Hello! I hope everyone is having an awesome summer! We are still working hard over here to get Kisses for Kris up and fully running. We have a few things still on our plate to accomplish:
1. stickers and t-shirts are in the process of being made so those will be distrubuted to help spread awareness!
2. The Etsy site is gettting more hits every day! I will soon be posting some BEAUTIFUL handmade jewelry on there that my cousin, Kinsey McLeod, made!
3. We have come up with the new and OFFICIAL catch phrase for t-shirts, stickers, etc.
"FIGHT THE BITE"
Thank you all for the continued support!
Check out this awesome article about Lymes and the continued battle on how to treat it.
fight the bite, spread the word!
Ki$$es For Kristie is gaining momentum! We have been plans and aspirations for the coming summer months to raise money for Jemsek trips and the Lymes Foundation! Kristie's next Jemsek visit is a phone consultation to see how she is doing and progressing
1. We will be making stickers and hopefully t-shirts to pass out and spread the word of Lyme's Disease! These will be free but donations are encouraged!
2. Lots of more crafts coming in for the Etsy site! So continue to check that out!
3. I also have been given the AWESOME opportunity to work for the jewelry company Chloe & Isabel. Till August, all proceeds will go toward Ki$$es for Kristie! So, if you'd like, check out their jewels and make sure you shop with me (Breezy Arduini) as your merchandiser, and we will get the profits from that!
Thanks so much for the continued support!
Love to all!
Hello! Tomorrow Aunt Kristie is going to Kristie Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC for extensive tests on her brain and to see what the Lymes has really done to her brain. Doctors want to "map" her brain to see if there are areas that could be "re-awakened" with (eventual) treatment.
Hopefully these will provide useful and positive info!!
Spread the word of Lymes!
Thanks for the continued support!
Hello everyone!! Just a little update for ya!
Aunt Kristie is doing well and we are still just working to stabilize medicine and I am trying to pay for the next Jemsek visit now! The account is getting very low, so lets all continue to share the link and spread the knowledge and word!!
My mom is working on a brochure that she is going to make to be able to pass out and we have stared the Etsy site as promised!! Unfortunately, there is not too many things up there right now, but more to come!!
Please take a look!
Spread the word!
and MOST IMPORTANTLY
have an amazing week! and happy Memorial Day!
Hello! I am so sorry for such a delayed and MUCH needed update, but I have been finishing up my sophomore year and moving out of my apartment!
BUT there is much to tell!
On May 20th, we had our 2nd Jemsek Trip. It went okay... A few things happened. We found out that the antibiotics are not working as well, or as expected, for Kris.We spent more than an hour with Kristie's caregiver, Kim Fogerty, and learned that Kris still has some vitamin deficiencies, so in the next 8 weeks, we will focus on getting the right kinds of vitamins and supplements on board to improve her overall health. She will continue with all of her prescription meds and B-12 shots, and add quite a few over-the-counter meds, such as magnesium and vitamins C and D.
The trip was helpful, we got more medicine and extra medicine Kristie needed, but at the same time was upsetting to see the little progress she has had.
Our next Jemsek visit is a phone visit, now scheduled for July 12.
We will likely return to DC for a visit in August or September, where they will see the effects of this aggressive vitamin/supplement regime.
Thank you so much everyone for your continued support!!!
ALSO! stay tuned for T- SHIRTS!!!!! will be out soon!!! Etsy site is still in construction!
Hello! What an amazing and eye opening weekend it was! Everyone read this update! It involves FREE TREATS!!!!
Today is going to be a great day! I will be in the App State library tonight and tomorrow from 12-4 passing out some FREE treats to help everyone study for exams! I have made hundreds of my moms famous "chocolate treats," which I have bagged and attached with a little blurb about Kisses for Kristie! Tonight and tomorrow my friends and I will be going around the library passing them out to students, to provide some study motivation and spread the word about Lymes Disease! I REPEAT COLLEGE KIDS-- FREE TREATS!!!!!!!
Between studying for my Philosophy exam, I had some time to drive down to Kristies to spend some time with her and her amazing husband, Julian this weekend!
I learned SO much and have SO many updates to come!!! My sophomore year is coming to a close this week and I am studying for exams, but updates will be coming with in the week! We also have the Jemsek trip on May 20th.
I also took some beautiful, new photos of Kris so everyone will be able to put a face to the name and see how she is doing today!
Have an amazing day!
Spread the word!
And to all the App State people! Come to the library to get some FREE chocolate candy tomorrow and Wednesday!
Love to all
Hello! Happy Wednesday! Everything is amazing with Kisses for Kristie! I am so thankful and happy everyday to see how successful it is! As our network continues to grow, and we hope to continue to spread the word of Lymes Disease and raise money for Lymes Research.
We are working now on opening on an Etsy site to open a more artistic venue where we will sell local crafts, jewelry, artwork, t-shirts, everything! All proceeds will go to Lymes Research as a whole!!!!
So look forward to that!!
Also, just wanted to THANK EVERYONE AGAIN!!!!!!! who have donated to the cause!! I compiled a little list of the top five expenses on our plate right now, so ya'll can see where your money is going!!
1) insurance co-payments for covered doctors' visits and covered prescriptions
2) to pay outright for doctors who are not coverd by insurance (like Jemsek)
3) lab fees for tests not covered by insurance
4) perscriptions not covered by insurance (like the B-12 shots she is taking to address her severe vitamin deficiency)
4) non-prescription medications, such as vitamin supplements and probiotics
5) Gas to and from Washington, DC
THANK YOU AGAIN!!! LOVE TO ALL!!
Kisses for Kristie is in full swing!! I cant believe everything is going so well! Made a few updates to the site tonight, just to freshen up!
I hope everyone has a great week, continue to spread the word!
