My journey to Health

I was diagnosed with late stage Lyme
Disease, endometriosis, and demylinating polyneuropathy (nerve damage) in October of 2015. After being infected, I was symptomatic for 8 months before getting diagnosed. I was diagnosed far too late and the infection had already spread to other organs as well as my brain.

My life changed forever since then. I had no idea what I was in for when I was finally diagnosed. I started treating with IV antibiotics for 5 months and had to stop due to an allergy to one of the medications. From there I had tried many alternative treatments like herbals, homeopathics, and other holistic remedies for the following 2 years. I did have some improvements along the way but none that lasted. I deal with debilitating symptoms on a daily basis some of which include chronic muscle and nerve pain, dizziness, blurred vision, insomnia, migraines, uncontrollable shaking, numbness and tingling, chronic fatigue, severe muscle weakness, trouble breathing, tachycardia, excessive sweating, seizure like episodes, and more. My family had supported me as best as they could for the past 2 years but now I can no longer can afford ongoing treatment. With my case being as complexed as it is, I need to keep treating to avoid serious long term complications. 

I havent been able to work or attend nursing school for over 2 years now. It has been constant doctor visits, ER trips, treatments, blood work, medication infusions, etc. Sometimes I feel I truly dont have it in me to keep fighting - it is a relentless, isolating, and extremely painful illness. But I refuse to give up now. I want nothing more then to be able to go back to nursing school next year. That is literally the only dream I have ever dreamt of. 

Unfortunately Lyme treatment is not covered by insurance. My doctor visits alone are $200. I have to take about 30-35 supplements a day just to nourish my body with enough vitamins because Lyme depletes it all. Many doctors have turned their backs and told me there was nothing more they can do. Now I found a doctor whom I really trust and is determined to help get me well and not give up on me. Treating is almost the hardest part of all this - similar to cancer treatments - the process is very slow, long, and you get much worse before better. 

My treatment would consist of treating my gut from the bacteria overload and damage that the months of IV antibiotic treatment had done with herbal and pharmacuetical remedies. I would also need to undergo infusions twice a week to both detoxify my body and kill the bacteria that has invaded my organs especially my ovaries and brain. I also have endometriosis caused by the lyme and experience hemorrhagic (blood filled) ruptured ovarian cysts once or twice a month. Sometimes they get so large I have to go to the ER and have them drained. Lastly I would undergo 30 sessions of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber which ehances the bodys natural healing process by inhaling 100% oxygen in a complete body chamber. This is also not covered by insurance and costs just over $10,000. 

I never thought I would end up posting a campaign for my chronic illness. It is not easy being in this position and having to get vulnerable in the eyes of so many people. I have a lot of emotions surrounding this event but I truly want my life back more then anything else in this world. Believe me when I say If you have your health you are truly a millionare

There isn’t a cure for chronic Lyme but Remission IS possible. I just want to end the suffering and get healthy enough to return to nursing school next year although unfortunately without treatment things will only get worse. I have worked SO hard to get my life back and I can’t quit now. Please help if you can, share this campain, and If it’s not possible, your prayers are also very much appreciated. Thank you <3

Also a thank you to all my friends who have continued to support me in this journey, I love you all.



Semia Radwan 
Delray Beach, FL

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