In 1997 my dad was bitten by a tick and was left with a bullseye rash. At that time little was known and the rash was figured to just be an after effect of the bite. Little did we or anyone else know at the time that this would turn into a life long battle. And a fight to live.
I remember when I was younger and wondering why my dad was always not feeling well enough to come to my soccer games, school plays or would even have to take a rest after a short time after being awake. Soon after it became doctors appointments and more frequently they became..
To this day it's been a battle with on going doctors appointments, being wrongly diagnosed with multiple diseases from Multiple Schlorosis, Chronic Fatigue to Fibromyelga, and to make matters worse two years ago being told he had Leukaemia.
In years, thousands have been spent trying to get the right diagnosis. After a year of traveling back and forth to Washington DC and spending over $100,000 it was confirmed. My dad was diagnosed with Lyme Disease.
At this time it was in the Second stage. He now has Third stage Lyme Disease, also known as "Chronic Lyme Disease" which causes neurological damage, swelling of the brain plus a page full of other symptoms. Third stage Lyme Disease should NOT happen, this happens because of being WRONGLY DIAGNOSED AND MIS-TREATED!
After being diagnosed in Washington he was able to have one treatment session... He was feeling better. It was working!
But then lost everything. The only way they would have been able to continue treatment was to move to Washington. At this time it was to late..my parents went bankrupt, lost there house, vehicles, health care, and had to liquidate everything they had.
To those who do not know, you CAN NOT get the proper treatment for Lyme Disease in Canada.
A few symptoms of Lyme Disease are..
Erythma Migrains, Heart problems, Rheumatoid arthritis, so bad it will feel like there is a semi truck stopped on your hand,(or so my dad would say.) Bowel and digestion illnesses, Swelling of the brain, Neurological disorganization, Cardiac problems, Severe fatigue, there are times when my dad can't get out of bed for days at a time. These are just a few of the symptoms. My dad has all of these symptoms plus more. Most of the time he can't remeber if he had spoken to me 5 minutes ago or a week ago. He get confused easily, has breating problems, insomnia even when he;s extremely exhausted, can't eat, difficulties swallowing liquids, the list could go on.
My dad is my best-friend. I don't want to loose him.
My dad has always been there to help and support us and everyone else, he is always going out of his way to help anyone out, even when he knows he can't physically do it. He will push himself till he literally collapses and crashes in bed for days. It saddens me to see someone suffer and loose there life because of something as small as a tick. He's the most amazing dad I could ask for and my best friend. I've always been by his side and he's always been by mine. He told me before that he's felt like a burden on the family and sometimes won't tell us what he's going through so he doesn't bring us down or put our lives on hold. I'm hoping that this can show him that he has never been a burden on anyone and that we love him and want him to stay with us for longer and have a chance to enjoy his years, not in pain or feeling guilty and know that we always want him here.
I don't want to loose my dad because we can't afford to help him anymore. I'm hoping you can help out my dad and our family. Please and thank you so much to everyone who can help out, every bit helps!
Where your donation will go: Your donations will help my dad by covering the costs of his pain medications, prescriptions, and doctors appointments and for now keeping him in a position where he can stably afford to continue with his medical needs. My main goal is to raise enough so we can send him back to Washington DC to get the proper treatment. If I were granted one wish or was given the option to do anything in the world, it would be to get my dad the treatment he deserves and to save his life.
Thank you all for reading my story, if you are unable to make a donation if you could please share this page with your friends and family. Even that, is amazing and help in it self.
Also: There are a few quick videos for you to watch, about other familes who are suffereing the same way.
Plus. More recent photos
These are the two most recent photos of my dad. They were taken this past Thanksgiving weekend. After having a cup of tea and a quick chat together my dad "fell off" as he calls it. The two pictures were taken roughly with in 20 minutes of each other. I took the second picture of him lying down to show just how quickly it will happen. Being absolutely exhausted and feeling sick after a short conversation. My dad had to lye down and speaking with him today was barely getting out of bed. :( he said it was worth it though, being able to enjoy the company of his family all together, even if it was a short time period.
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