Happy Thursday! TODAY IS A BIG DAY FOR KISSES FOR KRISTIE!!
Kisses for Kristie is officially in full swing. I have begun to transfer funds to Kristie's husband Julian, who is handling everything for her!
Today, Julian was able to purchase some antibiotics Kristie has needed recently but hasn't been able to afford!!!! So amazing! She now has all of her medicine from the past few weeks that she hasn't BECAUSE OF YOU GUYS!!!!!! Isn't that the best feeling?! Every single person, whether you just donated or shared my link, helped with this!!!
This is just the first thing we have done in our long process to make Kristie more comfortable and to spread knowledge of this awful disease.
These coming weeks are going to be tough financially. Kristie will go on her second trip to the Jemsek Clinic and so our main expenses are going to be the following:
1. Medicine/Antibiotics recommended at the Jemsek Clinic 5/20/13
2. Gas from Hillsborough, NC to Washington DC and back.
Today is such a big day and we are so so happy that we can ACTUALLY see the affects of Kisses for Kristie!!!
Keep spreading the word! Thanks so much everyone so the support!
I am SO HAPPY we have raised over a $1,000!!! I did not expect this day to come for weeks. In my planning of Kisses for Kristie, I planned to open an Etsy website that would be another outlet to raise money for Lymes Disease research as a whole and to help spread more knowledge. Calling all artists! I am thinking the Etsy site, a grassroots, online shop, would have anything and everything--homemade crafts, jewelry, and maybe even furniture! I would love if anyone has extra art laying around or wouldn't mind making a few extra pieces it is a great way to get your name out there for a great cause!
Send me an email at email@example.com if you are interested in donating some pieces or have any ideas!
Thanks so much!
WOW!!!! We have reached the $1,000 mark! I am literally speechless. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped donate, spread the word, share the link, tweet the link, anything! Every little thing means the world to me! 20% down! Keep spreading the word, her next trip to the Jemsek clinic is on May 20th.
Happy Sunday everyone! This week has gone better than I could have ever expected for Kisses for Kristie! Aunt Kristie found out (it was a surprise) about this campaign on Friday night and called me hysterical! She is so happy and doesn't even know what to think!
I am so happy to have got this under way and this week I plan to print flyers and posters to hang up around App State (my school) to spread the word on this and Lymes Disease as a whole!!
Here is a picture of Aunt Kris when she came to visit me! We set up a little stand for her to sell gourds in downtown Boone!
Thanks so much for the continued support and keep spreading the word, the more knowledge about Lymes the better!
Here are some pictures of the gourds Aunt Kristie used to be able to make and sell at the farmers market! She was so talented, one time she even did a custom order for someone!
THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. I'm in tears looking at this. To all the donors- You guys are unbelievable and I wish I could think of a way to repay you for how much this means to me. Love to all!
WOW!! Everyone! I can't even begin to fathom the fact we already have raised $350 dollars!!!!!! That is absolutely incredible! Thank you everyone so much! Keep spreading the word!
WOW!!! I don't even have words for how amazing today has been for me!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE! I can't even thank you all for all of the support and encouragement! THANK YOU! Keep spreading the word!
Hello! My name is Breezy and this is Ki$$es for Kristie! I created this to hopefully raise money for my Aunt. Thank you so much for your time!
About 10-15 years ago my Aunt Kristie was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, when she actually only had been bit by a little tick... but unfortunately contracted Lymes Disease.
Aunt Kristie was misdiagnosed and mis-medicated for almost five years as she watched her life slowly slip away.
*her daily medicine
Kristies condition has continued to worsen and due to her misdiagnose, her body is past the point of responding to the "normal" medicines given to Lymes patient. She is beginning to loose cognitive function and she is now wheel chair bound. She agonizes in pain just when someone touches her arm. I have never really been so closely involved with a chronic illness like this, but Lymes disease seems absolutely miserable. She is constantly aching in pain and can no longer do any of her art because it hurts her fingers too much.
She has been through some of the worst things, I think, anyone should ever go through. She is my idol. She is my inspiration and I want to do something to help.
But a few weeks ago we got a little bit of good news! The Jemsek Speciality Clinic, in DC, focuses on Lymes disease patients and making the rest of their life more comfortable and worth living. http://www.jemsekspecialty.com/
Kristie and my mom, Kim, traveled to the clinic and they committed Krisite to their patient database!! She is thrilled to be able to work with these incredible doctors. They have already given her some lotion she calls the "magic cream," which takes away her pain whenever she rubs in on! How cool!
BUT this is the part where I want to help...
Working with the clinic is very expensive--the gas from Chapel Hill to DC, the hotel stays, the medicine, etc. Aunt Krisite cant afford her Lymes bills anymore, after already loosing her job, so I wanted to try and help.
WHAT IS KI$$ES FOR KRISTIE??
By creating this webpage, posting flyers, selling homemade crafts, and other things I am going to try and raise as much money as I can to help make the rest of Aunt Krisitie's life the best it can be and educate the public about the devestating effects of Lyme Disease, especially if it goes untreated. This website advocates for education, prevention and shares the heartbreaking story of Kristie's journey. Kristie was once a healthy horsewoman who competed nationally and won numerous awards for her horsemanship. Today, she is is confined to a wheelchair, has failing hearing and eyesight, can no longer drive a car and, because of the sever brain damage caused by the disease, often forgets the name of family members. This is where your money can come in a variety of different uses!
I think that one of the worst feelings in the world would be knowing your imminent death. My Aunt inspires me to take every day as it may be your last... as cliche as it sounds. I think it is my turn to show her how good life can be in these last few months of her life. I want to make all of her dreams come true ultimately showing and proving to her her life was worth living-- as of now i feel like she doesn't believe it was