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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.
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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!))
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KechK Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student General Artist
THOSE HORRIBLE DOCTORS
how can they just assume. Whatever it is, i hope you're on your road to recovery, i wish you the best of luck!
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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
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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. :)
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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.
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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. >_>
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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:
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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. :|
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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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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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DESTRUCTION-BUNNY Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really horrible, no one should have to go through so much suffering just because the country they live in is far behind...
How can people, especially doctors be so blind?
I really do hope that things change, as soon as possible, for all those still suffering, and I wish you the best of luck on your ongoing journey.
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I honestly don't know how they can be so blind, if hundreds of people are testing positive, wouldn't you think they would at least raise an eyebrow and be interested??? Makes me so angry! Just to refuse is absurd. These kinds of doctors learn from their 30 year old text books and sadly never really move away from them.
Thank you so much for your comment :heart:
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DESTRUCTION-BUNNY Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just think, as a doctor, you have to do anything, try anything to heal your patient, and if it's a strange, uncommen diagnosis, it doesn't matter, as long as it helps.
It's really frustrating, especially when you notice you're pretty much powerless against them.
You're very welcome, thanks for sharing your story with us :)
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alerion19 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh!
Ticks are practically everywhere in the world, how could Australia not know this?
I am so sorry for all of your suffering.
God bless you and I hope you make a strong recovery soon, and I hope this story will show Australia that Lyme disease does exist and effects many people.
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Australia is so far behind sometimes... Makes me angry many others have to live like this too :(
Thank you so much for watching and your comment! I really do appreciate it!
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alerion19 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing this with the world, it helps us know as well!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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UltraViolet14 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   General Artist
Hello Sarah!

This is a great video you've put together :). I too have Lyme Disease and so I understand first hand how it really is no fun :(. I'm part of a Lyme Support Group on :facebook: where other people who have Lyme Disease have gathered to support each other in the fight and pass along information each has gathered along the way. Are you part of such a group already? Are you interested in being a part of this one?
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for watching :aww: I am part of a facebook group for Australians, it is a wonderful place, full of support :) I have a better support system online than in real life, because they are ALWAYS there :giggle:
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UltraViolet14 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   General Artist
You're welcome :)! That's great! And yeah, I do know what you mean there :D.
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yasminopalcaster Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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That's horrible! ;n;
Evil doctors >:c
Australia wake up and accept the facts!!

I hope you get all the treatment that you need and hopefully Lyme Disease will be gone for good...

Seriously though, that's horrible... it's people like you—as an example—that make me stay on this planet even more, because even I get thoughts of ready to go on drugs... suicidal thoughts, but when people like you make videos such as this one, it let's me know that there's much worse out there then what I'm dealing with ;n;

:hug: Hopefully Australia will get there heads out of the sand and do some more research and that you feel better...
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very evil "doctors" calling those particular ones that makes my tongue burn!
I am going into week three of treatment now, bringing in more meds on Tuesday :) I am on the right path now I think <3
I too know there are people worse off than me, but every fight is a fight, and it still takes a lot of strength to face them, that means you too! :aww: :huggle:
Considering we have so much sand on our beaches, it's no surprise... HAHA. Okay, that was really lame. ;)
But yeah, they really need to wake up. I bet if a doctor or a member of the government were to be bitten, things would change super quick...
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yasminopalcaster Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very evil indeed. >:c

That's good, I wish and hope everything will continue to go on that right path. :aww:
Aww, thank you. :huggle:
XD Don't feel bad, I make lame jokes myself such as that one. XD
I bet so too, I hate those kind of people that pay attention to the government and doctors and not look at everyday regular people; really, that just gets me very angered.

Other than that, I'm glad things are getting soo much better for you, really, I felt so horrible when I watched this. ;n;
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Ravens-of-Rome Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Bless you, girl. I hope you get the best treatment for all the crap you had to put up with.
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :heart:
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :heart:
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Svitavotara Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
My gosh. :noes: I knew that humans can be affected by ticks and that people knew about it, but I had no idea about the horrid effects of lyme disease and the fact that it's been mostly ignored.

Hopefully Australia does wake up to this. People are suffering from this, yourself included. We can't let this keep happening, or more people shall keep suffering from lyme disease. I'll try spreading this around. I was so shocked watching this video. I'm so, so sorry about what had been happening to you. I'm glad that at least you've found out about the disease, instead of never having to know what the "illness" was at all.

