- Posted June 1, 2009 by
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16 MONTHS OF HELL AND STILL FIGHTING, BILLY'S DISEASE!!!
Twenty four year old poet and up and coming musician, Sullee J, was sitting at home, watching the late news on his local Baltimore, Maryland Fox channel, when his heart was touched forever. Young Billy Anderson's story came on his television, and as Sullee J watched, he says, " It really hit my heart, not just because Billy's condition is unique, but because the duration of how long he has been suffering, and Billy is still striving and living, it is very admirable."
Billy Anderson is a 29 year old husband and father who was the picture of health until he came down with a sudden and life threatening illness in December of 2007. Billy was admitted to the hospital on January 6th, 08 and has never been home since. He has been to a total of 5 different hospitals with no diagnosis, being passed from one facility to another, in part because of his lack of medical coverage, but also because of the mystery and complexity of his illness. Billy Anderson has lost 110 pounds to date and is suffering from a stomach condition that is still unknown and the B Cell line of his immune system has shut down baffling doctors all over the country.
Sullee J says that he was, "appalled after witnessing such a situation due to its rarity, which led me to look more into Billy and his condition."
Initially, Sullee J's best friend, Sana, reached out to Billy's family after spending hours researching Billy's Disease after she saw the same news story. She sent Billy's mother- in-law, Vicki Peterson, an email and that email has progressed into a beautiful friendship across the miles between Sana, Sullee J, and the entire Anderson family.
Sullee J says that he felt compelled to do something to help Billy Anderson, and what he had to offer were his words and music. He wrote the song "Billy's Conscience" to have "an emotional, hopeful, and inspirational impact on Billy and his family", but the song has touched so many other people's lives as well.
Billy's Support Group on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=97347050337) has been so touched by the song, that the group is expanding quickly, the song is moving from ear to ear, blessing peoples lives with Billy's story of hope, faith, and life with an unknown illness, through Sullee J's beautiful words. Sean Torres, one of the Anderson's friends from Tulsa, Oklahoma wrote the family after hearing the song and said, "I like to think of myself as a strong, tough man with very little sensitivity and emotion, but when I heard that song by SULLEE J, I couldn't help but "CRY".... you keep fighting and I'll keep praying!"
Sullee J used Billy's own daughters' and wife's voices in the song, so that Billy could listen to it and hear how much he is loved by them!
" Honestly, to hear about what Billy and his family have and are still presently going through has made me cry several times just thinking about how life is everyday in that hospital bed. For me, I was in a car accident which left me in the hospital for only a month, but then I was on bed rest for almost a year after that. The feeling drives you crazy, mentally and physically... Billy is a true soldier, a warrior, he is probably one of the strongest people in the world, and even through his struggle right now, he will get back up one day, get through this, and help a lot of people in this world believe there is hope in God's hands, as well as your own", says Sullee J.
Please, if you would like more information on Billy Anderson's Plight, the family is asking for help from the media and the public in general. All of the contact information is on Billy's official website, http://www.PrayForBilly.com, or you can email the family at firstname.lastname@example.org. On the website you will also find all of Billy's medical information for any person in the medical field, or if you are just curious to help the family try to find an answer to young Billy's illness. You will also find Billy's extensive national and international media coverage, google Billy's Disease, his wife is tirelessly doing news interviews as she sits by Billy's bedside praying for the day she can bring her husband home to their family. Both Sullee J and Nikki Peterson, Billy's wife, are willing to do any and all news and other media interviews, if needed to help Billy!!!
If you would like more information on Sullee J or his music, please go to his Myspace music page at
http://www.myspace.com/sulleejrapper. You can find his music on iTunes, Rhapsody, and Amazon. You can download "Billy's Conscience" for free at this link: http://www.zshare.net/audio/6017304480b38713/
God bless you and please PRAY FOR BILLY AND SPREAD THE WORD ON HIS ILLNESS! WE NEED YOUR HELP TO BRING HIM HOME TO HIS WIFE, NIKKI, AND THEIR DAUGHTERS