Thursday, 8 March 2018
An Appeal for Kahla Bullemor
It seems ludicrous that such a huge, powerful, strong woman can be struck down so suddenly and completely, but after travelling to India last October on a promotional tour for a supplement company, Kahla Bullemor's health deteriorated alarmingly.
Kahla at the Tampa Pro last year
It is an honour to return to India and share my knowledge on nutrition [and] training, and passion for a sport I truly love, she wrote before she fell ill and returned to her Brisbane base with "symptoms that were consistent with flu". She sought medical help but it took over a month to confirm the diagnosis - Lyme disease.
Treatments available in her native Australia have not been entirely successful, and as she has been unable to work, she has no means by which to pay her five-figure mediacal bills. She is "in tremendous pain every day", even struggling to get out of bed. Consequently, Kahla has looked overseas for alternative, experimental treatments available, finding one in Germany that could restore her quality of life.
Unsurprisingly though, it is prohibitively expensive.
Friends of hers have set up this GoFundMe page to raise money for the treatment (and the cost of Kahla's trip to Germany). The page has been shared all over, including on female muscle fan forums, where, disappointingly, its validity was called into question.
All those "this is definitely a scam" tosspots had to do was look at Kahla's Instagram, where, on February 22nd, and despite very much preferring to "keep a very private life", she thanked her friends and all those who had donated and sent messages of love and support. The only way I can thank you, she wrote, is promise to battle this til the end and come through the other side a better person, athlete, and friend.
Kahla with friend Stacey Howard, who set up the appeal with her husband
Let's Help Get Kahla to Germany