I hope and wish that, somehow, things will get better for you. :heart:
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is extremely shocking how many doctors just don't believe. People have actually passed away from situations like this, left untreated for too long, so it then goes and damages organs which later fail :( I don't want people to die because of plain ignorance :(

Thank you very much for watching :heart:
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Svitavotara Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
You're most welcome. The fact that people actually passed away held me on the verge of tears. No way am I wanting that. Bless them.
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Strudel--Cutie4427 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   Writer
Oh my gosh - that's terrible! I may not have gone through the same as you but I understand what it's like when people don't believe there's something wrong with you. I really hope you can get the treatment you need and deserve (as well as anyone else who needs it) -hugs you- I'm really sorry you have to suffer through all this :(
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for watching :aww: I'm on my second/third week of treatment, treating the co-infections so hopefully my life will get back on track soon :heart:. Thank you so much for your comment <3
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Strudel--Cutie4427 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   Writer
I really hope so.

(and it was my friend Vi who posted a journal about you that actually got me to look)
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Tochibi Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I am Speechlesss......I knew that i have allready give up....
I admire you.....
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Tochibi Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
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starlight2infinity Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Hi Dear :hug:
I did watch this but haven't logged in a great video and you put the whole issue for you in perspective for people

Sadly for you it was years of unknowing & uncertainly and that is truly the deepest touching part of this

Again all I can hope is they get it right this time and stop the further damage ... whats done is done
but maybe in time some of that can be repaired..
we learn new things everyday

The human brain is a remarkable thing sweetheart and it adapts learns and find new ways to do what we have lost

sometimes it means we have to look at things from a different angle and approach so never think that your music or ability to create music is gone dear
its just a matter of finding a new way to express and explore that which you love..:)

Oddly I have a el cheapo squier (Sunburst) cept mine's a lefty and I play it not so well but enjoy it :)
(if fact I cant get from one side of a song to the other :giggle:)

on the other dear we all go there and I can well understand your emotions at the time :(

we all can loose hope but I guess thats the hardest thing to hold on to in a sea of uncertainly..so dont feel ashamed or bad about that
anyone with any true feelings has or will be there under the right conditions and you my dear sadly certainly had them in way too many ways :(
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Coming from the master of Spelling errors dear you do fine :) :giggle: I forgive you ;) ;P

Happy to read on your journal too that finally there is some action on that front and treatment has begun :) :w00t:

I just so :pray: this is the right road..well finally
thats all... I worry for you Sarah :hug:

I would have added some music to this Dear
partly music helps people feel the emotion of your true life story better I think..
Still regardless the message is there and thats the important thing

the down side is till they grind a tick up and find lyme's desire in Oz they will believe it dont exist..as I said before too, its not weather it does or dont it Exist in Oz

the fact you have it according to the tests..
which the" US tests" are not very likely to be wrong at all

so get on with that fact and treat you with it..

Anyway keep us posted Sarah I know you probably may not be feeling the best over the next few weeks but make sure you eat all the good food and stay healthy as possible ..its easy for us when not so well to let our self slip and truly that doesnt really help where we want to be..
so be a good girl and eat your veggies :)
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, you always have such kind words for me! :heart:
I look forward to the years from here on out, but I'll never forget the ones that have passed, as they are the years that shaped me :aww:
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starlight2infinity Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
yeah I have to agree, if it wasn't for the horrible things in our lives..well its how we handle them that make us better and what we are today..I know my pain and know how it helped to shape & define me but sure sometimes I wish they'd have been an easier way to learn Dear..still life is a learning curve and from it we draw the many lessons to make us better..sometimes that comes later with a bit of wisdom we have acquired over time

oh yes dear cause you way do deserve them so very much and I hope from them they help you draw from your inner strength Sarah..just knowing people care I think can at times give us a greater strength then we know and yep I care dear Sarah so stay strong my friend :hug::heart:
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krevez Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Photographer
I CRIED, i mean i knew these things from talking to you, but never the severity of everything! Shame on the doctors! For them to put you into a mental hospital and then to push you to wanting to kill yourself, I'm so sorry Sarah. I hope more awareness is brought for Australia. <3
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much <3 yes shame on them big time :( it's very sad because I wasn't the only one in the ward treated the same by those men...
I created this video to do my bit to help, hopefully it might help in the end!
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krevez Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Photographer
it would be really cool to petition the australian government for them to force all doctors to start treating it!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love to grab fellow Lymies and do just that <3
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krevez Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Photographer
AW that word is rather cute o3o
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