Paradise woman fights for her life after finding out she has West Nile Virus

Jul 25, 2014 12:41 AM by Vanessa Vasconcelos

Butte County has announced that there are now two confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus in Butte County. One woman who is newly diagnosed shared her story with us.

After being sick for nearly four years, Tina Balasek is relieved to finally find out what has been causing her debilitating symptoms. Just last Friday, she learned she is infected with West Nile Virus.

Despite winning her battles with cancer twice, Tina says this is her toughest battle yet. For more than 3 1/2 years, her health has been deteriorating and doctors haven't been able to give her an answer, Getting better is proving to be difficult.

As a substitute teacher, she doesn't work enough to qualify for health insurance, but has worked so much that she also doesn't qualify for Medi-cal or Social Security. Her family is doing what they can to support her.

Between testing and treatments, Tina's medical bills have surpassed $40,000. She has sold her house and car to help pay these expenses.
With her extreme weight loss and debilitating symptoms, she is doing what she can to stay active and get her life back.

Tina is a fighter and tells me she refuses to be a statistic. I have asked her family to keep me posted with any fundraising efforts.


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