It's amazing how fast things can come tumbling down when you hear "You have Lyme Disease."
Some of the first comments I heard from others were, "I knew someone who died because of Lyme Disease." Can you imagine my reactions?
I have heard of it before but never quite understood how horrible this disease can be if left untreated. The symptoms mimic other diseases. So if by chance you test for Lyme, you are one of the lucky few who will get a diagnosis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue maybe even Alzheimer's and Autism... Just to pull out the more common misdiagnosis's.
I am one of the lucky few with a diagnosis. But not lucky as much as you'd think. You see, I discovered it after my 4 week-ish window of oral, no-biggie antibiotics CURE.
Testing and treatment for Chronic Lyme Disease, (and oh, don't forget about it's co-infections,) can be over time added up in the tens of thousands, (for some around half a million). Not to mention the expenses of travel, lodge, food.... And don't forget to include care of my 4 young children while I am away. A good baby sitter isn't cheap these days!
We have a wonderful family who has done so much for us and many friends near and far who have gone above and beyond to help. We are so thankful and are deeply grateful for all you have done.
As far as my care, our family has chosen Envita to help us in our journey to get my health back up to as close to normal as it can be. They are located in Scottsdale, AZ. Check out their site if you like. You can learn more about Lyme Disease as well as Chronic Lyme Disease and maybe even help someone who you may think is suffering with an unknown diagnosis.
Although I have a lot of support it will be difficult and the costs will add up.
Everything from this site will go towards labs, treatment, travel and any other expenses occurring from the care that will be needed to help our family. This is a life long battle we will have to face until they find a cure.
I want to send a heartfelt thanks to everyone in advance. Our journey has just begun and you play a huge role in my speedy recovery... No matter how you can help it will be appreciated!
We love you and may God bless us all!
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