to say the least, and deserve to pay for it. In the US, what they did to you would be considered unethical, maybe even criminally negligent.
Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much Chris, I really appreciate that.
We made the first attempts with a lawyer, and realised it would cost a LOT of money to proceed, I know you can't put a price on justice (and as terrible as it sounds, I wasn't in a healthy place and would have preferred a 20cent bullet) but of course I'd never do that - lucky for them I was far too sick. LOL. No, I wouldn't.

One of the firms we contacted couldn't do anything about it, as there was a conflict of interest. Either the same thing had happened with those "doctors" already, or they were related somehow. Either is very likely.

In hindsight I'd have loved to sue them all. I know now what it is they failed to do. BUT, we were under the impression we had five years to sue. ((cut off year or something)) but that had been changed to three ((I think)) so we missed out anyway. We contacted the lawyers too late as my family were getting over the trauma too.

I can always hire a ninja to do my work ;) I kid, I kid... Doesn't stop me wanting to though!

((word vomit, sorry!))
KechK Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student General Artist
how can they just assume. Whatever it is, i hope you're on your road to recovery, i wish you the best of luck!
Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, means a lot to me :heart: Thank you for watching <3
Myn-Anthony Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I cried a lot while watching this. I'm still crying... Partly because I've gone through many of the same things, emotionally, but also because, although I feel like I can relate somewhat, what you went through is so much worse! I've had a doctor or two suggest I'm making it up, but each time we easily found another. And that was before my diagnosis with Lyme. After the diagnosis, finding treatment and LLMDs (Lyme literate medical doctors) was easy! I mean, we had to travel a long way to see them, but there are several really good ones in the US. (Granted, they actually weren't able to help me, since I have other serious complications.) What you said about how those doctors treated you and thought of you... it makes me so angry!! I'd have screamed at them and possibly even hit them! Of course, that would have just confirmed to them that I'm insane... :\ So maybe not. God. Maybe my parents would just have sued them and/or written angry letters. I dunno. What I do know is that if I got into the same situation as you, we'd probably just move to the US, or wherever I could get treated. Or just travel overseas for each appointment. I don't even know if that's possible, though... Probably not.
Anyway...I'm just ranting. I'm very, very sorry you've gone through all that. I wish there was something I could do to help...

Hey, could you give me the YouTube address? I'd like to share it on YT...if I can. There are sometimes issues with being in different countries. I'm not sure how that works. But I have a YT channel and I post vlogs (among other things), so I could even mention it in my next vlog maybe. :)
Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you honey, I'm sorry it made you cry, but I know I've cried when I watch other people with the same story! We have thought about moving over there so many times, but it is just not possible for our situation, I have had invites from friends to go stay with them so I could get treatment, and that just breaks my heart. There really are good people in this world!

I am on week 4 (I think) of treatment, dealing with the co-infections so I am lucky to have found my doctor who is on the path to LLMD :D I honestly don't think we even have one LLMD in Australia :( maybe we do, but even then, it would be JUST the one.

I'd very much appreciate the mention in one of your videos, that would be so very kind! The link to this video there is here: [link] and my channel is here: [link] in case the first one messed up.
Myn-Anthony Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the extremely late reply! I haven't actually gotten around to doing another vlog yet, but I'll definitely mention your video in my next one. :)

I'm glad you have a doctor who's willing to learn about Lyme. :D And I hope that Lyme is all you have and can be taken care of with antibiotics. I have to ask though, are you taking any probiotics? Taking powerful antibiotics without taking probiotics can be damaging in the long run. I found this out the hard way. >_>
Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries :D
I have other illnesses amongst the Lyme, so I was a lucky dip when I was born eh? :XD:
I haven't started antibiotic treatment yet, but I will definitely balance everything up when I do, don't want to damage my stomach more :XD:
Myn-Anthony Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I've recently found out that the reason I'm still sick after being treated for Lyme for years is actually a certain type of mold in our house. It's deep in the ducts, so getting it out will be a huge undertaking. I was lucky enough to inherit the gene that makes me especially susceptible to this mold. :shakefist: It certainly seems like when people have chronic Lyme disease, there are almost always a lot of other health problems going on. :|
burytheorchids Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student General Artist
@08:04That is really bone-chilling. I with you the best of luck!

Dang, I'm usually a forgive-and-forget person, but you need to do something about that hospital. What happened to you was horrible, and it could be happening to other people.
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