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A Handmade item
Made in Australia
by Tam James Creations
* All Madeit sellers are based in Australia and goods are shipped from Australia.

I am so excited that Artby JuliaKing and I have teamed up for a fundraiser.
We are joining forces to raise awareness and a little bit of funds for the International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society.

I am selling these brooches for ten dollars each.

Five dollars from each of them will go to the International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society.

The Artwork was supplied by Artby JuliaKing, who has AE, and the quirky Zebra represents the rareness of the disease. Isn't he a cutie?

I have a few of these fellas available right now, but am always happy to make more.
Please help spread the word far and wide.
Here is some info on AE that Julia has provided.

Autoimmune Encephalitis (AE) is a neurological illness where the patients own immune system develops antibodies that attack their healthy brain by mistake.
This rare illness was only discovered in 2007, so is not widely known in the medical world yet, meaning that a lot of patients are left undiagnosed or misdiagnosed therefore receiving life-saving treatment is delayed.
As this illness is not widely known, and often patients early symptoms are psychiatric in nature (mimicking schizophrenia or a psychotic break), which means many patients correct diagnosis is delayed.
Diagnosis can also be complicated, as specific "non-standard" blood and spinal fluid tests are needed (as well as an assessment of symptoms), but not all antibodies that cause this illness have been identified yet!
If so many medical professionals aren't even aware this illness exists, then how will they know to test for it? How will they suspect their patient has AE?
AE is a complex illness with a long list of symptoms, including cognitive issues, memory loss, pain, psychosis, hallucinations, seizures, personality changes and a lot more. Often patients will end up in a coma, have to relearn how to walk and talk.
There is no cure, but there are treatments which help - immunosuppressant therapies, IVIG (from donated plasma), steroids, chemo and plasma exchange. These treatments are aggressive and often come with a long list of side effects, and risks.
Even with treatment, recovery can take months or even years, but sadly some patients never fully recover or lose their battle altogether.

So Why is the Zebra important to people with Autoimmune Encephalitis?
The Zebra is the symbol of Rare Illness - as Doctors are often taught "when you hear hoof beats think horses not zebras" - meaning look for the obvious. But with rare illnesses they need to look for the Zebra.

For more information about Autoimmune Encephalitis, and to help raise awareness, check out the International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society on Facebook.
Julia and I thank you for your support

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