Campaign begins to help with woman’s medical bills

Wabash resident Kristy Fletcher (left) is helping her sister, Julie Denton, spread the word about mystery illnesses. Denton, of Greenbriar, Ark., has been suffering for at least 15 years with a disease that doctors just determined to be tricothecene mycotoxins. She is now undergoing treatment in Dallas, Texas. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

Friends of an Arkansas woman with ties to Wabash County have launched a Go Fund Me page to help her raise money to pay for treatments for her fight against an extremely rare disease.

The woman, Julie Denton of Greenbriar, Ark., is now undergoing treatment in Dallas, Texas, to combat her ailment, which was recently diagnosed as toxic neuropathy due to tricothecene mycotoxins.

Although she has been battling the disease for upwards of 15 years, it wasn’t until April 24 that doctors determined the cause for her problems.

“She has had this illness as long as I can remember, yet gets up every day caring for her three kids and husband even though she is hurting physically,” her sister, Wabash resident Kristy Fletcher said. “I’ve seen her aching so badly she can’t get out of bed and has no strength.”

Denton’s problems began after she and her husband, Dean, moved back to Little Rock, Ark., from California after the birth of their first child.

“When our first child was born, we decided that we wanted to be closer to home, so we moved back to Arkansas,” she wrote on her Go Fund Me webpage.

Denton, who has a degree in special education, joined a Little Rock firm and began working her way up the corporate ranks.

“It was during this time that I started to realize that something just wasn’t right with my health,” she wrote. “After a few years of pushing through, I thought it would be best to go back to a ‘teacher’s schedule.’ The problems continued to get worse – (with) extreme exhaustion, pain from head to toe, chronic fatigue and brain fog.”

Doctors wanted her to quit working, but she refused.

“I tapered down to a part-time teaching job but even with giving it all my might, it was short lived,” she wrote. “I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t take care of my children, my husband, my house. I couldn’t even take care of my self.”

Denton became bed-ridden and, through process of elimination, doctors determined she was suffering from Fibromyalgia.

“I spent years as a lab rat,” she wrote. “Medication after medication, all of which never worked but gave me more problems, it seemed. Tests and treatments galore, both traditional and non-traditional, but never any cure.”

In spite of her ailments, Fletcher said her sister has always tried to put others, especially her families, before herself.

“No matter how awful she is feeling she has never missed church, missed any school event or any sporting event for her children,” Fletcher said. “She may ache the whole time she’s there but everyone has always come before her.

“When the (2013) tornadoes hit Moore, Okla., she cleaned out so much stuff from her house she filled a van. I asked her if her kids had any clothes left at all.”

Denton is a very spiritual person, her sister said.

During a passage on her Go Fund Me, Denton alludes to her spirituality, saying, “As a soldier in Christ’s Army, the devil will do anything to kill me, but his secret has now been exposed.”

She took the diagnosis of her condition in stride, writing, “When you live this long feeling like you’ve been beat with a bat from head to toe with brain fog so bad that your speech is now impaired, you are happy to receive even a bad diagnosis.”

Tricothecene mycotoxins is a “most deadly, toxic form of mold,” she wrote, explaining the ailment. “This type of mold is so deadly that the United States government uses this for biological warfare.”

To help fight the disease, Denton is headed to Dallas, Texas for treatment.

“The levels in me are toxic and deadly and it will kill me if not removed,” she wrote. “If I happen to get sick, I could die easily of the sickness because the mold has stripped me of my immune system.”

The procedure, which will last between four and six weeks, will include killing off the toxic mold, removing the toxins and then repairing her brain cells and nervous system that have been damaged by the toxic mold.

“Insurance doesn’t cover my treatment, but it is my hope and intent to go and get well and then go out and fight for this miraculous treatment to be covered by insurance and made available to so many sick people that are dying and committing suicide because of these ‘invisible’ diseases that torture them 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Fletcher hopes that her friends, as well as the friends of her husband, Johnnie, help spread the word of these mystery diseases.

“My hope is she raises enough money to be with us forever, pain free,” Fletcher said. “As she says on the website, any money raised over and above what she absolutely needs for her treatment will be paid forward to help others in need who are suffering from these mysterious illnesses. She has so much to live for because she ‘s such a giving person and helps everyone else over herself.”

Anyone wishing to contribute to Denton’s fundraising campaign can go to

Posted on 2015 May 19