As we pass the one year mark since Chris' Go Fund Me Page was started, we want to thank everyone who
has supported Chris and our effort in helping him return to health. Without your generous donations throughout the year, we would not have been able to explore the many medical treatment plans that Chris has tried. Some of the things Chris has tried have brought a slight improvement while others have not. But this process has allowed us to rule out many medical options and has helped us narrow down and explore many of the Lyme and Co-infection options that exist. Chris' fund raised $28,000 in 2014 and a little over that was spent on his medical care during the year.
With the new year comes a new hope that 2015 will be the year that we see substantial improvements in Chris.
Recent tests show that many of his infection levels and toxins, like heavy metals and mold, have started to come down and some of the newer meds he is trying to improve and mend his nervous system and further reduce infection levels, we are hopeful, will continue to improve Chris.
We are dedicated and totally committed to continuing an aggressive approach to treatments for Chris. Although it is easy for us to get frustrated in the length of time it is taking to return Chris to health, we are determined to succeed and help him get his life back.
The return to health for Chris is a marathon, not a sprint and we know we are so very close to succeeding. But again this year we will need the help of our very generous friends and supporters to succeed. We fully expect Chris' out of pocket medical expenses for 2015 to match if not exceed that of 2014 as we discuss with his doctors the possible treatment plans for this year.
We hope that this site helps us raise these much needed funds and hope that very soon we will be able to post very substantial results to show everyone the success that we have all hoped, prayed and worked for during these past few years.
The outpouring of support, best wishes, prayers and generous donations have been so encouraging and they have helped us all not feel so alone in this battle to return Chris to health. We can not thank you enough. It means so much to us! Chris' treatment plan continues to change as his doctor remains aggressive in treating all of his symptoms. With some of the new treatment options that Chris will be taking, it is more likely that our original expense for the year, which we projected to be $40,000 at the start of this campaign, will most likely be exceeded. Because of that, we are changing our goal to the original $40,000 projected for the year. Again, thanks to everyone for their support. We will continue to fight this battle until Chris returns to health!
It started 5 years ago with a slight twitch of the third finger of his left hand. Now, my brother Chris who was a healthy, active, college educated young man with his whole life ahead of him, is totally disabled, needing help with even the smallest of daily tasks. He cannot walk, eat, bathe or dress himself. He cannot speak, which is the most frustrating of all of his symptoms as trying to communicate even the most basic of thoughts is extremely difficult. Some days are worse than others and the fight that has gone on for so long, is just too much to handle. Chris saw 16 doctors over 5 years and none offered any answers or effective treatment plans. Some doctors said maybe Parkinson's Disease was the cause while others simply said they had no idea. One doctor went as far as to say Chris is a young man and he will just have to learn to live with it!
Since we were not about to simply give up the fight and let Chris continue to fade and worsen and accept, as these many doctors had done so easily, their notion that we would never know the cause for Chris' problems, we continued to search for answers and for a cure. Then, Just 7 months ago, with some Internet searching, some help from a couple of generous Lyme Disease Saavy volunteers and some extensive testing, Lyme Disease and some of its co-infections like Babesia and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever turned out to be the culprits. Finally after all this time we had answers. With this information, Chris went to another 3 doctors, Chronic Lyme specialists, who were unable to come up with an effective treatment. Initial improvements he had seen faded away and it was obvious there were more missing pieces of this complicated medical puzzle.
Then in early January, we were lucky to have gotten an appointment with one of the country's top Lyme Disease Doctors. This doctor performed a battery of tests, which showed some additional co-infections and other miscellaneous infections that have prevented previous treatment protocols from being effective. With these new results we have a much more complete medical picture and a renewed hope that now, after all this time, we are on the right path to an effective treatment plan for Chris who has suffered far too long with something that should have been diagnosed, treated properly and corrected long ago.
This medical journey for Chris, searching for answers and a cure, has taken such a toll on all of us physically, emotionally and financially. Since his insurance company, like many of them today, does not pay for many of the Chronic Lyme Disease related medical expenses, treatment has been an enormous financial burden. Compounding the problem is that our parents have only been able to work part-time jobs so that they can care for Chris' needs. Just to give you an idea of these ongoing expenses, last year Chris' out of pocket medical expenses exceeded $15,000 and this year, that amount will likely double.
It is however, money well spent as we strongly believe we are now on the right path for a return to health for Chris. It will be another long and costly road to travel but a road we travel eagerly, with enthusiasm and with the hope that this doctor will give Chris back his health and his life.
Thank you so much for reading our story and in considering being a part of our family's fight for Chris' health with a donation to his medical fund.