A woman so desperate to receive treatment abroad for her Lyme disease has resorted to selling naked “in good taste” to raise money.
Michelle De Feo wants to travel to Washington in the US UU., Where he expects doctors to relieve some of his life-changing symptoms.
The 28-year-old from Colchester, Essex, was diagnosed with the disease almost a year after complaining of dizziness and fatigue, reports Essex Live.
And Michelle, who grew up on a farm, believes she may have been bitten by a tick in 2016 when she was surrounded by horses, deer and forests.
He has now taken the unusual approach of selling nude photos on social media to raise the £ 6,000 he needs for flight and treatment.
But he admitted that his family has not done well.
“My father found out and I was a little upset. He said he felt sad because he was doing it,” he said.
“My mother is fine with that and said it’s not like you’re not a prostitute. She said it’s a kind of power if you’re a woman in your situation.”
Michelle says she posts ‘good taste’ photos, with many suitable fetishes, for example, a selection of foot photos and users have to pay to subscribe to their account to view them.
So far, he has raised £ 600 through his nudes and £ 800 through his GoFundMe page.
She hopes that sharing her story will not only help her raise the money she needs, but will also make Lyme disease known to her.
Bacterial infection can be transmitted to humans by infected ticks. It is easy to treat if diagnosed early.
Explaining how she thinks she was infected by the tick, Michelle said: “I was always taking care of the horses in shorts and always in the stable.
“We used to have deer coming to the door too, although we never knocked them.”
“I just didn’t feel well at all. I was getting lethargic and I felt so tired and then I got a rash on my arm. I didn’t think about anything until I got really bad. I felt I had the flu and I really fell asleep.
“I knew something was wrong. I was getting so tired and so dizzy that I couldn’t stop. I was just crying in the bathroom saying something was wrong.”
“Then I was urinating blood and that’s when I went to the center without an appointment to ask for help.”
Michelle sought private medical help where she was tested for Lyme disease. She says the GP said they couldn’t treat him and that all they could do was provide pain relievers.
“It was really scary when I knew I had a diagnosis, my mental health was affected,” Michelle said.
“It is as if you were afflicted by your old life.”
For a year after her diagnosis, Michelle received medications, a strict diet and many vitamins.
But it was not long before he relapsed, getting the old symptoms of dizziness and finding blood in his urine again.
It was then that he visited Washington, heard about an incredible treatment for Lyme disease and began selling nudes to raise money to get there.
“I know many people who do it now, there are mothers struggling to feed their children doing it,” he said.
“I will be judged and my father gets upset and other family members do it. But if you were in my situation you would do anything.”
Michelle says she takes several nudes in one day and then publishes them gradually. You cannot take pictures every day due to your health, since it takes about three hours to get a good set.
“I publish all kinds of photos. I used to model some topless lingerie. Everything is very tasteful,” he explained.
“I even post pictures of feet and fetish things. In fact, I prefer to do fetish things because you can put on your clothes.”
Michelle said she has a lot of underwear from her modeling days, but she also has an Amazon wish list so fans can buy her things if they want to see her wear something specific.
Reflecting on what she is doing, Michelle said she thinks “she shouldn’t be doing this,” but she thinks she shows “how desperate” she is about to get her life in order.
“I need to spread awareness as much as I can and I think others with Lyme should also tell their stories,” he said.
Along with his Lyme disease, he was diagnosed with endometriosis.
A spokesman for NHS England and NHS Improvement in East England said: “Lyme disease can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, since symptoms such as feeling hot and chills, headaches, muscle aches or discomfort, too They can occur in other conditions.
“If you have been bitten by a tick and do not feel well with flu-like symptoms or if you develop a circular red rash, you should visit your GP or call NHS 111.”