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Mom with lupus needs helping hand

A single mother from Kraaifontein, who is living with lupus, has appealed for help to buy a machine to help her breathe while sleeping, a generator and funds to cover medical bills.

Ashline Groenewald, who was diagnosed with lupus in 2015, says the journey has not been easy.

“I did not know anything about lupus when I woke up with a swollen face and body one day,” she says.

After a number of medical tests, Groenewald was diagnosed with lupus.

“I was dumbstruck, I did not know what that meant at all.”

Lupus us an auto-immune disease where the body attacks itself.

In her case, inflammation is active and high and treatment includes being on steroids daily.

“My medication ranges from about 15 (pills) in the morning and 20 at night. I am constantly under medication and it is costly,” she explains.

After going from one pharmacy to another, Groenewald finally found one in Brackenfell which had agreed to give her medication on account.

Due to the disease, she has suffered chronic kidney failure, sleep apnea, depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes among others.

She also had to cut her working hours to half day, resulting in a salary cut. Currently, Groenewald needs R2 500 to settle her pharmacy account in order to receive her next batch of medication.

“I cannot receive my next batch because my account is not up to date.”

The mom of two had to cancel her neurology and rheumatology appointments because she could not pay.

“These are visits that I desperately need. Each specialist will cost me about R2 500.”

She says the illness has taken a lot of her children’s time.

“As a mother, I cannot give my children attention because I am constantly complaining about the pain. I see what this is doing to them and it hurts me to be making them go through that.

“I would like to, just for a day, take the pain away and have decent conversations with my children.

“They worry about me and it should not be like that. They should be living their own lives without worrying if I will wake up or not,” Groenewald explains.

She says the machines will help with her breathing while she sleeps.

“I did a test some time ago and it was found that I stop breathing about 14 to 20 times at night, which is very risky.

“The machine and the generator will help me continue breathing if I need to,” she explains.

Groenewald has started a Back-a-Buddy campaign to help raise the funds.

To read or donate to Ashline Groenewald’s campaign, visit https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/ash-groenewald.

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