It’s that time of year where generosity goes a long way, especially to those who need it most. Edward Caissie, also known as @JellyBeen, is in need of the WordPress community’s generosity. His wife, Terri Caissie, was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy (Autoimmune) with Progressive Cerebella Ataxia on January 22, 2015. Her immune system is attacking her own body.
This disease is exceptionally rare with roughly 200-300 people worldwide diagnosed. Edward has set up a YouCaring page for his wife asking for $2,500 to pay for medical treatment and devices. Here are a few of the symptoms Terri is experiencing due to the disease:
- Stuttering when meeting new people.
- Typing words backwards without knowing it.
- Pronouncing words backwards in sentences.
- Short term memory loss.
- Loss of basic math skills.
- Medications impacting kidney function.
If you can’t afford to make a monetary donation, spreading awareness of the disease is the next best thing. This can be accomplished in a number of ways through social media, blogs, and local media. Terri has never asked for financial help but she’s out of options, “It’s what I need to do to survive as I can no longer work,” she said.
Edward is an active member of the Theme Review team, Lead Happiness Engineer for NextGEN Gallery, and a great, longstanding member of the WordPress community. Please consider helping him and his wife this holiday season by donating to their YouCaring page.