The Steidl Family Lyme Treatment Fund

$2,305 of $72,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 72 months
Alissa Mercer  SNOHOMISH, WA
This page is dedicated to my dear friend, Jennifer and her sister, Holly. Jennifer and Holly were diagnosed with Lyme Disease in July, 2012 and started treatments in September, 2012. Lyme disease is a debilitating disease that can leave even the strongest people feeling weak, achy and bedridden. The Lyme Disease journey is typically a long, expensive one and insurance will not cover the necessary treatments. They are currently under treatment from three different specialists for Lyme disease and it's secondary conditions, and also biotoxin illness.

A bit of Background

Between about 1990-1996, the Steidl family lived in a house that made them all very ill; various unknown chemicals had been dumped into the ground and they were on well water. They also had 13 different kinds of mold growing in the walls and in the roof, one of them being the "infamous" black mold. There was also wetland on the property with a heavy insect population. These factors have all had a huge impact on the health of the family.

The journey ahead:
Right now, Jennifer and Holly are both receiving treatments. These include IVs, antibiotics and other treatments. Their bodies are also unable to handle most foods right now due to chronic digestive disorders, and they are on very restrictive diets. Jennifer is currently employed. Holly is not working at this time but is actively searching for a new job. Jennifer and Holly have both benefited from the treatments, however, the combined cost for the treatments runs about $6,000 per month above the cost of normal living expenses, and is not covered by insurance. Jennifer and Holly's parents, Joanne and Paul, have been bearing a majority of this financial burden.

The typical recovery time for Lyme disease is 2-3 years; both girls are almost 1 year into the treatment. Our current fundraising goal is $72,000, which will cover roughly one of year of treatment for both Jennifer & Holly.

How can we work together to support the Steidl Family?

Please keep the Steidl family in your prayers and pray for a miracle! In addition, if you could please show your support and help carry the burden by making a monetary contribution, that would mean the world. The Steidls are one amazing, strong, faithful, family who love the Lord, and I hope we can all pull together and show them how much they are loved and appreciated.
For more information on Lyme disease, please check out this article:

We appreciate your love & support!

Friends of the Steidl Family
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Update 1
Posted by Alissa Johnson
20 months ago
Update May, 2017:

To those of you who have covered the Steidl family in prayer and/or blessed them with a financial gift, thank you so very much!  All contributions, whether prayer, encouragement or financial contributions are so greatly appreciated.

 Since this page was created in late 2013, the Steidl family has had a difficult journey along the way. There have been moments of praise, and moments of uncertainty and fear as more co-infections and other health issues have been uncovered. I am continually humbled by how deeply rooted in Christ the Steidl family has been through this journey. What a blessing they have been to so many along the way.

The Steidl family continues to be weighed down by a huge financial burden (none of the treatments are covered by insurance). Any contributions, whether $10 or $1000 are a huge blessing. Also, please continue to pray for their family.

Here is a recent update from Jennifer:

As many of you know I have had some progress in health and have been winning little battles along the way, but some things persist: autoimmune disease (mast cell overactivation disorder, etc.), and all the symptoms that go with it: chronic inflammation and pain, flare ups and food intolerances, P.O.T.S., chronic fatigue, edema, neurological issues.....Holly and I are still digging away at getting to the bottom of why some things aren't getting better. Holly has been having some pretty scary symptoms including brain inflammation, intermittent loss of vision, horrible fatigue and other symptoms.
We have some excellent health care practitioners who are amazing and doing all they can, and treatments and meds continue to be expensive.

Yesterday there was a breakthrough; I saw one of my doctors to follow up on a test I had run a couple weeks ago; it actually went out of the country to a university that is doing some groundbreaking testing. Not only are they finding things labs in the US are not, but they are developing specific treatments to kill what they find. Apparently what I learned is that most labs here will only test for what is on the requisition, and nothing else, even if they find something they can't identify it isn't reported. So because they don't do this kind of intricate testing in the US there is a doctor here in the states working with a doctor overseas at this university (who actually used to live here in Washington!). In any case several things showed up which are serious, but it's good news because it would've gone undetected otherwise. I have an elevated white cell count, which is nothing new because that has shown up before, but what they did find is that I have some deep chronic parasitic infections one which attacks the gut lining and is deeply imbedded and is not treatable with normal antiparasitic's, one that is attacking my liver and one my kidneys.
So if untreated I could potentially be headed towards liver and kidney disease, and kidney disease is irreversible. Since the liver and kidneys have not been functioning properly all these years it makes sense that I can't detox properly, process things properly, etc.
As some of you may know because I brought it up in the past, I have been struggling with my liver and kidney function for many many years.
This helps explain a lot of why all the autoimmune overreaction, the fatigue, swelling and other symptoms are not getting completely better even though the Lyme seems to be under control. (although Bartonella, a lyme co-infection did show up as still active). Getting treatment for the Lyme and coinfections has made a huge difference, but there was still more to deal with.
All the mast cell overactivation disorder and other autoimmune issues cannot get better until this is dealt with.
Good news is that it is treatable with some specific medications they have developed at this university that does the testing. Bad news is it is $2,300 for the first round of 21 day treatment, and when I am done with that they have to retest and usually they have to do a second round of treatment at the same cost. (The test is also $788).
And that is just me! I think our entire family needs to be tested (Holly already has and will be getting treatment too). The costs are big, but God is bigger.
I am asking God to do some miraculous things and we shall see how He provides.

We could of course also use prayer in all of this, for healing and provision.

As a quick aside I could also use prayer that I don't at any time have a stroke of blood clot as one effect of all this autoimmune activity is that my blood is thicker than it should be and puts me at risk of clot and stroke. I am on some things to counteract this but I'm still at risk.

If anyone is able and led by the Lord to help financially this would be a big blessing.

And of course I am always willing and happy to work for financial help so please see my art website (

Love and blessings,
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$2,305 of $72,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 72 months
Created February 1, 2013
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Danielle Anderson
17 months ago

Can't believe all that you guys have been through! God bless you!

Stephanie Jans
37 months ago
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Leah Thomas
49 months ago

God bless you all. Happy New Year!

Caroline Trujillo
58 months ago

Lyme sisters from different mothers have to stick together

LaTheena Thomas
64 months ago

You and your family are so blessed and I hope this small gift helps support you in your health needs. Know that I continue to pray for you and for your family. Thank you for inspiring me to ask for help when I need it! :) That is truly where Christ lives in us!!!!

John Emery
65 months ago
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